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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer


Genre: Fairytale retelling, dark fantasy, young adult

Pages: 368

Published April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

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Synopsis:

A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.


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Shadow by Colleen Oakes


Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale, Retelling

Pages: 278

Expected publication: July 18th 2017 by Sparkpress

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Synopsis:

Wendy Darling has found herself once again in the arms of charming Peter Pan, the god-child who desires power above all things. This time, though, Wendy burns not with passion but with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the evil that holds all Neverland hostage: the Shadow.
To do this, Wendy must quietly undo Peter from inside his heart while at the same time convincing Tink to betray the twisted love that binds them together. This is a task made nearly impossible by the arrival of Booth, her sweetheart from London and a new pawn in Peter’s manipulative game, a boy whose heart she must break in order to save his life. As all of Neverland prepares to fight, Wendy races to untangle Peter’s connection to the Shadow, a secret long buried in the Forsaken Garden. When the time comes, pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, and the Darling family will all rise, but if Wendy can’t call the Shadow, they will all be destroyed by Peter’s dark soul. War has come to paradise, and Neverland will never be the same. Wendy Darling: Shadow is the thrilling final installment in Colleen Oakes’ Wendy Darling Trilogy.


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Ensnared by Rita Stradling


Genre: Retelling, Science Fiction, Fairytales, Futuristic

Pages: 380

 Publication Date: December 18th 2017

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Synopsis:

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]


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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

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Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult, Fairytale

Pages: 294

Published by Penguin Roc

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The unicorn wants to find other unicorns. Mage Schmendrick, whose magic seldom works, never as he intended, rescues unicorn from Mommy Fortuna’s Midnight Carnival. Only some mythical beasts displayed are illusions. Molly Grue believes in legends despite Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. King Haggard and his Bull banish unicorns into sea.


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The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

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★★★☆☆

I received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a delightfully creepy little gem that was found and I rather enjoyed it.

This story is loosely based off of Bluebeard and his delight in harboring wives and killing them, except sometimes in this story they don’t always die.

Rhea is an unassuming miller’s daughter who often finds herself a victim of an ornery swan and has no choice but to devise a plan to show him who is boss, she is also being given away to some noble Lord Crevan she doesn’t even know.

She’s told to venture the woods at a certain time, always a certain time, so that she may meet him. Only, she’s trapped once she gets there. At once she meets horrifying golem creatures, birds that have human flesh and speak? They’re warning her and then along the way she meets a little hedgehog who becomes her companion.

From there she finds the house and meets the rest of the household, all of Lord Crevan’s wives. Some are worse off than others and from here we begin to see Rhea really delve into herself, she begins talking to herself more which switches up the writing style and to me it is a little distracting. I wasn’t keen on how much she went into herself to talk because I felt like there could have been more story written instead.

Times ticking away, and it’s unknown if Rhea will find her way out of this marriage or if she is doomed to suffer or die at the hands of her husband to be.

In the end, this really is a little gem of a creeptastic book. I did enjoy it, it’s a quick easy read, but there are those few things that I wasn’t keen on. The internal monologue took away from the current events quite a bit, I would have liked to see some more of Lord Crevan’s evil doings and not simply from his wives.