Title: Once Upon a [Stolen] Time Author: Samreen Ahsan Format: Kindle (e-book) Pages: Date(s) Read: July 15, 2016 Rating: 3
600 years separate MyrTitle: Once Upon a [Stolen] Time Author: Samreen Ahsan Format: Kindle (e-book) Pages: Date(s) Read: July 15, 2016 Rating: 3
600 years separate Myra Farrow and Edward Hue. She living in the modern world and obsessed with Medieval castles, princes, kings, and everything involving them. Edward, living in darkness and ruled by his tyrannical father, who hopes to craft him into a model of himself. Can Myra save Edward or will she destroy him?
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I do have to admit I do like Myra quite a bit, considering she does not suffer from Snowflake or Mary Sue syndrome. She is interesting and I do quite like her. She's grounded and there is an emotional connection with her. Steven however, I'm not entirely thrilled with considering that he isn't completely honest with Myra about his intentions for her. Though, he doesn't lie about using her as the main character for his video game based on Hue Castle.
Hue Castle is somewhere that intrigues me greatly, and in all honesty I want to walk its barren darkness and submerge myself in its history. There are secrets that thrive within those walls, disappearances (mainly of its last inhabitants as well as others), and the fact that there is absolutely no life within the abandoned walls of this castle. The cameras cannot capture anything within the boundaries, and there is also a mirror within the castle's chapel. The mirror was some how preserved from the fire that destroyed everything else - however the reflection within the mirror does not match the reality that it should.
The reality within the mirror brings several questions to the fore, and begin Myra's search for the truth. Just a few of the questions that Myra must answer in her search are: 1. Why is everything within the castle's borders dead? 2. Who is the man in the mirror? 3. Why is she the only one that can see and feel him? 4. How does he seem to know her? 5. Why can she not forget him? He should have died six hundred years ago, and yet Myra and Edward share the same eyes.
The story falls into a few tropes, however, the story was well crafted and one that I did enjoy. However, this installment doesn't necessarily strike me initially as one based around romance, instead a mystery that needs to be solved and then other things can happen once that's done.
The prose was delightful, and I could easily picture myself within the world crafted and living the mysterious moments with them. Their emotions weren't superficial, and the characters actually had quite a bit of depth to them.
I am looking forward to the next installment in this story, the continuation of the interactions between Myra, Edward and Steven. ...more
"Or what, you're gonna tickle me with your little tickle machine again? Oh please doThis review can be found on my blog as well Review: The Weavemaker
"Or what, you're gonna tickle me with your little tickle machine again? Oh please don't do that...it hurts my sides to laugh so much." -Saul, The Weavemaker
I recieved an ARC of "The Weavemaker" by Paul Wigmore, in exchange for an honest review.
I have been among those desperately awaiting this book, and when Paul started posting teasers on Facebook, I was more than completely hooked and anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Or apparently an advanced reader copy, placed in my hot little hands! You can find links to pre-order "The Weavemaker", which releases THIS SATURDAY 10/31, and to purchase "The Tapestry" at the end of this post, and I HIGHLY recommend that you do get your hands on both of them!
I've diverged from my usual format of writing reviews, simply because I'm still struggling to find the words to express my love for this whirlwind nightmarish novel. This book has provided me with the reasons I absolutely love reading the horror/thriller genre. For those who have read Wigmore's first publication, "The Tapestry," you will not be disappointed with the return to this particular universe. No, you won't be disappointed at all.
There are moments in this book that have had me laughing out loud, and many that have once more reminded me why I do not read this particular genre once the sun has gone down and the moon has risen into the sky. Some books are best left for daylight reads only, and this definitely fits the bill.
This story takes place where "The Tapestry" left off, bringing us right back into the action as Saul attempts to heal himself and fully regain his power and ultimately take control of the between. This book, much like "The Tapestry," is not for the faint of heart or those who cannot handle a bit of gore in their horror stories.
I think one of my favorite relationships and interactions in this book is that of Seb, Sophia and Clara. The three of them interacting together, as well as with the rest of the universe is something that I absolutely adore. Sophia, Seb's daughter and his princess, is smart and absolutely spot on to help through the chaos that her world has become.
When Sprite comes into the picture, I can't help but laugh a bit at him and his interaction with Seb, Clara, and Sophia. Sprite dresses as he's perceived, and is quite snarky but in a polite, matter of fact way at least in my opinion.
Saul...well, how do you describe Saul. Pardon my language, but the best way to describe Saul is this. A twisted fuck. Then again, what does one expect from a demon hell bent on controlling the between and getting a hold of the Tapestry? Nothing short of absolute mass chaos and murder. The things that Saul can make a person do...to want to do. That he brings out in others will send chills down your spine.
Many of the fantasy novels I've read have used vastly different creation techniques, however, I have found my favorite creation device in Wigmore's stories. The tapestry is a unique world creation device, and the fact that it allows for so much more to be added into the story is all the more a delightful device to use. The way that the threads align to create each and every person, good or bad - the relationships that spark among the living threads of the tapestry. It is enough to make one truly wonder if our world is a Tapestry.
Once again, I am left singing Paul Wigmore's praises. He has crafted a novel that has floored me and once again left me thankful that Saul is safely contained within the pages of the novels and not roaming the real world.
Thank you again Paul for allowing me to be among the first to read this fantastic story and I very much look forward to reading more of your work. ...more