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A Bite's Tale (Furry Fable Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1941 KB
- Publisher : Crush Publishing Inc (January 4, 2012)
- Publication date : January 4, 2012
- Print length : 178 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B006U0DCO0
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,294 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To be honest, I have loved everything that I have read by Ms. Blade and consider her to be one of today's great talents. She proves that she can bend and excel in a range of genres from YA to Contemporary Romance (with Blind Date, Checkmate) and her stories are quite flawless. YA and Paranormal are two of my absolute favorite genres and I am in heaven when these two are blended together.
Now, my thoughts on a furry Cinderella and a blood sucking Prince Charming? Love it! The entire time that I read the story, I felt as though I was right there with the characters, feeling their angst and insecurity. Cydney has always been incredibly fearful of her shape-shifting werewolf abilities, especially since that long ago day when she had her first "turning" experience and just happened to bite the love of her life. Though being young and new, she had no idea how to control the changing, she has lived in fear of harming another person.
Remy, a true Prince, has long ached to find his lost Cinderella. After that day when he was bitten, his love for her never faltered. When his father, the King, decides that it is time for Remy to get married, he decides the only thing to do is to hold a Royal Ball to find his son a wife. All the young ladies are required to attend the Ball, though Cydney has absolutely no intention of going. She also has no idea who the Prince really is (as kids, they called themselves Cinderella and Jack instead of their real names). Cydney is facing a bit of strong persuasion, however, and just may have to do the thing that she dreads the most.
A Bite's Tale is such an enjoyable, fun, addicting and absorbing tale that once I began reading, I didn't want to stop. Yes, in opposition, I didn't want the story to ever end, so I savored it like tiny bites of the juiciest and tenderest of steaks. All the while I was reading, I found myself loving the parallel story telling between the classic Cinderella story and A Bite's Tale. I also found myself smiling in many spots at the paranormal/modern twist. I loved both Remy and Cydney, as well as the secondary characters of Cydney's cousins and aunt. They were all so wonderful. Also the fact that this place, where they lived, joined together both humans and paranormal beings was very intriguing.
A Bite's Tale: A Furry Fable is a perfect story to indulge within for Young Adults and Adults as well. I give it my highest recommendation and truly cannot wait to read more by this amazing and talented author, Veronica Blade!
In this plot, two young people meet on the island kingdom each summer every day near a secluded wood and spend their time as comfortable casual friends before they part when the girl goes home to Florida for the ten months of the rest of the year. Theirs is an idyllic friendship in which they share pretend names and speak little of their personal circumstances. It is the boy, Jack's idea. He hides the fact that he is really Prince Remy because he dearly wishes to be treated like everyone else just for this little while for who he is and not his title or family. Cydney really doesn't have any secrets from Jack, but she tells him to call her Cinderella just to play along with his wishes.
It is in the summer that Jack is fifteen and Cinderella is fourteen that he sees his friend as a beautiful girl who he as come to feel more than friendship for. He wants just one kiss with her before their summer ends and she must leave. Unfortunately, that is when the unthinkable happens. Cinderella is a werewolf and she thought she had more time before her change, but suddenly her first change comes on her and she injures Jack. She has to leave him there or she may hurt him worse. Her mother never took the family back to the island after that. For several years, she fears that she killed him, but it is also during this time that her mother is killed in an accident and she and her little brother are left orphans and come back to the island to live with their aunt and cousins.
Cydney never has gotten over the fear that she will do to someone else what she did to Jack and that now that she is back on the island that someone will discover that she is the werewolf that attacked a human. She lives timidly on the outskirts afraid of herself and thus afraid to actually live normally as a teen- school, hanging out with friends, dating. For Remy, he has never given up hope of finding his Cinderella, but due to the political climate his father is forcing him into marriage and he only has six-months to choose. Now that Remy is a vampire, agents are afoot to take him down because they don't want a vampire taking the throne when the current king is gone. Remy chafes under his father's dictates, but insists that he will cooperate just so long as he gets help searching for Cinderella so she can be at his ball. Only problem is- his Cinderella doesn't want to go to the ball, she doesn't care about the royals and she detests vampires.
So as you see, the plot was a fun mix and match with a kindly nod to the original while containing a fair amount of new material too. I enjoyed these characters a great deal from Cydney to Remy. I liked that Remy as Prince Charming had more face time than the original so we have a chance to get to know him as more than the handsome love struck Prince. Cydney's aunt, cousins and brothers were fun and a true family to her. No wicked people there! Remy's 'family' of the king and his top advisor, Dunston were a nice addition too. The main plot was well done with the dangerous assassination and takeover coup being a viable threat to drive the plot. I only had one issue and its probably just me. I got irritated with Cydney's continued and it seemed constant fear of becoming the big bad wolf. She only lapsed once. It was her first time and though she shifts every day since and nothing happens she stills stews about it. Her internal dialogue and the external dialogue with her family was mostly about that. I didn't mind and understood the point mentioned a few times, but I just got tired of how prevalent it became to the point where I was looking for some wicked step-mother or step-sister action just to break it up.
All in all, this was a refreshing take on the Cinderella tale that everyone from the early young adult years to us young at heart types can enjoy who don't mind a fairy tale blended with a contemporary paranormal romance. The book would fall into the fairly clean category with only mild language, no sex, and mild violence taking place.
I absolutely love Prince Remy/Jack, as he's known to Cinderella/Cydney. He's the kind of young man every young girl dreams about. Hot, hunky and really into her. Meeting as young teens, a bound of friendship is formed. Cindy comes to an island to visit where supernatural beings are the norm. She meets Remy/Jack. However, our young Remy/Jack, is normal. As their relation grows and changes, she fears her werewolf inner self will rip through her and she could cause a problem for Jack. It does and at the more importune time--while he's kissing her.
Believe she's maimed him or worse, she's taken from the island. Circumstances bring her back to face her own werewolf-ness. Invited to a ball for the vampire prince, Cindy refuses. A very persuasive gentleman vampire forces her hand and delivers her to the prince. Guess who he turns out to be? You have to read the story to find out.
Misunderstanding and confusion often plague the young teen adult love relationship and this story is no different. Cindy must learn to understand herself, her capabilities and strengths before she can let herself love. I find Ms. Blade's characterizations outstanding; her situations believable in an unbelievable make believe world and her stories fascinating. I highly recommend "A Bite's Tale - A Furry Fable."