Five Enchanted Roses A Collection of Beauty and the Beast Stories by: Kaycee Browning, Savannah Jezowski, Jenelle Schmidt, Dorian Tsukioka, and Hayden WFive Enchanted Roses A Collection of Beauty and the Beast Stories by: Kaycee Browning, Savannah Jezowski, Jenelle Schmidt, Dorian Tsukioka, and Hayden Wand
Five Enchanted Roses is a delightful collection of five unique stories based upon the tale of Beauty and the Beast. If you have a love of fairy tales you need to read these lovingly written stories.
Prepare to be enchanted as both Beauty and Beast find true love - love that will break the curse that rules their lives. But beware all curses aren't what they first seem and discovering this truth is the key.
Espirit de la Rose By Kaycee Browning
Cecilia Lester is to join her aunt in London, but when the Fee demand payment for her father's crime again her voyage takes an unexpected detour.
Having interfered with the Fee, Cecilia finds herself aboard a ship that is filled with those who have been cursed by the Fee to wander the sea as monsters. Cecilia may be the key to freeing those aboard the cursed ship or she may be just another pawn in the cruelty the Fee delight in extracting.
Whose heart will Cecilia touch? Or will she too spend the rest of her days sailing the sea aboard the ghostly ship paying her father's punishment?
Get ready to set sail - the Espirit de la Rose is about to take you on an adventure you can't imagine.
Wither By Savannah Jezowski
Lilybet Haverly is determined that her younger sister will not pay for the rose her father picked. Briarstone Abbey is ruled by a beast. A beast who objected to one of his roses being picked and the price was Sunflower.
Lilybet is used to hard work and is determined that her sister not be sent to the beast. But to save her, she must enter the Neverway facing Creepers and Ghouls to get to the abbey.
But the beast is more than he appears but can he overcome Lilybet's distrust and win her love before it is too late? If he fails more than his life is at stake, but can he reveal all to the feisty young woman who has taken her sister's place?
When she is faced with the truth whom will Lilybet face the future with?
Stone Curse By Jenelle Schmidt
Two years the curse has laid upon Thorndale Castle. The princess is missing, presumed stolen. The visiting prince has become a beast. The royal family and nobility have been turned to stone. A few loyal servants have remained to care for the castle and prince Barend, including Karyna.
Karyna hopes that the curse may be lifted and that her dreams may offer a clue as to where to search. Lifting the curse will allow Barend to go home.
But how can one person lift such a powerful curse - a curse that is spreading? A curse in which love is the key.
Rosara and the Jungle King By Dorian Tsukioka
Rosara is being hunted by the most feared man of the tribe, a man who seeks to challenge her father. But Rosara is determined to elude the man who wants to make her his third wife. A chance meeting with a jaguar is about to change Rosara's life.
Can Tupa help this young woman avoid the trap Maor is setting for her? And who is the true beast in this tale?
Rosara and the Jungle King is a story about living with the consequences of the choices one makes.
The Wulver's Rose By Hayden Wand
A hundred year curse, a fading hope, a young woman riddled with guilt, a voice calling out for help, and a beast. Put these together and you have The Wulver's Rose, a thoroughly captivating tale.
Can Bonnie break the spell that has held the castle and its residents in its withering grip for nearly 100 years? Or is her heart unable to be touched by the beast who calls the castle home?
Having left the life she knew behind Bonnie is haunted by dreams, dreams that ultimately bring her to the beast's door.
I think that of the five stories this is the one that has greater similarities to the original faerie tale.
Truly a lovely conclusion to a beautiful collection of Beauty and the Beast tales.
Anyone who read last year's Five Glass Slippers collection will not be disappointed in this year's Five Enchanted Roses. The stories are beautifully spun by five distinctive voices who are skilled in the art of putting pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard). Captivating would be an apt one word description for this collection.
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Raven Perilous is the Rebel Princess. No she's not trying to over-throw any sitting rThe Rebel Princess By Janice Sperry
This damsel is NOT in distress!
Raven Perilous is the Rebel Princess. No she's not trying to over-throw any sitting royalty. She simply doesn't want to be a typical fairy-tale princess just waiting for Prince Charming to rescue her. And kissing a prince much less any boy is just plain icky!
