This is an unusual book. Published by Michael Joseph, one of Penguin Random House's literary imprints, I think it makes a difference when reading it to remind yourself that it is a literary book, not a straight fantasy genre book.
I am very overdue in reviewing this. After vowing I would request no more books on Netgalley towards the end of 2020, I got an email about The Charmed Wife and, a fan of dark fairy tale reimaginings, I was very easily convinced to break my promise.
Author: Melissa Bashardoust (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Fantasy, fairy tale There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a … Continue reading REVIEW: Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Melissa Bashardoust
Author: Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (twitter) UK Publisher: Farrago Genre: Fantasy, humour See Also: Darkwood If you go down to the woods today, be sure of a big surprise. The Battle of Nearby Village is over, and deep in the Darkwood, Gretel and her friends journey into the hostile mountains of the north, seeking new allies … Continue reading REVIEW: Such Big Teeth (Darkwood #2) – Gabby Hutchinson Crouch
Author: Cassandra Parkin (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Salt Genre: Short stories, modern fairy tales, magic realism In contemporary America, an un-named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life-stories of total strangers. The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far more famous literary journey, undertaken long … Continue reading REVIEW: New World Fairy Tales – Cassandra Parkin
Author: Gail Carson Levine (website) UK Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Genre: Children's books, fantasy, fairy tale retellings Buy Now: paperback How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse? At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift--the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot … Continue reading REVISITED: Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
Author: Sarah Pinborough (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Titan Books / Gollancz Genre: YA, fantasy, fairy tale retellings Buy Now: ebook | paperback | hardcover Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, a handsome prince rescues a beautiful princess from the machinations of her wicked stepmother, sweeps her onto his white horse and rides … Continue reading REVIEW: Poison – Sarah Pinborough
Author: Joanne M. Harris (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Fantasy, folk tale, novella Buy Now: ebook | hardcover I am as brown as brown can be, And my eyes as black as sloe; I am as brisk as brisk can be, And wild as forest doe. (The Child Ballads, 295) So begins a beautiful … Continue reading REVIEW: A Pocketful of Crows – Joanne Harris