- File Size: 4095 KB
- Print Length: 435 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (February 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0792JGVHH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #457 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
- #1197 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Anthologies
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The first story is sweet. It’s a male Cinderella story with a wicked stepmother. I liked the characters who came to his aid.
Snow Fox features a transwoman who has to figure out who is after her and why. It’s entertaining.
Deathless is based on a Russian tale, I think. I’m not up on my fairy tales so I’m not sure. Vanya’s wife to be was kidnapped so he has to rescue her. This leads to his incarceration in a castle with the villain. It was charming and moody. I enjoyed how it developed although it was a bit slow in places.
At Her Service is another Cinderella story which starts out with a kinky flavor. It was easy to figure out who Cinders was dancing with but funny to read her realization.
Shattered Glass was one of those tales based on an unfamiliar story. Maybe for that reason, it wasn’t one of my favorites. I wasn’t that interested in it.
Finding Aurora was another in which it was easy to figure out the mystery, but I liked it because it had more action and the mystery. In fact, it was one of my favorites. It felt like the quest was nonstop with one thing happening after another. Everyone had their part to play, whether it was the prince, the witch/mage, or the ghost/spirit. There is some rep for aromantics, too.
Master Thief is another of the gay male love stories. It was a fun read although I did skip over the sex scenes. Tyv has mad skills as a thief so it was a little over the top. There was humor in this story, especially the scenes with the thieves and the priest (who deserved what he got).
Finally, The True Love Curse involves a mysteriously ill prince, an impoverished stepmother with three stepsons, one of whom is pivotal, and a queen. There are parallel love stories that are definitely not slow burns – it’s love at first sight for everyone. There are some interesting observations about how the rich live in their castles next to the poor and gender roles. This was one of my favorites and a good way to end the anthology.
I received an ARC for an honest review.
Modern Cinderella retelling but from the point of view of the ‘Prince Charming’. It was cute and I loved the m/m romance. It mostly stays true to the original, swapping out Cinderella for a guy, and the ‘shoe’ is not really the thing that brings them together but a coffee shop and a phone
Ah, this one had potential – it had a black trans girl as the Snow White, but the villain and the whole circumstance are so ridiculous, combined with the terrible writing, that I was cringing hard. The story is set in modern times, with the rivalry being over Instagram popularity, not beauty. It does have a cute f/f romance, though, with a paramedic as the love interest.
Oh, this one was nice. It had Ivan fall in love with Koschei, and having to decide between duty and love. And a Koschei who was longing for an end from his immortality. The ending was expected and a little cliche, but I’ll take it.
At Her Service:
Another Cinderella retelling, but with an f/f romance that hints at a dom-sub relationship? Anyway, I am still trying to figure out how much of it felt abusive. Also, minus points for fatmisia.
A good dystopic retelling of The Snow Queen, but the world-building was confusing and it took too long to even work out what was happening. Warning for gore, though!
This one was my favorite of the bunch – it has a bisexual mage helping out the Prince to save Aurora. But on the way, the brambles are much more than thorns, and they have to wake and reunite a family.
This was Puss in Boots, I am guessing? A thief sets out to steal the heart of his childhood friend, a squire in the nearby manor. Lots of challenges, and some sexy times. But writing was sub par.
The True Love Curse:
I would have loved this 12 Dancing Princesses retelling more if the romance had been developed better. Otherwise, it is still a good story of the true love trope.
Overall, it was an okay read, some stories were good, but some not so much.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from NineStar Press, via Netgalley.
The other story I like was Finding Aurora! Mix magic, a handsome prince on a quest & a lovely maiden in distress. The magician in this story is also on a quest, but she doesn't realize it until the end of the story!
The other stories in this book were ok with quite a bit of imagination in the writing. Like I said, the two stories I highlighted are the ones I enjoyed the most!
Deathless by Emmalynn Spark – Interesting story with a slow burn romance, magic and royalty. A price having to decide between his duty and his desires.
Master Thief by Sita Bethel -A short adventure story with a master thief facing a series of challengers to win the heart of his best friend, a squire in the nearby manor.
Finding Aurora by Rebecca Langham – a handsome prince on a quest to rescue a maiden in distress. he is assisted by a bisexual mage. Has a unexpected ending, my favourite story in the anthology.