Raven has your typical problems - a mother who speaks gems and jewelry (literally), a father who is a wizard, a house that's moody, a twin brother who takes after their dad. And Raven has this habit of being a little bit mean and nasty when she talks to others and this has an unexpected disgusting side-effect (thanks to a fairy godmother).
But life is good until a prince shows up one day. One disaster after another ensues and the only way to lift the curse/spell is for the "prince" and Raven to work together. But is that even possible?
This is a fun mishmash of fairy-tales run amok as Raven tries to stay out distress and the prince tries to find true-love. But they are trapped in a land of enchantment and fairy tales, so the fun is just beginning.
This is a delightful and funny twist on your favorite fairy tales. And the twists and turns that ensue as Raven tries to return home will give you a great lift and several laughs.
This is one Rebel Princess you will love from page one. Raven may not be the perfect princess but she's one your preteens and tweens will relate to.
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Five Glass Slippers from Rogglewood Press is a delightful mix of five Cinderella stories. Gleaned from a contest that took place in the second half ofFive Glass Slippers from Rogglewood Press is a delightful mix of five Cinderella stories. Gleaned from a contest that took place in the second half of 2013. And the winning titles are: WHAT EYES CAN SEE by Elizabeth Brown BROKEN GLASS by Emma Clifton THE WINDY SIDE OF CARE by Rachel Heffington A CINDER’S TALE by Stephanie Ricker THE MOON MASTER’S BALL by Clara Diane Thompson
With stories as varied as their titles the Cinderella thread can be found throughout each story whether the story takes place in a traditional setting or in a futuristic one. With unique twists each story will keep you enraptured as these five authors weave their spells with the magic of words.
A refused prince. A glass slipper mix-up. A prince who's throne is about to be stolen. A mining colony. And a circus. There's a story sure to appeal to everyone. Curl-up with a nice cup of tea and be prepared to be swept away as 5 Cinderella's meet their prince!
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Shadow Hand Tales of the Goldstone Wood #6 By Anne Elisabeth Stengl
In a word WOW! To fully appreciate this book you should first read Heartless, VeiledShadow Hand Tales of the Goldstone Wood #6 By Anne Elisabeth Stengl
In a word WOW! To fully appreciate this book you should first read Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood if you have never picked up one of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's books before. And believe me if you've read one you just are drawn into this world Between the Woods. Anne Elisabeth weaves her stories so that they all flow together. They intersect and and cross each other in the most unexpected ways.
Shadow Hand is a story out of time. And Foxbrush and Daylily have unwittingly entered into it and are about to become an integral part of Southlands legend or are they? These two characters are about to become more complete in fulfilling the destiny that has been theirs before time knew them.
Southlands is yet again to have a royal wedding and Lady Daylily is again to have the starring role, but her intended has changed. Instead of Prince Lionheart she is instead to marry his cousin Crown Prince Foxbrush. Both are pawns caught in a web not of their own making, until the letter.
A letter has sent the two into the Woods and their lives are never to be the same. But during their absence, someone seeks to claim the throne for his own. Can the path that Daylily and Foxbrush follow help them discover who they really are before it is too late?
If you've read the previous 5 Goldstone Wood books, you'll be happy to see some of your favorite characters are back including Prince Felix, Lionheart, Eanrin, Imraldera, and the Prince of Fartheststone.
At the very beginning I found the story a little confusing, but it all makes sense in the end and is well worth the time spent in the reading. Shadow Hand is an intriguing and interesting book that will take you in a circle. (If I say more I'll give the story away and disrupt time!)
I just love this cover and this book has been on my wish list since I learned of it. And reading it was not a disappointment. Can't wait for book 7 The Golden Daughter coming November 2014!
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Hidden away by lies, deceptions and a jealous step-mother, Sophie lives as a scullery maid in the very castle shThe Fairest Beauty By Melanie Dickerson
Hidden away by lies, deceptions and a jealous step-mother, Sophie lives as a scullery maid in the very castle she should be mistress of. Presumed dead since she was 2 years of age the truth of who Sophie is has been hidden away from everyone. But two servants within the castle's walls know the truth!
Pinnosa is traveling to Hagenheim Castle and Duke Wilhelm hoping that she can live long enough to save Sophie from the death that Duchess Ermengard is planning for her. With her last breath she is able to tell Duke Wilhelm and his youngest son Gabe about Sophie and her danger.
Years ago Sophie was betrothed to Valten, Duke Wilhelm's oldest son. But Valten is unable to rescue the young woman who is to become his bride as he has broken his leg and unable to even walk at present.
