The book begins in the present with the arrival of the Minotaur as a guest lecturer to a room of students. I am sure they got as caught up with his words as I did when the huge bull-headed beast told his life story, reflecting on the historical ages and events he witnessed. He made me feel as if I traveled with him during his long life. I experienced his escape from the Labyrinth and accompanied him as he traveled through events in the past I’d read learned about in history class. Now the Minotaur colored in the pictures and brought the smells, sights and sounds to life. His story not only revealed historical facts and pictures, I also found out how the Minotaur felt, what he thought about mankind and bovine (he is half bull) and why at times he shunned both man and animal and lived a life of seclusion.
I enjoy reading Greek Mythology so wasn’t really sure I’d like a fictionalised version of the classical story, especially as it was written in the first person. A lovely surprise was in store for me; the book kept me spellbound from beginning to end.
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read or don’t like Greek Mythology, or if history is not quite your thing; this book tells it as it is with no long treatises. It’s pure entertainment from beginning to end. I commend the author for his attention to detail and for writing a story I thoroughly enjoyed and was sad to put down (because I’d reached the end of the book)....more
Drasmyr effectively returns us to the days when vampires were evil (not sparkly) and something to be feared.
Truth: I almost didn't choose to read this. I wasn't impressed by the blurb (really, it tells us nothing of the story) and didn't love the cover (and I've been known to buy--or not buy--a book for the cover alone). But I gave it a try, skeptically started the first page and was completely hooked. This author has mad writing skills!
The story is told from various points-of-view: a mage, a thief, a bounty hunter and, of course, from the vampire's himself. He's evil to the core and has all the vampire traits of old: he's a shape-shifting, coffin sleeping, blood-thirsty, immortal. It's surprisingly refreshing to return to this type of vampire after reading so many romanticized versions of the creature.
The writing is deeply descriptive, interesting, complex. This isn't a fluffy read, but it's oh-so good. The characters are so real and we become truly and completely invested in them. Though the author is marketing this a YA dark fantasy, it's a book that will appeal to any and all fantasy lovers. And, thankfully, it's just the beginning. I checked: he's writing more! I, for one, am thrilled.
Folks, if you're looking for a story that will grab you and hang on tight, for a story that enthralls and leaves you wanting more, then look no farther than Drasmyr. It's really that good....more
A goddess sandwiched between two hot men who would do anything to protect her, anything to love her and everything to convince her that theirs is a re A goddess sandwiched between two hot men who would do anything to protect her, anything to love her and everything to convince her that theirs is a relationship worth fighting for is only a small part of this exciting and steamy romance by the very talented Ms. Julian.
Amity is a goddess of old but with a very modern and important job as a medical aesthetician. So much has changed in her long life and in this book, it gets a whole lot weirder, not to mention dangerous. It’s not all drama and suspense though. Hunky Rom and Remy are a wonderful distraction for the heroine and at first, that’s all they were. The author presents the heroine as a woman not afraid of sex, but one who embraces it, enjoys it and is able to generate power from the event – eventually. Getting there is half the fun. But Amity is so much more and I enjoyed getting to know her.
Speaking of fun – Ms. Julian cracked me up with her nod to one of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride. I love the author’s sense of humor and it is brilliantly showcased at strategic points throughout the story. Even when the plot is at its most suspenseful and dark, Ms. Julian balances the negative conflict with sass and courage using brisk and snappy dialogue that keeps the action flowing at a good clip. That same talent for description and verbal foreplay makes the relationship scenes between her, Remy and Rom seriously delicious and well worth reading a time or two or three. It might be a good thing to have the A/C on high.
It’s not all fun and sexual hijinks, however. There are problems that are inherent in the dynamic of a threesome. Jealousy, assumptions of one’s place in the relationship, miscommunication or stubborn silence verging on martyrdom, all of those issues take turns mixing up the internal angst. I enjoyed how the three of them eventually solve it. I also liked watching how they worked through it while at the same time trying to build a relationship on top of trying to survive this latest attack by Charon, the villain, and a big scary demon. It certainly kept me flipping the pages from chapter to chapter.
Another thing I liked about this book is the author took her time in letting a reader know her characters. The cousins, Remy and Rom, have deep emotional pain, sadness and regret, not to mention a healthy dose of vengeance and retribution to dole out to their enemy. I got a sense of their determination and steadfastness to their cause. I also liked that for the first time in many years, they have hope and it all stems from meeting and falling in love with Amity. It was beautiful yet poignant to see them start to live again. Of course, the crisis and drama that comes before that can happen made for great reading.
