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Tattered Heart (Princess Kingdom #1)

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In the kingdom of Amaranyllis, only the princesses have the power to control the errant magic constantly threatening to cross over from the boundary of fairie. But the princess is lost; hidden from a curse with the desperate hope that she will become the salvation of their kingdom.

She cannot, however, elude her destiny. Aribella must take her rightful place and contend wi
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Numinous Productions
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Sydney
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a beautifully written book. I've never read a story with fairies like this before. They're not the tiny, fluttering around kind of fairies. They're more humanlike and mysterious. I really liked that it's a unique world overall. Plus the world building is woven into the story so it's very good and not distracting.

The best part of this book, though, are the characters. There were moments in the beginning where I was waiting for the story to kick into a high gear a little faster But even th
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Kristen Kooistra
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I didn't know until I went to write this review that this was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I'd honestly label it an original fairy tale. There were parts of this I really liked such as Aribella having siblings and parents alive. So often in YA we get the MC alone or missing a family member. It sounds like she had a good childhood and lots of love.

I didn't like how easily she moved on from them though. That was hard. And I know it was explained as her adjusting, but that's still somet
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Jen Minkman
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prologue of this book sucked me right in and I instantly knew I was in for something special. I have to admit I haven't read high fantasy in ages, so I had to get used to the writing style at first. In chapter one, there were so many characters with so many different names (not all of them everyday names, of course) that I lost track of who was who and why I should care every once in a while. Having said that, I love the way the author did her worldbuilding - it was never too much, no info-d ...more
Terri
3.5 stars

Full disclosure: I’ve gotten to know Annie pretty well since she is a frequent blog commenter. She didn’t know I bought her book, or that I was reading it, or that I was posting this review. (Sorry Annie!) I’m probably a little biased, but I wouldn’t be publicly reviewing it had I not really, really liked "Tattered Heart".

1. "Tattered Heart" is a fabulously loose and original retelling.

Honestly, you can read the book without even thinking it’s a retelling. It’s only when you think about
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Wyndie
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's so nice to read a thoughtful novel from a first time YA Fantasy novelist. Jackson creates an intriguing mythology where aspects of Fairy ebb and flow into the realm of the Kingdom. She doesn't spend too much time detailing how the fairiesense works in the kingdom world and that's great, so often times the writer painstakingly details every aspect of magic, which in my opinion defeats the entire purpose. I enjoyed that I, much like our heroine Aribella, did not fully understand the world eit ...more
Jill Michelle
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I thought this was a unique and beautifully written story. I'm not a fairy fanatic but these fairies are not like every other fairy story I've read or watched. They have character and meaning throughout the book. I admired the Princesses strength and weaknesses and how she adjusted to a world she could have never imagine would be hers.

I'm not very good at reviews but I can honestly say I enjoyed this book. I was a little impatient in the beginning chapters, though once you get pas
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Tori Hemingway hall
While the book was a bit tedious in the beginning (it was kind of hard to follow), as I pushed through (I could tell it was going to be intriguing), the payoff turned out to be huge! It was unlike any fantasy book I'd read before and yet similar, if that makes sense. It held my interest and the author created such wonderfully deep and real characters. I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to reading more from Ms Jackson!
Shannon King
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was addicting. It's not like a lot of books where you know what is going to happen and then keep reading for the sake of finishing. It's entertaining from beginning to end. I can't wait for the next book!
Justyna
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book is totally for childre. Definitely not for young adults wanting something more. At some point I believe even the author was confused. Really stupid and pointless plot.
Dayna
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-genres
Delightfully clever premise. The author brings you into a world you can feel as you read... highly enjoyable! I can't wait until the next book in the series.
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“Fear, more than anything else, is the root of our destruction."

"Destruction?" Aribella asked with a hint of disbelief she didn't bother to hide. "How does one blazing summer herald the downfall of the kingdom?"

"Fear always leads to destruction. Whether it is today or in another ten years, it will come eventually.”
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