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The Rose and the Balloon: A Beauty and the Beast Story

(Once Upon a Twist Tales #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In a kingdom where fauna and flora are held in higher esteem than breakfast, Dmitri is a prince who yearns for change and plans it in a single daring act that will alter his life forever. However, when his demented mother accidentally causes the destruction of a prized garden of roses, Dmitri is horrified when she proposes his hand in marriage to make up for it. Not only w ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by CreateSpace
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Deborah O'Carroll
(Review originally posted on The Road of a Writer:

The instant I saw that this novella was coming out, I knew I had to read it. Fairytale retellings are my favorite, and Beauty and the Beast... with hot air balloons? Now this I had to try!

I was delighted to have the chance to read it for review, and I'm glad to report: I. LOVED. IT. I can't think of a single thing I disliked about it! This novella was a simply marvelous quick read which I so enjoyed. <3

Christine Smith
Well, this was a little bite of sweetness!

Jenelle and Dmitri are both very headstrong people who find themselves suddenly forced into a mutually unwanted betrothal. Throw in an unstable mother, a rose-obsessed father, a pair of mischievous twins, and some hot air balloons, and insanity ensues.


Jenelle: Jenelle is our “Beauty”, but what I love about her is she’s not the perfect, quiet little Beauty we usually have. Jenelle is stubborn and set in her ways, and can match the “Beast” with h
Jul 01, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

Is there a law against writing a book review for a book you wrote yourself? I surely hope not, because here I am doing just that.

Most Beauty and the Beast stories start off with Beauty's father plucking a single rose from the Beast's garden. This story, however, takes everything you know about the classic fairy tale and turns it upside-down on its head. Right off the bat, we're introduced to our Beast character, the Crown Prince Dmitri, who stands in the s
Grace T
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad for how late I am to this party, seeing as I'm irl friends with Kirsten, but better late than never, right? Right? =D

This was a fun little novella for sure. A fairly straightforward plot, thanks to the space constraints, but there was room for the characters to breathe and give their own unique twists on the retelling. And I'm going to join the twins' fan club because they're great. xD
Kendra Ardnek
Have you ever watched Disney's Beauty and the Beast and thought to yourself, "This could use a bit less magic."? If so, then this is the book for you.

Anyone who has known me for any amount of time knows that I love fairy tales. However, Beauty and the Beast is that one fairy tale that's very hit and miss for me, and I've so far only found a handful of retellings of if that I actually liked, and one was a Hidden Object Adventure game.

However, having read a good deal of the author's unpublished wo
Robert Ring
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book on the advice of a friend. I read the complete story in about forty-five minutes. The book itself is only about 105 pages. That is the only suggestion I have for the author; that she increase the size of book. As given the book is a phenomenal read! It is a must read for anyone interested in fairy tales and the steampunk genre. How do the two fit? Read the book. In spite of being short, the book is remarkably well developed. The characters are dynamic and round, and the det ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
All right. Let's try this again.

Positives: The WORLD!!! Whatever else, the author knows how to make at least a memorable world that feels real and vampirish (sucks you in, I mean). Never read any or much steampunk but Rohesia was well-built and original enough to make me comfy about it. Then, after the world are the way that this short book let's you remember a good number of characters without confusion....basically they all have a purpose and personality and you don't really forget them after
David Bump
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The best thing about this book is that it is NOT a re-telling or variation on the tale of Beauty and the Beast. It's a fun, quirky, comedy-adventure-romance story that stands on its own. It is set in something like an alternative Renaissance Europe rather than a fairy tale world.

The Balloon is an experimental hot air balloon (or two) commissioned by a "mad" queen, and while there are many roses involved, there's one special rose -- no, not encased in glass and timing a curse with its decay -- i
Therese May
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, christian
This was a clever little book. Not too long, not too short. Yet profound in a simple and satisfying way.

This is the story of misunderstanding. It's the tragedy of the prejudice of man. It's the joy of his discovering mercy and forgiveness and changing his ways. It's the story of loosing sight of beauty and discovering it again in the very simple things around us.

I really think this is a must read. While it has a definite fictional feel and a rather unrealistic (but very amusing!) line of humor
I'm not usually one for retellings, but the idea of one that was a) steampunk and b) Beauty and the Beast drew me right in. (It was also super cheap on Kindle, which I am ALWAYS down for.) An hour later, here are my thoughts.

I definitely feel like this should have been longer. Not novel length, but still more than 112 pages. Everything from the pacing to character development felt a little rushed, a little cramped, like the book was trying to squeeze itself into a small space instead of stretch
Hanne T
This was a fun read! I've read the second book in this series (without realizing it of course) and it was fun! I really enjoyed the banter and I looooved the children! Nicholas and Nicoline were absolute sweethearts and I loved them! I also really enjoyed how it wasn't a "strict" Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it was also very true to the story. It was a really sweet read: there were some things that probably could have been developed better, but it's a novella so it does have some leeway f ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Not bad. With a better editor it could have been great. I look forward to seeing this author mature into her writing.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
A beauty and a beast. A classic tale of love and drama. Kirsten Fichter has her own twist on the fairy tale in her new, self-published novel The Rose and the Balloon. I was given a copy by Kirsten for reviewing.

In the heat of the great flower competition, Queen Maeva crashes her air balloon into Lord Roux’s prized roses. To repay Lord Roux for the roses, the unstable Queen Maeva (also called Crazy Maeva at times) gives the hand of her son, Dmitri, in marriage to Lord Roux’s daughter, Janelle. Dm
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Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dic ...more

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