#TopTenTuesday: 10 of My Favorite Haunting/Creepy/Cozy Alt-Country & Folk Songs to Welcome Fall

I love making lists, and I love especially making playlists. My favorite season is fall, and my husband and I have a tradition of making and mailing fall mixtapes as part of our celebration of the Fall Equinox/Winter Finding.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Haunting/Creepy/Cozy Alt-Country & Folk Songs to Welcome Fall. Give them a listen and recommend me some! If you want to take part in #TopTenTuesdays, head over to The Broke and Bookish.

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Gritty, Real, Satisfying Dark Fantasy: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (*Spoilers*)

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 *This review contains spoilers for a major plot point.

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Biggest Book Disappointment of the Year: A Review of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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Details and Synopsis
My Rating: 3/5 stars
US Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
17 year-old Ismae is marked by St. Martain, the saint-god of death, because she survived her mother’s attempted abortion. She bears this mark physically in a gruesome scar, and in the otherworldly abilities she has yet to acknowledge. A medieval woman living in Brittany, she’s married off in an agreement between her abusive father and an equally horrible man who shows Ismae on their wedding night that he will not only continue her father’s brutal treatment, he’s going to add to it. Thankfully, she’s smuggled away by adherents of St. Martain, and taken to His convent of assassin nuns. There she’s trained to do her part to keep Brittany’s sovereignty from the kingdom of France, but the path she walks is full of treachery, politics, love, and other dangerous things.

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#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Weird Fiction Favorites

You wouldn’t know it to look at my fledgling book review blog here, but I do read things outside YA fantasy. I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of YA, though, and I’m smitten. But truly if I had to pick my favorite genre it’d be dark fantasy, and specifically weird fiction. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Top 10 All Time Favorite Books of X Genre.” I’m submitting the following from weird fiction:

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Women and Vocation: A Mini Review of Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich

US Publisher: Orb Weaver Press, 2011

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Wander, my daughter. A woman’s path is made by wandering.”

I found Eolyn on the Kindle store for $1.99, and it was so nice to start a book knowing absolutely nothing about it beyond its short Amazon blurb. There was no hype for it to live up to, and now that it’s over that makes me sad because it’s a really good book.

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Celebrating a Menstruation Scene in an Epic Fantasy (minor spoiler for Empire of Storms)

I just have to share this scene from Empire of Storms, and how cool it is to find a reference to menstruation in an epic fantasy that goes further than some Medieval-esque remark about a “first blood,” or “moon” or whatever and addresses the technicalities of questing with ovaries. Cause, you know, when you’re escaping terrifying fellbeasts with a dangerous, 500+ year old Fae warrior and trying to make it to your long lost queen to give her a weapon that will change the course of the war…you’ll more than likely get your period along the way. 


Do any period depictions in fantasy stand out to you? Please share!

Book Review: Empire of Storms (or, more accurately, my immediate, barely articulate emotional rant)

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Lazy Day = Time Spent with Empire of Storms

I am loving Empire of Storms, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Saturday than making some progress on a good book while the hubster and doggies snooze in low light of the evening. Siiighh. Good day! 

I hope, wherever you are, you’re enjoying an equally relaxing day with a good book.

Series Saturday: Eternal Sky, by Elizabeth Bear

My #SeriesSaturday (hosted by P.S. I Love that Book) submission is Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy, comprising of Range of Ghosts, Shattered Pillars, and Steles of the Sky.

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