y’all love the morally gray, snarky, grief stricken characters until it’s a woman. i’ve seen so much discourse regarding female characters who display the exact same character traits as male leads and are criticized for it while the men are praised. let women be cruel and vindictive. let them deal with their grief and trauma in destructive ways. let them be real. give them the same treatment you would give to your favorite male love interest.
Every morning he complained that she was impossible to wake.
"It's like trying to raise a corpse."
"The dead request five more minutes," she would say, and bury her head in the furs.
Helnik again! Finally got around to doing it in colour 😊
You know what? We need the cruel prince trilogy from Cardan's POV. I need to know his thoughts and his feelings throughout all three books. I need to see how much he longed for Jude, how much he missed her when she was in the undersea, I need his POV from those most wretched hours when he believed she would never return to him, i need it!!!
Just Amren taking a break from translating the Book of Breathings, but lost in her own thoughts nonetheless.
A fanart from A Court of Thorns and Roses Series. Character belongs to Sarah J. Maas.
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it’s a beautiful day in the village, and you are a horrible goose girl.
get in, losers, we’re making one of my favorite books of 2021 go viral.
LITTLE THIEVES by Margaret Owen is a retelling of the Grimm fairy tale of The Goose Girl, in which an innocent princess is forced to swap identities with her evil maid. LITTLE THIEVES looks at this premise and says “hmm, needs more guillotines.”
What is this book? A magical heist novel? A takedown of the entire concept of princesses in fantasy novels? A (demi)romantic comedy between a notorious jewel thief and a “collection of billiard cues that unionized to solve crimes”? YES, dear readers, it is all of that and more!
When Vanja went on the run from her godmothers, Death and Fortune, and stole her BFF’s identity, she didn’t stop there. She’s been robbing the undeserving rich right under their noses in the guise of the beautiful and equally-underservingly-rich Princess Giselle. When she swipes the wrong bauble and crosses a vengeful forest god, she is cursed for her greed by slowly turning into rubies, and if she does not amend her ways —
— hang on, sorry, Vanja is trying to pry off some of the rubies to sell —
— if she does not amend her ways, the curse is a death sentence (a very, very valuable death sentence). Vanja has only a month to “return what she has stolen” before she becomes a living rock. Worse, an irritatingly competent detective is on her case, and he might be the only one who has come close to catching her...which Vanja might be kind of into?
Joined by a sapphic shapeshifter and a cast of the characters she’s wronged (and some she needs to wrong some more), Vanja seeks to save herself in more ways than one, hassled at every turn by her frustratingly clever detective/rival and — more ominously — a dark figure from her past who threatens not only her life, but the entire empire.
LITTLE THIEVES has top-shelf fantasy world-building without asking you to keep notes. It is inspired by the Germany the Grimm brothers would have known, rooted in a city where pawnbrokers and hedge witches rub elbows with the gods. If you loved SIX OF CROWS/Shadow and Bone and want something with even more depth, this is the one.
Buy links and more info can all be found on this post on the authors Tumblr (@terriblenerd). Treat yourself!!
EDIT: HOW DID I FORGET TO MENTION THAT THE AUTHOR ILLUSTRATED A FULL SET OF WOODBLOCK-STYLE PRINTS THAT DIVIDE THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE BOOK??? The ones in the print book are in black and white BUT JUST LOOK AT THESE!!!
book boys i wouldn’t trust with my drink:
cardan greenbriar, because he’d drink it.