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All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless plac
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
ARC Provided By Author in Exchange for An Honest Review

Historical romances usually aren't my thing. I overdosed on those Zebra ones in my late teens and early 20's, and just never had the urge to go back to reading them. But when I was approached by the author of this book with an offer of a copy in exchange for a review, the blurb intrigued me enough to give it a go.

"Once upon a time, in a distant land, there lived a beast that imprisoned his prey outside of time. He captured her, unraveled h
Have you ever been spellbound by the thought of magical castles, being royalty or of being part of a time long ago? Ever think you were born in the wrong time? Myra is obsessed with anything medieval, ask her about a castle, a king and she can talk for hours, but the one antiquated idea she cannot abide by is having her parents choose her husband. No one’s saying Steve isn’t attractive, or wealthy or intelligent, but he is not Myra’s type, nor is she his, now, how to let their parents down easil ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

I'll be as quick as possible in reviewing this...

a fairytale like

beautifully written...but a tad bit too long and a bit confusing in intertwining the past/present action and eventually, in resolving the matter leaving us still questioning...
the characters are likable but I still found myself missing smth...smth more palpable...

***COPY generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest REVIEW***

Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

3.5 stars!!

After I read the synopsis, several keywords jumped out at me: "castles, royal, princes, obsession, dark powers, and love".

I've always loved sort of medieval stories and even ones that mixed with the present and this one did it with a very interesting twist.

There are elements of thrill, intrigue, romance, and mystery with a sprinkle of danger that I feel any adventurous reader will grasp onto and enjoy th
Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Myra has always been obsessed by medieval castles and everything associated with them from royalty, chivalry, and courtly love. Her family has been trying to get her head out of the clouds and settle down with a man - after all, she is 22 and isn't in school and doesn't have a job - but she isn't really interested in anyone except long dead medieval kings, princes, and knights. When they try to set her up with
Emilia Grant
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Once Upon A [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan is the tale of a girl trying to discover who she really is, and of a man succumbing to the darkness surrounding him. Their paths clash together in what can only be described as magic - a mirror being the lone portal that binds the two of them together and allows them to communicate with one another.

A communication that more often than not is cut short by Myra's fiancé.

Myra isn't your average 22-year-old. She does not suffer from the snowflake syndrome.
Scott Bury
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The old adage, “Be careful what you wish for, because it might come true” is the starting point for this story. Myra Farrow is a romantic young woman from London, UK, who is obsessed with stories about medieval knights and princes. She wants to be part of history, and wishes she were a real medieval princess. Frustrated with the impossibility of that, she reads medieval English history, literature and poetry, even making it the subject of her university degree.

Her parents have indulged her to t

Aira  Cabrera
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Myra is fascinated with all things medieval. Castles, princes, and kings are what she loves to talk about the most. She’s a good daughter, but she just can’t do what her parents want her to, which is to get married. They set her up with Steve. Steve is a fun and nice guy, but Myra just isn’t his type and vice versa.

Myra and Steve become friends instead, and when Steve asks Myla to help him out with his new video game, she says yes. What ha
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
Thank you to Samreen Ahsan for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Samreen Ahsan's Once Upon A [Stolen] Time was my first introduction to the author and I can say I am absolutely intrigued by her. When I first started reading, I was captured by the setting and time-traveling aspect. I had hoped for a kick ass heroine, a dark and tragic hero, and an amazing love story. What I got was a little bit different but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

Myra was a heroine I had a har
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been loving fairytales ever since I was a little girl. I grew up believing in prince Charming and hoping one day the prince would come to me. Now I’ve grown up, and now I know life is no fairytale.. But still.. I love fairytales. So when Samreen Ahsan emailed me a little while ago, with the question if I wanted to read her new novel called ‘Once Upon a (Stolen) Time’ I just couldn’t say no. I’ve read the previous two books written by Samreen, so I know for a fact she can write a great boo ...more
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“- It’s impossible you will not love Once Upon A[stolen]Time”

Since the beginning of the story, Ms. Samreen Ahsan never failed to amaze me to this story. I’ve never read this kind of story. A love story which sets in different time and only a mirror can able to see each other.

