Baba Yaga

Fair Vasyl and Vassa in the Night

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

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Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga in Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

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

Donkeyskin

Season 3, Episode 4: Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey

  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

One Thousand and One Nights

Season 2, Episode 4: The Storyteller’s Daughter

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

Beauty and the Beast

Season 1, Episode 4: Beauty by Robin McKinley

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

Beauty and the Beast

ACOTAR: Which Court Are You?

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?

Beauty and the Beast

Season 1, Episode 2: A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Mari and Meg discuss one of the first modern Beauty and the Beast retellings! As mentioned last week, Belle is the original Young Adult Heroine?, so how does an actual modern New Adult book compare? Well, there are fairies, sex, giggling, and eye rolling. And yelling about boy names. Find out what about a book… Continue reading Season 1, Episode 2: A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas