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Thursday, April 28, 2022

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

A Mirror Mended

by Alix E. Harrow
Published by Publishing • June 14, 2022
ISBN 978-1250766649 • Hardcover • 144 Pages

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Book description:
A Mirror Mended is the next installment in USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow's Fractured Fables series.

Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you’ve rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you’ve gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish some of these girls would just get a grip and try solving their own narrative issues.

Just when Zinnia’s beginning to think she can't handle one more princess, she glances into a mirror and sees another face looking back at her: the shockingly gorgeous face of evil, asking for her help. Because there’s more than one person trapped in a story they didn’t choose. Snow White's Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she's desperate for a better ending. She wants Zinnia to help her before it’s too late for everyone.

Will Zinnia accept the Queen's poisonous request, and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them, or will she try another path?

The follow-up to A Spindle Splintered, Alix E. Harrow's A Mirror Mended finds that Zinnia Gray has possibly come to the end of her crusade to save Sleeping Beauties from their preordained fates. However, that doesn't mean her adventure has come to an end, as she is pulled into a story not hers and comes face to face with the Evil Queen of Snow White's story. As in A Spindle Splintered, though, we learn that possibly the tale we thought we all knew about the Queen and Snow White may not be the full story, and in this Fractured Fable, the villain may not be as recognizable as we think.

Harrow's books are fantastic - she takes a story we're all familiar with and completely turns it on its beautiful, queer head and creates something still familiar, but oh so brilliantly fresh out it. I hope we'll be seeing more of her Fractured Fables throughout the years.
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures: The Monster of Temple Peak by Cavan Scott, illustrated by Rachael Stott

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures—The Monster of Temple Peak #1 Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures—The Monster of Temple Peak #1 by Cavan Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I actually read the entire thing, but because there isn't a collected edition in the works since IDW is losing their Star Wars license to Dark Horse, I'm just using the first issue as a place holder for my review for the time being (it's almost funny, that this was originally supposed to be an original graphic novel that was then split into a 4 issue limited series, now possibly not to be recollected into it's original, intended format). This was an OK story, like most of the IDW offerings. They've all just been OK.

This volume centers on Ty Yorrick, a former Padawan now mercenary and monster hunter for hire. She's been one of the characters that I've found most interesting, as I'm always intrigued by the characters who are disillusioned with the Jedi and the Force. I'm glad that we were able to get a little more of her backstory here (we get to see some of her time as a Padawan, and a definitive event in what made her leave the order), and I'm hoping that we'll be able to see more of her in the future. The rest of the story here is fairly straight forward - Yorrick is hired to hunt down a mysterious monster that is terrorizing a settlement, but of course, nothing is as it seems, and the Monster of Temple Peak may not be who they think it is. I thoroughly enjoyed Rachael Stott's art in the series; I'd definitely like to see more of her work on Star Wars series in the future.

Unless you are a completist like me with Star Wars, you won't be missing anything from the main, overall story arc of the High Republic, but this was still a fun little side adventure.

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Friday, April 1, 2022

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, the second book in @veschwab’s Shades of Magic series, picks up four months after the events of ADSOM. Delilah Bard has disappeared, Rhy is becoming accustomed to his new attachment to Kell, and Kell is trying hard to carry on a normal life after being barred from traveling between Londons. With the approach of the Element Games, where the best magicians from the neighboring lands come to compete, Rhy convinces Kell to secretly enter the games under an alias, just to break his monotony. When Delilah makes a surprise return, Kell must start to deal with his feelings for her, while still trying to come to terms with the repercussions of his actions that led to the closing off of the other Londons.

And didn’t Holland die…?

While this volume does suffer slightly from the “middle book of a trilogy syndrome” - existing for the sole purpose of making sure all the characters are where they need to be for the final book - it’s still a damn fine story. Schwab continues to develop her characters, sometimes in unexpected ways, and the result is superb.

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