Myra Farrow is in the year 2015. She loves castles an
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Who knew I would fall madly in love with this book? I actually can't express what I'm feeling right now into words but I will say this, I WANT MORE!!
To relive history in 1425 in Edwards POV was very interesting and I couldn't get enough. Myra's POV in 2015 made things a little easier to read and connect with since I share the same passions as her with the love of castle and medieval era. A little part of me is sad now that the story is ended.. (For now)..
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: samreen-ahsan
Final Score - 5 Oh Em Gee, What Happens Next? Stars!!!

Myra isn't your average 22-year-old. She slightly obsessed with everything medieval, princess and castles, but she seems to be grounded and relateable. Her family, who is used to mixing with various social circles, is trying to steer Myra aware from obsession. They believe her tying the knot is long overdue and so they arrange for her to meet Steven, a wealthy bachelor with connections.

Steven in turn unveils himself as a homosexual during th
Lexy at All Is Read
“Love is a camouflage of beauty. You feel free in love, but in truth, you’re trapped.”
It’s been a while since I picked up a book in the fantasy genre and when I was graciously given the opportunity to read “Once Upon a [Stolen] Time”, I was excited to see what this story would give me. When I began reading the synopsis into the first chapter, I soon realized that this story was also going to weave the elements of a longing romance and whimsical wishes into it; I became addicted to the words that
Samreen Ahsan
Oct 06, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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“Love is a necessary evil that traps you in illusory gossamer.”
“Love is a camouflage of beauty. You feel free in love, but in truth, you’re trapped.”
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There were only two people in this time. Just me and him, as the world spun into a timeless abyss.
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In his eyes, I was the only woman who had the power to hold him, kiss him and unravel his tangled life.
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His touch wa
Ritika Thakur
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hey there! I am a little with a lot of desires to discover fantasies. I just love time travelling books and Once Upon A [Stolen] Time has truly made me feet like I am really travelling time. The book is beautiful written describing how a girl discovers her own powers, and how she is already connected to a haunted castle which she had been desired to discover since long.

I am already in love with the story, and I recommend that you should definitely read this. This story has already win so many h
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery.
Neelam Menghani
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Phenomenon work of art from a Phenomenon author!
Absolutely loved it. Or I should say Lived it.
With Each chapter, the level of excitement was reaching to another level. Every word written is an enchanted promise of Magic.

I just don't from where should I start.. I have no words and honestly no word in the world will be enough to describe the beauty and wonder of your magical work.
I am totally spellbound with the magical mysterious world of Edward and the passion between Mrya and Edward.. Captiva
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
When I received this ARC I was ecstatic because it combined a mixture of romance, history,mystery, and suspense. The blurb caught my attention and I wanted to jump in ASAP. Once I did I had to pay real close attention to the scenario that was playing out amongst the characters, because at times I felt myself getting lost in the storytelling and trying to make sense of where it was leading me as a reader. The characters were built well, but I couldn't feel the chemistry within them. I kept wantin ...more
I really love this book and am really anticipating book 2.
absolutley freaking awesome.... could not put this book down definately my favourite author.
Aldii - perfectioninbooks
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I'm writing this a minute after finishing this book and my mind is empty and full at the same time.

The Writing:
I really liked the writing, how everything is so detailed. You are there, you can be in the book. I also loved how the story is written its really fluid. This story has two POVs: one from Myra in 2015 and one from Edward in 1415. Yes, I didn't write the year wrong. One chapter from each POV, alternating each one. Oh! And there are these quotes about love before any new chapter begins t
Love Indie Romance
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Annie Arcane

Actual Rating: 3.75 stars

A free copy was provided by the author.

