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Once: Before Midnight/Golden/Wild Orchid

(Once Upon a Time)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,299 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Read happily ever after with this magical repackage that includes three enchanting, retold fairy tales.

In this value-priced bind-up of three beloved retellings, readers will journey to faraway fairy tale lands. Before Midnight revisits Cinderella's story in France, Golden puts a new spin on Rapunzel's romance, and Wild Orchid reimagines the Chinese tale of Mulan. With so m
Paperback, Omnibus, 640 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wish I had read these stories when I was younger. I'm sure I would have liked them more then, before I was married with a child on the way. I rolled my eyes so many times while reading this collection.

Before Midnight:
My least favorite. I read these stories out of order. If I had read it first, I might have liked it better. These stories are all very similar, to be honest. By the time I got around to reading this one, I had to force myself to sit long enough to finish it.

My main problem? Not
Oksana  *Bookaholic*
AHHHHH!!!! Just bought it at B&N's!!!! I love this book (or books, I should say, heh heh) and I LOVE THE AUTHOR!!!

P.S. Saving tip, guys. Each of these three books cost 7 bucks on its own. But all three in one book cost 9.99!!! Whoop whoop!!!
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
These are the best books ever! They were always surprising me with twists in the plots. Can't wait to get the other books by this author.
Meg McGregor
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
This book was my introduction to Cameron Dokey's writing! If I could give it six stars I would!
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED these stories. I'm such a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and WOW these were some of the most creative and well done retellings I've read!

This collection includes a retelling of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Mulan and man they were all so different and so creative!

One of my favorite thing about these stories was how they changed the familial relationships. In Before Midnight, instead of the stepmother being evil and awful, she's actually just a heartbroken woman who ends up developing a
Jackie (No Bent Spines)

Before Midnight:
Okay so this was a pretty good read. It only took me a day to complete. I thought it was cool the whole wishing thing. The twin princes was a amazing spin on it whole royals thing. Oh, and I loved how only one stepsister was 'evil' and the mother was nice. I like that the glass slipper was kept in it. Annnndddddd.....oh! I love the whole Soulmates thing <3

This was cool. Rapunzel was bald and gave her name to the girl she saved fr
Jennifer (DigiWrit)
DNF after Golden.

After Golden, I blanked out. White noise. I'm giving up on Dokey. If Before Midnight and Golden were letdowns, I have no expectations of Wild Orchid. It's a shame; I love the legend of Mulan. But if Dokey mishandled Cinderella and Rapunzel, I can only imagine how she mangled Mulan. Movin' on!
Charity U
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
First story was my favorite; third was my least favorite. I do enjoy a good fairy-tale retelling, and this included three!
Katie  Sullivan
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love these re-tellings!
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Out of all the fairy tales I have read, including the Brothers Grimm, these have to be some of my favorite retellings of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Mulan. My favorite was Mulan in Wild Orchid, then Cendrillon in Before Midnight, and finally the bald Rapunzel in Golden.

Cendrillon's, french for Cinderella, story is unique when the author wirtes it the original way; the way that the Grimm Brothers and those before them wrote it...her father is alive, but not a part of her life. Dokey writes it her w
Sarah F.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Basically, it was The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" that didn't make it for me, because I grew up adoring Hong Kong martial arts dramas and the characters in the retelling are nearly nothing like the Chinese people I know. Also, I could pick at things being incorrectly used (for instance, Li Po hastily correcting himself when he referred to Mulan as "her" instead of "him" in the army camp - in Mandarin Chinese, both terms sound the same, although they are written slightly dif ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Before Midnight, Golden & Wild Orchid all have something in common that I didn't really like: WHY DOES THE STORY HAVE TO END SO QUICKLY.
Yes, the story fits and everything but a little bit more won't hurt.

Let's start with Before Midnight.
First of all, I loved how in Dokey's version Cendrillon's stepsisters treated her fairly well and tremendously amazing once nearing the end, unlike the original Cinderella. And also, I loved how her father didn't just vanish out of nowhere like the origina
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had fun reading all three tales...I am not able to choose a favourite out of these three cause they were each my favourite at the point i was reading them.

Nonetheless, I do wonder what if Cendrillion and Raoul been together instead of getting Prince Pascal (a name rhymes with rascal to me) in the picture and also i dont really understand the part of lock and key in Golden and the cause of the wizard enchantment/curse..where is the wizard anyway...

Putting those points aside, for each tale bein
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
loved this book so much. it's really good a feeling when you see a character 's bravery, courage and strength in saving their lives and another characters life. to quote Ella from Cinderella (2015), have courage and be kind.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes as I love twisted tales. The writing was good but the plots were just too “nice”. Everyone was too “good” in the stories. There were no major antagonists which made them fairly boring in the end. I did not read wild orchid as I assumed it would be more of the same.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once Upon a Time...

