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Malice
Malice: A Novel | Heather Walter
A princess isn't supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," true love is more than a simple fairy tale. Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love's kiss. You've heard this before, haven't you? The handsome prince. The happily-ever-after. Utter nonsense. Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn't care, either. Until I met her. Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar's throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn't bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse. But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating--and she can't stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it's what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world. Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don't we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I-- I am the villain.
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kelli7990
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2 #libraryholds from Libby came in today but I‘m having them delivered later because I started The Hacienda last night but I‘m not very far into the book right now.

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kelli7990
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Another #libraryhold on Libby just came in on Libby but I‘m having it delivered later.

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MsRadioSilence
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I‘ve got more than a couple books to catch up my reviews, but I really liked Malice! I love supporting women‘s wrongs, and honestly: good for Alyce. I also love a good sapphic reimagining of beloved fairytales, so for any fans of the Lunar Chronicles who wished it was just a little more gay, here you go.

Read my full review at: https://www.rainyreader.com/single-post/malice.
#fantasy #lgbt #sapphic #fairytale #romacne

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MsRadioSilence
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I don‘t have a review up yet bc I fell behind on the website this month BUT there‘s Halloween stuff at Michaels and I‘m so ready for #scarathlon2022!! All of the Halloween swaps!! It‘s spooky girl fall now, I don‘t make the rules.

#lgbt #fantasy #retelling #scarathlon #halloween

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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hartofashieldmaiden
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Talk about addictive, I couldn't put the book down and was immensely sad when I finished it. Looking forward to reading the second book.

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Eggbeater
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This Sleeping Beauty retelling had its slow moments, but it was quite creative and fun and the fabulous ending more than made up for it. I am looking forward to the second book of the duology which comes out in May.

#AwesomeApril #Readathon @Andrew65
Book 2 complete

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 6mo
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AkashaVampie
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Hey Littens... Sorry I was MIA for the past couple of days. We took a trip to Albany during a snow storm on Friday and we had to end up staying there for the night. So we did some shopping. These are a couple of books that I picked up for myself.

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@ElizaMarie @AsYouWish @jb72

LitStephanie Both of those covers look intriguing! Hope you are home safe 7mo
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Marialou
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I didn‘t love this book to begin with; it was slow to get going and not immediately gripping. BUT this book got better as it went on and ultimately I became completely engrossed. This is meant to be a villains story and the author doesn‘t shy from that. She doesn‘t minimise the villainy of Alyce and the final act is very satisfying but she ensures we understand Alyce, that we go through her story and villain development with her.

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Bookgoil
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For #June #12in2021 I had to pick four again - all of these were just so good 😅 #6thbookof2021

Malice is a retelling with a queer twist and I cannot wait for the sequel. I loved the first book.
Tipping the velvet took me back in time and really opened your eyes to the struggles of queers in show business.
Patience and Esther is a fab sapphic graphic novel
Written in the stars has my new fave trope - fake dating 🤣
See a theme?

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Some popular books here. (edited) 9mo
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Endowarrior21
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Can I just say you have skills your wrapping was so pretty @MeganAnn @MaleficentBookDragon

wanderinglynn Wow! That's awesome wrapping! 9mo
MeganAnn Aww thank you! 🥰 I keeping watching all these fancy wrapping videos on Pinterest and figured I‘d give it a try. 9mo
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Endowarrior21
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@MeganAnn you spoiled me and I feel so blessed. Everything is perfect for my #JolabokaflodSwap the handmade chocolates smell delicious and the Malice book was my top book I hoped to get for Christmas this year. Everything else is just excellent. @MaleficentBookDragon

MeganAnn I‘m so glad you like everything! Happy holidays! ❤️✨❄️ 9mo
Hooked_on_books Cute socks! 9mo
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ParkerFinn
Malice: A Novel | Heather Walter
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This book was beautifully written. My problem was the romance. Mostly that it wasn‘t my cup of tea. Not that it‘s not necessarily good cause for some people it is. Just not for me. Otherwise I would have finished it.

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KristiAhlers
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So I‘m doing these fairytale retellings and truly enjoying how each author puts their spin on these well known stories. This is a Sleeping Beauty retelling and I have to say I‘m a fan. Dark and twisty and I loved the ending. Looking forward to the next book.

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alecia3dixie
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Mehso-so

This book was okay. I liked it, but I just wanted more. I felt so much of it was predictable to the point I was rolling my eyes at some parts. It was a very fun and different take on the tale, but I just wanted more and wanted to be more surprised. I hope the next book offers more than this one did. Still a good read tho if you like re-tellings! 2.5/5

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ozma.of.oz
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView !

