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Once: Before Midnight/Golden/Wild Orchid (Once Upon a Time)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,168 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Read happily ever after with this magical repackage that includes three enchanting, retold fairy tales.

In this value-priced bind-up of three beloved retellings, readers will journey to faraway fairy tale lands. Before Midnight revisits Cinderella's story in France, Golden puts a new spin on Rapunzel's romance, and Wild Orchid reimagines the Chinese tale of Mulan. With so m
Paperback, Omnibus, 640 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Dec 01, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
These are the best books ever! They were always surprising me with twists in the plots. Can't wait to get the other books by this author.
Oksana  *Bookaholic*
AHHHHH!!!! Just bought it at B&N's!!!! I love this book (or books, I should say, heh heh) and I LOVE THE AUTHOR!!!

P.S. Saving tip, guys. Each of these three books cost 7 bucks on its own. But all three in one book cost 9.99!!! Whoop whoop!!!
Meg McGregor
Feb 27, 2013 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
This book was my introduction to Cameron Dokey's writing! If I could give it six stars I would!
Apr 29, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
I wish I had read these stories when I was younger. I'm sure I would have liked them more then, before I was married with a child on the way. I rolled my eyes so many times while reading this collection.

Before Midnight:
My least favorite. I read these stories out of order. If I had read it first, I might have liked it better. These stories are all very similar, to be honest. By the time I got around to reading this one, I had to force myself to sit long enough to finish it.

My main problem? Not
Aug 22, 2016 cyborgcinderella rated it it was amazing
I LOVED these stories. I'm such a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and WOW these were some of the most creative and well done retellings I've read!

This collection includes a retelling of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Mulan and man they were all so different and so creative!

One of my favorite thing about these stories was how they changed the familial relationships. In Before Midnight, instead of the stepmother being evil and awful, she's actually just a heartbroken woman who ends up developing a
Jackie (No Bent Spines)

Before Midnight:
Okay so this was a pretty good read. It only took me a day to complete. I thought it was cool the whole wishing thing. The twin princes was a amazing spin on it whole royals thing. Oh, and I loved how only one stepsister was 'evil' and the mother was nice. I like that the glass slipper was kept in it. Annnndddddd.....oh! I love the whole Soulmates thing <3

This was cool. Rapunzel was bald and gave her name to the girl she saved fr
Katie  Sullivan
Feb 28, 2017 Katie Sullivan rated it it was amazing
I love these re-tellings!
May 21, 2012 Alixendra rated it really liked it
Out of all the fairy tales I have read, including the Brothers Grimm, these have to be some of my favorite retellings of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Mulan. My favorite was Mulan in Wild Orchid, then Cendrillon in Before Midnight, and finally the bald Rapunzel in Golden.

Cendrillon's, french for Cinderella, story is unique when the author wirtes it the original way; the way that the Grimm Brothers and those before them wrote it...her father is alive, but not a part of her life. Dokey writes it her w
Jan 08, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Basically, it was The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" that didn't make it for me, because I grew up adoring Hong Kong martial arts dramas and the characters in the retelling are nearly nothing like the Chinese people I know. Also, I could pick at things being incorrectly used (for instance, Li Po hastily correcting himself when he referred to Mulan as "her" instead of "him" in the army camp - in Mandarin Chinese, both terms sound the same, although they are written slightly dif ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Before Midnight, Golden & Wild Orchid all have something in common that I didn't really like: WHY DOES THE STORY HAVE TO END SO QUICKLY.
Yes, the story fits and everything but a little bit more won't hurt.

Let's start with Before Midnight.
First of all, I loved how in Dokey's version Cendrillon's stepsisters treated her fairly well and tremendously amazing once nearing the end, unlike the original Cinderella. And also, I loved how her father didn't just vanish out of nowhere like the origina
Feb 10, 2014 Elephas rated it really liked it
I had fun reading all three tales...I am not able to choose a favourite out of these three cause they were each my favourite at the point i was reading them.

