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Fairytales Slashed 1 (Fairytales Slashed #1)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  586 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Fairytales never grow old, because there is never an end of new ways to tell them, new ways to see them. In this first volume of many to come, see what happens when a humble blacksmith fights a duel, a prince conspires with bandits, and a lonely thief seeks shelter in a lone tower. See a goblin try to save his brother, and a tutor watch over his perfect princess, while a s ...more
ebook, 314 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Less Than Three Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Aug 16, 2013 Deeze rated it really liked it
Shelves: quick-easy-reads
Overall a solid 4 star read when you want to re live all those Fairy tales from the past but with a slight twist lol. No sex on page.

Main Gauche

A sweet story. Would of liked a little closure with the step father and son. Also I found it hard to believe Dagger had no idea who Tan was. But still a sweet fairy tale. 3 stars

The Rose and the Fox

A delightful twist on Sleeping Beauty. 3.5 stars

The Tower

Rapunzel this time. A interesting version, better than the original lol. 3.5 stars

Dec 23, 2015 MLE rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-archive, mm
I really liked this selection of fairy tale retellings. The fairy tales used were varied, and I liked the different spin the author brought to them. I also liked how some of the fairy tales were interconnected, and built upon each other. Not all of them, but enough to make it interesting. Sweet, and not smutty, but I didn't mind that so much. I liked the romance to them. Just what I was in the mood for.

Nov 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
I have mixed issues with this book. One I really did enjoy the majority of the stories in it. My issue with the book are more technical. Now I'm not one to point figures at people for typos and such; however, I have some issues.

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Apr 26, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, m-m
Main Gauche (4 stars): A cinderella vibe with a twist of a tournament rather than a ball. Also available as part of The Rapier Brothers, which also includes Dagger's two step-bothers.

The Rose and the Fox (4.5 stars): A prince works together with a thief/bandit to save his sister from a sleeping beauty type curse.

The Tower (4 stars): An ex-thief becomes Rapunzel's accomplice in her escape from the tower.

Brightleaf (4.5 stars): A healer helps a goblin atempt to heal his human half-brother.

T.T. Kove
Oct 06, 2014 T.T. Kove rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-anthology
The Toad Prince: 5 stars.
The Troll: 4.5 stars.
The Tower: 5 stars.
The Soldier: 5 stars.
The Rosebush: 5 stars.
The Ogre of the Black Mountain: 5 stars.
The Rose and the Fox: 5 stars. Prequel to both Prince Ike and Librarian.
Prince Ike and the Witch: 5 stars. This is a sequel to The Librarian's Tale
Caroline's Bridegroom: 3.25 stars. A small m/f prequel to Prince Ike and the Witch.
The Librarian's Tale: 5 stars.
The Curse: 4.5 stars.
Rumors: 4 stars.
Perfect: 5 stars.
More Precious Than Gold: 4 stars.
Aug 10, 2011 Mandi rated it it was amazing
Simply loved this book. I bookmarked so many stories so I can go back and reread them again and again. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Feb 01, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing
The Curse was a hot little number to finish this book. I truly enjoyed this entire book. Thanks Carey.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
A good read if you like fairytales with a twist:)
Sweet and non explicit.
Jilrene ♥
"Oh, The Rose and the Fox is adorable."
"The Tower is a very fun retelling of Rapunzel. I liked it!"
"Brightleaf is adorable. I like Thorley and Geoffrey."
"Tobi and Ian are perfect together. Guess that's why this story is called Perfect. I love these sweet short tales. This one is a rearranging of The Princess and the Pea. Well done."
"Just finished reading The Ogre of Black Mountain. Pretty sweet story. Zayn is awesome."
"The Librarian's Tale was ok. I didn't like Jeremiah as much as Ashley. ;
May 22, 2012 Julesmarie rated it it was amazing
I adored this collection of fairy tales! They're all just so beautiful and sweet and hopeful and... well, everything fairy tales should be. I know some other reviewers said that they get repetitive, so perhaps my experience was skewed because I was anticipating that, but I found the stories to be wonderfully varied and unique. Yes, they all have the same sweet predictability of the HEA, but that's one of the things I loved about them: no angst!

I thought the length of each piece was great, also.
Lillian Francis
Mar 01, 2016 Lillian Francis rated it really liked it
A collection of fairytales that have been given a slant of gay romance.
It took a while for me to realise that these stories were all written in the same 'world', although set at different points in a timeline. Once I realised that it only increased my enjoyment. I'd have loved a map and a timeline (maybe even a family tree) to show how all the stories fit together. I'm also glad I chose to read this straight through, normally with anthologies I dip in and out over a couple of weeks.
Sweet with no
Jun 05, 2014 Yumenouveau rated it did not like it
I really have no idea why this book has such high ratings. Each story is almost the exact same, so after 2 it's just boring and monotonous. Flat uninteresting characters who FINALLY kiss at the end. There was honestly only one good story in the whole bunch because it didn't follow the typical plot that is in each other one. Not buying the sequels.
Oh and the typos...sooo many typos, this book would benefit greatly from a good editor.
Jan 28, 2012 miss_chams rated it liked it
Cute enough I suppose. Though the plots and characters were all suspiciously similar after a while. Also there were several minor spelling and grammar errors that I wouldn't have expected in an $8.99 kindle purchase. nothing major, but enough to make you pause.
Anyway if, like me, you enjoy fairy tales with little substance you'll probably have fun with this.
Feb 24, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
These are cute shorts. I get more and more impressed with Derr's imagination, the more I read of hers.