As for the villain, Charon, Ms. Julian never does what I expect her to do because I ended up feeling sad for the bad guy! In fact, there’s a hint that perhaps he’s not truly evil, vile and unredeemable but in fact is as tortured a man as any tortured hero I like to read about being saved. Can Charon be saved? Only readers can decide if what I read can be interpreted that way. It certainly is food for thought.
And Sal is back! I like that man-goat. He cracks me up but what was even funnier is both Remy and Rom’s reaction to him. That was a great bit of writing. Add in other secondary characters from previous books and a reader is in for some fun times. I was greatly entertained how the author introduced the new characters to the previous stars of the series. It garnered excitement and furthered the action in the tale. Not only that, but it was great hearing about them again because I loved their stories when they were on center stage. Goddess in the Middle is a standalone read, no question about that but it’s an extra nice treat for readers of the series to see some old friends.
Goddess in the Middle is filled with all my favorite things. It’s a terrific story that has suspense, a bit of intense action, great dialogue, funny moments, and steamy scenes that are so hot the sheets cry ‘uncle’. Amity, Remy and Rom are wonderful together and when they are, it’s magical. I enjoyed the plot twists and surprises, and their verbal exchanges that alternate between sweet, sassy and naughty. I’m also thrilled with the fact that this series has more to offer fans in the future. I look forward to reading about Amity’s sister, Kari. Ms. Julian presented a great hook toward the end of this story, so much so that her next one will be an auto-buy for me. Every book so far in the Forgotten Goddesses series has been a winner. Goddess in the Middle continues the fine tradition of awesome and gripping storytelling with a saucy grin and a wink of mischievous fun while delivering a completely satisfying happily ever after. It’s a book not to miss. ...more
Sky Dragons is the latest installment in the Pern Series and the last book which will feel the touch of Anne MacCaffrey herself. It's thrilling as a reader and lover of the Pern series that this latest and last book by her is as wonderful and thrilling as the first. The Pern series does need to be read in order because there are elements, which are developed and explained in early books and may leave readers confused, if they're picking up Sky Dragons for the first time.
Sky Dragons revolves around the first female blue dragon rider and a small group of dragon riders and potential dragon riders who travel back in time with the hopes of breeding enough dragons to help repopulate the Weyrs in their own time. They establish Sky Weyr after an attack and some are stuck in a time drama which leaves the young blue rider Xhinna, as the oldest dragon rider in the group and therefore Weyrleader, the first female to ever take the position. She must see to the youngsters both human and dragon as she tries to save them from vicious predators. She becomes the leader of a wing of Queen dragons. Throw in some fancy flying and daring unprecedented ideas and you have a wonderful story that brings adventure, romance, danger, and drama all together in a smooth and delightful mix.
While I enjoyed this story it wasn't quite as enjoyable as some of her other works. There were a few areas of confusion where even I was wondering what was going on. They were quickly sorted out when it became apparent that as the dragons were moving back and forth through time so was the story and there were time leaps to allow maturing of the characters. Also a heads-up: a lesbian relationship figures prominently in the story, so if that's something which offends you, you may choose not to read this book.
Overall, the book was well written, as delightful as the first in the Pern series and made me a bit melancholy because it will be the last of these special books from an amazing author. It's a book that has joined my collection and I encourage anyone to pick up and read Sky Dragons by Anne and Todd MacCaffrey. ...more
A dark, little fairy tale, a story with a strange but likeable hero, The Boy Who Plaited Manes has a magical style to the way it’s told.
The setting seems to be Medieval, taking place in a stable and a manor house. The hero is of an indiscriminate age, but young. He doesn’t talk, doesn’t show expression, and doesn’t do much except his job. So what’s the deal with him? He has an unworldly talent to plait the manes of the horses under his care with a beauty that defies belief. The horses rest easy under his talented hands as he works his magic. The groom doesn’t like him. He doesn’t give him the pay owed him or even decent clothes for the winter, but the boy never complains. It’s assumed he’s mute. The groom’s continued bad feelings toward the boy create a sense of foreboding.
The young wife of the manor lord is bored. Her main purpose is to look beautiful. When her maid gets smallpox, the lady is unsatisfied with the way the other maids try to do her hair. So, she gets an idea. She has the talented stable boy work on her hair. Of course, he does a fantastic job, day after day, continuing with the task when the lady’s maid died of her disease.
