Mirror, Mirror (In Death #37.5)
...in a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a new dimension. You’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and other enduring characters, but they’ll exist in realms beyond your imagination, where the familiar is transformed into the extrao...more
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4.5 intriguing, lively, romantic, sinister, and enchanting stars!
This anthology offers something for everyone, and should not be missed! These stories work very well as stand alones.
#1 - Taken in Death by J.D. Robb - 5 stars -
For whatever reason, I haven't yet ventured into J.D. Robb's In Death series, even though my daughter is wild about these stories and owns every book. But I received the Mirror, Mirror anthology for review, so figured, why ...more
"Taken in Death" by J.D. Robb -- As usual I adored Robb's short story featuring Eve Dallas. I think Robb did a remarkable job of integrating the fairy-tale elements while still maintaining the usual 'feel' of Dallas' universe. I'd give this story 4 stars.
"If Wishes Were Horses" by Mary Blayney -- I found Martha rather inconsistent as a character. One moment she'd be acting in keeping with someone in service during that time period, and then she'd be ...more
I'm not a fan of the novellas in this series but this was a very nice surprise, one where the short format works.
It's a race against time to find Henry and Gala (our Hansel & Gretel), who've been kidnapped. The next 24 hours is a tense and exciting ride with Eve Dallas and her team as they work the case. Once you start this story you will not stop until the end in this classic In Death procedural and interesting take on a classic fairy tale. I now have a new f ...more
J D Robb takes on Hansel and Gretel in Taken in Death. Twins are stolen by a woman who looks like their mother and they try to leave some breadcrumbs for someone to find them.
If Wishes were horses tells the tale of a servant who finds true love when she embraces a chance she gets. Nice story by Mary Blayney, a little supernatural stuff and I'd like to see more of these characters.
Beauty, Sleeping by Elaine Fox is a story of Faerie and a man who di ...more
Series: "Taken in Death" (In Death, 37.5)
"If Wishes Were Horses" (Poppy's Coin, 6)
J.D. Robb wrote "Taken in Death" and channels Hansel and Gretel while Eve is the good witch whom the children pray finds them. Great job on this one. Tension, drama, and great work from Eve, Roarke, Feeney and his eBoys, and Dr. Mira as well as the Feds!
Mary Blayney wrote "If Wishes Were Horses", which finds Martha Stepp in a Goldilocks of trouble ...more
MIRROR, MIRROR is an anthology comprised of five authors: J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R.C. Ryan. Of these five, I’ve only read Robb so I decided that it would be nice to explore the works of the others while still getting my Roarke fix!
What intrigued me about this anthology is that all the stories in this book are retellings or twists on well-known fairytales and we all know that I’m a sucker for those kind of things!
TAKEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb – 4 stars
Robb’s stor ...more
I would rate the first story "Taken in Death" as 2 stars. Lots of technical language and not much story. I could not get into this one and did not find it very interesting. This was supposed to be inspired by "Hansel & Gretel."
"If Wishes were Horses" centered around a magic gold coin and a man with healing ability. Better than the first story and a little bit entertaining but certainly not one of the best stories I' ...more
One thing is for sure, this series never gets boring. At least for me. It's give or take 40 books long series and every other book brings something new. This time you get a warning that every story has its own interpretation, to never confuse people's intentions, and more importantly there are wackos all around us and probably always will be. If ...more
Didn't read it. I've only made it to #32 of the In Death series, so I'll come back to this one after I hit #37.
If Wishes Were Horses by Mary Blayney:
Pretty good. I'd have liked to see a bit more of the coin's magic and I think the "I love yous" were a bit corny in their timing, but I still enjoyed it.
Beauty, Sleeping by Elaine Fox:
This one was written oddly. We go from 3rd person, past tense to 1st person, present. It almost felt like a diary, but then there was a fai ...more
The first three shorts by J D Robb, Mary Blayney and Elaine Fox had me eagerly reading the night away. JD's 'in death' series continues with a short based on Hansel and Gretel, with its usual bite and the reader's wondering about the outcome right to the last page. I have also come across Mary's m ...more
La cosa era simple, yo quería leerlo. Dice “spin versions”, no necesitaba mas. Buscándolo no lo encontré pero estando en Italia, paseando por las librerías ¡ahí estaba!. –Lo cierto es que tampoco esta mal lo que encontré buscándolo–.
No soy muy de cosas románticas pero es que ¡son versiones de clásicos!
TAKEN IN DEATH por J. D. Robb.
En un futuro no muy lejano, secuestran a dos hermanos, una niña y un n ...more
Yes, I understand these are romance novellas--I'm reading out of my preferred genres here, mostly because I got this book as a gift and there's little else to read--but the Christmas Comet and Stroke of Midnight, from what I did read of them, just came off as sappy.
Now the first story, "Taken in Death" by J.D. Robb/Nora R ...more
Saying that, Taken in Death was a great little addition to the series. At the beginning a nanny was murdered, then the twins she was watching were abducted. The boy in the pair believed they were drugged by an evil witch. Dallas gets a freaky real version of the Hansel and Gretal fairy tale.
This was a quick 10 chapt ...more
I haven't read anything by JD Robb before (I consider him an airplane book writer) but this story was actually OK. It was fairly predictable and there wasn't a lot of suspense in it, but it still a nice quick read. So it seems that he IS an airplane book writer, but he a good one. I would have liked to have a lot more in terms of the psychology of the sister and more character development.
If Wishes Were Horses-
I haven't read anything by Mary Blaley but I assumed she was in the sa ...more
I like the fairytale-based concept. However, I think romance short stories tend to fail for me a bit bc it's so rushed. There's not enough time for me to really believe in the romance sprouting up, probably bc I d ...more
J.D. Robb's is set in the Eve Dallas universe, and while I haven't read her In Death series, I was able to enjoy this story as a stand-alone.
I loved Ms. Blayney's story called If Wishes Were Horses. It's a charming historical with a bit of paranormal.
Ms. Fox's Beauty, Sleeping was also a pleasure to read--a great interpretation of the Sleeping Beauty story.
Ms. McComas's take on the matchstick girl was enjoyable, as was Ms. Ryan's spin on Cinder ...more
Taken in Death - J.D. Robb
It's interesting that Robb has more kids in her In Death stories. The story is fast, tight, and hits the major players. It's just something to bridge the hardback books, it feels like.
If Wishes Were Horses by Mary Blayney
I spent most of the story wondering why in the world a 19th century housemaid would risk her placement trying out furniture and booze ...more
Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. ...more