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(Blackstone & Brenwen #1)

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Red Riding Hood is charged with murder and only her childhood sweetheart, the idealistic and roguish lawyer, Elliot Blackstone can rescue her. Joined by Blackstone & Associates' newest addition and fervently ambitious trainee, Centaur Epona Brenwen, he must uncover the plot behind Abigail Hood's incarceration before royal assassins, Rose Red and Snow White silence her ...more
ebook, Second Digital Edition, 356 pages
Published March 24th 2012 by Andrew D. Mellusco (first published December 1st 2006)
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Hmm, where do I start with this novel? My thoughts on this highly imaginative story are ambivalent.

Blackstone and Brenwen is a legal mystery with fairy tale characters at its core. The strange blend of genres actually leads to an interesting fantasy story. Elliot Blackstone is a drink-loving, highly confident, womanising, half-angelic lawyer, with the ever faithful legal trainee and centaur, Epona Brenwen at his side. He's given a case that affects him to his very core - Abigail Hood, his child
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Renetta
Bloody Caelum! Are you kidding me with that last line?! Yeah, I'm hooked.

Oh, where to begin? I was sucked into the World-Tree. It has drama, suspense, romance, humor, great characters and more. The descriptions of the world are fabulous. The courtrooms, the land, the bar, the 3,000 meter high library... now that is a treat for any book lover to read about!

In this tremendously fractured fairy-tale lawyers are definitely needed, it's a good thing they have Blackstone & Associates!

The first cha
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Rachael
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Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinions.

Rating Clarification: 4.5 / 5 Stars

The first thing I have to say about this book is that I thought it was amazing. However, I also have to say that this book isn't door everybody - it's pretty information heavy, focuses a lot of legal issues, and contains some
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Yzabel Ginsberg
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, requested
(Book read and reviewed for {Read It & Reap 75} in the Shut Up And Read group.)

First, I must say that this novel was not devoid of imperfections. I spotted a few recurrent glaring errors, of the kind that I unfortunately easily notice, as well as a couple of formatting problems (missing ends of sentences). However, what might have been a problem in another book wasn't one here. In spite of those mistakes, I found the novel fascinating, devoured it in a blink, and couldn't stop myself. It was
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爱心❤
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I love the imagination in this book; the twist on well known fairy tales. The characters are real and relatable, changed from how we knew them but not so much that they are made unrecognizable, and all with their part to play. It was like meeting them all over again. The story line is full of suspense and the language is stunning. However, I'm wondering if there can be too many complex sentences, so that the effect of the amazing words are lost? Haha. The world that the story is set in is f ...more
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Rating - 4.5

The first chapter made me laugh with how a child's story was told. After that it was a little slow but I loved the world that Mellusco pulled me into. I really want Elliot's office supplies, it was like the enchanted castle in The Beauty and the Beast, the supplies were "alive" in a sense and moved about on their own. The characters were amazingly well thought up while using known Fairy Tale characters. It was brilliant and I loved how I recognized names but had to meet them all over
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Giao
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I even start this review, I need to confess that I am a stickler for correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. It would, however, do this book a great injustice for me to pick it apart based on what essentially is a codification of expression, so I won't. It wouldn't be a fair or honest review either if I didn't critique the book just a little but I'll keep it brief.

The writing would have benefited from some fine tuning and, dare I say, a little less description at the start. The first
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Stacey
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-it-and-reap
This is the highest rating that I've ever given a book that I was given to review from Read it and Reap via the Shut Up and Read group.

I've got to say, when I initially started the book, I didn't expect that I would turn out to like it so much. I probably didn't give it a fair chance as I was very busy and was reading a few pages at a time - this isn't a book where you can do this. Because of the complexity you need to read it in large chunks to be able to follow what is going on. I'm a very qui
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Sherry Fundin
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fantasy, horror
Elliot was a lawyer for Blackstone and Brenwen and he was in court representing Jack. Elliot portrayed Jack as being a moron, trading his prize bull for a handfull of magic beans. He made it seem as if Jack was tricked into believing the castle belonged to him and it was an elaborate ruse by the harp, so it could escape. When the goose jumped into Jack's arms as he was running for his life, it wasn't theft because Jack believed it was his. If he was really stealing it for the golden eggs, then w ...more
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Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
**Read as part of a read to review program, than you so much Andrew for offering the book!**

