Review: Allison’s Adventures in Underland by CM Stubich

Reviewed by Ronelle

Allison Liddell didn’t want to go to that stupid party in the first place, but her sister, Edy, knew just the card to play to convince her. She even talked her into that stupid blue-and-white dress. Of course, Edy wandered off to socialize as soon as they got there. So Allison did what came naturally: found a quiet place to read her book…which ended up being the last normal event in her young life.

A gunshot, a spray of blood, and before she knew it, she was chasing a murderer with rabbit ears through the woods. He jumped into a hole and she followed, like Alice in those books. Except in those books, there wasn’t blood everywhere. In those books, the characters weren’t all male, attractive, and interested in her.

Forget everything you know about the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the March Hare… This isn’t Wonderland; this is Underland. And everything is riding on Allison. [Read more…]

Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Reviewed by Debz

Don’t judge me guys, but this is hands down one of my favorite books to read, ever. I was on twitter yesterday and there was an ongoing conversation about books that bring you out of a reading slump, and this is it for me. It never fails to bring me out of that dark place when books have to meaning and I’m unmotivated. I absolutely love it.

This book is about this amazing human Ella Rodriguez and her online bff and real life celebrity hottie Brian Oliver (unbeknownst to Ella of course). They met on her blog when she wrote a post bashing the casting of Brian as the main character in her favorite book series and have been friends ever since.

It’s super heartbreaking what Ella goes through in this book. On her birthday, she and her mum, her only parent and her rock get into an accident that kills her mum and leaves her almost crippled and scarred. She’s not only forced to live without her mum, she has to move to California with her father who abandoned her and his resentful new family. I honestly couldn’t do it. [Read more…]

Review: The Beast and the Sibyl by AJ Adams

Reviewed by Ronelle

When a vicious Beast is dragged into the village, Bliss knows she should mind her own business. After all, everyone knows that the Beasts are violent and dangerous…but he is still a living creature and her conscience won’t let her turn away from the cruelty of the villagers. And so she steps in, unknowingly putting her on a path of life-changing consequences.

When Siv first lays eyes on Bliss, he knows she’s one of them. That pale hair and those big blue eyes are Skraeling through-and-through. He wants her and is determined to have her as his mate, objections be damned. The time he spends hidden in her home, healing from the horrible wounds inflicted by the villagers and their Patriarch, is time he can use to convince her to leave with him…or so he thinks. [Read more…]

Review: Kissing the Boss by Linda Kage

Reviewed by Shelly

Book 2 of Linda Kage’s ‘Fairy Tale Quartet’ is Isobel’s brother’s story. Ezra Nash has been the co-CEO at JFI for a year. He was brought in after his father’s (Henry) company bought in. During his time at JFI his nemesis and co-CEO, aka the devil incarnate, Lana has made his life hell. Kaitlynn Judge is Lana’s stepdaughter who for the last six months has been an unpaid intern at JFI. Lana is clearly not treating Kaitlynn well, but Kaitlynn not only agreed to the conditions, she’s the one who suggested the pay scale. Kaitlynn has a long term plan and other than the devil’s spawn standing in her way, she’s got it covered. Kinda. [Read more…]

Review: Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage

Reviewed by Shelly

Shaw Hollander and Isobel Nash are a fairy tale made for a happily ever after. I’ve been a fan of Linda Kage for a while now. She’s one of a handful of authors from whom I’ll read YA/NA stories from. Her ‘Forbidden Men’ series is quite good. But I’ll admit that A Fallow Heart is one of my favorite stories – ever.

Told from the hero’s POV, Monster Among the Roses was a refreshing change from the everyday retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. It’s actually a whole lot better than the recent movie with the same name that I couldn’t even get 1/2 way through. Shaw and Isobel are imperfect but they’re perfect for each other. Kage makes you believe that even with all of their faults – from the physical to the emotional – these two couldn’t find this level of happiness with anyone else. [Read more…]

Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella was a surprise release for me, and the first I heard of it was via the author asking for opinions on the cover. I love her choice, what do you think?

The story is a new adult fairy-tale-style romance, between Princess Brinley Cantrella of Estau and Prince Finn, a sober and serious man from the neighboring Kingdom who Brinley has loved since the age of five. And who was, until a few months ago, engaged to be married to her sister. [Read more…]

Review: Wagon Train Cinderella by Shirley Kennedy

wagon train cinderellaReviewed by Janell

I bought this book on sale, because 1) I read a wagon train romance once when I was fourteen and really liked it; and 2) I like fairy tale retellings. Perhaps I should have done a little more research, because this book was not exciting and not much of a romance.

Callie is the servant/stepdaughter/Cinderella. She was left on the doorstep of the Whitaker family by someone who must have really hated their baby, because the Whitakers are horrible people. Pa is the overbearing, angry control freak whom you must not cross. Ma is bossy and lazy, and claims that her two daughters are too delicate to do any real work, so Callie does all the cooking and cleaning. They’re traveling to California, because Pa said so. [Read more…]

Review: Beast: The Untold Legend by Shoshanna Evers

beastReviewed by Jen

This is an interesting twist on Beauty and the Beast. It’s got some engaging moments and a sexy hero. But it also straddled some lines with consent and a little pseudo-bestiality that kept it from being a total win for me.

The premise here is that the same evil queen who made the Beast of fairy tales did the same thing to another man first.  And it isn’t even the worst thing she did to him. Victor is the queen’s stable boy. For years, she has forced him to be her unwilling sex partner. He hates her with everything in him, but he’s powerless to the strength of her position and magic. [Read more…]

Review: Seduced by the Baron by Amy Andrews

seduced by the baronReviewed by Shelly

By far, the best in the series. The last installment in the ‘Fairy Tales of New York,’ tells Faith Sullivan’s story – FINALLY! Faith’s been biding her time for quite a while as all of a close-knit group of friends found their HEAs; does it count that two of them were with her brothers? Her friend Merry (who’s not in a relationship with any of her brothers – thank goodness) has a friend/business acquaintance from Australia who ready to introduce his lager in the U.S. As a networking favor, Merry innocently asks her bestie, bar-owner, Faith to meet with him. [Read more…]

Review: Taming the Beast by Lucy King

taming the beastReviewed by Shelly

I enjoyed the 3rd story in the ‘Fairy Tales of New York’ series – a Beauty and the Beast theme – much more that I liked the previous book. Comparably, I thought the characters were much more likeable. As with the other stories this begins with a recap of the girls going to the same Catholic school and the night they drank stolen communion wine. Along the same lines as with the prior stories, this take place 10 years after that event. This time, it’s Mercedes Hernandez and Sebastian Madison’s turn. [Read more…]