These are mostly too short and insta-lovish for me to **really** get engrossed in, but as appealing quick reads they consistently do their job just fine. 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4.
Oct 31, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Normally, when I think a book is worth 4.5 stars, I round down to four. Four is still a pretty great score, right? But this one, even though it wasn't absolutely perfect, was enough of a delight that I think it deserves the bonus half star. In fact, if I had to choose just one word to describe this, it'd have to be "delightful."

I bought this book after enjoying some of Megan Derr's free short stories. I was glad she gave me the opportunity to sample her work, because she proved that a volume of
May 27, 2015 Achim rated it really liked it
Short stories are like candies: you have to like the taste right from the start or you just take another one. I was never able to switch from Megan Derr's fairytales to something else. To stay with the picture Ms.Derr's fairytales are mostly more than candies. They are more pralines. She captures you right from the start with an opening smooth like chocolate and before you realize it she mixed some new twists into the old story like spices into a truffle, some light and refreshing like mint, som ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Xandra rated it it was amazing
For someone who didn’t particularly like fairytales as a kid, I enjoyed this book a little too much. I suppose this and my new found interest in graphic novels should worry me, it feels like I’m living my life as a reader in reverse. And here I was hoping to do some growing up this year.

I loved these stories and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Not only to m/m fans, but also to anyone who watched Twilight for example and wished the sparkly guy and the shirtless wolf guy (sorry, can’t rem
Sep 12, 2014 Serehtt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-anthology
The Toad Prince: 5 stars.
The Troll: 4.5 stars.
The Tower: 5 stars.
The Soldier: 5 stars.
The Rosebush: 5 stars.
The Ogre of the Black Mountain: 5 stars.
The Rose and the Fox: 5 stars. Prequel to both Prince Ike and Librarian.
Prince Ike and the Witch: 5 stars. This is a sequel to The Librarian's Tale
Caroline's Bridegroom: 3.25 stars. A small m/f prequel to Prince Ike and the Witch.
The Librarian's Tale: 5 stars.
The Curse: 4.5 stars.
Rumors: 4 stars.
Perfect: 5 stars.
More Precious Than Gold: 4 stars.
Abi Walton
Apr 01, 2015 Abi Walton rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-good-book
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this anthology of short re written fairy tales. Like most anthologies there were some that I found more entertaining than others, however this novel kept me hooked throughout. These short stories are short enough to be able to read one before bed and I liked that as I felt they needed to be read in one chunk to get the full picture of the fairy tale.

I would definitely read some of these again, as my favourites were Brightleaf and the Roase and the Fox - really loved
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
Aug 06, 2012 Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gaymance
I seriously wanted to squeal and roll up in all that wonderful smooshy romantic happiness that seemed to radiate from this book. No, it was not so fluffy as to make me want to puke, but seriously, Ms Derr doesn't seem to like too much angst.

I'm fine with, sure, but hell do I love all this fucking happiness rolled up into one gorgeous package. As always with Ms Derr's books, I loved it.

Yeah, maybe it got a little repetitive with all the happiness and HEAs and everything. I mean, obviously I was e
Apr 18, 2015 Marisella rated it really liked it
A great selection of fairy tales, with a m/m twist. very well written and entertaining. I'm going to have to quit reading m/m smut though, I'm starting to want to do terrible things to my husband :)
Oct 11, 2015 Kirsty rated it really liked it
A lot of lovely short stories with a different take on the normal fairytales. I especially like the stories that are linked, (although mostly loosely) and these would be good stories for fans that like m/m romance with a fantasy twist but with no intense or sexual scenes.
May 25, 2015 Saskia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-fantasy
4.5 stars

I love fairytales and I love them even more with two males.
I only wish the stories sometimes were a little longer than "the kiss"...
Nov 27, 2015 Adrienne rated it really liked it
Almost 4 1/2 for the last story alone, but then almost 3 1/2 for the constant winking and sometimes eye-rollingly silly characterization. Oh, well. I still love her work to pieces.
Jul 11, 2015 etothepii rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of short, mm fantasy romances.
Maria in the 16th century
3.5 stars
I enjoyed most of the stories very much. The author introduces delightful twists in well-known fairy tales so you can't miss this book if you like both m/m and fantasy. The thing I did not particularly enjoy was the editing. I think the book wants some proofreading because she tends to repeat words and expressions all the time, sometimes on the same page. Her style needs polishing.
All in all, it's an entertaining book; it made me giggle at times and kept the m/m fangirl inside me cont
Dec 18, 2015 Ariel rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book of short stories! Some of them I recognized as retellings of fairytales I know while others were completely original, or at least I couldn't tell you what stories they were based off of. Some of these stories I liked better than others but overall this is a wonderful collection. Megan Derr continues to surprise me with her plots and characters. I don't think there's anything I've read by her that I didn't like.
It is a really, really sweet (and tame) book, just like one would expect from fairytales (that are not twisted ;)).
I specially loved the story of Sleeping Beauty - my heart always pounds a bit faster for these teasing troublemakers like Reynard was. Oh and Perfect; of course. Poor, poor Tobias, but Ian was way too charming in his teasing.
And the last story was the perfect cherry on the top.
Jul 10, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
Ms Derr is a wonderful writer. Her characters are flawed, but lovable, and you find yourself swept into her stories before you know it. As with other collections I've read of hers, some of the stories are related and she weaves a sensual spell that leaves you gasping. These books are romance, not erotic romance, and I sincerely recommend them to anyone who loves a good story.
Sep 17, 2014 ms.beau rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Stories I know and love with a new telling. All of them were pretty much PG-13 rating for content. Hmmmm.... Wonder what Disney Studios would do with "The Rose and The Fox"(Sleeping Beauty), "Main Gauche"(Cinderella), and "The Rosebush"(Beauty and The Beast)?
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Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she's not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.
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