The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo (Fantasy; June 2021) In The Chosen and the Beautiful, the author of The Empress of Salt and Fortune loosely retells Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby through the eyes of a very different Jordan. This Jordan, who is identified in the book blurb as queer (though she never labels … Continue reading Review: The Chosen and the Beautiful (Vo)
In a world where only one late-bloomer can save her people from a terrible fate, the time has come...for another Indie Book Spotlight! Tapestry of Night (Star Cast Series #1), by Elm Vince (2020; Romantic Fantasy) The opening chapter of Elm Vince’s Tapestry of Night shows us that fate can be written in the stars—if … Continue reading Indie Book Spotlight: Tapestry of Night (Vince)
Today, I want to recognize my favorite fantasy reads of 2020 (and encourage you to discover one of them yourself!). And I’ll be accomplishing that with these 11 awards show-style categories! In order to “win” (no prize other than my great esteem and respect), books must have been reviewed by me on the blog, Goodreads … Continue reading The Bests and Mosts 2020: awards
The Year of the Witching (Bethel Series, 2020; HORROR, DARK FANTASY), by Alexis Hendersen Immanuelle isn’t like other girls in her puritanical and cult-like society of Bethel. For one thing, her mother emerged from the forbidden woods, where witches live, to give birth to her. The Prophet she tried to escape from is the very … Continue reading Review of The Year of the Witching (Henderson)
It’s time for another Indie Book Spotlight! Sting Magic, by Sarah K.L. Wilson (Empire of War and Wings, September 2020; YA Dark Fantasy) Note: I received a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sting Magic, the first book in the new Empire of War and Wings series by … Continue reading Indie Book Spotlight: Sting Magic (Wilson)
Hola!I just served up a brand new episode of Princess Disasterface, titled Bunny Slippers and Truth. (Not to be confused with the bunny slippers OF truth. Sounds like my kind of superhero accouterments.) I've been a bit stuck on what will happen next lately...and the answer turned out to be a plot twist! Episode 2.6 … Continue reading New comics and reviews on the way!
I'm back. I wanted to reaffirm my commitment to reading authors of diverse backgrounds, and stories featuring diversity and non-white leads (something particularly important in fantasy). I'm going to do this by making a more concentrated effort to read said books, and by making sure I review the ones I've already read. We've all seen … Continue reading Supporting diversity in fantasy
Indie BooksTraditional BooksAuthor InterviewsSpecial Features Indie Book Spotlight Reviews of the best (and my favorite) fantasy and speculative fiction novels I've come across so far, all by indie authors. Avalanche (Anna Velfman) Between Jobs (W.R. Gingell) The Daughter of Earth (Callie Pey) Daughter of Shades (Silvia Mercedes) An Enchantment of Thorns (Helena Rookwood & Elm Vince) … Continue reading The C.K. Beggan Bookish Blog