Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

21570318Published: May 5th 2015 By: Balzer + Bray

Genres: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Fairy-Tale

Format: ebook 

Source: library

My Rating: 4 Stars 

Add To GoodreadsWhen Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.


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Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

20652088Publication September 15th 2015 by HarperTeen

Young-Adult, Retelling, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Romance

eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating 3.5 stars

b009a-dad13-add-to-goodreads-button3When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.

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Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

15839984Released January 28th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Young-Adult, Mythology, Fairy Tale, Beauty and the Beast, Paranormal, Fantasy, Retelling

My Rating 4 Stars Purchased Kindle book


Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
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Review: Strands of Bronze & Gold by Jane Nickerson

13721341Release Date: March 12th 2013

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young-Adult/ Fairy Tale/ Retelling/ Historical/ Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Source: Trade

My Rating: 4 Stars

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

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Review: The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke

17451999Release Date: September 17th 2012

Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing

Series: Isian #1

Genres:  Young-Adult/Fantasy/Romance/Adventure

Format: ebook

Source: Author (For Review)

My Rating: 3 Umbrellas

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Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him, even die for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by angry giants, soul-stealing elves, bewitched dragons, a vengeful water-witch, battling foes, and a mysterious kingdom.
Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Garin must decide what the most important things are in his life. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom? And will Elani find true love?


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