June's Reads

June was way better than May, but even so, I am still way behind my reading challenge.

The fact that I feel tired all the time, and would rather sleep than read isn't helping.


Valiant - Sarah McGuire Red as Blood and White as Bone: A Tor.Com Original - Theodora Goss Roses and Rot - Kat Howard Heaps of Pearl - Seanan McGuire Ella: An Everland Ever After Tale - Caroline Lee

Make-Believe Wedding (Montana Born Brides Book 9) - Sarah Mayberry Not Quite a Husband - Sherry Thomas The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection - Patricia A. McKillip, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jane Yolen, Michael Marshall Smith, Ellen Datlow, Charles de Lint, Fred Chappell, Terry Bisson, Thomas Tessier, Ellen Kushner, Sara Paretsky, Thomas Canty, Daina Chaviano, Thomas M. Disch, Bruce McAllister, Ian McD Little Red: An Everland Ever After Tale - Caroline Lee The Gracekeepers: A Novel - Kirsty Logan


As always I keep turning for fairy tale retellings:

Mcguire, Sarah, Valiant - This was my favourite book in 2015, and it was still a five star read this year. I just love it. (hardback edition) 5 Stars. Re-Read.


Goss, Theodora, Red As Blood And White As Bone, Tor novellas

I liked it, but I didn't even took the trouble of writing a review. I gave it three stars, but honestly I remember so little about the second half of it, that maybe I should just remove a star.


Howard, Kat, Roses and Rot, Saga - 2 Stars

A story for which I had many expectations, but unfortunately I just couldn't connect with it.


Mcguire, Seanan, Heaps of Pearls( October Daye 9.1)- 3.5 Stars Short-Story

A most appreciated short, it would have gotten a  higher rating if it had been longer...


Lee, Caroline, Ella: An Everland Ever After - 3 Stars

Another retelling, this with a very different setting: the wild west. I liked how real the characters felt. Especially the hero, a former soldier who lost a leg in the war.


Mayberry, Sarah, Make Believe Wedding - 3.5 Stars

This was a very nice surprise. I loved reading it.


Thomas, Sherry, Not Quite a Husband- 5 Stars

Another pleasant surprise: although I am not a stranger to Sherry Thomas historical romances, there use to be something about them ( the guy's hold to rancour) that makes me not love them completely.


The romance, the characters, the whole thing was so heartfelt, that I pretty much read it all in one day.


Mckillip, Patricia A, The Snow Queen - 3.5 Stars

A Snow Queen retelling that takes place in modern day life.


Lee, Carolina, Little Red: Everland Ever After- 1 Star- DNF

Unlike what happened with Ella, I just couldn't enjoy this story. The whole thing rubbed me the wrong way.


Logan, Kirsty; The GraceKeepers- 2 Star

Another book that I only finished because I didn't want to add another to the DNF pile.

It wanted to be magical realism. For me it didn't got close.


5 Retellings: _ 1 Full Lenght Book; 3 Novellas, 1 Short Story

1 Historical Romance- Not Quite a Husband

1 contemporary Romance: Make Believe Wedding

2 Messes -The GraceKeepers and Roses and Rot

2 Short Stories: The Snow Queen and Heaps of Pearls