Category Archives: folklore

Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales – Emily Jenkins

From the publisher: There once was a frozen forest so cold, you could feel it through the soles of your boots. It was a strange place where some kisses broke enchantments and others began them. Many said witches lived there … Continue reading

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The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales – Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (Editors)

The little match girl goes pyrotechnic, while the princess on the glass hill has a female companion, and don’t even ask about the big, bad, wolf.  This is another out-of-the-box collection of reimagined fairy tales written by multiple award winning … Continue reading

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Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold – edited by Paula Guran

These fairy tales are definitely not for children.  They would be shocked to learn the real story of Cinderella, and The Three Bears, and yes, Goldilocks was a little snit. And don’t get me started on the rewrite of “The … Continue reading

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The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

Maya’s father is the Raja, ruler, of the Bharata Kingdom.  Her mother, one of the Raja’s many wives, died when Maya was quite young leaving her upbringing to the petty wives in the harem.  For the most part, Maya is … Continue reading

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A Thousand Nights – E. K. Johnston

A desert demon has entwined itself into the mind of desert king Lo-Melkhiin.  The good king stays entrapped within a corner of his own mind while the demon rules the kingdom.  The demon, in the body of Lo-Melkhiin, travels from … Continue reading

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Ash & Bramble – Sarah Prineas

Fairy tales are not pretty.  Where do all of the beautiful dresses, fancy shoes, and unique tools manufactured that are so prominently featured in fairy tales?  It turns out the Godmother is a cruel slave master who kidnaps skilled tradesmen, … Continue reading

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A Wicked Thing – Rhiannon Thomas

This story of Sleeping Beauty picks up when Princess Aurora is awakened by her true love and thrust into the “care” of the current brutal monarchy.  The land has changed in 100 years and not for the better.  The commoners … Continue reading

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