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Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Hush little baby don’t say a word
The Darkness hides in an ivory bird
But if that ivory bird can’t sing
That’s when the Witches’ Hammer swings.

-- Nursery rhyme

A year ago Sarah Petty could not dream of the life she now lived. In those days she was one of the downtrodden masses; an unremarkable body upon which the upper caste built their castles of gold. Luckier than most, she
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published April 19th 2013
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T.B. Markinson
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, glbt-lesbian
I have to say right off that Windows is a unique book. I wasn’t sure what I should expect after reading the blurb. The blurb is an accurate description of the book, but I wasn’t sure if the book would be filled with humor, tension, or fantasy. Turns out, it includes all of that and so much more.

That author built a fascinating fantasy world that has connections to our own world so the reader isn’t completely adrift. I loved the characters, Raven and Sarah. At first, Raven put me off some since s
Dylena Menard
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am very happy that Sage's Blog Tour asked me to participate in this blog tour for Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale. It was definitely different compared to other books that I have read. It was good, it was cute but there were a few parts that I didn't care for, nor fit in the storyline, but that's my perspective. I divided my review into the usual pros and cons below because I saw both in the story.


First thing first, the writing style. Casey Bramble, the author, has a very good writing styl
Catharina Pu
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: f-f, dropped
I hate dropping books, so I usually don't do that, but I just had to with this one...
I put it away a few times, coming back after a month or two to give it one more chance, because maybe it will get better? But no, soon after there was just another thing that left me with a pulsing forehead, asking myself "Really now?"
I felt that there were a lot of inconsistencies in the book, too much put together where it did not belong together. When I started the book, it felt like the author was building
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Sarah Petty, a poor blacksmith, can't believe her luck when she is approached by a mysterious and wealthy woman, Raven, to start a business together. It seems too good to be true when Raven promises Sarah her own shop, top of the line tools, and an endless expanse of wealth plus an apartment! To escape her impoverished life Sarah agrees and later finds out that Raven is actually Lady Branwyen Chandlish of Valentria. At first Sarah is suspicious that a royal would want to do busine
Helena Ison
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Writing style:

Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale is a debut novel from the mysterious author Casey Bramble. The world she creates is one sure to strike awe and astonishment. Her character development is quite amazing, proving to be her strong suit. Her characters are unconventional and have many conflicting issues that give them layer upon layer of depth. The plot is jammed packed with various elements of fantasy, action, deceit, lies, humor, romance and even murder; an interesting mix of good versus
John Brownstone
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Most of us grew up on fairy tales, starting with once upon a time, the wicked step-mother, the fairy-godmother, and some element of magic all culminating in the happily ever after.
This tale encompasses all of that.

The story is well written and it brings together both the old with horses and dragons folding in the technology of today giving the book a somewhat familiar feel.

The heroine of the story, Sarah Petty is a blacksmith that has inherited the shop and trade from her father. She dreams of
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Darlene by: T.B. Markinson
This book took me forever to read. Though it had a lot of good things going for it, still, there were many times I wanted to put the book away and forget about it. Let's start with the good: I loved the characters, at least the main ones... okay maybe I loved the blacksmith.

Second, I thought the story and plot were a very good idea. BUT... The plot got to certain places where it just bogged down. Not sure why. I think the sisters were too silly, and Raven needed therapy, badly. But I wanted to
Crystal Rafuse
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love and hate. Rich and poor. Pleasure and pain. Friend and enemy. Gay and straight. War and peace. Commoner and nobility...

These are all the reoccurring ideas that young blacksmith Sarah Petty must learn to balance on the edge of the sword of her life when the mysterious woman named Raven walks into her life.

What Sarah doesn't know is that Raven is actually Lady Branwyen Chandlish, one of four daughters of the Dutchess, and that her life will never be the same again.

First of all, allow me to ju
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, lesfic
Well, when I started reading this book at the beginning the setting reminded me of Harry Potter, but it stops there itself. The plot and writing are completely different, this fantasy magic book is filled with humor, enormous sisterly bonding, action, magic, romance, demons, dragon......

I usually like to read witty romance novels and this book scored 5/5 in witty department. There was one unexpected twist though Raven was sentenced to stay in dungeons for 3 life times for saving Sarah from bein
Sage Adderley-Knox
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Casey Bramble is an author after my own heart. Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale is young adult fantasy with an exciting cast of characters. Bramble introduces us to a royal family that includes fiery witches, a dragon, a terrifying demon, and a cold stepmother. Plus, Sarah Petty, the blacksmith.

I think the way the author created a fantasy world that combines modern day and medieval times is wonderful. The setting and story line flow smoothly, and I found myself impatiently anticipating what would be
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peripheral-lgbt
Interestingly quirky book.

I liked the story pretty well and appreciated the humor throughout. The setting was a little odd at times, a weird mix of modern and dungeon - if that makes sense. The lack of proper too/to usage was kind of annoying, but otherwise the writing was pretty solid. The thing that really bugged me was that the end felt kind of abrupt, enough so to feel like it was a wee bit incomplete or setting up for a sequel. Otherwise a decent quick read.

*I've been informed by the author
Pauline allen
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Laughing out loud

This book is well written will all the right amounts of laughter, betrayal, and darkness to it. The main characters are funny and the sisters together get a laugh out of you each time they are together. Raven handles her curse with grace and never makes you think she is a whiny. The one sex scene could have been left out all together and is the reason for four stars instead of five. Mostly because I have when writers put in smoke screens for them. Just leave it out all together.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WOW…what an utterly great book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is not even one of my favorite genres. The story grabbed me from the beginning, till the point I made all that was within my power to read it all at once, and all the characters were magnificent and the book totally made me wish I was part of the clan.

The great books, the ones that are completely worth reading, are those that take you by surprise and this book totally did. The author is an excellent narrator and the story is entertai
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as it's not my typical genre. I loved the bickering, pranks and love amongst the family! Great characters. I thought I nailed the bad guy but the author added a bit of a twist. I believe I read there are more books to come. I'm really looking forward to the next installment.
Sarah Lou P
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The only thing I would complain about this book is that it lacks romance, but that just might be me. Overall, the book is great.

I'm looking forward to the sequel, and I hope it would be released soon.

Kudos to the author!
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