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1.0 out of 5 starsViolent Sick Meaningless Story (need a new rating system - it does not deserve 1 star)
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
'Somehow I missed that this book would be about raping, beating, killing. Children, animals, wives, innocent villagers. I have loved so many Revisited Fairy Tales and this is NOT one of them. In fact, I bought other books by this author before i read any of her books and realized that she writes about torture and sadness in a male dominated world. Wives beaten so badly they can barely walk. Others who were just empty shells, forced to birth a male child and punished for having daughters. The "peaceful" hero plays the game of being the "master" to protect his little bird while saying he wants to write poetry. Truly, I don't get it. Why all this violence? There are some uplifting fairy tale authors out there - who write of love, with humor and compassion. Kenley Davidson's book A Beautiful Curse made me laugh out loud. The hero was kind. The heroine resourceful. There are other good authors. Just read the reviews first.
FLY is the third book in the Romance a Medieval Fairytale series. They are best read in the order of release as there are other characters revisited.
I am fortunate enough to say that this was another fairytale that I did not know prior to reading this re-telling. I had forgotten how a fairytale could make a child hold their breath in anticipation, concern, worry, and hope. This was a treat for me!
I loved Ava from start to finish and Prince Yun is a gentleman, through and through!
Just to bring into perspective how these stories are being woven together: their son, is Prince Yi in DANCE, book two in the series and book four, REVEL, is about Ava’s sister, Bianca.
I am absolutely loving this series and looking forward to every release.
Note: while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.
Title: FLY: GOOSE GIRL RETOLD Series: Romance a Medieval Fairytale # 3 Category /Genre: Fairytale Retelling; Paranormal Romance Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors Received from: Demelza Carlton (as an ARC gifted copy)
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3.0 out of 5 starsnot my kind of fariytale too much violence
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
New fairy tale to me in every sense. I am not sure how it was supposed to go. I was lured in by what I didn't know. The story here was in the way things happened. I will assume this was a unique telling of this particular timeless story. Ava was lost in a world she once knew well. Now the story will show us will it be her or her sister that becomes the future queen of this thriving kingdom. Or will war be the result. There were twist her and tears. I was horrified by the amount of violence in a fairy tale.
Narrator Mary Sarah has a very beautiful voice that transcends the fairytale realm. She has the ethereal quality of fantasy. I do warn those that choose to listen that my views of this audio my be skewed by the fact that I do not listen under normal speed, too slow. I do speed up my audio and find that the speed can match that of the story being told and lend a different light to the immersion in to the story.
CAUTION: violence, blood, rape,
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Demelza Carlton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
While it’s title says it’s a re-telling of The Goose Girl, it reminds me of another fairytale I heard as a child, where the king licks his daughter and her maid in a tower for some silly reason, and they lived there until the masonry began to crumble. The maid, angry at being imprisoned so long, forces the princess to trade places with her. The maid is rude, demanding and cruel to everyone but the prince & king. I can’t remember how the rest goes but in the end, the prince marries the right princess.
I love the way Carlton weaves her tales, describing as opposed to telling. Her writing draws you in so deep you feel as if you’re watching a movie. With this book, in addition to the nod back to Enchanted and Dance, I was pleasantly surprised to see nods toward Catholicism, and Marian devotion. I hope she continues this in the rest of the series, and that it’s not treated as a Catholic “myth”.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent story, kept me hooked from beginning to end in both book and audiobook format
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2018
I have now both read the book and listened to the audiobook of this story (excellently narrated by Mary Sarah), and both were excellent. I've recently reread the original story, so it was interesting to hear the parts of that tale that the author had chosen to use, those she had chosen to change, and the wholly new parts of her own. I also liked seeing characters from other stories by the author (I haven't read them in order, so I recognised some that I might not otherwise), such as Princess Bianca from Revel (the 12 Dancing Princesses tale) - it's become almost like a game for me now, with all the stories I've read and listened to! Overall then, an excellent story if you like adult fairytale retellings, whether in book or audiobook format, and kept me hooked from beginning to end, reading and listening in one sitting! With just the right amount of romance, magic and storytelling, it's the perfect book to read or listen to, and whilst it's a great standalone story, you'll really enjoy it as part of the series - and they're all brilliant, so it's no hardship to read or listen to them! I'd definitely recommend them all to any adults who like fairytale retellings, or stories with a twist of romance, magic and a "happy ever after". NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2017
While this is billed as medieval in tone, it's more Bronze Age in feel. Maybe a Bronze Age type civilisation like the Huns encountering an early medieval fortified city. The ethos is Middle East or Far East as wives are kept in harems by wealthy men.
Two princesses, one from a favoured wife and one from a concubine so very low in the pecking order, are sent out to a neighbouring warlike kingdom to strike a peace by marriage. If they were escorted by soldiers the group would just be killed so they are sent unescorted. This lends itself to mishaps, and as the title would imply, the high status princess swaps places with the low status one along the way.
I'm not giving higher marks because it's quite difficult to read some of the treatment of women by men. The author would in no way be condoning this of course and demonstrates that not all men behave in such ways, the hero figure being a poetic sort. Descriptions and character development are well written.
I would class this as an adult romance read due to violence and sexual violence. I availed of a free download offer. This is an unbiased review.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2017
This is a standalone romance with a HEA in a series with some overlapping characters. It is a little weird in describing it as set in medieval times although perhaps that is because it is not set in Europe, maybe somewhere in Asia with harems and concubines? I'm not to keen on the behaviour of the brothers, and the heroine comparing herself to a fish is odd. The goose girl link is a little tenuous.
5.0 out of 5 starsMust read fairytale retold with heart
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2017
A traditional fairytale rewritten for adults which I could not put down! A modern twist meant that the story roundly condems violence and abuse with a wonderful hero in Prince Yun and a happy ending that left me smiling. Each story has links to the next and I can't wait to read the next in the series. Recommended.
4.0 out of 5 starsSweet re_telling of the goose girl.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2017
Eloquently written story that captures the imagination. The revamping of a childhood tale that enthralled then and still does now. Told without bad language and steamy love scenes but still allows the reader to relate to the characters.