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A Warlock's Dance (The Cursed Princes) by [Myles, Marina]
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  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: eKensington (May 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Written by Ancaraisa
Originally posted on confessionsfromromaholics dot com
Copy provided kindly by publisher for review

I like to think that the little girl in me will never grow up and will always love fairy tales, but the woman in me wants more than the sweet stories about princesses and happy endings, she wants adventures, passion, love, magic and of course, happy ever after.

“A warlock’s dance”, part of “A Cursed Princes” series is a short and sweet novella based on Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale ballet “Swan Lake” (just my kind of fairy tale). The writer doesn’t waste time with an extensive introduction, moreover a useless action in this short story, but she let us in right in the core of the plot from the first lines.

On her wedding day, Giselle Swenov, the rising singer of Bucharest’s opera, suffers the jealousy of an enchantress of the Dark Arts, Ileana Zapada, and she is transformed into a mute old woman. Her soon-to-be groom, Lucian Ivanu, doesn’t recognize her and she is thrown outside, forced to become a servant for Ileana. After three years, Giselle manages to escape the witch and the only one who could help her, by way of his warlock powers is Lucian. When she finds him, he is on the verge to announce his engagement with another woman. They meet again and the truth will not change his decision about the announcement – he will go on with it (this is where I wanted to hit him over the head with Giselle’s cane). But his devoted servant and friend, Taur, is there to beat some sense into his head.

The action gets more complicated and when everything seems to end up very bad for both of them, help arrives and the evil characters are taking care of and our heroes get their happy endings.

This is a book about beauty and ugliness, forgiveness and trusting, and above all finding out what is most important in life when you seem to lose everything.

4 Stars.
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In this fairytale novella, Gisele, a beautiful opera singer from a wealthy family is turned into a mute crone by a jealous witch on her wedding day. The up and coming warlock, Lucian who is from the wrong side of the coach road, doesn't recognize the silent, ugly old woman in Gisele's wedding dress and has her kicked out and decides he has been jilted since Gisele's family thought he was too poor for her anyway. Three years later, Gisele manages to get back to Lucian, who after a deadly error, has given up being a practicing warlock and now is a wealthy man with a big mansion and is throwing a big party the night Gisele hobbles in, to announce his engagement. It takes Gisele less time to convince Lucian who she is this time than it does to get him to even consider unrenouncing his warlock powers.

The novella is short but filled to the gills with fairytale bits and pieces which means a big rush at the end to tie all the character ends up. The writing seemed stilted at times but I wasn't sure if that was meant to give a formal fairytale telling feel to the story. However, it was jarring when matched with a wedding night description that left no doubt the marriage was consummated. Granted, the cover should have clued me into which genre the story was aiming for. The characters took turns to see who could be more denser at times and things tended to happen at a ramshackle pace.

I know the author has done some full-length fairytale/paranormal novels and perhaps without dealing with page constraints, the characters and stories are better developed. It is an interesting concept for a storyline.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Originally published at Rookie Romance.

This is definitely a novella that suffered from its short length. Maybe if the characters had had time to develop realistically, I wouldn't have found them so...well...awful.

Giselle seemed to be a rather typical damsel in distress, although I'll give her credit for getting away from the evil witch who turned her from a beautiful, young opera singer to a mute, old hag. She still loves Lucian after all their time apart and is heartbroken when she discovers he is about to become engaged to another. She's very sweet and forgiving to Lucian.

Lucian was just terrible. I get it, he feels utterly betrayed when he thinks that Giselle left him at the altar. But when she returns in dire need of his help, and it becomes clear that she never actually abandoned him, he acts like a huge a**hole. He doesn't even want to help her at first, and he plans to marry a woman he doesn't love even if he can turn Giselle back. Then when he sees her young and beautiful again, he practically falls over himself to declare his love. Humph. I kind of think that he didn't deserve Giselle.

Despite my...reservations about the characters, it's an enjoyable story. It's a quick read that holds your attention. I like the idea of the story, with fairy tales mixed with paranormal aspects, but the characters were a let down for me.

*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest opinion.
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This one is shorter than the other 2 books! But just as good! Giselle & Lucian are separated on their wedding day by non other than Ilena, oh how she finally got her due in the end of Snow White! But poor Giselle doesn't have a clue as she ran off before all that transpired! When she locates her lost love Lucian its to only see she's been replaced. But she hopes against all odds that he will help her. From their her and Lucian embark on adventure to reverse the spell and save Giselle before her death! Overall its a good little continuation of this series.

Till next time ~ Sweets Books
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