5 Fantasy Books Coming out This Month

5 Fantasy Books Coming out This Month

New year, new books? Oh yes. Let’s welcome 2021 with five new fantasy books!   1. “Tales from the hinterland” Melissa Albert returns with Tale from the Hinterlands, a story taking place between the second and third books in her The Hazel Wood series, that was given the following teaser: “Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives.”     2. “crown of bones” A.K. Wilder‘s Crown of Bones will be released this …

5 Fantasy Books With Mermaids

5 Fantasy Books With Mermaids

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Mermaids are beings that can be found in legends from different parts of the world, and they can most certainly be traced to different mythologies as well. We have tales of mermaids that end tragically, and we have stories where they end happily. There are stories of mermaids shedding their tails for human legs, and then there are tales where these same beings drag humans to their watery deaths. They are dangerous and fascinating. It isn’t surprising that there are stories that focus on these beings in some way, shape, or form. Here are five fantasy books featuring mermaid characters. …

Picture Book About a Trans-Child Wins A Major Award!

Picture Book About a Trans-Child Wins A Major Award!

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Today’s world can often seem extremely anti-LGBTQ, with society feeling oppressive toward people who fall outside the line of heterosexually. But there is still a lot of good news, especially with the recent news about the book called Julian Is a Mermaid.       The book is a children’s picture book that tells the story of a young boy called Julian who comes to terms with his queer identity, showcasing his attempts at dressing in woman’s clothing and how his nana reacts to his attempts to embrace his new identity. The author and illustrator Jessica Love, who was partly inspired by …

Celebrate the Publication of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Goblet of Fire’ Today!

Celebrate the Publication of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Goblet of Fire’ Today!

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This day, July 8th, saw the original publication of two Harry Potter novels: The Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 and The Goblet of Fire in 2000. Both were huge milestones for the series, representing the continued evolution of the Potterverse into darker, more complex territory than the comparatively straightforward, whimsical first two novels (The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.) The books were both bestsellers, Azkaban selling three million in the United Kingdom alone, and Goblet of Fire selling over five million copies. Each book received positive reviews, especially Azkaban, praised for its excellent character development as the characters become teenagers, leaving behind their child selves. The Goblet of Fire meanwhile …