The Story
Abigail Hood is going to stand trial for the murder of an unknown man. Elliot Blackstone is a half angelic from the fallen half of the angels and he is one of the best young criminal lawyers out there. The fallen half of the angels in this story are not bad or evil in any way, it's actually an interesting twist. Elliot and Abigail knew each other as kids and Elliot is determined to find a way to
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Heather Boustead
Blackstone & Brenwen - The Mirror & The Meretrix
By Andrew D. Mellusco

Elliot Blackstone is an idealistic lawyer who is always taking on the more unfortunate cases in his family’s law firm Blackstone and Associates. One day a case comes to his attention, his childhood sweetheart Abigail Hood, has been charged with murder can Elliot save Red Riding Hood? With the help of his colleagues a sandman Vincent Traum the fire nymph Fury and his new protégé a centaur named Epona Brenwan they uncover
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K.D. Rose
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What Happens When a Fire Nymph takes a Shower?

Blackstone and Brenwen-The Mirror and the Meretrix answers questions you never thought to ask but will take delight in knowing, all the while leading you through a compelling mystery stocked with characters you never thought to imagine. The book turns preconceptions "topsy-turvy" and the reader never knows what manner of character may turn up next. The author blends action and intellect to alchemical perfection, balancing psychological suspense and o
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Suzanne Pringle
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had some trouble getting into the book. At first it was very confusing to me. I found some names hard to pronounce and places were hard to get to know. The authors terms of ring-years and hour-turns were hard to get used to.

Then the story started picking up. I started to get used to the main characters. Being a fairy tale/fantasy the characters were fun to read about. Dwarfs, angels, fire-nymphs -all wonderfully put together in this book.

Then the last 10 chapters when the mystery starts comin
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Beth
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I have been totally enthralled with the imagination of an author, but this book surpasses that. Elliot Blackstone is a very likeable, idealistic, young lawyer who is appointed to defend his childhood sweetheart "Red Riding" Abagail Hood in the murder of Hansel. Thus begins an amazing story filled with fairy tale characters like you never immagined them. With the help of his collegues, the newly graduated centaur Epona Brenwan, his friend and sandman Vincent and fire nymp ...more
Lucy Barton
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have put my name forward to authors for a completely honest review of their books. I normally read thrillers and action stories, of late I have been reading fantasy novels. I did not think I would like them, but the imagination of this particular author has blown me away! Strange lands, dwarf giants, magic mirrors, centaurs, fire-nymphs and many more. Our hero, Elliot, a womanising drinker who you just can't help but like, all put together in this very entertaining book. Once I got half way th ...more
Solitaire Parke
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Blackstone & Brenwen: The Mirror & The Meretrix by Andrew D. Mellusco is an insanely fun romp, utilizing fairy tale characters and courtroom battles. The plot is suitably complicated without causing too much brain strain, the characters are well thought out and likeable. I won't go into the ending of this story due to spoiler alerts, but I can tell you that no one will be disappointed with this book, starting with the first page all the way through to the last! This is definitely one of ...more
Jennifer
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Who would have ever thought a book about law could be so much fun? Throw in all your favorite fairy tale folk into the complex "World-Tree" version of Crime & Punishment and you get "Blackstone & Brenwen". From the beginning Mellusco sucks you into this legal fable and refuses to let you go until the mystery is solved. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading a modern fairy tale, let alone from an Indie author. Keep a sharp eye on this one because he certainly has more ...more
Kathy
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
A fun read with interesting and amusing characters. A mixture of Christian and pagan mythologies, and classic fairy tales, albeit twisted. Set in the world tree version of the creation myth. Peopled by angels, half-angels, centaurs, nymphs, giants and other assorted creatures. A magic mirror is stolen, a murder is committed to cover up the robbery, an innocent girl is accused of the murder. The actual guilty party is a surprise, as is the real identity of the murder victim.