Then, the story takes a surprising turn. The lady seduces the boy. He’s a good lover but then turns to her and says something shocking. Who even knew he could talk? But his words alarm the lady, coming from such a gentle person.
The whole while, this is all expressed with a beautiful writing style, just like the tales of old that flowed with a sense of underlying magic. This story is so well written and otherworldly. Fans of a very fast, suspenseful read will enjoy this book. I did. ...more
Ashlyn is very much her own person–she’s a ninja and proud of it. She’d much rather fulfill her role as ninja than fulfill her role as the heir of herAshlyn is very much her own person–she’s a ninja and proud of it. She’d much rather fulfill her role as ninja than fulfill her role as the heir of her father’s kingdom. But, once that birthright is threatened, then she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Ms. Santiago drops the reader right in the middle of the action–and doesn’t let up. In fact, it’s so much so that if the reader didn’t know better, she might think she had joined a series in the middle. Ms. Santiago, though, does a good job of bringing the reader up to speed — you aren’t bored, that’s for sure. You don’t have time to get bored!
Not only is there non-stop action, there’s a love triangle that will leave the reader pulling for either Drake or Vargo–if she can make up her mind! I’m looking forward to the second book of the series to see what happens next with Ashlyn Li.
Heirs of Prophecy is a fun, action-packed book that's appropriate for all ages. Truthfully, it's been a while since I've read a middle grade book, so I wasn't sure it would hold my attention. It did that and more. I completely enjoyed it!
It starts off a little slowly with the Riverton family packing for vacation, but once they take their little unscheduled side trip to the land of Trimoria, things certainly pick up! The author's done a fine job of showing us the land and its people clearly, with each character being unique. I enjoyed the family interactions, with the boys being boys and the parents actually parenting! While I think the boys acted a bit older than their chronological ages, that may have been in part due to the circumstances. Certainly the tween and teen boys from a hundred years ago or more acted with more maturity than those of today. And the Riverton brothers are thrust into a world where they're required to grow up quickly.
There's no shortage of conflict here, either. From a bully in the town, to ogres and a crazy, powerful wizard, we're kept on a roller coaster of excitment. I'll admit, once I was done reading this, I shared it with my thirteen year old daughter, and she gobbled it up and asked for more.
I highly recommend this book for both kids of any age (there aren't any truly terrifying parts that would scare younger children) and for adults who have a love of fun, innocent fantasy. It certainly appealed to all of those in my household. I'm betting it would do the same in yours....more
When Pru gets a phone call asking her to respond to a cat shooting, she’s prepared to deal with a traumatized cat. However, she’s not prepared to find the cop suggesting the cat was the shooter!
This author previously published Dogs Don’t Lie which was a very good mystery, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to review this Pru mystery. Ms. Simon has made her main character, Pru Marlowe, unique. She talks to animals. I don’t mean she watches and guesses what they might be trying to communicate. She can actually talk to them through mental telepathy. It’s a real asset to her job as a pet handler and trainer. Being able to hear any animal’s thoughts around her is a bit of a detriment, though.
One of the things I enjoy about Ms. Simon’s writings is she doesn’t make her characters bigger than life. Pru is not exceptionally smart, she’s dating questionable men, and her cat even gets mad at her for not knowing more. Being compared to a kitten is not a compliment. The author also made Pru very dedicated to her work and trying to solve mysteries, so she’s a good sort overall.
This story moves along fast with several characters being introduced. Since four of them are men that Pru has dated at one time or another, it quickly becomes entertaining. All Ms. Simon’s characters are a bit quirky. She gives you the very rich and the very gossipy and mixes them with the get-rich-quick and stalwart characters. With such a rich mix of characters, you can’t help but having fun reading this author’s work.
If you like animals, that’s a plus with this series. If you aren’t sure, this cozy mystery will keep you reading to see just how Pru manages to keep her nose out of trouble and if the killer is finally found. The engaging mystery was easy to finish in one night because I didn’t want to stop reading.
Why not get a copy of this book at your local bookstore and let Ms. Simon take you into the world of Pru and entertain you like she did me? ...more
Will Carver is a beast of a man who knows about loyalty, who is unimaginably strong (perhaps because of that ‘beast side’) but whose heart is long since lost to lovely, treacherous Lena.
And clever, seductive though Lena is, she too might well be a victim: living in this alternate White Chapel District, one seems almost slated to be some kind of victim, either ‘thrall’ to a protector…or simply a blood supply.