Gabe, is headstrong and unwilling to wait until Valten is healed, as he has a feeling that makes him determined to discover the truth about Sophie and rescue her.
Duchess Ermengard enraged that Sophie has taken food to Roslind in the dungeon and has saved 5 puppies that she had ordered drowned has the young scullery maid thrown into the dungeon. While Sophie sits in the dungeon, her step-mother orders her huntsman Lorencz to befriend and then kill Sophie when she is released.
When Gabe discovers the young woman who is Sophie he is further drawn to her and wants to protect her. When Gabe makes a mistake Ermangard is enraged and his life as well as Sophie's are in even greater danger. As Gabe makes his escape to rescue Sophie, the words of kindly Petra ring in his ear, Ask for Dominyk the Wise and to take refuge at the Cottage of the Seven.
When Gabe locates Sophie they head north towards Hagenheim Castle. But less than a day into their seven day journey they are being pursued by Ermangard's archers. Though he is determined to bring Sophie home to his brother, Gabe's heart betrays him when Sophie begins to touch his heart in ways he never though she could. But does Sophie feel the same or is she pleased with her betrothal to his brother? And if she does have feelings for him, how can they break two betrothals and not incur the king's wrath?
When an arrow finds a mark can the two of them make their way to the safety promised at the Cottage of the Seven? Or will Ermengard destroy them both before the truth of who Sophie is be made known?
The Fairest Beauty is a thoroughly delightful retelling of Snow White that is Biblical based. Melanie Dickerson has created another beautiful story that you want to read again and again!
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Starflower Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Starflower is the fourth book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, though this book can easStarflower Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Starflower is the fourth book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, though this book can easily be read first as it takes place before the three previous titles.
While the Faerie Kingdom of Rudiobus is in the midst of celebrating the birthday of its Queen Bebo, a mortal girl crosses over into the Wood. Eanrin having left Ruaine Hall to sulk in solitude and to ponder Lady Gleamdren's refusal to dance is startled by a sound that rips through the silence of the night. The dreaded Black Dogs are hunting!
When the Black Dogs cry draws Eanrin across the boarders to investigate he is set on a path that will change his life forever. Eanrin and the Kingdom of Rudiobus are tricked into giving sanctuary toHri Sota the Dragonwitch and Lady Gleamdren is stolen away.
Eanrin and Captain Glomar determine that rescuing Gleamdren will determine who will win the heart of the queen's fair cousin. But first they must enter Etalpalli through the Cozamaloti Gate. The path Eanrin takes brings him into contact with the Golden Hound - Lumil Eliasul! In his attempt to elude the Golden Hound, Eanrin comes across the young mortal girl who has become trapped in a enchanted sleep.
Convinced that he has found a mortal princess, Eanrin helps the young woman by breaking the enchanted sleep spell. The young woman is unable to speak because of an ancient curse placed upon her people so communication between them is problematic. As Starflower tries to communicate her name to Eanrin, he misunderstands and thinks that she carries the Faerie name for starflowers and is the Princess Imraldera.
Starflower joins Eanrin as he continues his quest for Lady Gleamdren. When Starflower comes face-to-face with Hri Sota she tells her story to the Dragonwitch. The former queen makes a bargain that will return Starflower to the land of her people and her sister, for a price.
But an even greater danger awaits Starflower's return. But what is the greater danger - the Black Dogs escorting her, the Golden Hound that seems to be both before and behind her, or the Beast that rules and enslaves her people?
Starflower and Eanrin must both learn to let go of their fears and to see the truth or they will fall to the power of Death. Is Lumil Eliasul the path to death or the path to life? Which voice is speaking the truth and can they determine it before it is too late to save the ones dear to their hearts?
Starflower allows one to fully grasp and to understand why in Moonblood Imraldera was hesitant to go to Rudiobus. When reading about Eanrin's grooming habits, I could so see Monster when he was with Una and Felix in Heartless and with Leo in Moonblood. The Golden Hound/Lumil Eliasul is quite obviously Prince Aethelbard.
The over-riding theme throughout this series seems to be sacrificial love versus self-centered love.
Will you enter into the worlds that surround the Goldstone Woods? You may see life in a whole new light!
