- File Size: 173 KB
- Print Length: 54 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 12, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007JXNWWO
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Crumbs: A Lesbian Fairy Tale (Sappho's Fables Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A short from a series called Sappho's Fables, and if the rest of them are anything like this one I'll be digging in sooner rather than later. Cumbs is a retold version of Hansel and Gretel that takes place in a world that seems about midway between 28 Days Later... and Jonathan Maberry's Benny Imura books. Greta and her brother (want to take a stab at his name?) live with their parents in the Heap, a post-apocalyptic collective that has taken root in a defensible garbage dump outside a blasted city. Their parents see an opportunity for salvation and seize it, but are forced to leave the kids to fend for themselves (this note rings oddly wrong until about halfway through the story, when it suddenly makes sense); the beautiful dream of Heap-dwellers is the fabled safety of the city, and so the siblings make their way there, where they run into a bit of trouble and are saved by a kindly candy-maker. Or...maybe not so kindly. Greta has to figure out which side she's on, while trying to make sense of her rapidly-growing feelings for her savior.
The Jonathan Maberry comparison above--specifically to a YA series--was not casual; if you're looking for cheap-thrill erotica, this is not the place to be. One might be tempted to call it "paranormal romance", though that term brings along a lot of unnecessary (and inappropriate to this story) baggage these days, and even then, I'd say the central love story here has more innocence about it than that genre does, in general. There is much more sweating over feelings than over gymnastics. None of it, despite the post-apocalyptic setting, feels unrealistic in any way, and the resolutions to both the romance angle and the larger mystery are satisfying enough, though I ended up wishing this had been novel-length so we could have explored more of everything from the romance to the worldbuilding. There's a lot to like here, even if it's more a taste than a meal. But then, given the original story, that makes a kind of sense. *** ½
Greta starts out as a fairly whiny and helpless character who grows a backbone in a very short time when she is forced to leave her home and face the ragers that threaten the world around them. When she and her brother arrive at an old candy shop in an abandoned city, the story really gets going.
The writing in this was just beautiful. I think Grimm fairy tales would be very proud to see this telling of their story, it's certainly closer to the feel it was meant to have than anything Disney would put out. Crumbs captures all the beauty of the old fairy tales as well as the darkness and fear.
I can't wait to read more by this author!
::Reviewed by Samantha Boyette, Author of Morning Rising, Darkness of Morning, and Voodoo::
-First off the story was short, although good it felt like it could have been longer.
-Second the pace of the story was way too fast. I felt it from the first page, she kept throwing new information one after another making the story feel very rushed.
-Finally the ending was not satisfying, everything ended far too perfectly for everyone. Not a single person was left worse in the end and although that may be charming to some people it makes the story feel far too artificial for me.
Once again i enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone who wants a decent tale involving fairy tales or lesbians I just wish there was more; more description, more fluff, and more story.
Greta becomes suspicious and then she sees that a Rager is actually in the building but captured. The question becomes why is there and what is going to happen to Greta and her brother? It's a good story.
The question is.... When they make it to the candy factory, have they really found their safe haven or have they landed into a different type of trouble.
If you need something short and interesting to read, I would recommend this story.
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