Initial thoughts:

Interesting time-slip fairytale reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast. Well-developed characters. Beautifully written.

What I loved:

It came as no surprise to me at all that Ahsan is an award-winning author. I thoroughly enjoyed both her prose and vocabulary, which were impressive without coming off as overly ornate or forced. This may actually go on my top 10 list of well-written books. The wri
Cynthia Ripley Miller
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once Upon a Stolen Time is a romantic paranormal story set in two time periods. The first is set in 2015. A young woman, Myra Farrow, not only longs for the excitement and passion of true love, but her entire life, she has been obsessed with medieval castles and the stories of princes and princesses.

Unfortunately, her parents believe she needs to put her daydreaming aside and find a husband. With some pressure and encouragement, they introduce her to a very wealthy young man and video game desig
Cassandra-anne Delorie
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
***Contains graphic sex and language. Not for young readers***
***Cassandra Delorie #NerdGirlLola’s Review***

First and foremost, this book does end in a cliffhanger, just putting that out there.

Myra, constantly stuck in her own fantasies, finally meets the Prince she’s been looking for all her life, only to find out he lived 600 years ago. Edward, cursed by his ancestor’s misdeeds, is plagued by dreams of a mysterious woman. The sto
Darth Vix
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Myra has has dreams of having a fairytale of her own. When she is chosen to be a model for a video game set in a haunted castle, Myra can’t refuse. As she arrives at the palace, she feels at once that it is cursed. The more she explores, the more she learns of the castle's secrets. She also learns that she is connected to the castle, and to a fifteenth century prince, named Edward, who was a resident of the castle that was said to disappear from history.

Myra is a romantic. She is an idealist. S
Kristin Ravelle
4.3 Stars!

At the outset, I’d like to say I just love the premise of this book and think it would make an awesome movie; producers and film makers please check out this interesting novel (first in series).

Myra finds herself accidentally engaged to Steve, a young game software developer from a wealthy family who wants to have her model for his new game that he plans to shoot at the reportedly haunted Hue Castle. They investigate the ancient castle and while exploring the totally grey and lifeless
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in 2015 Myra was obsessed with medieval castles, Kings, Princes and such. A rich computer game designer wants her as part of his virtual game, and for her to go with him to Hue Castle. A place where she always wanted to go, even though it has been unoccupied for centuries and reported to be haunted. She is thrilled and accepts his offer, not worrying about any of the unforeseen consequences. Little does she know what she will uncover in this castle that has been an historical no-no for centu ...more
James Cardona
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A touching, cerebral tale of romance and fantasy with heavy emphasis on the former, Once Upon A [Stolen] Time is sure to delight fans of romance with a heartfelt center.
I’ve read my fair share of romance books and I find so many to be formulaic and heavily weighted toward the physical experience. I guess that stuff sells.
Personally, I’m dog-tired of rote, repetitive, formula that has overtaken the contemporary romance novel and that is what makes Once Upon A [Stolen] Time such a breath of fresh
Sara Miller
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book! The only way to describe it is lyrical. . . Its no secret I love books that are completely unique and this one definitely fits the bill, it blends the historical aspects of Outlander By Diana Garbaldon or the Morna's Legacy Series By Bethany Claire with the edge of your seat fantasy like Once Upon A Time (yes, I totally had to just throw that out there becuase Outlander is one of my favorite reads of all time, and I may be a smidge obsessed with Once Upon A Time!) I could relate a lot ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first Samreen Ahsan read and it most certainly will not be my last. I'm a sucker for fairy tales and well this has a nice modern twist.
Myra - is at a crossroads in her life - she has always been drawn to castles, medieval time, and fairytales. Because of this she has a difficult time dealing with here and now. When her parent's introduce arrange an introduction to a young man of wealth. Upon meeting one another they instantly become friends but Steve having just returned from an exten
P Leslie
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy from the author for an honest review.

Wow I was blown away by this book and was left speechless and on edge at the end of the book.