The dark aura that McMaster creates permeates this work from start to finish. It is a combination of exquisite descriptions and delicious suspense along with small descriptors. You will imagine the pea-soup fog under the gaslights, feel the eerie cold rise off the cobblestones. My only complaint: some specific description bore a strong similarity to her earlier Kiss of Steel.
Heart of Iron takes us into an alternate world/history in nineteenth century London. Society is a far different realm than we might expect – unless we are already fans of Vampire-dom. Even then, few could imagine the realm McMaster here creates; where blue bloods feed on lesser classes, but the victims themselves can be dangerous.
It’s easy to say that this will certainly appeal to fans of the genre, however, I rather suspect that this will rate high on the list of anyone who enjoys a hot romance! Steampunk fans will also adore....more
Full of vivid imagery and an amazing plot, Wicked Paradise is a gem in the fantasy romance genre.
I was amazed at how well this story sucked me right in, from the beginning set centuries ago, to a dystopian future on a cursed, but beautiful island. The two main characters are incredibly three dimensional, and I was fully invested in both. I never thought they acted out of character or without motivation, and understood their reasoning for behavior (good and bad) easily.
The sexual heat was smoking hot, even though they didn’t act on it right away. It built and built until I was ready to explode, right along with Ryan and Morgan! It was fantastic and just how I like it: a long build-up with a passion right when and where it’s fitting.
The plot was interesting and complex. I worried for our characters being trapped on the island with the magic- consuming demon. How would they ever survive? Well woven and believable. Nicely done. Here’s hoping to a sequel. Soon. I can’t wait to visit with these characters (including a baby flying horse!) soon....more
What a journey! From the birth of Markus — already marked with special powers– there is tension present in this book. Although his older brother tries to counteract the influence of their father, more and more Markus turns hard–killing for the pleasure of killing and no longer merely to provide food.
Eventually, his behavior leads to the fruition of a curse promised at his birth–and the death of his family. Now, he has to find a way to reverse it before his brother dies.
The author has done a great job creating this world where the families of the village depend on hunters for their survival–and shows the fine line that exists between the necessary killing for survival and killing for the sport of killing. Other issues she touches on are child abuse and the need to take care of the environment.
Her primary accomplishment, though, is the creating of characters that leap of the page and come to life. All of them, even the secondary characters, are fully drawn and three dimensional. The reader cares about the characters and what happens to them. And, since this is just the first book of the series, leaves the reader anxious to find out what will happen next.
To Dance in Liradon is a faery tale… not of the Disney version with fairy godmothers and dancing mice, but like the darker faery tales of Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm. The fae are not to be trusted–as 17-year-old Brigid found out to her sorrow. As a child, she had met the Queen of the Fae after picking a flower for her mother–only to find out that keeping it came with a price–the death of her father. This was particularly hard on Brigid, for he had told her story after story about finding her true love and romance.
Shunned by the village because of her encounter with the fae, Brigid found unwanted favor from the Lord of the village. A childhood friend, Connell, proposes –to keep her safe and to help her gain acceptance from the villagers. However, even though Brigid accepts Connell’s proposal, she still wishes for the romance she has dreamed of all her life. When Connell comes back from a trip changed–romantic, attentive, loving–Brigid has won her heart’s desire–or has she?
Ms. Clarke does an admirable job presenting the dark side of fae and the appeal of giving up the daily toil for a chance at a lifetime of pleasure. In the Willow Women, she presents the alternate reality for those who have joined with the fae for a season.
There are many layers in this story of the search for true love and I highly recommend it....more
High school kids transported to another world through magical portals, joining together to save the world… what’s not to love?
There are many good things to like about The Silver Sphere. The author wastes no time in jumping right into the action–from the first line of “Your world will be over soon, won’t it, dear Bianca?” to the last line that hints at another volume in the series to come–the book doesn’t slow down. The chapters are short (averaging around 3 pages per chapter) and the action is frequently breath-taking.
The book has multiple POV characters, but–as each chapter features one–it’s not difficult to keep up with them. The one drawback to this story is the fact that not all of the characters are seen as much as they should have been. Hopes are, since this is the first book of the series, later books will be able to feature more of these characters.
Recommended for fans of the fantasy genre teens and up! I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
If you like a bit of humor with your abundant sex, or a quest for your hero, Tempted by the Storm might be the book for you.
