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Small Favors: Small-Town Horror with Fairy Tale Vibes

*I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased the yellow B&N edition for myself. These are my personal, honest opinions. Thank you.* 4/5 Stars Author: Erin A. Craig Publisher/Imprint: Delacorte Press Edition: Hardcover, 466 Pages Publication Date: July 27, 2021 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well!   Book… Continue reading Small Favors: Small-Town Horror with Fairy Tale Vibes

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Daughter of Sparta: An Empowering, Female-Led Retelling of ‘Daphne & Apollo’

*I received a free finished copy of this book from the publisher. These are my personal, honest opinions. Thank you.* 4/5 Stars Author: Claire M. Andrews Publisher/Imprint: Jimmy Patterson Books Edition: Hardcover, 375 Pages Publication Date: June 08, 2021 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! Book Synopsis Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now… Continue reading Daughter of Sparta: An Empowering, Female-Led Retelling of ‘Daphne & Apollo’

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Sing Me Forgotten: An Enchanting ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Retelling

*I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my personal, honest opinions. Thank you.* 4/5 Stars Author: Jessica S. Olson Publisher/Imprint: Inkyard Press Edition: Paperback ARC, 325 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: March 09, 2021 A Spine that Shines? Quite… Continue reading Sing Me Forgotten: An Enchanting ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Retelling

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Sea Witch: A Retelling That Could’ve Offered More

3.5/5 Stars Author: Sarah Henning Publisher/Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books Edition: Audiobook, 8 hrs 25 min Publication Date: July 31, 2018 A Spine that Shines? Partially   Book Synopsis Wicked meets The Little Mermaid in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.Ever since her… Continue reading Sea Witch: A Retelling That Could’ve Offered More

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Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things: A Cute, Modern Retelling of Jane Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’

4/5 Stars Author: Jacqueline Firkins Publisher/Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers Edition: Paperback ARC, 371 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: December 17, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! *This review is based on a paperback ARC edition received from the publisher. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my… Continue reading Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things: A Cute, Modern Retelling of Jane Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’

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The Guinevere Deception: Mixed Feelings Regarding This Arthurian Retelling

3.5/5 Stars Author: Kiersten White Publisher/Imprint: Delacorte Press Edition: e-ARC, 257 Digital Pages Hardcover Publication Date: November 05, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Partially *This review is based on the e-ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest opinions. Thank… Continue reading The Guinevere Deception: Mixed Feelings Regarding This Arthurian Retelling

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House of Salt and Sorrows: A Dark, Atmospheric Retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”

4/5 Stars Author: Erin A. Craig Publisher/Imprint: Delacorte Press Edition: Hardcover, 400 Pages Publication Date: August 06, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well 'We are born of the Salt, we live by the Salt, and to the Salt we return.'High Mariner, House of Salt and Sorrows Initial Thoughts I hope everyone is having a… Continue reading House of Salt and Sorrows: A Dark, Atmospheric Retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely: An Enchanting Retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”

4.5/5 Stars Author: Brigid Kemmerer Publisher: Bloomsbury YA Edition: Hardcover, 477 Pages Publication Date: January 29, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! 'I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.'Freya, A Curse So Dark and Lonely Initial Thoughts & Pacing Good evening, everyone!… Continue reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely: An Enchanting Retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”

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Spin the Dawn: An Elegant Retelling Filled with the Magic of the Sun, Moon, and Stars

4/5 Stars Author: Elizabeth Lim Publisher/Imprint: Knopf Edition: e-ARC, 288 Digital Pages Hardcover Publication Date: July 09, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! *This review is based on the e-ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest opinions. Thank… Continue reading Spin the Dawn: An Elegant Retelling Filled with the Magic of the Sun, Moon, and Stars

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Stepsister: Can the “Ugly” Stepsister Become the Hero?

4.5/5 Stars Author: Jennifer Donnelly Publisher/Imprint: Scholastic Edition: Paperback ARC, 342 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: May 14, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! *This review is based on an ARC edition received from the publisher. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof copy. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.*… Continue reading Stepsister: Can the “Ugly” Stepsister Become the Hero?