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Top Fantasy Post Series: Fairy Tale Fantasy

Yes, we’ve got another one of these posts on my top fantasy series! And yes I’m going to be gushing and ranting about fairy tales once again! If you’re tired of that, too bad, fairy tale retellings are what got this blog rolling in the first place haha. Dark Fairy Tale Queen series by Anita […]

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Archived Review: Cinder Ella by ST Lynn

Ella has always known she is trans. She wants to live as a woman, wear feminine clothing, and holds onto her identity even under the horrible treatment of her stepfamily who insist on using her deadname and pronouns. Ella may be a servant in her own home, but at least she knows who she is […]

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Review: The Princess Companion (The Four Kingdoms #1) by Melanie Cellier

Alyssa is lost in the forest on her way to live with her aunt in the Arcadian capital. She happens upon the winter castle of the royal family and is surprised when they take her in, even if they do provide her with a mattress with a broken spring her first night there. Alyssa is […]

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Fairy Tale Background: The Princess and the Pea

Tale’s Origins The original tale of “The Princess and the Pea” was by Hans Christian Andersen, renowned Danish writer most famous for his story “The Little Mermaid.” Andersen said he had heard this story as a child, but it is unknown in Danish folk tradition and is most likely based in an oral folk story […]

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Fairy Tale Backgrounds: Swan Lake

Introduction Swan Lake is a pretty iconic story in the breadth of fairy tales. It’s tricky, multi-faceted, and often adapted in strange ways. Most notably, Swan Lake is a famous ballet with well known musical scores and featured in almost any ballet scene or movie in some capacity. The costumes are easily recognizable, and the […]

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Review: A Captive of Wing and Feather (Beyond the Four Kingdoms #5) by Melanie Cellier

Adelaide ran away from her home in Palinar when the threat of her family falling apart became too dangerous to her life. Thirteen years old, she sought out a haven in Talinos, the bordering kingdom. She found more than she bargained for though when she stumbled across the local lord, a man named Leander. Devious, […]

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Discussion: New Fairy Tales or Fairy Tale Retellings?

Hello book bees and welcome to yet another post about fairy tale retellings! Well, really, this post is about reading fairy tale retellings and/or new fairy tales. By new fairy tales I mean original stories written by modern authors that imitate the fairy tale style in some manner. This could mean the format and writing […]

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Review: The Mermaid and the Bear by Ailish Sinclair

Isobell thinks the sea just might be trying to kill her as she, her twin brother Jasper, and his dear friend Ian set out from London. Escaping from the expectations placed on her shoulders and most importantly her betrothed, Wicked Richard, Bell intends to hide herself among the servant class in Scotland. Found out by […]

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Discussion: Snow White

Origins of the Tale Snow White as a German tale first appeared in the Grimm collection of tales in 1812. It is largely considered a made up tale, though there are different theories about potential inspirations. The most popular theories are that the story is somewhat based on the life of Margaretha von Waldeck or […]

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Review: A Dream of Ebony and White (Beyond the Four Kingdoms #4) by Melanie Cellier

Blanche is in grieving for her father, the recently deceased King of Eliam, when her stepmother Alida begins to make moves to secure the throne for herself. Sixteen, afraid, and practically alone, Blanche can do nothing to resist Alida. Instead, she must be rescued and ferreted away by her childhood friend, Alexander. As the royal […]