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Desperate Forest

(The Forest Tales #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Enter a forest full of danger, secrets, and romance . . .
Princess Roselynn has never longed for adventure. For nineteen years, her life has been safe and comfortable. Until her father is murdered, and she discovers a plot to end her life. Hoping to find safety in the arms of her fiancé, she flees to the perilous Eternity Forest.

When Roselynn meets brash Jay, she be
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Jabberwocky Tales
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May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a romantic adventure! Cece Louise shines in her novel debut, Desperate Forest. Though this story is set during Medieval times, it is by no means old-fashioned or outdated. It has a good splash of humor and sass (think the Princess Bride) and a whole bunch of heart. Louise creates her colorful characters and lively dialogue quite effortlessly that one will find themselves easily lost in the world, or forest if you will, that she has fashioned. I will certainly be on the lookout for future no ...more
Margarida Veloz
What a great read! I loved the characters and the story. Roselynn is young, a bit naive... but she is made of strong backbone that we get to see as the story goes. I love that she is not inflated into an unrealistic heroine, but someone that is real, likable, and relatable. I love the hero too and the HEA. The story is well written and draws us in immediately. I could relate to Roselynn--you can´t just sit around and wait for some Prince Charming to save you. This rings true even today. Save you ...more
Jennifer Tucker
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author and literally could not put it down! Such a wonderful debut novel from Cece Louise! It was an adventurous fairytale with characters you will love and root for. I can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
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Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
*We received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Desperate Forest follows Roselynn, the Princess of the Kingdom of Tover, on a quest to escape her murderous uncle through an ominous forest– with the help of some unexpected friends! Engaged to Darius, the new King of the Kingdom of Marcsnovia, Roselynn’s life seemed perfect– that is, until her uncle murdered her father with the intent to kill her too. Roselynn escapes Tover with the intent of reaching Darius in Marcsnovia, hoping he can off
Jun 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an easy read, a beach-read sort of book. There wasn't anything bad to it, but there also wasn't anything great or anything that stood out, probably for one big reason - the pacing is off.

Everything in this book happens very quickly. Suspense isn't allowed to build, characters don't have time to be more than simple sketches, a couple of crucial plot points are overheard and then promptly reacted to/dealt with in that same chapter. It's absolutely plot-based as if the author had an outlin
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet love story about a kind and strong princess who faces many obstacles and challenges as she flees for her life from the uncle who murdered her father and stole his throne. Based on the strength and likability of the MC, I'm giving this four stars. Set in a medieval fantasy world, there were just a few too many anachronisms that pulled me out of the setting to give it an unreserved five stars. But it's a fun story with lots of suspense, danger, and some humor too. I'm looking forwa ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Desperate Forest makes for a well-written, clean historical YA romance. A princess on the run, kingdoms in jeopardy, a menacing forest, and a bit of mystery make this novel a quick, easy read. Add the uncertainty of whom our refugee Princess Roselynn can trust, a little romance, and it's a recipe for a fun escape. ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Will Princess Roselynn's fiance save her?
Desperate Forest by Cece Louise had me enjoying this royalty book which I loved and reminding me why I like those type of books. Ms. Louise has a good imagination and a way with words that I, also felt like I was apart of the story.
Princess Roselynn
Princess Roselynn is the main character of the book and our narrator as
Carina Shephard
First read of 2021!

Predictable at times, but still enjoyable. I read it in about two hours, start to finish, so I’d recommend it if you’re in the mood for a light fantasy read.

Content: None/Mild.
Marina Leonard
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful, fantastic story. I just kept reading it. I didn't want to put it down. I will be reading more of this author's books. ...more
Keri Subjak
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An absolute page turner!!!

I could not put this book down once I started reading! The author did a great job making this book exciting and unpredictable. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends. Cece Louise has a beautiful gift with words and storytelling. She made me feel like I was right in the story and her characters were very relatable. I am looking forward to reading more of her books!
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Straight out of the gate this fairy tale comes to life. An evil king, fallen from grace knights, a sorceress healer and unexpected friendships complete with a prince and a princess of neighboring lands. Who could ask for more? I could not get enough of its pages or put it down. It did not even matter that the ending was already obvious, the trip to get there was so pleasurable that I did not want to miss one second of this book. It was fantastic!
-To The Author- I am still applauding! Very nice.
Therese Heckenkamp
Join a princess on the run through a forest rife with danger and deceit. I had the honor of reading an advance review copy of this book, and I was very impressed! It brought me back to my fairy-tale loving days, but these characters have real dimension and wonderful, witty, natural dialogue. Desperate Forest is a clean, yet swoon-worthy medieval romance adventure for teens through adults. This new author is one to watch!
Leslea Wahl
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, clean read. If you're looking for an adventurous romance with a strong princess, look no further! ...more
Julie - One Book More
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, ya

Princess Roselynn is desperate. Her life is in danger, and she must flee her home. She flees into the dangerous Eternity Forest in the hopes of reaching her fiancee, the King of a neighboring kingdom. She is certain that he will keep her safe. She just has to make it through the forest alive. Roselynn is rescued by a mysterious traveler (who I love!!!) and reluctantly continues her journey with him and his group. They are a dynamic group, and each has thei
Michelle Boyea
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Autumn Brown
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

"Desperate Forest" is a short love story that includes a princess, an evil uncle bent on stealing her kingdom, a deadly forest, and a couple twists and turns along the way. We find our princess getting caught up with a group of vagabonds, who have questionable pasts. That is, after she flees from her own kingdom, where her uncle is trying to kill her, like he did her father in a plot to take over the
Sara Zaninelli
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“My heart sank for her, knowing what It meant to lose a loved one. An emptiness grew inside you that could never be filled.”

