The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

I remember how, that night, I lay awake in the wagon-lit in a tender, delicious ecstasy of excitement, my burning cheek pressed against the impeccable linen of the pillow and the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through the night, away from Paris, away from girlhood, away from the white, enclosed quietude of my mother’s apartment into the unguessable country of marriage.

Plot

In The Bloody Chamber Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.

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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red Jackson Pearce

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Strangers never walk down this road, the sisters thought in unison as the man trudged towards them.

Plot

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris — the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend — but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

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Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold by Paula Guran

Beyond the Woods Anthology Paula Guran

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Best of the Bunch

  • Halfway People by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Beyond the Naked Eye by Rachel Swirsky
  • Good Hunting by Ken Liu

An overall very good collection of fairy tale, with each author adding his or her own unique twist to some well-known and some not very known tales. Read on for a more detailed review of each story.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet Marissa Meyer

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Scarlet was descending toward the Alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from th passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: “Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.”

Plot

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder Book Cover

Rating: 4.5 Stars

The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.

Plot

Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing. She’s also a cyborg. As if life isn’t difficult enough in a city ravaged by a mysterious plague and threatened by war with the Lunars, being a cyborg also means she is a second-class citizen with very few rights. She’s basically her stepmothers property.

When the prince himself brings a broken android to her for repairs, she is caught up in the plots between the Lunar kingdom and Earth and her mysterious past.

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
About

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.
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A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.



Plot

Since the war between humans and fae, the world has been divided in two, with a barrier between the realms of humans and those of the fae. Few dare tread close to that barrier, but Feyre has to hunt in these woods to support her family.

One day, she kills a wolf that turns out not be a wolf at all. And one of the Fae demands her life in return. He takes her to Prythian, where everything is not alright. There is a dark force at work, determined to shatter the barrier and conquer humans once again.
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