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SHAYLA WITHERWOOD: A Half-Faerie Tale By Tamra Torero
Shayla Witherwood is about to start her first day at Jasper Jenkins High. After being home-schooleSHAYLA WITHERWOOD: A Half-Faerie Tale By Tamra Torero
Shayla Witherwood is about to start her first day at Jasper Jenkins High. After being home-schooled through the tenth grade her nerves get the better of her and she uses her Faerie magic to become invisible. After Grandpa's death, Grandma and Shayla stop traveling around the country and settle down. Grandma decides that going to school and being around other people is just what Shayla needs. But now Shayla has to figure out how to become visible without anyone seeing it happen.
During her first class she has Mr. Digby for science class. As class ends he warns Shayla to be careful out there! As her first day progresses Shayla meets Daniel Cluff, Jace Peterson, and Josi Wright.
But as school progresses Shayla starts using more magic against her Grandma's advice. When Josi figures out that Shayla is a faerie, she helps Shayla hide some of her faerie traits and to discover some of her powers. But someone or something knows what Shayla is and is sending her threatening messages and whispers on the wind. Is Shayla truly being hunted or is it someone just trying to scare her?
As her circle of friends grows Shayla's fear of discovery grows with it, especially when she accidentally causes enchantments that bring visions of butterflies, gardens, and faeries whenever she moves quickly.
High school is hard on almost everyone, but Shayla has more on her plate than any other teenager as she tries to fit in with full humans. Can she survive the riggers of high school, or will her faerie magic ruin everything, including her growing friendship with Jace?
On Halloween night Shayla comes face to face with her nightmares and everything she holds dear is in danger. Will Shayla survive the night or will her hunter destroy her because she is a threat to Tovalaurah?
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As a note to the reader, before you read Guardian of the Green Hill you should first read book one in theGUARDIAN of the GREEN HILL By Laura L Sullivan
As a note to the reader, before you read Guardian of the Green Hill you should first read book one in the series Under the Green Hill. To fully understand the book and characters this is a must!
Phyllida Ash is the object of Gwidion Thomas’s scheme to take possession of both the Rookery and the Green Hill.
A mere two weeks have passed since the battle that took place on the Green Hill on Midsummer Night. Bran is still within his Ash tree healing from his death at Meg’s hand.
James is acting unlike his normal loving self and instead cruel and mean to Meg and all he wants to do is eat. When Meg runs away after James is particularly cruel to her in front of the others including Dickie and Finn, she is drawn to Gwidion in the midst of a field of Bluebell Wood. There widion casts a spell on Meg using his power of drawing. He convinces Meg that when he comes to the Rookery that he must draw Phylidda and Meg is to remember nothing of this meeting.
When Gwidion arrives at the Rookery the children are all enchanted by his artistic talents, but when he shows Phyllida a sketch he has done she refuses to sit for him as he has drawn her too well and her age is evident. But he manages to convince the children and Lysander that he should give the children art lessons. During the lessons he makes much of the boys, but when he finds out that Finn is not related he starts boxing Finn’s ears. Gwidion then convinces the others that Finn made up the story and is not kind to poor Gwidion.
Phyllida tells Meg that she would like to name her as her successor as Guardian of the Green Hill home. Meg doesn’t want to agree to becoming the next Guardian yet but she does agree to start training under Phyllida.
Throughout the story Meg is visited by various mythological creatures who thank her for waking them from their sleep when she won the battle on Midsummer Night without permanently killing her opponent. Meg is visited by the Ani Yantikwalski, a Cherokee spirit of lightening and thunder. Then she is visited by Bako-Nako, a two tailed cat from Nippon.
Gwidion focuses his efforts on Rowan, convincing him that if he can do a portrait of Phyllida she will leave everything to Rowan!
But Gwidion is determined to be the next Guardian and tries to kill both Phyllida and Meg. Lysander tries to stop Gwidion and dies in the process. To save her family Meg must keep Gwidion from catching until she can declare herself the next Guardian of the Green Hill at dawn. With the aid of a fairy spell she is able to keep out of Gwidion’s reach.
When Meg returns to the Rookery she must begin her duties as Guardian. Finn is given a prophecy that he will do something that will make everyone except Meg despise him.
The Guardian of the Green Hill leaves you eagerly anticipating Book 3. What will Meg’s parents say when she lets them know she can’t return home? And what will Finn do to make all despise him? A thoroughly engrossing read so make time for a long weekend of excitement!
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