I recently went through a spell of trying to finish at least some of the duologies I’ve been reading and managed to get these three done to very different results in all honesty. I try to keep it spoiler free below but beware of allusions to the ending for Our Dark Duet in particular.
The Language of Thorns
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Illustrated By: Sara Kipin
I was originally torn on whether to even pick this book up or not. It’s a book of six fairy tales set in the Grishaverse, three of which have been published previously. But in the end I’m thrilled that I did and it’s so beautifully illustrated if you’re at all interested in it I’d definitely suggest picking up the hardback version.
Leia Princess of Alderaan
By: Claudia Gray
I read Gray’s book Star Wars: Bloodline and really enjoyed it. Actually, it’s a book that’s grown even more on me whenever I think about Leia coming into the new trilogy. I thought she did a great job of getting into her psyche and I even have some personal fan theories about the book. (Probably aren’t true but you never know.)
That being said I wasn’t sure we needed Leia The Teenage Years but it was getting some great buzz so I picked it up.
Odd & True
By: Cat Winters
As I was reading this story about two sisters steeped in mysterious and supernatural family stories I couldn’t help but think, “This is the sister story Caraval should have been.” And this is the sister story anything that claims to be about sisters really should be.
By: Emily Bain Murphy
A family tragedy and World War 2 forces Aila and her younger brother back to her mother’s hometown to live with her childhood friend. But Sterling is not your regular town. Every seven years something has disappeared. Not small somethings either. Stars. Reflections. Dreams. Aila arrives right in time for the next disappearance and begins to wonder about her mother’s connection to the disappearances.
The September Mythical Creatures Owlcrate broke my streak of not purchasing subscription boxes. I thought the box overall was only okay. But what the hell? September’s been a tough month and book mail is always the best mail.
Box spoilers below:
I Hate Fairy Land Vol. 1
Madly Ever After
By: Scottie Young
I’m a sucker for a good portal worlds story and I love Alice in Wonderland. But sometimes you just want a tale that’s twisted and gory and well, odd. Yet still kind of relatable. I mean being sucked into another world would be rather traumatic for most people.
So I’ve been catching up on a lot of movies I wanted to see and books I’ve had for a while this last couple of weeks and wanted to do a couple of mini-reviews on what was better than I expected and what I really should have listened to others on.
By: Victor LaValle
Apollo is living the good life. A bookseller in New York he is over the moon about his new son chronicling his every moment until one day his seemingly irrational wife commits and unspeakable act and disappears sending Apollo off the rails and into a dark fairy-tale New York he never imagined existed.
Beware some spoilers for this one though I try to keep things vague: