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Okay, let’s try this. I like the idea, but I have to see if I can make it work. PS: spoilers. Read at your own risk 😀


January 23.

I started this book last week and I have to say, I like it. Having little time, and even less energy sometimes, I found it hard to stick with a story. Some is too gloomy. Some too silly. Some boring. I’ll admit to not being forgiving right now. As I said, the little time and resolve I have I want to use for a story I really like. Well, this one is doing it so far. I’m at around chapter 5, so there’s still time for me to get fed up.
As of today, I can tell that:
the premises is refreshing. Finally, not all the parents died so that the crazy aunt had to become a mom.

I’m finding hard to like the hero, but I’m not hating him. Which means the author has hit that sweet spot.

The heroine is quirky, but not too much, and not an idiot. Finally, the equation artsy/creative=idiotic has been challenged. She’s a normal person in an abnormal situation.

Check back in a few days to see where it’s going.

January 24

Still going strong.

But found one of my pet peeves. I don’t like when any character keeps saying things like, “I want to be with her/him, but I don’t understand why.” Or, “I don’t know why I’m nice to her/him”.

Well, now.

I don’t like it because I feel like it’s a cheap way out from explaining a character’s behavior. Nobody is so… naive, if you will, to not realizing why he/she is doing something. Might just be because the other person’s hot, and that is perfectly fine. Or because he/she is bored and the other person seems fun. Any, ANY, reason would do, as long as there’s one. Not Oh my god I’m so surprised with myself.

That being said, I’m still enjoying the story thoroughly, and I can’t wait to see why the hero is so stuck-up. The good thing is that he knows it, or at least he realizes he’s wrong in his assumptions, which makes me like him a lot. Well played, Rachel, well played!

January 27

Not crazy about the first kiss scene. It was sweet, but more on the fun side than hot. I guess it goes well with how Emma is, so it is right for the characters. Although, all of them were adults, maybe it would have worked with fewer rainbows-and-unicorns and a bit more steamy fantasy. It wouldn’t have taken anything from the character, but it would have been less… juvenile. As it is, it’s a bit underwhelming for me.
And where do we stand with Nicole? No one thought about her.

Now, the next section gave me trouble. I really didn’t like Emma’s nonchalant comment about the late girls’ mother. She worked all the time and might not have been at home often because the girls didn’t miss her much. They were devastated by being away from dad (the one who stayed at home). I didn’t like the innuendo that she was a bad/distant/uncaring mother because she worked. I mean, that woman built her career (she was a lawyer) from scratch, and BOTH her and her husband, TOGETHER, decided their balance worked well with mom at work and dad at home. She made bigger bucks, and he was happy to stay with the children. So, having a career made her uncaring to the point where her two daughters don’t miss her much now that she’s dead????
Their dad will be the next hero in the series, so I understand he has to appear great. But having a wife who was a brilliant professional AND a good mom wouldn’t have taken everything from him. If I were a working mom and read that? Man, I can only think about the guilt I’d feel, the worry I made the wrong choice.
Is losing your children’s affection if you work hard the message we want to send out there?
Maybe there are different explanations in the next book, I don’t know. As it is, it was a major downer for me.

I absolutely loved the meeting with his mom. The cake throwing was brilliant, and it made perfect sense.
I’d have liked the ending better if his mom hadn’t done a 360 on how she was – from cool and distant to warm and caring.

So, let’s put it all together.
I did enjoy this story very much.
The characters are very much true to themselves, and the story makes sense.
The writing is great, if a bit too on the narrating side for me. But that’s just a personal preference.
I had a few issues here and there, which is why it is 4 stars and not 5 for me, and I’d like to read more into the series.

Only the next book, which I don’t know what it will be yet.

January 28

I started this one last night. Unimpressed and slightly bored by the heavy narrative of the first chapter. I’ll give it 2 or 3 chapters more before I give up. I’ll keep reading it because other reviews promise some chuckle and the cover is great. We’ll see.

January 30

Nope, didn’t work.

I finished the first chapter, then quickly scrolled the second. There’s so little dialogue…. The idea is very good and intriguing, but man, it’s soooo slow, feels like it doesn’t take off.

As I said, I don’t have that kind of time, so I’m out from this one.

February 1

Thin premise. The scorned witch that, even though is bound to give him a home, curses him, made me frown. But, for honesty’s sake, I was on the sleep-deprived side when I read the prolog (which I liked very much) and the first chapter. I know I should’t have, but sometimes is that or not reading at all. I can live with a this premise, if the rest is well done, so I’ll keep going because I like this guy. He seems messed up enough to be interesting.

February 4

I’m bored, you guys.

Where is the dialogue and really, there’s no way anyone on a horse going 100 miles a minute (because hey, there’s a pack of hungry wolves behind) can stroke a mare’s neck, and whisper. At that speed, on snow, you hold on the reins for dear life, and the horse is too panicked to feel your stroke. But that’s a detail. Truth is, I’m bored.

Afraid I’ll move on. There’s just too much to read to waste time being bored.

February 7

I hope SO hard this is good! I love re-telling. And so you know, the second in the series (Beauty and the Beast) is free, too. I got that one as well.

Wish me luck.

February 12

First of all, man, what a cover. WHAT a cover.

I like this book. A few chapter in, and it’s still in the setting-up phase but it’s far from boring. It might not happen a whole lot. but the writing is fresh enough to keep you entertained.

I love the princess. She’s not throughout likable, and I think it’s her best trait. It’s not that she’s spoiled. I’d say entitled fits better, but the author had a very light hand in showing it so it blends perfectly. Which also makes sense as she is, in fact, a princess, and expects to be treated accordingly. She’s a good person to go with it, and never backs off from using her gift to help.

I’m not sure if the hero will end up being who I think he is, as he came to her attention almost casually, and it was definitely not a love at first sight. I don’t know what to hope, because either way the author played it brilliantly.

February 20

I’m loving it. I’m halfway to the end, and I got surprised, something that rarely happens.

How the poison/curse turns out to play into this Sleeping Beauty version is genius. Something that is about sawing and needles, but in a very unexpected way.

The hero turns out to be someone different, and I appreciated it. Mostly because I think most of the romance with the first guy was in Rose’s head. He was tepid toward her advances. Might have been because he was respectful and stuff, but his response was underwhelming.

The real hero’s reaction to her, on the other hand, was right.

I had a moment of confusion when she woke up again, it took me a moment to understand she’s slept for years. I still don’t get how she doesn’t see this guy is not the other guy, but I’m sure there will be explanations.

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