Myra has been fascinated with castles and their history, since a young age. Over the years, she visited many castles throughout the UK but one remains, the Hue Castle. It's been closed to the public for over two hundred years.

Myra meets Steve when their mums decide to play matchmakers. Steve makes Myra an offer; she simply can't refuse: a cha
Kassidy Carter
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A [Stolen] Time (Stolen Series Book 1)
bySamreen Ahsan

5 out of 5 stars.
You ever pick up a book and never want to put it down. That’s how it was with Once Upon a Stolen Time. I love books like this and I was so excited when Samreen Ahsan asked me to review it for her. The concept of the book was so interesting, and it kept me reading and wanting more.
Myra was a great character. You start off learning about her and her dreams of fairy tales. Castles, kings, queens and anything else that
Kelly Mccurdy
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
~~I received this in exchange for my honest opinion~~

Let me start this off by saying, that if you haven't discovered Samreen yet, YOU my friend are missing out. I read the blurb for this book and was intrigued. It has princes, castles, mysteries, witches, etc... It also has a plot line that jumps from the 1415 to 2015. I have only read one other book like that, and that book captured me as well.

This book starts off by us getting to know Myra. She loves the way that gentlemen treated ladies with
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Once Upon A Stolen Time is my current pick for series written in 2015. If you are a fan of fantasy, romance and a hint of classic rewrite, this series should be on your radar. The cover alone should entice you to flip the pages, unearthing the mysteries beneath.

Is it Beauty and the Beast? Somehow I thought so at first, but it is more than that. We have to remember that Myra Fallows lives in 2015, and she is a person who believes in fairy tales. She even kissed a frog! Too bad it did not turn int
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A (stolen) Time by Samreen Ahsan

Set in 2015 Myra was obsessed with medieval castles, Kings, Princes and such. A rich computer game designer wants her as part of his virtual game, and for her to go with him to Hue Castle. A place where she always wanted to go, even though it has been unoccupied for centuries and reported to be haunted. She is thrilled and accepts his offer, not worrying about any consequences.

Back in 1415, Edward Hue is the last of the Hue bloodline. He (and his family)
Becky Rendon
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will honestly say the build up seems long but it is worth it.

Myra dreams of castles and fairytale princes, even in her 20s. She is holding out for a man of days gone by. She longs for chivalry. She knows she will never find it but eve th girl can dream.

Her parents want her to stop dreaming though. They want grandbabies. They want her to pull her head out of the clouds. It's this desire that has them sealing her fate.

Introduced to Steve Bernard, as a potential future Mrs. Bernard, has brought M
Phyllis Goodwin
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The prologue in this book gives us a good idea of what is to follow. Like me the reader may or may not be hooked by phrases such as “We were captured and deceived by time” and “destined for the hideous black beast.” I certainly wanted to read on to reach the end of the story.
The author is to be congratulated on her style and intricate structure. The story fluctuates between 2015 and 1415, a time scale of six hundred years. There are two points of view for the two main characters. They differ gre
The Color of Ink
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Myra is a real romantic in every sense of the word. She loves stories about knights and princes. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be a princess? Myra, definitely wishes she were a princess. Her parents indulge her interests for a time, but decide they are tired of her living in the past and set up an arranged marriage. Will Myra find what she’s looking for with what lies ahead of her?

I enjoyed the mystery within the story. The information given about the previous inhabitants of Hue Castle, and enha
Flora Viggiano
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review: Once Upon A Stolen Time Book 1 in the Stolen Series by Samreen Ahsan
5 stars

This is the first book in a really romantic storyline that spans hundreds of years. Warning - The book does end in a cliffhanger. It is written from the point of view of the main character, Myra, an English girl obsessed with castles and medieval life. The story flawlessly jumps from 2015 to 1415. I was taken by the quotes at the beginning of each chapter like “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something tha
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ive always loved books that mix the past with the present, which will eventually mix in the future. I find them quite intriguing and amazing. "Once upon a (stolen) time" is exactly like that. It mixes times in such a way that you cant seem to understand when and how will they interject, adding up to the mystery the book itself presents.

