Mari and Meg are back with a slightly disappointing Baba Yaga story this week. Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble is pitched as an Anastasia Romanov and Baba Yaga story....which it does have both of these things. This book is as close to a "nice" Baba Yaga as we get, and that's a bit hard to stomach. Whiny teens,… Continue reading Dreaming Anastasia
Mari and Meg are back and talking about Vassilissa the Beautiful retellings! We have two for you in one episode, so get ready. We discuss "Fair Vasyl," a genderbending retelling by Stephen Harper with a steampunk bonus, and Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter — a magical realism retelling set in Brooklyn and is dark and… Continue reading Fair Vasyl and Vassa in the Night
Season 7 continues (a day late because holidays confuse Meghan) with a look at Orson Scott Card's 1999 novel Enchantment! There is a lot to dislike about this book, but the one thing Meg and Mari definitely loved? Baba. Yaga. Go give us a listen to help celebrate Mari going back to school today! Be the… Continue reading Baba Yaga in Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
Meghan and Mari finally have a lost episode, so this episode they try to recall what happened in Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey. Which wasn't as hard as it sounds! This book led to several tangents, especially as we discuss elemental magic, as well as a deep dive into how the cover looks! Plus we… Continue reading Season 3, Episode 4: Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey
Mari and Meg are back with a new middle school grade book, The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey. We discuss how we like that the main character is blind and how it takes FOREVER for them to kiss, and the added story of the first wife's family. Go check out our blog for the Season 4… Continue reading Season 2, Episode 4: The Storyteller’s Daughter
Mari and Meg discuss a not so modern retelling, but one that is still very important to the Beauty and the Beast circle: Robin McKinley's Beauty! This book has more of a backstory for Beauty, it even gives her a proper name! They also discuss the importance of describing food and whether or not monkeys… Continue reading Season 1, Episode 4: Beauty by Robin McKinley
One of my favorite things while reading A Court of Thorns and Roses was definitely perusing the map included in the book. The best part about fantasies is that a good one tends to have a spectacularly built world, and in the case of the ACOTAR series, it's a terribly cool one. Those fae-denominations are fun and… Continue reading ACOTAR: Which Court Are You?