Books, Movies

What Makes an Evil Queen Tale Work?

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I read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns recently because I am always in the mood for an Evil Queen story. So I was a little surprised by how much I disliked Xifeng and not in a hate to love way either. Or even in a well obviously she’s going to be the evil Queen way.

I think it’s a fine line to walk with unlikeable characters Evil Queen or not. But I have some ideas on what works and what, for me, didn’t work for this particular would be Evil Queen.

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Books

Romantic Books for the Anti-Romantic Reader

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Maybe anti-romantic is a little harsh. Not romantically inclined? Like a little bit of darkness in your love story (or a lot) such as it were? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought I’d offer some ideas for books that have just the right amount to appeal to the person who likes a certain kind of love story.

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Books, Television

Zodiac Signs Recommendations: Capricorn

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I’ve been getting into star charts and astrology, tarot cards and the like the past couple of months. What you believe in or want to take from that sort of thing is personal. I enjoy it and in some ways it helps me concentrate.

So I thought I would look at the different signs, as the year goes, and do book recommendations based on the traits of the sign. Capricorn runs from December 22-Jan 19th so I’m a little late but not to bad!

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8 Retelling Recommendations to Try

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I am in a very list making mood these days. I did one for people who want to try Science-Fiction and then was working on movies got to Clueless (which is of course a timeless Emma retelling) and thought… Retellings. The Best Ones I’d Recommend for People who want to give them a go!

FYI while this is about books I’d still totally recommend Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You (a Taming of the Shrew retelling.) Both classics of my youth!

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10 Love (and Life) Lessons I Took from Books

Harley and Batman

*It’s possible that I’ve learned some of the wrong lessons from books. Regardless books always help me feel better in a pinch. This is inspired by Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. I am not all the big into Valentine’s Day or the most romantically inclined person overall but this is what came to mind!

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Books, Other

Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Anticipated Upcoming Releases

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Upcoming Releases

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish & this one is about the books being released in the second half of the year that I am most excited for:

Strange the Dreamer – September 27th

Yeah, the synopsis doesn’t give away much on this one but I like the author and it sounds beautiful.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – October 18th

I really love the first one & the cover looks very wintery which is something I’m strangely longing for at the start of summer!

This Savage Song – July 5th

This ones right around the corner!

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Heartless – November 8th

A retelling of the Queen of Hearts story from one of my favorite recent authors. Totally signing up for this one!

Replica – October 4th

This one sounds fascinating. Apparently it’s two POV’s that you can chose how to read depending on how you want to read the book. A little confusing but I heard someone with an ARC say it sounds a little bit like Orphan Black so I’ll hop on this one since the show will be months into hiatus by then!

Furthermore – August 30th

A word which strangely I have a hard time typing! This one is apparently about a colorless child in a world of color who goes looking of her missing parent. I heard it compared to Alice so of course I’m in.

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Blood for Blood – November 1

I loved the first book about a shapeshifter who undertakes a mission to kill Hitler in an alternative universe where he won World War II. Like most sequels I’m crossing my fingers to hope this one remains as good. It’s high on the list for me this Fall.

Gemina – October 18th

Okay, I wasn’t as in love with Illuminae as some but strangely I’m really looking forward to another go round. I’m loving books that are more in the found footage documentary kind of vein.

And finally my most anticipated book of the year:

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Crooked Kingdom – September 27th

Cannot come soon enough! I absolutely loved the first one. The story. The characters. Not to mention this one is going to have red-lined pages. One of the increasingly rare books where I’m not looking forward to the story ending!