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text 2016-03-04 18:02
Weird Unbelievable Ridiculous Lines
The Frog Prince - Elle Lothlorien

I gave it to 11% to grab my attention but it didn't happen, my rule is 10%. I could not connect with the MC, her lines were just weird, her behavior was bizarre to me and had me wanting to skim along. The instant attraction and his reaction after the foot stabbing was unbelievable. This is not the book or author for me. Deleted and moving on

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review 2015-10-26 00:00
The Frog Prince
The Frog Prince - Jane Porter DNF at 46 percent.

Wait can I say. My patience is at the low end right now. I have no idea how I even got to 46 percent and not one damn thing has gone on in this book besides the main character whining about her life and being single.

I am all for romance novels where the good girl after breaking up with the guy who is not the one, meets the one. Instead we have the main character of Holly still mourning the end of her marriage and being angry that her now ex Jean-Marc didn't love her. I stopped at 46 percent because nothing is happening at this point.

Holly as a character is boring. If the first 1/4 of it was about her getting her life together and then the remaining book being all about how she changes her life for the better I would be totally in for that book. Instead she's a very weak character who keeps getting bossed around by her boss and is afraid to tell her mother no. This is where we are at 46 percent. That means that we have a little more than half way for the book to go for her to somehow get past what has happened? I am doubtful that she's going to get there or at least that it will be written in a coherent manner at this point.

It seems the only goal in Holly's life was to be married to an attractive man, have babies, and be a wife and mother. She has no damn personality at all. I can't even tell you what her favorite color, book, outfit, etc. is because she's still crying in the bathroom at work about her ex.

Holly's job as an event planner seems totally uninteresting. We just have Holly's boss Olivia being super inappropriate and getting all up in Holly's personal life and commenting about her clothes and weight. I am still flabbergasted that Holly would not have pushed back or at least told her freaking boss she is out of line. But of course not, Holly let's people walk all over her.

So besides the lack of an interesting main character and a not too clear plot line, this book really is just stuck. There is nothing happening and I don't care to continue.

I stopped after Holly's mother came to visit and got angry about her leaving her husband. Because yes, she has somehow not told her mother why she got divorced from her husband because she has no damn sense.

Why in the world would you just not be upfront with your family and friends. I get that she would feel embarrassed by the whole thing, but why would you make it seem like your fault? I am not a fan of romance novels where the main character doesn't either speak up to their love interest or others. It drives me crazy.

So that's that. A romance novel with at this point no romance at all besides Holly starring at some guy she called Gorgeous Guy in her head and imagining a life with him. And her railing at the wedding industry and her friends and family for not telling her how marriage really is. Yup, totally everyone else's fault her marriage cashed and burned.

Well I hope in the end that Holly does change, that she realizes she doesn't need a man to be happy, and she stops allowing her boss to dictate what she does outside of work.
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text 2015-09-23 15:41
The Frog Prince Romance
Her Frog Prince: In a Fairy Tale World... - Shirley Jump
The Frog Prince - Elle Lothlorien
Water Song: A Retelling of "The Frog Prince" - Suzanne Weyn,Mahlon F. Craft
Kiss the Frog: A Princes of Danislova Novel - Alice Gaines
The Frog Princess - E.D. Baker
Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale - Cate Rowan
Kissing Frogs - Laura Marie Altom
Enchanted - Alethea Kontis
Frogs & Toads - Stacy Lynn Carroll
Prince of Kisses (Fairy Tale Trilogy, the Kimball family Book 3) - Colleen Shannon

Had a lot of bad dates lately? These romances should give you hope.


The Frog Prince Retellings in Romance. HEA guarenteed. 


My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy! 