1. What a tough question! Sometimes? It is such a difficult thing to describe when a title catches my eye. There doesn‘t seem to be a consistent thread I could point to.
2. Sleeping Beauty but make it queer. ❤️🏳️‍🌈❤️

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😀📙📚 13mo
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Bamazin
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#nowreading I haven‘t posted here in a long time. I usually just check out what everyone else is reading to get an idea of what I want to read next. I miss doing #litsyswaps and was thinking of signing up for one for Halloween.

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ErraticElle
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A clever & fun retelling/inversion of Sleeping Beauty. A fantastic mixture of the old with the new & some incredibly creative twists. I'm not sure I've read many books where I've cheered for bad things happening. The writing was smooth & character centered, creating a cast that was very full-bodied & believable. Evil graces, devilish subplots, several layers of betrayal, an animal companion, & a semi-secret romance. Lots of good fun to be had.

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vlwelser
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This is great as an #audiobook. It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with the evil fairy as the lead character. I guess she's probably only a fairy for Disney. But anyway... So Alice is different from everyone around her and she has powerful magic hidden within her. And then she falls in love with the princess and I look forward to seeing where the next book goes.

#BookSpinBingo free space
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I liked this book, but the ending infuriated me and broke my heart. Can‘t wait for book 2 in the duology.

Gissy I need it in my life😱☺️ 1y
WanderingBookaneer @Gissy : I think you wouldn‘t like it, but like me, you would empathize with Alice too much in the end. 1y
Gissy @WanderingBookaneer But I need to read it and that cover is gorgeous 😍 1y
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ozma.of.oz
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A sapphic retelling of a Sleeping Beauty.

A retelling from the villain‘s POV is difficult to pull off, and Malice really succeeds here. Alyce deals with microaggressions from her fellow Graces and institutional constraints placed on her because of her magic. The entire realm believes her to be evil and monstrous. And she just wants to belong.

And the ending! Fast paced and intense! Just enough cliffhanger to get me stoked for book 2! 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

ozma.of.oz @TheAromaofBooks My #BookSpin book for June! And @Kenyazero my F/F romance for #LGBTQBookBingo2021 ! 1y
Kenyazero Sounds like a good read! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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ozma.of.oz
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Dentist: Blegh!

Dentist with insurance: Yay!

Megabooks So true!! 1y
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ozma.of.oz
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Happy #PrideMonth ! 🤎🖤💕❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

1. A wlw dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty and my #BookSpin read!
2. Adding Joshua Whitehead to my stack!
3. I enjoy everything I read by Seanan McGuire. ❤️

#SundayFunday Have a wonderful day, and don‘t forget to tag me! 🏳️‍🌈

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ozma.of.oz
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Got my Pride Month #BingoBoard in order and ready to go!

#BookSpin 5 - Malice by Heather Walter

#DoubleSpin 6 - The Black Tides of Heaven by Jy Yang

Whatever benevolent bingo spirits exist in the universe must be smiling on me. I might actually get a bingo this month! 🤞🏻

BookBr Outstanding lineup! 1y
Kenyazero Looks like it's going to be a great month! 1y
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Bookfan1414
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Definitely worth the read, thanks for the recommendation random Barnes and Noble employee!!!!! 💜

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Branwen
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I really loved this book! The writing was so beautiful and the worldbuilding was epic! 💕📚👍 Now I have to wait for the next one as I cry buckets over that cliffhanger of an ending! 😭

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Branwen
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I've been saving this book specifically to enjoy during my staycation! It's a sapphic retelling of Sleeping Beauty! 😍💕📚 I started it this morning, and I'm honestly loving it so far. The writing is gorgeous and I love this magical, corrupted world the author has created- and I haven't even gotten to the romance yet! Also, I'm enjoying it with some tea, bacon, cheese and crackers, and a croissant! 🥐🧀🥓 Yum!

Come-read-with-me A lovely “pre-birthday” snack! 1y
Branwen @Come-read-with-me I think so too! 😁 1y
Clare-Dragonfly “Sapphic Sleeping Beauty” = STACKED! 😍 1y
Branwen @Clare-Dragonfly YES! And it's REALLY good so far! I came for the sapphic bits but am staying because of how fantastic the story is! 😍 1y
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GerardtheBookworm
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A Sapphic based YA retelling The Sleeping Beauty tale. A dark enchantress falls for the Princess Aurora in this story while a civil war erupts in the kingdom in this first book in a YA series.

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Branwen
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Book mail and bubble tea! 🙂💕📚

MySharonaK Oooh nice! 💚 1y
RamsFan1963 I read the Avengers book, it's a lot of fun. 1y
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underground_bks
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Mehso-so

Fans of Wicked and Maleficent will be reading this with a *chef's kiss*...actually, make that a *true love's kiss*. This debut fantasy retells the familiar fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, recasting the role of Prince Charming with that of the villainous femme fatale. Cons: it‘s too long, needs more editing, and is clumsy and cartoonish in places. Pluses: the grisly girl-centered magical system and a second half full of surprises.