I wasn’t sure what to expeIf you like a bit of humor with your abundant sex, or a quest for your hero, Tempted by the Storm might be the book for you.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose to review this book, but I’m a huge fantasy lover, and enjoy adding heat to the fantasy. Heat I got in spades — from the start to the finish, this book is full of smoking hot sex and not just between the hero and heroine. Everyone seems to be getting some! Truthfully, I was surprised at how many different points-of-view we experienced and while it was never confusing, sometimes it seemed to be just for the sex and I’d find myself skipping pages to get back to the plot.
Now, the story was definitely interesting! Lovers who meet and connect without knowing who the each are, only to find out Sarco, the hero is betrothed to our heroine, Lark’s sister … but it’s even more convoluted when we discover the sister and Sarco’s brother are in love. Yet, there is a prophecy about peace, war, the end of the worlds as they know it which involves the marriage and Sarco is nothing if not honorable and determined to do what he must. Too bad he can’t keep his hands of Lark.
Enter a secret book, a quest, magic, dragons and more — all the perfect trappings of a stellar fantasy novel.
Ms. Mansfield is a very talented author. Her imagination was amazing and her skill with words beyond question. The sex scenes were steamy and well described, I just wish there had been just a few less. I was honestly relieved when the characters were separated for a time and couldn’t jump into bed (or on the desk or … )
However, the thing I think that made this a hard book for me to rate were the gnomes. They were clearly there for comic relief and were silly, disgusting, over-sexed, blunt and more. Yes, they made me laugh in spots. Yes, they had some great one-liners (all the way up to the end). But the rest of the story felt so much like an epic fantasy, that those scenes with the gnomes felt out of place. They jolted me from the story, from its intensity and from the fear and worry I felt. A bit like a cold glass of water in my face, it took away that urgency and anxiety that would have kept me from putting the book down (in fact, their love of bathroom humor, which is my least favorite form of “fun”, and a particular contest between two of them near the beginning nearly put me off the book entirely). This is probably a matter of personal preference, however, and I wouldn’t let it stop you from reading, especially if you’re a lover of fantasy. I was honestly glad I’d committed to reading this for a review, as it required me to move forward and the story got better and better as it continued.
I discovered that this was book two of a series, and I honestly wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t found out. I never once felt lost or felt as though I was missing something. Perhaps I would have picked up on certain things, or been excited about getting reacquainted with old friends, but as a newbie to the series I can honestly say this books stands alone quite well.
If you like your fantasy with a whole pile of heat and a side dish of comedy, then I can recommend Tempted by the Storm. Despite my issue with the gnomes, I’m really glad I had the chance to read this. I loved so many of the characters (including Lark’s father, surprisingly!) and was quite invested in the outcome of Sarco’s quest. The author has a talent for world-building and creating characters you’ll care about. Why not give it a try?
So … wow… this was pretty amazing. From start to finish, it’s just epic — lavish, full of description and history. Reminded me of the fantasies I grew up on thirty years ago.
I admit to being a bit surprised that, aside from a short beginning with Demetrius in his old age, the book spends quite a bit of time on his grandfather, and then his father before Demetrius is even born. I understand that the author wanted to give us some background, but it really slowed the story for me. Truthfully, had I not been reading this for review, I might not have continued. However, I’m glad I did.
Demetrius’ story is … well, I can’t say “wonderful”, because it’s largely heartbreaking, but so rich in texture and living and adventure (good and bad), that it was a joy to read. Once I put aside my romantic heart, and just enjoyed this for the story it was, I was so pleased.
The author has a way with words and certainly has honed his craft. The reader can feel, see, smell, hear everything in great detail. We were right there on the pirate ship, in the pub, herding sheep. Even better, I caught no grammar errors or typos, and for this I’m truly grateful.
Still, in case you didn’t see the number of pages up top of this review, this isn’t a quick or easy read. It’s dark in parts, with heavy messages and difficult times. It’s interesting, edifying and well written, but still quite a workout to read.
If you love real, hard core, epic fantasy, I highly recommend this for you....more
Author Tessa Stockton has an amazing voice for fantasy. Wind’s Aria is beautifully written, descriptive and sweet.
We’re presented with a young girl who carries the weight of her world on her shoulders. She’s required to sing before dawn each day to ensure that her world has sunlight and water. One day she falters, only for a moment, as she senses something is different. Though she finishes her song, her misstep throws her world into chaos.
The powerful, handsome winged being charged with destroying her and her world ends up falling for her instead. He does, however, put things in motion to allow his master to do the job. Aria’s world loses the sun, water and she loses her voice. When all else fails, she’s sent on a quest to find the one they worship in order to repent and hopefully fix their world.