1. Her Frog Prince by Shirley Jump


Bring together an uppity society princess with a scruffy marine biologist, then throw in a desperate matchmaker with faulty magic, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for disaster…or love. Magic and mayhem rock the boat 


2. The Frog Prince by Elle Lothlorien


It was his pheromones that did it. With one sniff, sex researcher Leigh Fromm recognizes that any offspring she might have with the mysterious stranger would have a better-than-average chance of surviving any number of impending pandemics. But when Leigh finds out that the handsome "someone" at her great aunt's wake is Prince Roman Habsburg von Lorraine of Austria, she suddenly doubts her instincts--not that she was intending to sleep with the guy. The royal house of Habsburg was once completely inbred, insanity and impotency among the highlights of their genetic pedigree. (The extreme "bulldog underbite" that plagued them wasn't called the Habsburg Jaw for nothing.) It doesn't matter that his family hasn't sat on a throne (other than the ones in their Toilette) since 1918, or that Austria is now a parliamentary democracy. Their lives couldn't be more different: Roman is routinely mobbed by paparazzi in Europe. Leigh is regularly mocked for having the social skills of a potted plant. Even if she suddenly developed grace, charm and a pedigree that would withstand the scrutiny of the press and his family, what exactly is she supposed to do with this would-have-been king of Austria who is in self-imposed exile in Denver, Colorado?


3. Water Song by Suzanne Weyn


Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never imagining that the war could reach them there. But it does. 

Soon Emma finds herself stranded in a war-torn country, utterly alone. Enemy troops fight to take over her estate, leaving her with no way to reach her family, and no way out. 

With all of her attention focused on survival and escape, Emma hardly expects to find love. But the war will teach her that life is unpredictable, people aren't always what they seem, and magic is lurking everywhere.


4. Kiss the Frog by Alice Gaines


Pity sex with the shyest student in the lab? 

That’s what Felice Larson’s friends have blackmailed her into. Dev VonRamsberg seems nice enough, if you can see past the hair that hangs in his face, the glasses, and the corduroy slacks. It’ll be embarrassing for her and possibly humiliating for him, but if Felice doesn’t follow through, the others will let their professor know she ditched on a critical research trip. So she borrows a key and lets herself into Dev’s apartment in the middle of the night and promptly gets the surprise of her life. 

Christian Devlin Philippe Pascal VonRamsberg, Crown Prince, and Heir Apparent to the Throne of Danislova, has lusted after his co-student, Felice Larson, for months but hasn’t followed through because of his obligations back home. But now that she’s literally snuck into his bed, he takes full advantage, much to their mutual delight. Dev’s been hiding out in plain sight in the United States so he can get his graduate degree and enjoy a more or less normal life before he has to return to Danislova to fulfill his duties to his country. He never expected to fall for an American woman, but now that he has, how can he give her a happy ending? 

Felice discovers that she’s kissed a frog and won a prince, complete with a whirlwind tour of his lovely homeland in Eastern Europe. She falls in love with Danislova and the current Prince Royal, Dev’s father—a man closer to a father figure for her than her own parents. Unfortunately, Dev’s duties to his country require that he marry the right sort of woman…the wife his father has already selected for him. Will Felice and Dev face heartbreak, or can love triumph over tradition? 


5. The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker


Princess Emeralda isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is like a donkey's bray rather than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does NOT like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her life, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a Prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins the adventure - a quest to return to human form.

Fascinating and hilarious characters ranging from a self-conscious but friendly bat to a surprisingly loyal snake and a wise old green witch confirm that readers won't soon forget this madcap story! A fantastic debut from the talented E.D. Baker.


6. Kiss That Frog by Cate Rowan


A cynical Los Angeles artist reluctantly pet-sits for her young niece's frog and discovers magic in the terrarium--in the form of a sexy enchanted prince.


