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Fogged Up Fairy Tale Paperback – July 11, 2014
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Denise Baer is a native of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from DePaul University. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Sipping a Mix of Verse, comprised of traditional form and free verse, and a dark, psychological suspense novel, Net Switch. Denise currently resides in Germany with her husband and four-legged baby, Shakespeare, learning German and working on her next project. Please visit Denise Baer at her website - www.authordenisebaer.com
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There is some good, descriptive writing here and there but it is overshadowed by an ambiguous timeline and unrealistic characters. The male lead is borderline abusive and violent and the female lead is just not likable. There are also weird, BDSM undertones that made me feel like the writer was trying to rip off of 50 Shades, an overrated series. I like sexy (even raunchy) romances but this was just plain weird.
I had high hopes for this one because of the synopsis and the awesome cover art but it fell short for me.
I was immediately drawn in by the opening chapters of ‘Fogged Up Fairy Tale’, where the perspective shifts between present and past, between different versions of reality. There is the ‘present’ Brand, leaving hospital and returning home with Easton, the man to whom she’s been married for five years. Or so he says. Trying to reconstruct her past life and her identity, Brand must rely mainly on Easton to offer pieces of the puzzle, just as she relies on him for everything else, food, money, a place to live. But why does she feel so uneasy? And why does he seem so hostile at times? What is he not telling her, and what is there in her past that she would possibly prefer to keep hidden?
As the story unfolds there are echoes of David Lynch’s cult film, ‘Mulholland Drive’. Both play on the theme of amnesia, both centre on damaged women with ‘fractured parts’, as Brand says about herself. The shift between timeframes, between different places and settings, gives a dream-like quality to events, adding to the sense of unreality and confusion. Without giving away too much, other disturbing elements get thrown into the mix–dangerous criminals, a creepy alternative reality Internet site–which help to build up the edgy, noirish ambience of this fogged up world with its intimations of secrets not shared, of unspoken betrayals.
But fogged up though it may be, this is also a ‘fairy tale’. Are Brand and Easton being offered a second chance at romance? As the two main protagonists discover and re-discover their relationship in an atmosphere of mounting sexual tension, the suspense heightens, the action speeds up, the surprises keep coming and the reader is left guessing right to the end.
For all those who enjoy an unusual take on romance, a mystery with plenty of twists and turns, a funny, complex, engaging central character in an even more complex situation, all served up with dollops of atmosphere, ‘Fogged Up Fairy Tale’ is a great read.
As I read this book I was discovering the life of the main character right along with her!
Brand is odd, wild, fiery, and a great character. She is by no means perfect, so I was fond of her from the start.
Easton however is stand off-ish, and I never totally warmed to him.
Although he did sound yummy, so I forgave him lots.
What Brand remembers is no mundane life. It's a life that's a bit messed up, and involves hunting criminals.
Sometimes it was a bit confusing. I wasn't always sure if I was reading current day or the past. But given Brand had amnesia, this confusion leant itself to the story. And to be fair, there is a little date and place at the top of each chapter.
Very nicely written, a different spin on a romance.
Definitely worth a read.