Teaser - Snow White an
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Yvonne Clark
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, mystery, fantasy
I loved this story. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The story had wonderfully developed characters who played out a story line that kept you guessing. I've never read a court story before, so this was a pleasant surprise. I also loved the new twist on classic fairy tales. It wasn't what I expected when I began to read it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can not wait for the next installment.
Claire
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A cleverly written book which becomes more impossible to put down the further you read. An intriguing plot which twists and turns and keeps you guessing right to the end. Set in an unusual and fascinating, yet believable created world. It will make you re-think the fairy tales of your youth.

Buy this book, your only regret will be having to wait for the next one...please, please Mr Mellusco give your fans the sequel!!
Wanda

Blackstone & Brenwen - The Mirror & the Meretrix by Andrew D. Mellusco was a fun read. Mellusco has turned childhood fairytales into grownup courtroom drama. While I found this to be long on words, I was kept reading by the interesting and very detailed descriptions of the many characters. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Catherine
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic imagination
Amy
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
*I was given a free ebook version of this for an honest review*

When I agreed to read this book to review it I will admit I didn't even look at the description. When I opened it up, it was longer than I expected it to be. I was ill so it took some time to read, but I am glad I did.

I knew that it was a legal styled book that mixed it up with several fairy tales. What I didn't know is that this book would pull together almost every magical beast I have any knowledge of and have them almost all equa
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Byron Wells
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences.

I am rating this book 3.75 of 5.

This book has every fairy tale you’ve ever read and then some laced throughout its pages. It was light-hearted read.

Characters

Elliot Blackstone – half-angelic attorney and womanizer. He is employed by Blackstone and Associates located in Tartarus.

Epona Brenwen – Elliot’s trainee partner, a centaur

Abigail Hood – Red Riding Hood, the victim accused of the murder of Hansel, and former love
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Luma
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is set in a fantasy world, though one that you feel you could step right into and you wouldn't be lost. The author never slips from the world his amazing imagination has created. The minutest details have been thought of to keep the world completely believable, so, the simple game of "rock, paper, scissors" becomes "stone, parchment, shears". We are dizzyingly marched through a seemingly endless array of characters, many familiar from Fairytales and Myths, but with the authors unique t ...more
Caitlyn
Jul 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy

The accused: Red Riding Hood, the victim: Hansel. Also involved, 7 dwarf-giants, the Queen, two assassins by the names of Snow White and Ruby Red and a magic mirror. Blackstone & Brenwen: The Mirror & The Meretrix is a legal thriller set in a land where fairy tales are real but happy ever afters are not guaranteed.

Elliot Blackstone a lawyer in his uncle’s firm Blackstone & Associates takes on the case of his childhood friend Abigail who is accused of the gruesome murder of Hansel. E
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Kendra Ardnek
For the most part, I really enjoyed it. There were at least twenty Fairy Tales worked in. They weren’t completely true to the Fairy Tales, but they were usually clearly recognizable. I even found Charles Perrault, a fairy tale writer, in there. “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “Snow White and Rose Red,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” were the most important and prominent, but I really enjoyed the scene where Elliot visits the tailor shops and meets “The Brave Little Ta ...more
Saisha Sandoz
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
i really liked this book. I thought that the author does a wonderful job of putting a new twist on old charactors!! I enjoyed that i was caught off guard with his take on the various fairy tales in the book. i had only two small complaints: 1. there was way too much backstory. I realize that this was necessary in order to understand the charactors, but it slowed me way down. The parts of the book where there is action that effects the story i couldn't read fast enough, but the background stuff w ...more
Amanda Fanger
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the older teen to adult fiction loving crowd
Recommended to Amanda by: The author
Shelves: recommendations
Imagine a world where all of your favorite fairy tales interact with each other and occasionally find themselves in need of legal representation. In steps Blackstone and Associates.

BLACKSTONE & BREWEN - THE MIRROR & THE MERETRIX was the first legal thriller I've ever read, and I loved it. What really drew me in was the promise of fairy tales as I'd never experienced them before. The book has got some great twists on favorite fairy tale classics as well as introduces some great leading c
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SarahSmith
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this as part of the Shut Up and Read Goodreads group Read it & Reap program in exchange for an honest review. Overall I liked this book, although it was hard to get into initially. The plot was very interesting and original, but the delivery was a bit jumpy at times. I found the story hard to follow in parts due to the switching first person narrator and the extreme detail required by the author since he was describing an alternate world. It would have been nice to have a glossary ...more
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