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 ...more
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After reading this quite tempting blurb and magnificent cover, eventually I started scream : “I WANT THIS ASAP!” Thanks to the publishers heard my cry for help and they didn’t reject me this time!
You know how the fairy tale stars, a wicked, vengeful fairy curses the princess to die : a curse cou ...more
Alyce - Malyce - The Dark Grace - Part Vila ....... and other things.
This is the ya fantasy book that should be like all ya a fantasy books. Oh, and before I forget, let’s take a moment to admire that beautiful cover -CUE ELEVATOR MUSIC....
Now that’s done let me tell you how much I love Alyce. She’s wicked but not really wicked and she’s also something else entirely. BUT, when you beat someone down all of their life at some point shit’s going to hit the fan.
Oh and she h ...more
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Fairytale Land (Briar)
The Hero(s): Alyce - has dark and incomprehensible powers and is ostracized for being a monster. Alyce has no friends due in part to her affinity towards hexes and curses.
The heroine: Aurora - The crown princess who has a curse. She must find a prince and get true love’s first kiss or she will be dead withi ...more
I expected Malice to be more about the romance but this is Alyce's story and while romance with Aurora is a part of her story, the main plot revolves around Alyce realizing her own worth and discovering the extent of her power. Alyce went through remarkable char ...more
There is nothing I love more than a story reimagined and retold, but make it sapphic and I just might push all my responsibilities aside to read it as soon as possible. Malice brings a new side to the Sleeping Beauty story, one that is dark, twisted, and full of power. Heather Walter gives agency and authority to these characters in a story that was beyond overdue for a refresh. The world of the original story seemed to lack in world building, but that is not the case here. Here, there ...more
This book follows Alyce, the half Vila spawn with cruel powers. Instead of the ability to grant beauty, wisdom, or pleasure, Alyce can curse with ugliness. She is ostracized, tormented for her looks and her ...more
A show of hands, who else instant click after reading that incredible blurb? I was immediately intrigued by the premise and though I expected this to be a bit darker since we are approaching the story from the 'villains' point of view, I was overall pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this.
Starting from the world-building―unexpected―, the unique and refreshing concept, noteworthy dynamic between the Dark Grace Alyce and Princess Aurora, and the writing style that brought to ...more
EDIT I have updated my rating now that it has been CONFIRMED that there will be a sequel. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
I was given a free advanced reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
I don't often use gifs in my reviews but I really couldn't resist with this one, because this story is the YA fantasy equivalent of the Joker's story. With predominatel ...more
Our main character, Alyce, is called a Dark Grace. She's actually the only one in this realm that is part Vila. Her blood is Green instead of Gold and while the other Grac ...more
Oh man, Malice was a great fairy-tale retelling! Give me evil sorcerers any day and I will be happy. After meeting Alyce, I honestly felt so bad for her. Her living situation wasn't easy and everyone within the Lavender house treated her like shit. She did have one friend but I had a suspicious feeling about her..
Along the way, she meets Princess Aurora. Now stopping here, I was getting some Cinderella meets Sleeping Beauty ...more
I really enjoyed Malice as it is a retelling of a fairy tale(or three) but with a twist. Aurora is a princess who will die on her next birthday if the curse on her family is not broken. Alyce is a Vila, well at least half of her is...the same kind that put the curse on her family so many years ago. She lives with the Graces, who are all a bout Beauty, Charm, and Wisdom and get everything handed to them ...more
Malice is a sapphic fairytale retelling, somewhere in the realm between Maleficent/Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella from the perspective of the perceived "villain" and while I'm not so into re-tellings, I'm always here for a good grey main character.
The worldbuilding here was very, very entrenched in the fairytales a lot of us know and love, but with a twist. Here, the society is built around the Graces: Beings born with magical gifts of beauty, cha ...more
- Sapphic love story
- Fairytale retelling
- Villain origin story
- Rich lore
- Fairy/fae themes
- Grimdark YA
This arc was provided to me by NetGallery, god bless them. Malice is a Sleeping Beauty retelling following Maleficent (or Alyce in this case). The Brier is a kingdom once ruled by queens warring with fae, but has since turned into a more closely resembling fascist state where queens have slowly signed away their power to their kings and small council, and a f ...more
4.75 stars. I thought for sure this was going to be a 5 star read, but that ending... I can't find information anywhere but please please please tell me there's going to be a sequel. With a sequel this can easily be a 5 star read.
By far my favorite Sleeping Beauty retelling that I've ever read, and fairy tale retellings are one of my favorite genres so I've read a subs ...more
This voluntary take is of a copy ...more
I'm writing this review just as I've finished the work is all I have to say is oh my god!!!! Malice is everything I never know I needed in lgbtq+ fairytale retellings, and I'm so glad that publishing as evolved into giving stories us like this where people will be able to relate to main characters more. Once I got into this book I absolutely flew through it and fell in love with the story the ...more
I love finding out villains' backgrounds especially when it turns out they're misunderstood and other chara ...more
Villains, violence and sprinkling of vengeance. Oh, and some magical potions with morally grey uses and some queer, magical romance. And a magical pet. I do like a good magical pet with their own mini-side story.
Malice, is out on 13th April and will not disappoint anyone craving their villain fix! Check out my full review over at www.twwbookclub.co.uk/reviews ...more
It took a while for this book and I to finally have our true love’s kiss. That was my fault; that was on me.
Once I let go of the chip on my shoulder and enjoyed this book for what it was, it was great. I was more than impressed by the time I finished reading it. For a F/F [YA?] retelling of Sleeping Beauty, I think this could be enjoyed by almost any reader of fantasy.
I found the focus on emotions in the book to be ...more
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As an author, Heather loves writing about what-ifs, flawed protagonists, and re-imagined history. Her favorite characters are usually villains.
When not writing, you ca ...more