March TBR

This month features all my usual suspects: fantasy, retellings (a theme I have had going since last year), and ladies that could potentially kick ass. I’m slowly breaking myself away from what I usually read this year, but for this month, I’m sticking to my YA fantasy bent. Most of these have been on my TBR since last year. Needless to say expectations have been set.


Also, I need to Google “how to format in WordPress” because all my paragraphs run-in with each other, especially in this kind of post. I either have to ramble on about the book so it goes past the cover, or find some kind of code that’ll allow me to move on to the next paragraph without the images and paragraph overlapping.
shadow queen
  1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
While on my retelling spree last year, I came across this one. Aside from Stitching Snow, this is one of the Snow White retellings on my TBR list. Hopefully I’ll like this one better! (Also, I like most of Balzer + Bray’s published books, so… *crosses everything that can be crossed*)

Read More »


A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

a thousand nightsA Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Published October 6, 2015 by Hyperion, 328 pp.

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

How goes it?

After reading The Wrath and the Dawn earlier last year (and a bunch of other fairy tale retellings), I came across this one and added immediately to my TBR list because look at the cover? How gorgeous is that? Obviously I am not above judging books by their covers, and most of the time it pays off. This one does too, maybe in one way more than the other.

Read More »