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- Publisher: Lost Plot Press (January 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 26, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MT5XD6Z
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She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
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The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
The suggested reading order for each series is as follows:
Turbulence and Triumph series:
(How To Catch Crabs)
Ocean's Gift series:
Water and Fire
Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer
Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller
Afterlife of Alanna Miller
Romance Island Resort series:
Maid for the Rock Star
The Rock Star's Email Order Bride
The Rock Star's Virginity
The Rock Star and the Billionaire
The Rock Star Wants A Wife
The Rock Star's Wedding
Maid for the South Pole
Mel Goes to Hell series:
Welcome to Hell
See You in Hell
Mel Goes to Hell
To Hell and Back
The Holiday From Hell
The Complex series:
Romance a Medieval Fairytale series:
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That is all fine and dandy, but after she got sick I think stewing in her own mind juices messed with her head because she woke up as a mostly different person and well ... you should really read the book to find out what she did after that.
All in all I enjoyed this little fairy tale.
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Even though I did enjoy it I toke point off as heroine was enamored with her bodyguard at first but when she woke up 50 years later mistakens his granson for him and carries a relationship with him thinking he was another man, they looked the same, before misunderstanding was cleared. It was part storyline but still took me sometime to look past this. But I see she did not love bodyguard but was more enamored with his skills and him protecting her with his life. He is very professional and does sway from temptation she throws at him. His grandson, who happens to have greater power, is another thing; ) I felt hero, grandson, did love her and heroine would grow to love him. She was enomoraded with a knight protecting her and well he did at the end. Good book overall.
In Short: This book has potential and I think there are many readers who would love it but for me it had some issues. If you like sweet medieval romances and fairy tales retold you should check this series out, as long as you don't mind some plot holes. Overall, I thought it was entertaining and I was completely sucked into the story and the characters until the end.
Pros: This is a cute story and overall the book was fun to read. I really enjoyed the beginning of the story it was action packed and exciting and drew me in right away. I was able to easily devour it in one sitting. There was some good depth to this book and the plot takes some surprising twists and turns. I enjoyed the Princess's powers. The way she could heal people and control plants was very interesting and well implemented. For the most part I actually really liked the protagonist's character. She is a princess and a spoiled one but also a very strong and admirable character. She consistently acts with arrogance and entitlement but she also manages to be a very sympathetic character who can be incredibly caring and she proves she is willing to sacrifice herself for others.
Cons: There are some grammar and spelling errors that could be corrected with basic copyediting, it wasn't too distracting. There were some holes in this story and in the characters I'll try to describe them without spoilers. For example Rosamond claims she never wants to get married and then suddenly she wants to marry someone, and she's demanding sex and disrobing all willy-nilly. I could not suspend disbelief at the very unlikely sex scene. I didn't really care for the ending. I didn't think the coronations were fair as far as gender equality is concerned. The king received a grand reception and the queen - not so much. But maybe she created that situation for herself. And I didn't understand why the matter that needed to be taken care of as soon as she became queen was OK to put off for a year. I also still have no idea exactly who created the curse, who the target of it was, and why. Missed opportunity for a more powerful story because the ending was just too confusing. I also didn't like that there were so many mentions of how the Princess could barely eat anything. I thought it was borderline glamorizing eating disorders and wasn't a good influence to young ladies.
Parent's Guide: Sex and innuendo (not very graphic).
Who could turn down a story paying the ultimate price to protect others, finding love again, and the magic of the living earth (or the things growing from it) that can heal all wounds. Not a witch, just a small gift of healing that grows as she vows to sleep to protect her kingdom.
Sadly, those of us who know us best are often the ones who can never understand the changes they see in our very ourselves with their very own eyes. It's not just in fairy tales but of the world in general.
A wonderful book that allows you to believe that love and nature can overcome all obstacles. A wonderful light read, Demelza Carlton does not disappoint with 'Awaken: Sleeping Beauty Retold'.
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But please don't let me put you off reading this book. It is a good read and, for adults who like fairytale retellings, especially who are following this series, you will enjoy it - just be prepared for a slightly more adult story than usual. But it's still a great fantasy story with a twist of romance, plenty of magic, and a "happy ever after"!
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions
Lord Siward goes hunting but stumbles upon a ruined building and accidentally wakes a beautiful woman within it. He then and realises his holiday has ended. He has a kingdom in trouble but keeps getting lost in her mesmerising green eyes. He also suspects she holds the key to solve the kingdom's problems.
I really liked this story. It was a clever retelling of Sleeping Beauty which had enough of a twist that although I knew it would have a HEA it was still nice to see how they got to there and how the kingdom would be saved. As usual it was well written and carefully thought out.
It's not my usual genre, but the characters and the plot were well-rounded. Even though everybody knows Sleeping Beauty, this is a fresh look from a different perspective.
Recommended short read, enjoyed by a wrinkly.
I read this in one sitting, it wasn't too long and is a darker version than the classic version.
I enjoyed reading this book.
Give it a read I'm sure you will enjoy it.