As a lover of old castles, royalty, princes, etc., Myra finds herself involved in the sto
Ariel Mathis
*A complimentary ecopy was given by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

I'm so glad I read this book. Just for the simple fact that there was such a great story, and love story here. The story read so beautiful & elegant. The details just made you feel like you were the character. The whole concept and how it unfolded really held me in an Awful state. I'm using Awful in the old world sense as in full of Aw & wonder. Truly beautiful. The world building to the characters' developm
Myra Espino
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Heartwarming read that will make you realize that true love holds no bounds. Ms. Samreen did an amazing job in writing this book. From the start up to the last, I was addicted. The characters are great and the story is amazing. The main characters, Myra and Edward are easy to relate with. Myra, a woman from a good family is obsessed about fairytales and finding a prince charming. She’s sweet, full of life and very likeable. Edward, a man from the past and a Hue prince who was thrown in to a
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes journeys start off rocky, but you're glad you kept climbing because when you reach the peak the view was worth it. By the time I finished this story, I was frantically logging into Amazon, looking for the sequel. To my dismay, it is not out yet. I am now writing this, while pouting at my screen.

I wasn't sure I liked the beginning, but somewhere in the middle it began to grow on me. Slowly, but surely I kept getting pulled deeper in. Ahsan is a good romance writer, once I realized that
Laura Agnella
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once Upon a (Stolen) Time was generously given to me in exchange for an honest review. While this story only has slight hints of an old familiar tale, I had a lot of fun looking for the modernized connections.

I connected with Myra right away because she reminded me of me. I have a huge imagination and, as an adult still love to read about castles and ancient civilizations and the stories behind them. She has this romantic (and a little naive) view of life and love that is very innocent and she h
Ruty  B
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, fantasy, romance
Rating: 4.5 stars

Once Upon a [Stolen] Time is a fascinating story about two souls destined to be together but set apart by time. How can two people that live six hundred years apart have a connection so strong that defies all the conceptions of time and space?

Myra has an obsession with classical romance, the prince charming and endless love. So it's easy to understand why she says yes to visit Hue Castle, an ancient building with a mystery halo around it. As the story starts to unravel, she disc
Cassy Witthar
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***Copy of book received from author in exchange for an honest review.

Step into the magical world created by Samreen Ahsan. If you like, fantasy, time travel, paranormal, you will love this story. I was hooked from page one and engrossed all the way through. A very powerful, unique story, that will stay with you for a long time.

Myra Farrow has always had a thing for medieval castles and everything about those times including men. Modern men won't do. Myra dreams of the men in her romances. She
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very well written book! I love the time travel genre. This story ends with a cliffhanger, but I am interested in reading more. Myra is tied to His Castle, the one castle she can't visit. Edward is in the past but he dreams of her and needs her. I dislike Steve immensely!
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wel I've no words to compliment over ths novel !! it's like absolutely the best story I've ever read in ma entire life ( trust me) while reading I even went very touchy at the point whn edward ought to choose either Veronica or emma !! it was literally breathtaking!!
and At the end whn myra went inside the mirror or to the world ov edward I got happy tht finally they guys jst met each other! Bt thr was a complete twist at the very end! I was shocked ! question arises in ma mind tht might b edward
Stephanie (Bookfever)
I definitely liked the story of Once Upon A [Stolen] Time but unfortunately I didn't fully love it. There were really good parts but also parts that I didn't like so much. The writing, though, was outstanding!

I found myself not liking Myra all that much, to be honest. I'm not really sure what it was about her but I guess I just didn't like her personality. Edward I did like more. He lives in 1415 and I'm a bit of a history nerd, so maybe that was the reason why.

I also found the story a bit too c
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