Badass Protags · Fairy Tale Retellings · Three Stars

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom

Summary: Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Edit: With more concentration, I decided to bump it down from 3 stars to 2.5 stars.

Review and Spoilers!

You can read it on my GR as well!

3 Stars

I’m trying to figure out something.

How this got so many five-star reviews when it’s crawling with tropes?

Seriously ?

I don’t regret dropping every book I was reading to read it but I could have waited a couple of months after I read the arc of Sea Witch to read it..

This book start out with such promise and just fell flat to me. I don’t know because I’m not really a fan of Little Mermaid but more of a Beauty of a Beast girl so reading a retelling of is not really in my radar. ( Even tho I do have the arc of the Sea Witch which I just mentioned that supposed to be retelling of it that supposed to be almost like Heartless by Marissa Meyer.) But since everyone and their baby mama was gushing about this book and I was denied a request to the arc of it, I decided to read it. It did started strong with it being witty and fresh but started to get boring and sterile towards the end.

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1 Star · BATB Retellings · Erotica · Fairy Tale Retellings · Rants · Whinny Protags

Tale As Old As Time: An After Hours Fairy Tale (Beauty and The Beast) by Elizabeth

Tale As Old As Time: An After Hours FairyTale (Beauty and The Beast) (Gods Series Book 1)Summary: Taking something that doesn’t belong to you has consequences…
Dr. John Charbonne messed up. He messed up…big time. He took something special, a rose, from his boss. The problem wasn’t the rose, it was that he got caught now he had to pay. He made a trade, his daughter for his life in exchange…
The moment Alcide ‘Beast’ Dios laid eyes on her picture, he was smitten. She was beautiful and her eyes called out to him. He accepted the trade with ease but she wasn’t what he expected.
Arabella Charbonne was tricked by her father and now, she was at the handsome stranger’s mercy. Made to leave one prison for another…When will she ever be free?

Review

0.3 Stars

You can also read it on GR.

Spoilers Galore

TW Rape

That was one of the worst BATB retellings I have read so far. I have read some bad ones but this one takes the cake. I’m all for a BATB retelling with Greek Mythology elements (cough ACOTAR series cough) since its likely that BATB was based off the myth of Eos and Psyche and the myth of Hades and Persephone got some BATB vibes as well  but with some structure which this had none. I should have known that it was going to be an failure from the moment I read the prologue..

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Erotica · Fairy Tale Retellings · Five Stars · Four Stars · Uncategorized

Once Upon a Happy Ever After Series By Jewel Killian

Once Upon a Happy Ever After Series is  four part Erotic fairy tale retellings by Jewel Killian.

You have four stories ( Click on the links to see the each GR review .)

1.Cinderella
2. Beauty and Beast
3.Snow White 
4.Rose Red 

They are inter-connected with some recurring characters showing up in all four stories  but can be read as a stand-alone. The story is set in modern-day and all center around a debutante ball for the upper side of New York. So pretty much everything happens in one night with the exception with the of some of the couples knowing each other from the past. So it’s pretty much insta-love with a little sparkle of insta-love but didn’t feel that way at all.

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Fairy Tale Retellings · Five Stars · Netgalley Books

The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

The Little Red WolfLose yourself in in the dark forests of Amelie Flechais’ spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him… but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.

 

 

 

 

Review

Received from Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

Five Stars!

This was a pretty dark but cute story that I was shocked about having such dark intones towards the end of the story. It’s pretty much the reverse version of Little Red Riding Hood with the Wolf being Little Red  and the humans being the villains of the story per se. The little wolf gets lost in the woods while trying to go to his grandma’s house to deliver a rabbit to her. He meets a girl that he though was his friend but it was trap set for her father. Her father hunts wolves for living in order to get revenge for his wife but  you found out the shocking twist at the end of the story. The artwork of this story was absolutely gorgeous with the colors going from light to dark as the story got darker. I do consider this a children’s book but with darker intones that should be discussed with the children at the  end of the story.