Nonetheless, I do wonder what if Cendrillion and Raoul been together instead of getting Prince Pascal (a name rhymes with rascal to me) in the picture and also i dont really understand the part of lock and key in Golden and the cause of the wizard enchantment/curse..where is the wizard anyway...

Putting those points aside, for each tale bein
Jan 03, 2015 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
loved this book so much. it's really good a feeling when you see a character 's bravery, courage and strength in saving their lives and another characters life. to quote Ella from Cinderella (2015), have courage and be kind.
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
Behold, another fairytale retelling!!! The first time I’ve heard about this book was when a website was voting for the fairest dress among the book cover. (Of course…those which were popular get more vote, I remember the top five books includes all of The Selection series. And of course, I voted for Entwined.) and then recently when I visit bookstore, I found this book on sale, so…it turns out that Once become one of my book collection. But it is worth reading, from the moment I started this bo ...more
Oct 25, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I have always loved fairy tales and have recently been studying the re-tellings of Cinderella from across the world. Specifically looking for how her character is an archetype of true beauty. In my searching for stories, (of which there are LOADS!) I came across this book. It is a compilation of three fairy tale re-tellings: Cinderella (Before Midnight,) Rapunzel (Golden) and Mulan (Wild Orchid.) Such a fun read! Perfectly appropriate for all ages to read, Cameron Dokey puts her own fun spin on ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I adored everything about the retelling of these three well known fairy tales. While the Mulan story was not all that different then the one I know, both the Rapunzel and the Cendrillon stories were fresh and interesting takes on the well known tales.

Cendrillon (Cinderella) with bright red hair and green eyes was a nice surprise. It actually took me quiet a few chapters to figure out which fairy tale it actually was. The political intrigue and the father being the main antagonist in the story w
Samantha The Escapist
Sep 19, 2012 Samantha The Escapist rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, charming
Just finished Before Midnight so I will write this before I move on to Golden (lies! I already moved onto it on the bus but you didn't hear that from me)

So I felt myself really resisting the charm of Before Midnight, every time it went a few lines too long describing how pretty or mysterious something was I began to dig in my heels against the whole story. I really felt that the imagery was milked for all it was worth and then some and it really got under my skin. Don't get me wrong, I love beau
Michelle Arrow
Dec 10, 2012 Michelle Arrow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, retellings
This book was absolutely amazing! It's been sitting in my bookshelf for I think a year and today I'm like, I think it's time to read this! Now I'm thinking, why didn't I read this sooner? It was soooo good! I think my favourite heroine was Cendrillon, and I loved Before Midnight and Golden the most.

Before Midnight: Cendrillon has been a half-orphan since she was born and when her father suddenly marries a new wife, she finally gets to have two sisters. Once a ball is approaching, "Cinderella" h
Jingle (semi-hiatus)
Dec 31, 2015 Jingle (semi-hiatus) rated it it was amazing
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Amy Holcomb
Jul 10, 2013 Amy Holcomb rated it liked it
I'll admit that these 3 books were no literary masterpiece, however, I liked the fact that they attempted to recreate 3 popular fairy tales to give them a new twist.

Before Midnight: A twist of a tale about Cinderella. She's French and called Cenderillon. She lives in a small cottage with her nurse and never sees her father because he has too much anger in his heart over the fact that her mother died when she was born. Also, a young boy lives with them who was dropped off by her father on the ni
Jul 10, 2015 Ladyannereads rated it really liked it
✴ Before Midnight ✴

