The King needs an heir and that means finding some sort of woman to do half the job.
"That’s all it’s about, ultimately: basic, carnal compatibility in order to satisfy this need. For that reason, the pictures I request of those who wish to apply are explicit. The full prerequisites are attached to the correspondence. If you ...more
Ella has no desire to ...more
One thing about it: I wanted to stop reading but I couldn't. And I mean it in the worst way possible. The writing is just bad. BAD. Full of inconsistencies, lots of mistakes and mispellings... And nothing made any sense! Ultimately, I kept reading not because I hoped the story will get better (because I knew deep down that would never happen), but w ...more
The writing was ATROCIOUS. And inconsistent. And completely and utterly unedited (more than that, it was absolutely rife with spelling, grammatical, and tense errors). And just... bad. So, even though the premise sounded right up my alley, the execution made this a total no-no for me.
The premise of the story is rather uniqu ...more
The story had a twist to it.
Cinderella was part Fay part human and the heir of her family but she lived in poverty.
She met Prince Charming, Dane, when they were young but somehow lost him.
Years later Dane needs a wife and heir so he launches a massive bride hunt. Only the brightest should answer.
Cinderella/Elle sands out from the sea of women. Dane instantly knows he wants her as wife.
The rest of the story follows Dane pursuing Elle and eventual ...more
The structure, the writing, the jumps in time - were all, hmmm, not good. Yes, I'm trying not being nasty, but I could tell you more. I just choose not to.
Will I read other re-tellings in the series?
Not today. ...more
Dane needs to get married and produce an heir to his kingdom, and devises a way to find the woman who will be his future queen among his many subjects. He requests all eligible women who fit the criteria set to send him risque photos, in order to eliminate all the ones who actually do.
Ella, who is no dummy and does not want to ...more
The writing was so bad, it felt like the author wrote it and then removed 40% in order to keep it shorter but removed all crucial details.
I had to read some pages 2-3 times and still didn't get it.
This is a story about fairies and powers and kingdoms but nothing is explained in a way that lets you dive into this magical world. I read the whole book and still have no glue what a cinder really is (and I am
Not talking about the stuff that you find in ...more
"I thought now might be a good time to go and be an awesome Prince Charming.”
“I’m a King, and I don’t do charming.”
“Then you’re screwed, aren’t you?”
This was just an ok read for me, I was expecting a bit more humor and more heat. Most likely this is just me, since I was in the mood for a specific something and thought this would feed that need. It was short enough to finish.
Maybe I was expecting something along the rails of an Anne Rice Beauty Trilogy minus the misogyny, but this is more like a SLIGHTLY dirtier Cinderella. Sexy talk, double entendre, some passable sexuality, and some adult humor pretty much sums up the story.
I don't think it was bad, but it's not terribly good either. Three stars are a gift. ...more
There are a lot of retellings of classic fairytales, but this book did a great job of giving established characters a unique edge. If their big names and reputations had been completely left out, they still would have been interesting, developed, and entertaining as original characters. The magic system, the lore, and the species could easily fill a nov ...more
So every time I find something new, or a spin on it, I have to read it. May Sage's version of the tale is one I fell into. I loved all the little things that went into this plot. Pulling f ...more
First, the two main reasons that people are going to have issues with this book: The Selection-bizarre-reasons-for-girl-not-having-a-choice thing and the but-he-has-a-tragic-past-so-of-course-he’s-an-asshole thing.
Second, the reason they did somewhat negatively impact my rating: Because I just wasn’t 100% buying it.
I have no quote for this one, sorry guys.
The book is full of irreverent humor, especially the set up with the party invitation. Ella curses like a sailor, Dane, who is our Prince Charming, is qu ...more
King Dane needs an heir and that means he must find a wife. He comes up with the idea of having the single, unattached women of his kingdom apply.
Ella applies. She sends the required pictures, one of her pussy - a fat, indolent Persian - and one of herself in her night clothes - yoga pants and a hoodie. Her message for the king will surely keep her from receiving an invitation. Or so she thought.
The king himself sees her reply and is intrigued by what she doesn't reveal in her pictur ...more
A lot of the character description is left to the imagination - handsome with deep dark eyes... Broad shoulders and lean hips.. Ella has dark unruly hair and a mole under the corner of her lip not gorgeous but very pretty.. And the feet of a six year old.
The writer m ...more
Who hasn’t grown up with “Once upon a time” and “happily ever after?” Fairytales are the baby food of almost all mature readers. Experience and age eventually expose the faults in the enchanted fairy story concept; nothing is so cut and dried. Princesses and queens are always beautiful, wholesome, and chaste, princes and kings are always handsome, gallant, and noble, just don’t ring true in the real world. I’m not suggesting that this story mimics reali ...more
((Note: I downloaded this book in October 2016, I believe there has been a re-edited version put up in December, so some of these comments may no longer apply))
This was fun, but flawed.
I always like a fairytale retelling, and downloaded this for free.
It follows the standard ...more
I admit I was a bit skeptical how the author would sympathetically handle, such classic characters, but I needn't have worried. Cinderella was exactly as I would have expected her to be...a thoroughly modern madam with a fair bit of attitude. In fact, all the characters in this novel have much more characte ...more
This book is meant for adult reading alright. In one word, crude. It's not that I have an issue with certain words or anything. However, I do have an issue with certain words used just to make them fit into a story and then, they just don't fit or feel right. Such is the case here in this retelling.
The whole book is about sex, dick, pussy, whore...and what not. Just ugh. I did not like how it was written and there were issues ...more
In this fairy tale world that combines a modern world with a magical one, the story of Cinderella is not what we have seen before.
First of all, Cinderella is not a name given to her to make her less, to taunt or humiliate, is a powerful family name that was taken from her by her stepmother to deny her ancestry ...more
This could have been an easy 4.5 stars for me if it wasn't for the way it ended.
I have always loved do rewriting of classic fairytales with the new additions of magic and fairies and additional characters and unforeseen twists and the plot that is not totally original. And I think the story is just the beginning of the series with other fairytales being added and related to this first one.
What were you disappointed me however was the sudden ending of the story! One minute you have Cinderella ...more
When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her German Shepherd and her two Savannahs. She loves reading, ballet, running, and cake. Mostly, cake.
May Sage also writes longer fantasy romance novels as Alexi Blake.