Unfinished Fairytales Series by Aya Ling

The Ugly Stepsister is the first book of the Unfinished Fairytales. I started this series because it was recommended from a friend and I needed some light reading. I wanted something that was fun and easy to read. Let me just say that this series did not disappoint! I have just been super busy this summer and have not been able to read as I have wanted to. I have missed a few weeks of writing reviews so I thought I would review this whole series in one post instead of doing individual posts for each book. If I were to rate this series at a whole I would give it a 4 star rating and then tell you that the content is quite clean. There is language but not so much and no F bombs. There is sexual content but mostly flirting and kissing. When it come to the act there is no descriptive words. It gets steamy but in a cute way. I thought the love story was completely adorable. I would rate content a 3.

the ugly stepsiter

The Ugly Stepsister starts when Katherine aka “Kat” is cleaning out the attic and finds an old copy of Cinderella. She accidentally rips the book and it transports her into the story! The only way for her to return to the modern world is to give the story a happy ending. It’s not as easy as she thinks. As she tries to uncover Elle’s true identity and get her to the palace to fall for the prince . Kat has to endure Lady’s lessons and trying not to trip over her feet while being presented to the Queen. There seems to be no ball in the near future and Kat doesn’t know how she is ever going to get home. It doesn’t help that the Prince is drop dead gorgeous and seems only interested in pursing Kat.

This was such a fun fairytale retelling! I really loved it. I was so happy to see that it was a trilogy!

 princessofathelia

Princess of Athelia is a novella that takes place right after the ball. Its about Kat learning how to be a Princess. She swaps out Lady’s Lessons for Princess Lessons. It was cute to get that extra little bit that novella’s usually give. To see what life is like inside the Palace and how Edward and Kat love each other.

 

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After the Royal Wedding, and Edward and Kat say “I Do”, she is transported back to modern day. She gave the story its happy ending and has to return home. They were so happy in fact that the Goblin King and his Queen that had created the curse on this story knew that Kat would be depressed without her Edward, so they spelled her with a memory charm to forget about Athelia. When the Goblin King’s daughter Pippi discovers that Kat is no longer with Edward she makes a deal with her evil Uncle to send Kat back. Only it has now been 7 years in Kat’s world and she has no memory of Athelia when she is all of a sudden swallowed by the book and transported back to her wedding day. Edward has to convince her all over again to fall in love with him and if she does.. can she stay?

 

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Ever After is the finale of this series. After all Edward and Kat have been through to be together can they make it happen? The real Katriona refuses to give up her title as Princess and Kat has to climb her way back up. Bianca is trying to eliminate Kat at every turn. The people are starting riots and the country is in turmoil. She has to fight for Edward and sweet Edward is doing all he can to be married to his Kat again. There are so many things standing in their way. Can they make it happen and find their happily ever after?

Like I said earlier, I really loved this series. It was so cute. Such a fun read. I would recommend it to any fans of fairytale retellings. It is a Tween-Young Adult. I would keep that in mind. If I were to really critique it there are definitely a few things that were not thought out very well, but I think for the genre and the audience that it is meant to be reading this series, those things are not an issue. I read it on my kindle and I am seriously considering buying them for my girls to read when they are a little bit older. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy your day!

June Is OVER..

Oh my goodness! I didn’t get to half my TBR for the month of June. Summer is such a busy time. We are still doing some minor remodeling with our house as well. So crazy busy!  However, I did read a few! Hopefully I have more suggestions for you at the end of July. Lets just go though my reads from June and I’ll give you a YES, SO GOOD or a NOPE.

 

afinegentleman

A Fine Gentlemen was good. It had humor and mystery. Also for my reader that enjoy a proper/clean romance this was a very fun story. YES. Read it.

thetraitorskiss

I listened to The Traitor’s Kiss on Audible and really enjoyed the story. It is a fantasy, but not too crazy. It was set in a time long ago, no magic or anything. Just a different time. Loved the characters and can’t wait for book 2 to come out. YES. 

sincewefell

Since We Fell was my choice from BOTM. It is a mystery thriller that wasn’t that mysterious or thrilling. It started out good. The writing style was good and then somewhere along they way it stopped making sense. Characters were thrown in and out and all around and the storyline was not a good one. No. No. NOPE.

fairest

Fairest.. My love for The Lunar Chronicles is no secret. What is funny is that this series totally snuck up on me. I was so hesitant to read it. Everyone was talking about it. I think I had Cinder in my Amazon cart for like 3 years. No joke. I started it and didn’t really understand what all the hype was about but I kept going. When I finished I was so sad. It wormed its way into my heart forever! Fairest is a novella that tells Queen Levana’s story. I really enjoyed the added information. YES. Also, if you are reading the series then you should read it between book 3 and 4.

coloroflove

Color of Love was an historical romance about an Indian woman that was raised with an English family. She is unsure of her place in the world. Anita Stansfield likes to write books about hardship and trials and how finding God is the key to overcoming them and finding happiness. It is a proper romance as well. I did like this book but it was so so so slow. I kept rolling my eyes through out. Ha ha. Like, is this serious? As far as a recommendation goes I probably would say.. NAH. It was okay but I’m sure you could find something better.

Thanks for reading!

 

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden

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Author: Sarah M. Eden

Published: March 1, 2017 by Covenant Communications Inc.

Genre: Historical Romance

Stars: 4                   Content Rating: Clean

Synopsis:

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.

When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

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I really enjoyed this historical romance. It was a quick read. The characters were funny and perfect for each other. This one was a proper romance. Sometimes I really just like reading a book that is just GOOD. A little love story that is about two people finding their perfect match even if it takes them awhile to see it.

Jason Jonquil comes from a respectable family and he grew up in house full of brothers. This book is book 4 in the Jonquil Brothers series. Jason used to get into all sorts of mischievous situations as a child. The bothers pulled all sorts of pranks and were very close. Now as an adult, Jason loses all sense of humor trying to be an upstanding, respectable gentleman. He has disguised his true self and is now.. . boring. Ha ha. That is until Mariposa comes along with her Abuela.

Mariposa and her Grandmother are from Spain. They have a few secrets they must keep in order to keep their family safe. IF they can find their family. The way Mariposa baits and teases Jason is absolutely hilarious. I was dying. Can they trust Jason and the Jonquil family to help them find the rest of their family? Can they, themselves, be trusted?

Character wise I feel that Sarah did an amazing job with the characters in this book. They all had a part to play and found themselves instead. Jason being a gentleman but also knowing it’s okay to have a sense of humor. Mariposa had forgotten what it was like to be taken care of. Her father and older brother both died in the war and her mother had fallen apart with the loss. Mariposa has been taking care of her family and hadn’t had the luxury of thinking about herself until Jason steps in and helps her. They both drive each there crazy. The few Spanish phrases and the crazy grandmother were unexpected and enjoyable. The Jonquil family in itself is enjoyable. I love seeing a happy family. A family that loves each other and is close.

As far as the storyline and plot goes I feel that it was a good strong one. There was a little bit of a mystery and there wasn’t really a time when I thought something didn’t add up. It was well thought out and executed, with happy ending to finish it off. My favorite kinda of story!

I like when I can sneak in a fast paced romantic read. I felt like this one hit all the spots! Very enjoyable!