Cendrillon, what a lovely name for a girl who grew up being cursed by her father, blaming her for the lost of his wife. I like how the author put a twist in plot especially to Raoul's part! I didn't thought about it at first that he'll turn out to be oh well can't say. I kinda enjoyed that he's a horsemen and a dearest friend to Cendrillon. They've been together since they're 2 weeks old. However, all I can say is that THE STORY IS AMAZING! Especially having Old Mathilde and h
GM Oreiro
Mar 14, 2012 GM Oreiro rated it it was ok
(review on "Before Midnight")
"True love never dies" and "Never regret love" were the two obvious themes of this story. Although the story's pretty typical (happily ever after, as usual), something that makes you believe you know what's going to happen next, I was a bit misled by Raoul and Cendrillon's relationship as I read the first chapters of the story. It was like a tricky foreshadowing, not knowing that Cendrillon's love interest would only appear past half of the reading. The story wa
Dec 01, 2014 Madison rated it really liked it
If you want to find a great retelling, Cameron Dokey is the one to go to. When you read retelling of stories they are usually the same, but Cameron’s retellings, even though they can sound similar to other ones that you can find, are out of this world.

People, specifically girls of all ages, look up to Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Mulan because of many things. Girls admire Rapunzel because of her hair and want locks just like her. Girls love Cinderella because she went from being a poor girl to marr
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Writing a review on all three stories inside this book.

Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella":

Cendrillon first of all is the french name for Cinderella so don't be shocked to hear the name Cendrillon.
So this retelling is quite different from the regular story about Cinderella, but I honestly like this version of Cinderella because the stepmother is actually NICE.
So Cendrillon is, first of all, forbidden by her father to step outside of the house she was born in. So she cannot leave the hou
Maxwell  Brunt
Jan 14, 2017 Maxwell Brunt rated it liked it
I have to preface this by saying I have always been a sucker for a good fairy tale romance which makes me enjoy this author’s books to no end. Each book that she writes is really a collection of three separate fairy tales she decided to re tell with a unique plot twist for each. For example, in this book she writes about a Rapunzel who is as bald as an egg instead of having her famed hair and what happens to make the legend what it is. I really love the way she tells each story in a new and fres ...more
Jun 04, 2013 emily rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 emmys
Review: Very surprised at these new versions of old stories. It was insightful and playful and kept you guessing until the end of each tale.
The Fabulous: If you think you know the classic fairy tales, think again. I have been recently enamored with anything that reimagines the classic fairy tales. This book took three of them and put in huge twists. If you love being surprised, you’ll love this book. Think television show “Once Upon a Time”, another favorite.
The Flaws: I want mo
May 11, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed all three stories that were in this collection, but Wild Orchid was my favorite. I had never read a Mulan story before, but loved the way she was portrayed in this version. I thought the relationship with her father was well written and adored her friendship with Li Po.

Before Midnight was next in line for me. I have read a few versions of this tale and was very impressed with this one. The relationship between Cendrillon and her step mother and sisters was different from many o
Feb 28, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
The Once Upon a Time series are retellings of classic fairy tales. Some are very close to actual stories with a few changes (Mulan), while others completely spin the original story on its head (Rapunzel).

Before Midnight recounts the story of Cinderella, only this time her stepmother and stepsisters aren't quite as evil as they were in the original... this time her father is the "bad" figure.

Golden recounts the story of Rapunzel, but what you think you know about Rapunzel is completely wrong...
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Dec 17, 2013 Hilary rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I always enjoy reading retellings of fairy tales, and these in particular made the female characters appear strong and independent, as opposed to groveling and needy, like many of the original fairy tales. Cameron Dokey's style is neat, too, with all of the stories told from the first person and the particular twists she puts on them are pretty fun. The last tale, Wild Orchid, however, didn't seem so much of a retelling of the fairy tale as it was more of a "telling" of the fairy tale. That was ...more
I really should have reviewed the three stories in this omnibus individually - but I read them all in a rush, since there's an enormous waiting list at the library and I wanted to get it on to the next patron as soon as I possibly could.

Unfortunately, the flaws in Dokey's writing become more apparent when you read them together, because it's the same flaws in all three.

There's almost no conflict in these. Mulan fits in just fine among the soldiers. Cinderella is friends with her step sister. The
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Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over 50 old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California. Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.

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