Twisted Princess (Five Twisted Tales)
Posted by brriske
Novella and short story collection
Five Twisted tales…
The Beast Within – For Izzy, working with supernatural beings is part of her job. When she is called to clean up the mess of a cursed werewolf, her life takes a dark turn as she faces the beast within.
Sleepless Beauty – Jane knows the tale of Sleepless Beauty well, an urban legend in her home town which tells the story of a beautiful woman who enraptures her prey with a kiss and steals their sleep. Jane tries to convince herself that it’s just a fairy tale, until Sleepless Beauty kisses her best friend Hayden.
Spectral Velocity – Aboard the Rapunzel-320, Cybele helps a plague ridden planet with medical supplies. Her budding romance with Finlay is both forbidden and risky. Can she figure out a way for them to be together or is she doomed to a life of solitude?
The Origins of Snow – A king searches for a wife and turns to a mysterious witch for help. Will the girl she produces be his true love or his downfall?
Wonderland Casino – a detective searches for a missing woman called Alyce in the infamous Wonderland Casino. As he joins a game of high stakes he soon realizes that there is more than money on the line.
I must admit I didn’t know what to expect of this collection of short novels when I read the blurbs. I knew they would be imaginative and unique, some hold sparks of science fiction and contemporary aspects that I would have never imagined would be a part of the cute Disney versions we all read. They aren’t as dark as the version of the Grimm Brothers but they certainly deliver a whole new view of what fairy tales can be for the grow ups.
The only complaints I have about the formatting. It was a little difficult to figure out when one story started and the other ended. If I didn’t know Jane was a character of the second short story, I would have read a page or two of her story without figuring out it wasn’t part of the Beast Within. Also, I am not such a fan of cliffhangers. I can’t live with them because all the possible ending of the story poke me again and again until I know what happens for certain. Therefore, I think it is fair to warn you all that one of the short stories had a to be continued…I am not telling you which. Leaving those few details out, I highly recommend these novels. In fact, I don’t mean to play favorites but I have a soft spot for Sleepless Beauty.
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