YA Fantasy Fairytale Retelling HadesPersephone+Beauty&Beast
Hi All! Lover of fantasy, fairytale retellings, dark and mysterious settings, and dragons.
I can really best describe my tastes as eclectic:
I’m an illustrator as well as author, which means I’m always talking myself down from doing a MG graphic novel (in the vein of a spooky Artemis Fowl.) My current favorite comics are Lore Olympus, the Prince and the Dressmaker, and whatever my current manga of the week is.
Love animated movies and series with big heart and worlds, both anime and Western styles. E.G. Avatar, Gravity Falls, Princess Mononoke, Your Name.
Also a video gamer. I’ve played most of the classics from Halo to Final Fantasy to GTA to Sekiro. But my heart is currently with the likes of Pokémon, Animal Crossing, and StarDew Valley since life is stressful right now.
Finally books… I’m open to almost all fantasy, though I’ve been known to read a good contemporary romcom or cozy mystery now and again. Some of my favorite books of all time are Beauty by Robin McKinley, The Dragon Knight by Gordon Dickson (super old but soo classic), Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
Newer books I’ve enjoyed… Spinning Silver, Among the Beasts and Briars, The White Stag. And most of what the instagram hashtag #the21ders are writing.
Also, I’m secretly a jock and adore rock climbing, spin class, weight lifting, and hiking. So much hiking and camping!
Nice to meet you!
I love fairytale retellings of all kinds, dragons and dragon riders, curses, spooky elements, mythology tie-ins. Romance is great but not required if the plot and world are strong.
I’m a sucker for a great werewolf or vampire story from the creature’s perspective. And I’m a lover of all things Beauty and the Beast.
I don’t read/critique sci-fi, contemporary, horror, historical, or erotica.
Also if you have a teenager with a sword starting a rebellion against an empire, it will need to have really strong internal stakes or a twist to keep it interesting for me (e.g. teenager is cursed, or she’s in charge of running said evil empire.) Its not a deal breaker, but something we need to discuss.
No suicide/depression/depiction of rape/self harm please.
“I was not alway heartless. But that was before the curse and the Queen of Summer froze my heart in my chest.”
As a prince, Arturo found his father’s demands that he marry for a woman’s beauty and lands unpleasant, but necessary. He didn’t have to love the girl after all, to do his duty.
But, when he unwittingly picks the fay Queen of Summer to wed, she reveals her true intention was not to marry Arturo at all. She needed to find a man cold enough to take the role of the King of Winter, to create the seasons for all eternity. She seals his fate by freezing his heart, stealing his memories, and banishing him to an icy palace for six months each year, until winter begins.
Desperate, lonely, and now calling himself “Winter” after centuries with no human contact, his only hope of regaining his humanity and freedom is to unfreeze his heart. When a girl named Skaldi is accidentally trapped in the ice palace with him, Winter seizes his chance. Winter tries to win both Skaldi’s heart and her promise to marry him, before she leaves at summer’s end. But he may already be out of time when Skaldi reveals she is on the hunt for a song with the power to change the seasons—and may be the daughter of his enemy, the Queen of Summer.
She won’t be there, I told myself. Or if she was, she wouldn’t remember, wouldn’t think to watch for me. I’d only seen her twice before, each year at the Verntide Festival, the night when the balance of the world hung on a knife’s edge, the veil between dark and light about to shift. I said this to myself, yet I donned my black coat and mask to go down there, nonetheless.
My footsteps were light on the rough hewn path that wound down the side of the canyon. Above, up the narrow steps, my father’s gleaming white palace loomed, as though reproaching me for leaving. This path was unknown to most, certainly unknown to my father and his King’s Circle who wouldn’t dream of entering or exiting a room without noble escorts, servants, and the palace guard. Never mind scrambling down a weatherworn mountaingoat path in the fading light. I was fairly certain I would never have found this path either if it weren’t for the strange words of my grandmother as we walked past the largest saguaro in the royal gardens one day. I’d been only fourteen and my father had, without warning, dumped the commissions and designs for the kingdom’s new aqueduct plans on my desk, in a fit of frustration. “Get it done,” he growled, straightening his shoulders and smile at the door to return to court.
My dream is to draw/write a MG spooky fantasy with clever heroes and gallant sword fighters.
Also a series of short stories set in the Southwest US about, sort of a catalogue of amazing creatures.
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