“Black Butler Vol. 1” by Yana Toboso

Black Butler by Yana Toboso is an alternate history fantasy manga set in Victorian England.  The orphaned Ciel Phantomhive is the heir to the Funton Toy empire.  He is attended by a butler named Sebastian with seemingly supernatural abilities to run the household, make delicious desserts, and kick bad guy butt–all before dinnertime. For those ofRead more

“Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance” edited by Mitzi Szereto

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance is a collection of fifteen erotic short stories featuring ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and things that go bump (see what I did there?) in the night.  The stories draw on the gothic literary tradition, which at its heart has always paired romanticism with apprehension of the unknown.  This is oneRead more

It’s that time again… Mini-Reviews!

Every now and then my backlog of read-but-not-reviewed starts getting ridiculous.  That’s currently the case, and I want to clean house before the weekend comes so I can cosplay as Hermione Granger while not feeling guilty over the shit I should have done on my blog (stressing over unfinished work would be totally in character forRead more

“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a young adult retelling of One Thousand and One Nights.  Each night, Khalid, the mad Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride, who he has killed the next morning.  Becoming Khalid’s bride is a death sentence, but a young woman named Shazi volunteers for the role.  Her best friend had beenRead more

“Masks and Shadows” by Stephanie Burgis

Masks and Shadows is a historical fantasy novel set in Hungary in the 1770s.  The Hapsburgs currently reign, but there is constant court intrigue as scheming courtiers try to shift the balance of power.  The novel opens as Charlotte von Steinbeck, the newly widowed sister of Prince Nikolaus’ mistress, arrives at Eszterhaza.  Charlotte is prim andRead more

“Tower of Thorns” by Juliette Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier is the second installment in Blackthorn & Grim, a fantasy series about a prickly young woman who is bent on vengeance against Malthuin, a powerful man who killed her family.  She can’t execute her revenge because her very freedom from prison was purchased by a bargain with a faeRead more