Heir of Fire (★★★★☆) and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆ ½)
I did it, I am finally all caught up with Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series! While I had some trouble with Heir of Fire (mostly due to the change of setting), Queen of Shadows felt like a good return to form. Despite some issues I had with my ship, the misogynist fae bullshit and some weird psychic nonsense, the plot and amazing diverse women had me riveted. Ghost leopard FTW! [READ FULL QUEEN OF SHADOWS REVIEW]
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (★★★★☆)
Even though I started Trigger Warning in February, it took me this long to finish it because I am extremely bad with short story collections. Mea culpa. Regardless of my faults, Trigger Warning includes some great Neil Gaiman stories and some not-so-great ones, but the amazing ones — like The Sleeper in the Spindle — far outweighed the ones I struggled with.
Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy (★★★★★) and Gotham Academy Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher (★★★★☆)
I have been hearing nothing but good things about the DC series Gotham Academy, and you know what? All those things were right. From the beautifully illustrated characters to the fun stories and subtle nods to the Bat-universe, this is one comic series you need to add to your pull list. I will admit however that I found the first volume way more gripping than its successor.
Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault (★★★★★)
Illustrated by the super talented Rose Camille Garcia, the French version of Cinderella (Cendrillon) is not nearly as dark as the Brothers Grimm tale (Aschenputtel). While I would have loved to see how Garcia illustrated the fate of the stepsisters in the Grimm tale, she once again superbly brought a classic fairy tale to light in a modern way. Do The Little Mermaid next please!
The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen (★★★★☆)
I really look forward to reading The Wicked + the Divine, but not matter how hard I try I still don’t always 100% understand what’s going on. I will say however that over time it is getting much easier to keep all the gods and goddesses straight. The varying back stories are especially great in this volume, and the artwork — as always — is stellar.
Thor Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder (★★★★☆ ½) and Thor Vol. 2: Who Holds the Hammer? by Jason Aaron (★★★★☆ ½)
Despite not being the hugest Thor fan (I’m more a Loki gal), I really enjoy the new Thor Jason Aaron created with his team, especially her insistence on being called just Thor rather than something ridiculous like Lady Thor. Even though I knew who was hiding being the mask, I still loved the lead up to the reveal and the short stories at the end of volume two were equally delightful.
The Fiery Trial: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson (★★★★☆)
I’m only two short stories away from completing The Shadowhunter Academy series! While I’m still liking the stories as a whole — and this one had some great Simon and Clary friendship moments — I think I’m ready to move on from the New York gang and get to know the Los Angeles team a little better. Here’s hoping all the baby children characters aren’t the absolute worst in their own series.
Bitch Planet Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick (★★★★☆)
People keep raving about Bitch Planet, a feminist comic set in a dystopian world where non-compliant women are sent to prison on another planet. Did I mention it’s inspired by “women in prison” exploitation films? Because it is. I couldn’t rate it a perfect five because it took a while before I fully understood some important elements of the plot, but now that I have, I am all in!
Winterspell by Claire Legrand (★★☆☆☆½)
What can I say about this retelling of The Nutcracker that I read as part of the Spines with Wines book club except: it sure was … something. I neither loved nor hated this book, but it did get a few emotions out of me, including frustration and anger. Winterspell could have been great, but while it was written well — written beautifully in fact — the plot and the majority of the characters fell completely flat. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]