Author Archives: NeriSiren

The 2018 Review

Welcome, Postcardians, to another celebration of a year in La-La Land!  Have a metaphorical seat by the imaginary fireplace, and enjoy a virtual taste of my grandmother’s gingerbread mushrooms! * Overview * First, a big Thank You!!! to everyone who … Continue reading

Posted in fantasy, favorites, folklore/fairy tales, LGBTQIA, Lithuania, mermaids, meta, music, nostalgic, spooky, year-end review | 8 Comments

Life needs a rewind button

So… I should really have learned by now that 8:00 at night is not the best time for me to make big decisions (or dramatic blog posts).  8:00 at night is when I’m most susceptible to all-or-nothing thinking.  As in, … Continue reading

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The October Report: Night and Silence

Apparently, the faeries snuck one last gift into my bag before we left the Twilight Realm. Rating:  4.89 out of 5 nasty, allergy-inducing sachets of marsh magic. The newest October Daye book, Night and Silence, is so amazeballs that they gave … Continue reading

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Ghastly Ever After: Twisted Myths for teens and up

At our final stop on this frightful journey through Faerie Land, the bloody-footed mermaid at the door gives us three collections of terrifying tales rated Teen-and-up.  These are tales of blood-thirsty gods, angels of death, and demonic Cinderellas.  Tales of … Continue reading

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Grimm and Grimmer: twisted fairy tales for more mature trick-or-treaters

We continue our Halloween journey, collecting five scary tales for middle-grade and older readers.  The Scare-o-Meter ratings are more varied here; the mildest story gets a 5, the scariest one a solid 10. These stories teach us Very Important Lessons, … Continue reading

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Picture Book Parade: Spooky Cinderellas and Grimm boogie nights

Welcome, ghouls and banshees, to Halloween Month at Postcards from La-La Land!  This month, I am focusing on twisted myths and scary fairy tales, hunting for the horrifying hearts of our favorite bedtime stories.  There will be posts on petrifying … Continue reading

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“The spirits of this world, they don’t stay dead for long.”

Kheryn Callender.  Hurricane Child.  New York: Scholastic, 2018. Rating:  3.75 out of 5 running girls who burst into a cloud of moths. As summer dies down, I’m going to give you a preview of Halloween Month, with a book about a … Continue reading

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My Top 6 bookish podcasts

First, a big THANK YOU to everyone who gave me their uplifting book recommendations in response to my last post. I am definitely going to check some of those out this Fall and Winter.  I’m especially looking forward to re-reading … Continue reading

Posted in Classic Juv/YA fantasy, fantasy, folklore/fairy tales, historical, humor, LGBTQIA, mermaids, music, nostalgic, opinion, selkies | 2 Comments

I need new pick-me-up reads

Hello, Postcardians!  I know it’s way early to talk about this, but it’s almost that time of year again — harvest festivals, haunted houses, pumpkin spice mochas, and scary fairy tales.  I’m already planning my Halloween Month posts, and deciding … Continue reading

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The greatest Independence Day party ever

And by Independence Day, I mean the Lithuanian one, of course. The ultimate expression of Lithuania’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration happened the first week of July in Vilnius, and hardcore LT fan that I am, I was there to see … Continue reading

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