1 Star · BATB Retellings · Fairy Tale Retellings

Beauty Conquers the Beast by Jenny Schwartz

Beauty Conquers the Beast

Summary:Lady Nora and Prince Alexander were never friends, and she can’t think of anyone more deserving of the curse that made him the Beast of the Sighaway Forest. But when six princesses from neighboring kingdoms fail to break the curse, it’s more than just the big and brutish Alexander who is suffering. For her country, and out of an overdeveloped sense of duty, Nora will enter the beast’s castle. She’ll fight mysterious magic and confront the secrets of her heart, but the elusive beast remains untamable. The shocking solution to breaking the curse will change Nora’s life forever.

Review

1.5 Stars Spoilers.

So this past weekend I read two short 40 page something BATB  which both disappointed me. I wasn’t going to write a review on neither one of them but I need to rant about this one.

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DNF · Fairy Tale Retellings · Whinny Protags

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Summary: The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

Review

DNF @ 34%

The biggest disappointment of the year goes to…

Yep 2017 is officially cancelled.

I’m sitting here bored out my mind trying to connect with the characters and the world as a listen to it. It’s so boring like watching paint dry. I couldn’t for the life of me immerse myself into the world or give a shit to what happen to the characters. The only who perhaps had potential was Okami but he still felt bland compared to Khalid.

Shazi can whoop Mariko ass with a freaking arrow still in her shoulder blade. God she was insufferable on how the narrative goes on and on about her clever she is but she was more like a spoil brat.

This is NOT a Mulan retelling at all. Mulan posed as a soldier and to joined the war cause her father’s ailing health. Also to bring honor to her family since she felt like she dishonored it. Not posing as a dude to sneak into a dangerous clan or killers who tried to kill her in order to find out who the hell hired the hit on her..

If I hear ” like as” or Perhaps one more time…

This is not the Renee that I fell in love with her writing in The Wrath and the Dawn.

I don’t know what the hell this is.

Also I perhaps I dodged the bullet by DNFing this earlier cause I heard it becomes instalove towards the end.

Another one bites the dust.

Would I recommend?

No. 

BATB Retellings · Fairy Tale Retellings · Two Stars

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted

Summary

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast

Review:

1.5 Stars

Some spoilers

I’m so disappointed in this book that it doesn’t even deserve a review but I’ll write one..

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it just disappointed me. ( Yall know how I am with BATB retellings.)

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1 Star · Fairy Tale Retellings · Uncategorized · Whinny Protags

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Summary:

Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole…
And before the roses were painted red…
The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.

Review:

.5 stars

Let me say that regardless on how I feel about this book ,I still love Marissa Meyer and her writing. I still think that the Lunar Chronicles is a wonderful series.

HOWEVER.

I tried so hard to connect with this book and the characters but I couldn’t at all. One strike is had against it before I started it was the fact I’m not a big fan of Alice in Wonderland. I tried so hard to like it through the years but it never interest me.I had some moments that I did but then it went back to disconnect. I supposed to felt sorry for Cath and relate to her but I couldn’t because honestly it was her fault at what happened. I understand that she had dreams that she wanted to obtained but during the book she became insufferable with them. I just wanted to put tape over her mouth everytime she whined about not wanting to become queen.It was like ” Look we get it. You want a bakery and Jest! Stop whining about it!” I was so waiting for her to tell her parents and the king out but she never did. I’m a sucker for romance but Jest and Cath didn’t do nothing for me because it felt too quick. It felt that it didn’t get enough development at all so I kind of figured that it wouldn’t end well. Jest didn’t wow me as a romantic love interest. The king was obvious as hell. Her parents was the typical ” trying to climb the social ladder and really don’t listen to their kids wishes” parents that been seen in other books. The hatter came off as being a bitter and salty ex lover. I should feel bad for the maid but I can’t at all since she part of the reason why Cath descended into madness. The only two characters I felt sorry for is the turtle and the wife since their endings were sad. In all honestly,Marissa did a better job with telling Leavna backstory before she becoming the evil queen of luna than Cath becoming the evil queen of hearts.

I tried but failed to like it..