From the author of the number one best-selling audiobook, Opal Fire, comes a brand new spellbinding trilogy inspired by fairy tale characters.
These are not the mild-mannered maidens of your childhood. These are fallen princesses and fierce women with no recollection of who they are, where they came from, or how they arrived in a mysterious town called Everafter. All they know is that they've been sentenced to a stretch in a half-way house by a malicious judge with an ax to grind. They've been stripped of their freedom, their kingdoms, and their true loves. Now, they have nothing left to lose.
Snow White is the newest parolee to arrive at Granny's House for Girls. It isn't long before she learns that her housemates harbor secrets, and that the mansion itself is a meandering enigma. She stumbles upon forbidden doorways, ghostly passages, and walls that seem to breathe. Determined to find out what's really happening inside those old walls, Snow embarks on a dangerous discovery mission. Not everyone is thrilled about her nosing around. In fact, there are some who would kill to keep the secrets that the house - and its occupants - hold.
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Great start to series. I usually approach the first book in a series with trepidation. I usually will first listen to the second or third book first as the author has usually hit her stride by then. Once I'm vested in the characters I go back to the beginning and treated as a prequel. With "The Bitches. . ." I feel the author hit the road running. At no point did I find myself trudging along waiting for the story to get good! I was delightfully dragged along by the exciting plot and lovable characters. I'm a sucker for strong female leads and this book has them in spades.
This book had a lot of promise, the story is solid; princesses gone bad, etc. The good storytelling just was not there. The story is far too similar to the TV Show "Once Upon A Time". I kept reading hoping it would get better, but it didn't. Then I was trying to decide why I didn't like it...and it is because of bad dialog. The dialog doesn't flow from the characters as it should. The writing is quite simply flawed.
"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon layout down, and commence living on its hint. what I began by reading, I must finish by acting" -Henry David Thoreau
It was hard getting passed the narration. Kinda wish the producers would have double checked how to pronounce names. The most crazy was "Sleeping Beauty" whose name is Aurora. Au·ro·ra [uh-rawr-uh or uh-rohr-uh].
This book was just awful. Felt very much like it was written by a young child just learning curse words. It tries to build suspense by withholding information and just end up annoying.
I will certainly be listening to this again. It's an enjoyable and really fun book with unexpected twists.
Some similarities to Barbra Annino's Stacy Justice series, in that it is well written with characters I came to care for, strong yet still feminine characters, and a great plot that kept me guessing. Still, the overall tone was different than the Stacy Justice series. More peppery and sillier, in keeping with the twisted fairytale aspect.
I really enjoy the way Barbra Annino makes her main characters both strong and female. Many consider the two traits to not go together -- some are men who consider women weak by definition, others are women who deny all the feminine in themselves because they don't want to be seen as weak. I see being true to yourself in spite of societal pressures to be a part of strength. I like that Snow White, in this book, "liked cooking, even cleaning, and she especially enjoyed making her surroundings beautiful." Indeed, Snow White with her sensitivity to herself and others, and Bella Bookless with her love of animals and books, are my favorite characters in this book. Punzie and Cindy were grittier and may appeal more to some others. Still, Snow is perhaps the most determined character in the book, as Annino writes, "There was something important at the heart of all these strange experiences, and Snow was bound and determined to figure out exactly what it was."
Very much looking forward to the next book in the series. Eagerly waiting to learn more about Granny, Judge Redhood, Snow, Bella, and Grim!
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and that is what I am offering here. Enjoy!
The book was ok. Not nearly as good as Barbra anninos other books. This felt like more of a short story. My main problem was the book just cut off, not like a cliff hanger cause the book was really ready to be DONE. It was as if the last two chapters were just missing. It didn't leave me excited for the next book, just left me really disappointed in this one. Doubt I'll be reading more of this series
I read this book because I liked the Stacy Justice books, I read them all. I like the "spin" on the Grimm fairy tails but the language and constant profanity killed the characters and the story. I want to be clear, I have no issues with profanity but the profanity just seemed misplaced and extra. It was just unnecessary. I had to force myself to finish because curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to know who the culprit was. Didn't realize it will be a three book series. I will not read the other books.
A clever well written twist on some classic characters. And it was well read to boot.
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