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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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Discussion: Fantasy elements I just don’t like

Introduction This post is going to be….weird. CW: Discussion of homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, sexism, sexual assault (no explicit details will be discussed), racism, slavery I’ve definitely alluded to this in the past, but there are a lot of elements in fantasy that I’ve started having issues with. I got in depth about the specific problems […]

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Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

In the Kingdom of Norta, those with Red blood and those with Silver blood are separate. Reds are servants, common foot soldiers, and toil away in dilapidated homes. If they cannot find work before turning eighteen they are conscripted into the army to fight the Lakelanders. Silvers are special, different. They have powers, privilege, and […]

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Review: Winter’s Fury (The Furyck Saga #1) by A.E. Rayne

Rayne’s world, a fantasy pseudo-Scandinavia, is introduced through the eyes of Jael Furyck. Jael, once princess of Brekka, is now living a miserable existence of protecting her vulnerable family from her conniving uncle, Lothar. When Lothar announces that he has agreed to marry Jael off to the drunken prince of Oss, Eadmund Skalleson, she is […]

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Discussion: Female Fantasy Authors

Hello book bees and welcome to another discussion post! For this post, I will be discussing the differences in reading fantasy books by male authors and fantasy books by female authors. To keep things simple, I will mostly be considering the divide in gender representation. I will discuss intersectionality in a later section, and may […]

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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 […]

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D&D Series #1: Introduction + Character Building

Hello book bees and welcome to my new D&D Thursday series! Every Thursday I will be making a post that discusses the game Dungeons and Dragons, how it ties in with writing, and other topics! These posts are not geared at people already familiar with D&D, nor are they meant to exclude those who aren’t […]

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Discussion: YA vs Adult Fantasy

Why hello book bees! I hope that you’re prepared to read a lot of rambling thoughts about fantasy books, because that’s what I’ve got in store for this post! Personally, I am always conflicted about this topic because I love fantasy, but I’m not a huge fan of YA protagonists and tropes. I appreciate a […]

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The Will and the Wilds, Review

Enna’s mother was attacked by mysting beats, creatures from the monster realm. Raised only by her father, a former soldier, Enna has grown up in possession of the Telling Stone. With her Stone she is able to sense when mystings are near and what kind they are. This knowledge and her father’s mysting-killing sword have […]