Once was a fantastic collection of fairytales wonderfully retold with such beautiful creativity! I was blown away and found myself in love with Dokey's worlds and characters. These stories, though written in recent times, had the feel of those old and famous fairytales that we know and love. I enjoyed almost every moment and I'm very happy to add this collection to my collection. This is a book I can definitely see myself reading again and again in the future.

Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
Behold, another fairytale retelling!!! The first time I’ve heard about this book was when a website was voting for the fairest dress among the book cover. (Of course…those which were popular get more vote, I remember the top five books includes all of The Selection series. And of course, I voted for Entwined.) and then recently when I visit bookstore, I found this book on sale, so…it turns out that Once become one of my book collection. But it is worth reading, from the moment I started this bo ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A long time ago, when I was in my early twenties, I read all three of these novels by Cameron Dokey. They cemented themselves in my brain so much that they influenced me any time I read a retelling about Cinderella, Rapunzel, or Mulan (and, inevitably, I would end up mixing up the plot of the book I had recently read with the one I had read previously!). But I couldn't remember the Author or the titles, and that plagued me. Because I loved them so much!

Fast forward to this year when, between Thr
Bailey Peyton
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel like I've read six books in three days, given the multitude of stories within this omnibus. Once differs slightly from Cameron Dokey's Kissed in that the heroines often deal with estrangement from their parental figures, as well as questions/quests only they can answer/conquer. Romance is still there, but it's a lot more wistful, more serendipitous than prophecy fulfilled.

-Before Midnight: 3 stars: Typical Cinderella retelling for the most part. I did enjoy the little twist: stepmom isn't
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
This book contains three stories, all different takes on classic fairy tales. Before Midnight is a re-telling of Cinderella. In this version, the father is not dead, but rather away all of the time. Cendrillon is surprised by the arrival of a stepmother and two stepsisters. They are unused to being in such a remote location and Cendrillon tries her best to make them feel welcome and show them the joys of their home. Magic abounds and Cendrillon hopes that one day her birthday wish will come true ...more
Kim  Gregory
So far I've read Golden and Wild Orchid. I think there was a cuss word in Golden, when she, her adopted mom and the boy were getting ready to leave the house for good.

Wild Orchid was a re-telling of Mulan and I loved it. What a great version. Getting the Disney movie out of my head was the hard part! LOL! This Mulan had a very different home life than the Disney movie, and she was a girl determined to be herself, which included knowing archery, reading and writing and even some sword play - but
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I have always loved fairy tales and have recently been studying the re-tellings of Cinderella from across the world. Specifically looking for how her character is an archetype of true beauty. In my searching for stories, (of which there are LOADS!) I came across this book. It is a compilation of three fairy tale re-tellings: Cinderella (Before Midnight,) Rapunzel (Golden) and Mulan (Wild Orchid.) Such a fun read! Perfectly appropriate for all ages to read, Cameron Dokey puts her own fun spin on ...more
Kayla Stickney
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What makes this book different from other books that I have read is that Cameron Dokey is able to take familiar and popular fairy tale stories like Cinderella, Mulan or Rapunzel and she creates a new story, background and identity for each of the characters that is different than the one story of each fairy tale that everyone knows.
By giving each character a new identity and a new background, it was easier to relate to the characters even though the stories are based around fantasies but instea
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
It was okay writing and characters, but there wasn’t enough difference from the original story to make it unique.
Stephany Jenkins
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book! But when I got to the third story I feel like I was reading the same story as the other two just in a different setting. I’ll just leave the series right where it’s at.
Madison Ruth
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: once-upon-a-time
Love this collection of Cameron Dokey books
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Great book if you like retellings. They changed enough for it to be unique, but still follow the storyline.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I adored everything about the retelling of these three well known fairy tales. While the Mulan story was not all that different then the one I know, both the Rapunzel and the Cendrillon stories were fresh and interesting takes on the well known tales.

Cendrillon (Cinderella) with bright red hair and green eyes was a nice surprise. It actually took me quiet a few chapters to figure out which fairy tale it actually was. The political intrigue and the father being the main antagonist in the story w
Samantha The Escapist
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, charming
Just finished Before Midnight so I will write this before I move on to Golden (lies! I already moved onto it on the bus but you didn't hear that from me)

So I felt myself really resisting the charm of Before Midnight, every time it went a few lines too long describing how pretty or mysterious something was I began to dig in my heels against the whole story. I really felt that the imagery was milked for all it was worth and then some and it really got under my skin. Don't get me wrong, I love beau
Michelle Wrona
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, retellings
This book was absolutely amazing! It's been sitting in my bookshelf for I think a year and today I'm like, I think it's time to read this! Now I'm thinking, why didn't I read this sooner? It was soooo good! I think my favourite heroine was Cendrillon, and I loved Before Midnight and Golden the most.

Before Midnight: Cendrillon has been a half-orphan since she was born and when her father suddenly marries a new wife, she finally gets to have two sisters. Once a ball is approaching, "Cinderella" h
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Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over 50 old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California. Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.

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