LitJoy Crate Unboxing: Once Upon a Retelling (Feb 2020)

Welcome to a LitJoy Crate unboxing, friends! I don’t regularly subscribe to book boxes and have some rather conflicting thoughts about how much I adore them (would you want a discussion post on this?), but I am known to grab an occasional crate now and then when the theme tickles my fancy.


The February 2020 theme definitely tickled my fancy. Once Upon a Retelling! I can’t get enough of retellings and was fairly confident I knew what the book was, so I ordered a crate.

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ARC Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

This book has rended my heart and spoken my soul. Its prose flows freely, layers of meaning shrouded behind every word. This won’t be a book for everyone, but it certainly was for ME. I loved it with my whole heart and loved the feeling of empowerment that I got from reading this feminist retelling of Macbeth. This book is dark, twisted, and powerful.

“Fair is foul and foul is fair – another spell.”

So much of what I love about this book is how it retells Macbeth. How it lends itself to analysis and comparison. But I don’t want to spoil any of that for you, dear friend.

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A House of Rage and Sorrow (The Celestial Trilogy #2) Sangu Mandanna

This review is spoiler-free for A House of Rage and Sorrow but may contain spoilers for A Spark of White Fire. Please exercise caution and don’t even read this book’s synopsis if you haven’t read the first one yet.

I apologize in advance for how incoherent this review will likely be to read. I finished reading A House of Rage and Sorrow about seven hours ago and am still reeling from the perfection that is this trilogy. Mandanna has burst all notions of the Middle Book Slump, crafting a fast-paced plot and characters you can’t help to fall in love with. Grab some tissues, friends, this one is a beautiful and emotional journey.

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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

I loved House of Salt and Sorrows

I’ve been trying to find the words necessary to write this review for almost two weeks, but words cannot express how much I loved House of Salt and Sorrows. This debut Gothic fantasy is masterfully crafted, hauntingly atmospheric, and full of magic and love. I devoured my eARC in one sitting and stayed up until 4am to finish reading it.

Craig’s writing is captivatingly descriptive without over burdening itself with purpose prose. Her descriptions are so vivid that I truly felt like I was watching a movie in my head while reading. The mood and Gothic atmosphere creep into her word choices, sweeping me away. Also: I want a pair (or twelve) of those fairy shoes.

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