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Ice Red

(Once Upon a Red World #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Mirror, mirror, full of stars,
Who will claim the throne of Mars?

The princess: Engineer Bianca Ross, heir to a megacorporation and the Mars elevator, needs to acquire a mine on the surface to secure her place in the company. All that stands in her way is the mine's charming owner, Cesare Chan.

The evil stepmother: Victoria Ross is plotting to gain control of Mars. She plans
Published September 30th 2013 by Carina Press
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May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This excellent sci-fi romance book by Jael Wye is a riff on the Snow White fairytale, with the wicked stepmother using various nefarious means to off her beautiful stepdaughter, Bianca. Eventually Bianca's misadventures lead her to a Mars mining station where Earther refugees rally around her, standing in as the seven dwarfs. Thing was, until I went back to the blurb in preparing to write this review, I didn't remember a connection to the classic fairytale. Ice Red is totally, uniquely, amazingl ...more
Eva Millien
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Once Upon a Red World is a science fiction tale full of action, suspense, romance and an evil stepmother.

Bianca is the Princess of the space elevator empire and her stepmother sends her down to the planet to acquire RedIce, the latest company she wants. Cesare is the owner of the RedIce Mines on Mars and will do whatever it takes to stop the merger from happening and to protect the secrets hidden in the mines. The attraction between the two is instantly smokin’ but both wil
Laz the Sailor
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smut, scifi
This is a slightly over-the-top scifi story with politics, romance, and a crazy mother-in-law. The scifi challenges were exciting, and the politics of money were well described, but the absent and/or crazy family members were cardboard, and the romance was lukewarm for me.

This story ends with few loose ends, so I'm not motivated to read the next one right away, but I will add it to my TBR.
An interesting take on Snow White set on Mars a couple of centuries in the future.

I thought the fairytale retelling aspect was well done, managing to strike a balance between being both familiar and its own thing at the same time, but I wasn't particularly convinced by the romance. A lot of the time it felt like I was being told how much the main characters were attracted to each other but I simply didn't see or feel it beyond some mild flirting. I'm notoriously difficult to satisfy when it com
From the moment I stumbled across Anne McCaffrey's 'The White Dragon' I have loved science fiction novels. There is something so incredible about dreaming up a world so amazing that it puts me in awe of the authors. It never ceases to amaze me how sometimes the author creates a whole new language and universe, or keeps our universe but changes different phrasing and ideologies. With that said, I can honestly say that 'Ice Red' is another book to add to my list of fantastic science fiction & fant ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Shockwave of Action and Romance

Wow, I’m still reeling over all the fast paced action. To begin with, the entry into this red world called Mars is beautifully described with high towers snaking throughout Mar’s many canyons by tubes and pipes or through massive tunnels dug beneath the ground level. Their transport system from earth to the docking station is unique as it is between the many other planets within their solar system. Their survival methods in order to live on the planet is fascina
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Engineer Bianca Ross is also the heir to a huge corporation and the Eris space elevator, which has made moving people, goods, and equipment seemingly effortless. Victoria Ross is her wicked stepmother who is setting her plan in motion to take over the entire Sol system, but she needs Bianca out of the way first. Sending Bianca down to Mars to work on the takeover of RedIce, a mining company owned by Cesare Chan, will give Victoria the opportunity she needs to get what she wants. Yet, if Bianca a ...more
Kait Wolfe
i don't think it's the book, i think it's me
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Mars, Cinderella, and for one brief hilarious moment, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While this sounds like a fairy tale, it’s actually surprisingly entertaining science fiction romance. I say surprising because those original three things shouldn’t go together in the first place. But somehow they do.

There may be a tiny bit of Romeo and Juliet mixed in too. Bianca and Cesare certainly start out on opposite sides of the corporate fence: her company is stag
Ice Red turned out to be one of the most original fairy tale retellings I have ever read. In fact, if I was not informed in advance that Ice Red was a retelling of Snow White, I am not sure if I would have made the connection. Of course, there would have been facepalming later when I find out and wonder how I did not notice, because when you start to draw the parallels it’s really obvious.

The trick is, Jael Wye did a total transition of fantastic element to technology and science fiction. Everyt
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is a fun Science Fiction Romance set on Mars.

Worldbuilding: The story did not need much. Most of the action is set on Mars and we all know what the surface is like. There is mention of how humans are surviving as they change the surface of the planet. A little is told about the Space Elevator and what is happening in the rest of the Solar System.

Characters: There are two main characters, Bianca Ross and Cesare. They are fleshed out and we know a lot about each as the story builds. Not muc
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute and imaginative spin on the Snow White theme. I liked the fact that, unlike in the traditional story, this Snow White is not a helpless whinny but does quite a bit of rescuing herself. And while terms like “chick” and “spacebabe” had me rolling my eyes (a vision of Austin Powers in psychedelic space suit kept popping up) it was all good fun.

ARC courtesy of Carina Press via NetGalley
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
***Possible trigger warning: this story contains a singular rape-themed scene where the female villain drugs and tortures the hero***

Ice Red, the first book in the Once Upon a Red World series, is a SciFi Romance loosely following a Snow White construct. The story takes place on Mars, some 300-plus years into the future. A Mars elevator and orbiting space station have been developed to enable more efficient travel from the planet’s surface to awaiting spaceships. Bianca's father, the creator of
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Long ago, in a forest far far... No, wait... In the near future, on an outpost above Mars, the wickedly smart and sharply beautiful Victoria Ross plotted to wrest control of StarLine company from her new husband, Max, and to completely cut her stepdaughter out of any corporate control or assets. Unfortunately, just as she sent her husband off to Earth for a three-year engineering project and started into her end game, her lovely and intelligent stepdaughter decided to step up in her involvement ...more
Lyndi W.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
This is a retelling or adaptation of the Snow White fairy tale. And I think it's fairly well done. The step-mother is sufficiently evil; the heroine is appropriately naive; the "dwarfs" are interesting; the "Prince" is quite charming; the Huntsman is entirely psychotic and scary. And you throw it all into space with a lot of tech and programming geek-speak. Good times!

My only complaint is, as always, the heroine. She's too naive and it doesn't reconcile with her level of intelligence and ingenui
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A SciFi romance with all the makings of a fairy tale, this story has the evil stepmother, the absent father, a handsome prince and a neglected princess, but with lots of exciting action, alien landscapes and an amazing space station. Bianca Ross is the only child and heir of a brilliant father who built the Mars space elevator and is now away making plans to build an Earth space elevator. An engineer, Bianca is sent to Mars from the space station Eris to complete the acquisition of RedIce, a min ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite my problems with the narration, I think this is a fantastic book.

I love what the author did with the nods to the fairy tale origins. The new setting on this is totally believable, and I love that the heroine is competent instead of a shallow nothing. I look forward to the next book in the series, which I will be reading by ebook since an audio is not available (and no plans for one right now according to the author on Facebook).
M.J. Fredrick
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
GREAT twist on the Snow White story line! Wonderful and action-packed!
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Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants. For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon A Red World.

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