I really enjoyed this sweet fantasy romance. Truthfully, Aria “felt” very young and this book would be more than appropriate for teens and the young adult market as well as those adult readers looking for a sweet escape. The story was very well written, exciting in places, touching in others and I never wanted to put it down. I loved Aria and the Il-Bora, enjoyed watching them together and appreciated their fight to be together against what seems like insurmountable odds.
However, the ending was a bit of a disappointment — not in the resolution, which was more than satisfying — but in the execution. The entire book is working its way to this moment and then zip-zap, it was over in just a few pages. I was sad that it felt so rushed, because the rest of the story is just so lovely and well executed. I also would have liked just a bit more of the H/H at the end, so we would have the satisfaction of finally seeing them together at last.
Still, Wind’s Aria is a story I’m glad I read. And Tessa Stockton shows amazing promise as an up and coming author. I look forward to reading more from her. Good fantasy isn’t always easy to find, and she clearly knows how to write it....more
What if all you thought about the Civil War was a lie?
History states that the Civil War ended in 1865 with the South surrendering. But with The Last Best Hope the reader is introduced to a world where the South hasn't fallen. In fact, the North surrendered. The concept is intriguing. What would've happened if the South got one last surge and won? What if Lincoln hadn't been assassinated? These are all interesting questions Parrott tackles.
I have to admit, at first I wasn't pulled in by the book. There are moments where the story dragged and I had to fight a bit to keep going. Also, I'm not a huge fan of first person narrative. This book is in parts. While these made the read slower for me, that might not be the case for all readers, especially those intrigued by alternate history. After a few pages, the story did pick up and there were more than a few moments of turmoil and lots of adventure. The charcters are people, though in the past, I could relate to. The small town which has become a ghost story could be any small town. Chastity and Ezekiel made a good pair, both broken in some ways, but just right for each other. I think they were the best part of the book for me.
If you've ever wondered what would've happened if the South hadn't fallen... then this might be the book you're looking for. ...more
Cadence is the spoiled princess, Dominic is just looking for some fun and Ethan just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and is helplessly in love.
The Rebellious Princess Chooses Two Lovers was a fun, light, sexy read without an overly complicated plot and full of lots of scorching sex.
Though I enjoyed reading this short story, relating with the characters was not an easy task. Cadence knew what she wanted and how she wanted it but she was a little too passionate about everything. She vowed her love, she vowed revenge, she vowed to uncover the truth…I believe the author was trying to construct a strong and enthusiastic character but I found her ardour annoying and a little shallow.
Dominic, on the other hand, was the ruthless man looking for a good time who falls for the pretty girl. He was attractive and inquisitive when it came to the sex and his secrets were genuinely surprising.
Finally, Ethan was really sweet, but at times he felt like a filler character, placed into the story so that Cadence could have sex with both men. It was a shame, because I really would have liked to learn more about the servant.
One thing is for sure, the author knows how to portray the chemistry between the characters, and her descriptions when it came to the sex were sizzling. There was male-female, male-female-male, a little brushing up between the two hot male protagonists and even some spanking. Based in a “pseudo-medieval kingdom”, the crude language the author sometimes employed just made the story a whole lot more fun to read.
Overall, The Rebellious Princess Chooses Two Lovers is a fun, light and hot read, perfect for a quick bedtime story. ...more
Will destiny and fate do their part? Can she change history or just be his consoling angel?
Mira is a likeable teenager from New York. She’s a busy girl with school and an internship. The reader gets a brief feel for her hometown then a description of lovely scenes with her dad before he passed away. She has a great relationship with her mom and big dreams in life.
It feels real, and one can identify with the characters. Thanks to her dad, Mira has an obsession with the actor James Dean. Fate has a surprise in store for her.
This story is set partly in modern-day times and partly in 1952, and the two connect via time travel. She finds herself back in the fifties, where the real fun begins. To her pleasure, she meets her idol, James Dean, and there’s chemistry there; it’s sweet but genuine. She warns him about the accident that will kill him. Does she change history, or does he not take her seriously? Her time in the past with him could end any second, and she values it. She says, “I had to live my life instead of making myself forget.”
Another question comes up: What will her trip back in time mean for her present?
For such a short story, this one is charming and addresses some really good questions. Mira is a good character, easy to root for, and her interactions with others, especially James Dean, are well written. When she comes back to her present, she runs into someone that will change her life.
A good little story, I recommend it to those who like YA and time travel. ...more