Rose of the Night: A Beauty and the Beast Prequel by Hope Ann

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I’ve given an honest review.

Rose of the Night: A Beauty and the Beast Prequel by Hope Ann

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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I would be Tauscher’s worst enemy before the end. The Oath would be spoken. The price would be paid. My thoughts jolted and my throat tightened. I shook the feeling off.
I was the Oathkeeper.

Adrian takes a huge risk to win over his beloved Chriselda, but his action plunges his entire land into a strange night. By the mercy of the King, Adrian embarks on a harrowing mission with the hope of the curse lifting one day in Rose of the Night: A Beauty and the Beast Prequel by author Hope Ann.

Well! I came across this prequel while I was on a search to figure out what had happened to the Legends of Light series. I’d enjoyed the first book of the series, Rose of Prophecy, and I went back to look for it, but it’s been replaced with a new, rewritten version: Rose of the Oath. And before that comes this prequel. So, here we are!

More than anything, this tale has whet my appetite to see what the following book, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, has in store. Most of the read here was pretty slow for me, but the weaving of the Christian allegory has me intrigued.

On to the new Book One, hopefully sooner than later.

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Rose of the Night is the prequel to the Legends of Light series.

 

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Christmas Reunion by Morris Fenris

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Christmas Reunion by Morris Fenris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Christmas is approaching fast, but Kris Kringle’s got a problem. Mrs. Kringle is missing, and she hasn’t yet blessed all the presents Kris must deliver soon. It looks like Kris will have to take a trip to the alternate world to see if his wife is somehow trapped in the wrong dimension in Christmas Reunion, a tale by author Morris Fenris.

Yeah, don’t look at this story’s cover and think you’re in for a run-of-the-mill contemporary Christmas romance or something. This tale is a fantasy with unordinary turns. There’s humor sprinkled through it, as well as some romantic moments that are on the steamy-ish side.

Now, even for a short, 45-minute or so read, I found some parts of the story to be a bit slow. And I’m not sure I completely followed everything that was happening. Also, I ran into recurring punctuation and capitalization errors around the dialogue.

Nevertheless, if you can appreciate a quick tale of love with holiday whimsy, you should give this story a go.

 

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Illusionary by Desiree Williams

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Illusionary by Desiree Williams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A tumble down the stairs lands Kamryn into a different world, the Land of Ur, where she meets a handsome storyteller who can bring stories to life. The storyteller takes Kamryn to the Oracle, who gives Kam a dangerous rescue mission to complete before she can get back home. But the mission proves to be much more than it appears to be in Illusionary, a novel by author Desiree Williams.

Awe. Some. Ness. I wasn’t ready.

I mean, the book starts out cute and funny (and Kam is a pretty funny heroine throughout, by the way.) Then the parallel world escapades begin. I’ll confess that it took me a while to catch up with the romance, as I didn’t enter as quickly or deeply into “the feelings” as the heroine and hero did. And my overall interest waned a tad through some of the traveling and in-between parts.

But the story would stop me in my tracks in places, sometimes with a single, spoken word. “Heal.” “Hope.”

“But hope…now that’s a mighty thing,” Kamryn says. You’ve got that right, sister! And before and after a crucial twist, this story presents an assortment of other wonderfully woven themes: growing up and innocence, grief and illness and regret, finding out who you really are and what you’re capable of. True bravery!

It’s a fantasy tale like The Chronicles of Narnia in that it’ll speak to you on multiple levels if you have the ears to hear it—but whether you go to those other levels or not, it’s still a darn good adventure.

And I’ll have you all know, I had to push past imminent tears to even write this review. Good grief, Desiree Williams…

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