Saturday Spotlight: Fantasy Movies – Post Thirty Five of Stay Home Order

Today, as part of my participation in Wyrd & Wonder, I just want to explore some of my favorite fantasy movies. Specifically, the ones that no one seems to talk about. I wish to go on a bit of a rant about why these are in my top rewatches and how they became my go-to gushes.

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Book Haul for May 2020 – Post Thirty Four of Stay Home Order

I am very happy to share all the beautiful book mail I have received over the last couple of weeks. All of these were the product of trading on Twitter and Facebook while trying to clean out a bunch of old arcs to make space for new reads. Big thanks to everyone who traded with me!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Urban Fantasy – Post Thirty Three of Stay Home Order

Since I’m focusing on urban fantasy this week, be prepared to see some of my absolute favorite authors/series/books. Many of these are bound to be your favorites as well or you’ve hopefully heard of them. But I’ve also included some independently published series that you should totally check out! Urban Fantasy is generally defined as contemporary setting with magical elements.

Series Sunday: Toby Daye by Seanan McGuire – Post Thirty Two of Stay Home Order

Welcome to Urban Fantasy week! One of my absolute favorite sub-genres of fantasy. Last week I was feeling off and didn’t make as many posts, but this week will likely be jam packed with content as I have a lot to shout about!

Seanan McGuire's October Daye Series Sweepstakes! | Tor.com

I started reading this series back in 2017 in anticipation of the author, Seanan McGuire, visiting ARCHON. Admittedly, I had not made it very far into the first book by the time the convention rolled around, so I had very little context for all the questions Seanan was answering about Toby. And I wish I could go back now with all my newfound knowledge of the series in order to better understand!

This is one of those series that just gets better as the series progresses due to the author’s writing evolving and growing over time. Seanan is also ridiculously good at telling a story over a series. All the plot threads that have been introduced and criss-crossed and followed through on. I am in awe of her skill and hope that someday I can tell a story half as good.

Found this amazing piece of art on Unicorn Empire’s tumblr from 2016. https://unicornempire.tumblr.com/post/145726486644/so-i-promised-id-do-a-write-up-of-the

So this series follow October “Toby” Daye, a changeling on the outskirts of the fae community living under the radar in the San Francisco area, as she tries not to die while following the directives given to her by pureblooded monarchy and “betters.” Each book is a fully contained story while adding to the over-arcing narrative. That being said, definitely read this series in order! The way the characters change, grow, and interact is very realistic, and the author knows how to write authentic emotions.

I have been slowly savoring the series ever since starting it and loving it; however, the author announced that she plans on providing a preorder enamel pin to readers who have ordered the newest Toby Daye book through specific independent bookstores that have signed up for the promotion. I have put in my order through Borderlands Books, the author’s local favorite, and now I must finish reading the other books to be up-to-date by September.

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I have never wanted a book related enamel pin more than this adorable fish!

I have finished the first eleven books and will be starting the twelfth very soon. Then, I either have to wait until September to receive my copy of the mass market of book thirteen or hope that I can get it through the library interlibrary loan program. We’ll see if that possibility pans out. I’m both excited and sad to be caught up since this series has become a favorite, and once I get caught up, I’m back to waiting for the next book to release!

ARC Review: Fae Spell by Eve A Hunt – Post Thirty One of Stay Home Order

Fae Spell (Yew Queen, #3)

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: May 25th 2020

I had the pleasure of once again helping the author hunt for typos before releasing this book into the world for mass consumption, which means I received a free earc in exchange for an honest review. I can happily say that this did not impact my enjoyment of this book!

This is a great conclusion to the trilogy! I love how the author was able to both introduce new concepts that felt logical and wrap up many of the loose ends all in one compact novel. We were introduced to chapters told through Coren’s best friend’s POV, which allowed for some extra steam. And, of course, our dark unicorn friend makes a return. Sadly, we lose some characters as the war comes to a peak. But, I was pretty happy with how the humans rise to the challenge placed before them.

Overall, I definitely think you should check out this series if you haven’t already. This story arc wraps up nicely, but it sounds like the author has more stories planned for this universe. I’m excited to see what she has up her sleeves!

Summary:

A dragon. A twisted curse. And a finale to rival the glory of chocolate croissants.

I used to think burned scones and bad hair made for a rough day. When a dragon crawls out of a hole in Main Street, I realize it’s time to rework that definition.

I broke the Mage Duke’s curse, but the dark spell hasn’t disappeared. Instead, the casting morphed into a legless dragon thing that wants to eat me.

Nailed it.

And to top off this crap sandwich, the town’s local reporter has decided to rouse a mob against me. 

I have a lot of witch work to do, friends. Send doughnuts.

Top Ten Tuesday: Romantic Fantasy – Post Thirty of Stay Home Order

I was originally going to feature Dark Fantasy as one of the subgenres this month, but then I decided that I wanted to focus on the happier spots in my life, so I switched it to romantic fantasy. A lot of these probably fall into paranormal romance, and honestly, I’ve never really looked into what the difference was. So this is a list of books and series that include both fantasy and romance in some combination.

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Book Review: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Post Twenty-Seven of Stay Home Order

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2)

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Knopf Books For Young Readers

I both loved and hated this book! I read it in two sittings since the pacing was spot on and the character development felt real. I kept flipping the pages wanting more story with each one. I love the worldbuilding that these two authors can bring to a story! It absolutely impresses and amazes me, and I can’t wait for the next book.

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