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5 03, 2017

Review: Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella

By | March 5th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Nina Longfield

One might think two women living one thousand years apart would have little in common with each other especially when one woman is of the Viking era and the other a modern American woman. Yet Amalia Carosella skillfully interweaves the stories of Freydis and Emma throughout her novel, Daughter of a Thousand Years, so that these two women of disparate centuries are kindred spirits. Through the pages, the reader grows to know Freydis and Emma who live a thousand years apart but whose lives are in some ways parallel as both strive to live as they desire.

1 11, 2016

Review: Dream of Civility by Jeffrey Liebling

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Romance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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dream of civility book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Dream of Civility is a retelling of the many Arthurian legends, both about King Arthur and all his knights of the round table. The author, Jeffrey Liebling, has a long forward explaining both why he undertook this endeavor and how he went about it. Starting with the legends put together in the 1400’s and finding all the different retellings since, including such recent authors as T.H. White’s the Once and Future King, and Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy.

The author spent a lot of time researching the legends and he also tried to make them more accurate for the times that Arthur actually lived, which was ~500 AD–years before the most famous collection was written.

29 08, 2016

Blog Tour: Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English re-imagines the tale of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, giving the reader a different take on the various gods and goddesses of Greek mythology.

Aphrodite has been living among mortals for over 9,000 years, offering the blessing of the Goddess one night, and to one man at a time. Each time she takes them to bed, she heals their wounds, both physical and mental, and then leaves before they awaken. These men, although healed, don’t remember anything about her or about the night they shared.

2 06, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Romance|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Amazing! The Beautiful Pretender is a novel penned by Melanie Dickerson, and part of the Medieval Fairy Tale series. I found myself deeply involved in this book mere seconds after reading the first paragraph. This is a story of a wounded Margrave fighting for his city and a woman desperate to find true love. It has a plot that will have you cheering the characters on, all the while feeling like you have been dropped into the middle of Beauty and the Beast!

27 10, 2015

Review: After Alice by Gregory Maguire

By | October 27th, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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after alice book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

I consider Gregory Maguire’s Wicked to be one of my all-time favorite books, but Maguire is still a relatively unread author in my reading life; my attempt at reading Son of a Witch ended in my discard pile, and I hardly remember what I thought of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. For these reasons, it might have been better for me to pass up reading After Alice, Maguire’s spin on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

It’s been more than a decade since I read Alice in Wonderland, and I’d encourage anyone who wants to read After Alice to read Carroll’s stories for a deeper understanding and connection to Maguire’s tale. After Alice follows another little girl—named Ada—on her journey through Wonderland as she attempts to locate her missing friend, Alice. I

20 07, 2015

Review: The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

By | July 20th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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gospel of loki book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

If you’re not a fan of mythology, fantasy, or comic books, you may not know who Loki and the gods of Asgard are. The mythology of Nordic cultures is a rich tapestry of bloody battles, furious vengeance, vanity, and heroism. The pantheon of characters calls upon the best and worst attributes of human culture. In The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris, all of these concepts are brought together in an entertaining romp through many of the ancient Norse tales.

The story revolves around the narration of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and lies. He sets out to tell his own and Asgard’s history to set his reputation straight. The gods of Asgard make him sound like a villain, but Loki finds that an unfair characterization. Each chapter reads like an episode in the

15 09, 2014

Review: Doe Eyes by Staci Hart

By | September 15th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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22051713Reviewed by A.D. Cole

In Doe Eyes, a third installment to the Good Gods series, Aphrodite, goddess of love, is in competition with Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Each goddess is to pick a human player. Aphrodite’s goal is to help the two humans fall in love. Artemis’ is to keep them apart. Normally Aphrodite would win this competition blindfolded. But at the moment, she has her own personal problems to deal with.

Jon and Josie are the two human pawns. Jon has returned to New York after three years away and he wants Josie back. Josie has been living with the belief that Jon left her three years ago to be with his pregnant ex, and she has no intention of forgiving him. Ever. But when her investigation into the murder of her partner, Anne, becomes desperate, Jon is the only one with

25 01, 2013

Review: Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullmann

By | January 25th, 2013|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , |4 Comments

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9780670024971_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

If you love traditional story telling of the fairy tale variety, you are going to adore this collection put together by none other than Philip Pullman. Author of His Dark Materials trilogy, (of which The Golden Compass is probably the best known as it was made into a major motion picture), Pullman has done it again by collecting not only the most traditionally well-known stories, but all the tales written down and passed along by the Brothers Grimm. The stories are simplistic, easy to remember and get straight to the point which makes them all the more fun to read (or pass along yourself to whomever you might want to entertain).

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale collection has been well known and beloved for centuries now, but as with most traditional stories, they’ve lost bits and pieces along