4.5 ⭐️. I have received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Guys I am so glad I read this book 😍. A princess finds out her father has been killed by her uncle, who wants to kill her as well. She runs away in a forest where she meets a group of outlaws that become her new family. They offer to accompany her to meet her betrothed who is the king of a n
Rebekah Gyger
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was a short, sweet read. Roselynn is a princess determined to escape a planned assassination, marry her true love, and return to free her people from the uncle who has used the throne for his own gain. There at the beginning, I was definitely getting a sense of Snow White to the story, which would be an added bonus to anyone who loves retellings of that fairy tale.

However, I did feel that the relationship between Roselynn and Jay progressed rather quickly. It seemed as though there
Paige Green
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I bought this book! Support your authors!

Book: The Desperate Forest

Author: Cece Louise

Book Series: The Forest Tales Book 1

Rating: 2/5

Recommended For...: fantasy, high fantasy, ya

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNF-ed

Publisher: Jabberwocky Tales

Pages: 240

Synopsis: Princess Roselynn has never longed for adventure. For nineteen years, her life has been safe and comfortable. Until her father is murdered, and she discovers a plot to end her
Sara Lawson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
What a delightful story! I love fairy tales or stories that resemble fairy tales, and Cece Louise's Desperate Forest was simply lovely.

Her characters were charming, even when they were difficult at first. I loved Princess Roselynn. She had such a good heart, and while she made some unwise decisions, they were based on misinformation and naivete, and always for the good of others. Jay and Tover were also quite fun, so different from each other, but their individual strengths complimented each oth
Giuliana Evangelista
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a disclaimer, I received this book from the author for free for review. In no way, shape or form am I biased.

Desperate Forest by CeCe Louise is one of the books I would consider to be on my "oldies" list. It gives out the nice old castle story, with many little twists in the book. I really enjoyed reading it and am surprised that I read it all in one sitting. The positives I would say is the nice relationship building, plotline, and character arc. The main character goes through changes and
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good, quick adventure, romance story. It is written from the POV of Roselynn, the princess of Tover. When her father dies suddenly, the throne is taken over by her uncle, now King Abrax. When she overheard a plot to kill her, Roselynn finds herself fleeing into the forest. Where she stumbles upon others also fleeing the new King.
I loved the characters, and how they were all thrown together. Fleeing for different reasons but braving the perilous Eternity Forest to find safety in a nei
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun easy read

This book is a quick and easy read. It’s nice that it’s clean and not too intense. I’m sure even older elementary age children would enjoy it.

I liked Rosalyn a lot. She’s naive and inexperienced but she faces any hurdle with courage, even when she fails. Jay too was fascinating. I would have loved to get his point of view too but there’s a good reason why not.

The plot was engaging, with enough twists to keep me guessing, although I did guess part of the big twist early on.

My only
Lea Carter
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean
The forest. It's always been there--on the OTHER side of the wall that surrounds her castle. Princess Rosie certainly never imagined she'd need to traverse it. On foot. Alone. But when everything changes and it's a case of die sooner here or later there, well...

As she learns for herself, the dangers of the forest are quite real. And some of them are handsomer than others. Also more infuriating. Fascinating.

Forced to travel with a group of relative strangers--not all of whom are welcoming--Prince
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
This novel was a great read that I could not put down! Several plot twists, some excepted, but others not, with betrayals and secrets. I liked how the author provided some flashbacks to past, which assisted with the plot. The story is told from Princess Roselynn's point of view and as the story progresses, you see the development in her character, overcoming her infatuations, to discovering the truth, and wantin
Heidi Dages
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
When Princess Roselynn makes a daring escape from the clutches of her uncle to the eternity forest she never dreams of what's awaiting her. All she wants is the safety of her fiance's castle. But much more is in store for her.

Reasons I liked this:
The author is a good writer (descriptions etc.)
She only goes from only one point of view so it's much harder to guess the romance.
It's completely clean.
I got it for free.

Reasons I didn't like it:
The characters got on my nerves at a few points.
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great story! Cece Louise has written a fabulous teen/adult book that has the perfect balance of adventure, suspense, and (clean/sweet) romance. The overall plot is rather predictable, but the twists and turns as the story gets there are surprising and well-done.

The style and depth of the writing match that of a young adult novel. Adults looking for an quick, engaging story that will grab your attention and not let go will enjoy it, too! As I started reading it, it reminded me of The
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun, romantic, action-packed read! This book was very interesting and had a wonderful plot. I loved the mystery surrounding the past of each of the characters. The relationships in this book were really sweet and the characters were perfect for each other. I really love the writing style of this author and the imagery she put into her book.
The one thing that held me back from giving it five stars was that I would have liked to see more world-building. Specifically what the kingdoms looked
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Cece Louise writes clean novels filled with adventure, romance, and spirit for teens and adults.

An avid reader, Cece has been making up stories in her head as long as she can remember. A true believer that writing should be fun, she loves communicating with her readers and connecting with other writers.

In 2012, Cece graduated summa cum laude with a BBA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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