7. Kissing Frogs by Laura Marie Altom


Shunned by the scientific world because of her erroneous reporting of the discovery of a new breed of frogs, biologist Lucy Gordon is reduced to teaching science in a British boarding school, but the worst of her downfall is the damage done to her esteemed biologist father. Then one day a frog the likes of which she's never seen appears. Excited because this time she's really found a new amphibian, Lucy kisses it and immediately finds herself with a naked man claiming to be a medieval prince. If only Prince Wolfe Graye had married the sorceress' daughter! Now that he's been kissed, Wolfe must convince this modern woman to declare her love for him before the next full moon in order to break the spell. Otherwise, it's back to frogdom. Lucy is in a real quandary. If the prince stays human, she'll lose her chance at fame and her father's forgiveness. If not, Lucy may lose the man of her dreams.


8. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis


It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

     When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

     The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?


9. Frogs & Toads by Stacy Lynn Carroll


One kiss can change the future, for better or for worse. Belle and her cousins have conquered their fears. Now as they navigate their way through the dating world, they start to see a "happily ever after" on the horizon. But when an unexpected school assignment forces them to examine their past, the Princess sisters realize they have a lot of questions about the fathers they've never met. Secrets are revealed, long lost family members are discovered, and now the girls must decide who belongs in their future and who should be kept in the past.


10. Prince of Kisses by Colleen Shannon


Daughter of wealth and privilege, lovely Charlaine Kimball was known to Victorian society as the Ice Princess. But when a brash intruder dared take a king's ransom in jewels from her private safe, indignation burned away her usual cool reserve. And when the handsome rogue presumed to steal a kiss from her untouched lips, forbidden longing set her soul ablaze.

Illegitimate son of a penniless Frenchwoman, Devlin Rhodes was nothing but a lowly bounder to the British aristocrats who snubbed him. But his leapfrogging ambition engaged him in a dangerous game. Now he would have to win Charlaine's hand in marriage- and have her begging for the kiss that would awaken his heart and transform him into the man he was always meant to.


Vote for your favoite on my Goodreads list: The Frog Prince Romance 

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review 2015-08-14 20:52
Enchanted - Alethea Kontis

I read this a few months ago, actually, so this review's late. But now I'm reading the sequel, and I happen to have some free time, so I'm finally getting around to it. :)


I really like this book. It's mostly based off of the frog prince fairytale, but it's got a lot of other fairytales mixed in, which is cool. The writing is awesome because it has a fairytale-like way of saying ridiculous things (like people turning into animals or people climbing giant beanstalks, that kind of thing) that makes it seem perfectly normal. I wish all fairytale style books were written like this one.


The main character's a nice, dreamy/creative/absentminded girl that also fits well with the fairytale theme. The other MC, the prince, I also like--which is rare. Oh, and I also love the fact that he doesn't just appear in a flowing cape with his hair already styled perfectly, ready to carry away his princess, when the frog prince turns back into a human.


I'd easily recommend Enchanted to any fairytale-loving person, and I'm really glad I read it. It surprised me, which is always--well, a surprise. XD

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review 2014-07-30 00:00
The Frog Prince and Other Stories
The Frog Prince and Other Stories - Walter Crane The Frog Prince and Other Stories is a collection of three fairy tales illustrated by Walter Crane.

The collection contains The Frog Prince, Princess Belle-Etoile, and Aladdin.

Princess Belle-Etoile was the only story I hadn't previously read, but it's your typical fairy tale fare of a jealous woman trying to kill a bunch of children, but they just keep succeeding in everything they do.

Aside from Belle-Etoile, there wasn't really anything new in this collection for me.

The illustrations were gorgeous though, and in full color. I did wonder about the fact that Crane's drawings of Aladdin were stylistically Asian, when it's a Middle Eastern story.

I also swear that I had read the Aladdin story in a collection of Russian fairy tales that same day. Different names, and slightly different story, but the similarities between the two were unmistakable.

In both stories, the hero gets a magic ring that grants his wishes, and uses it to wed a princess and build a palace for them to live in, right next to her father's castle. Then, the object that grants the wishes gets stolen (in Aladdin, the lamp is the stronger of the two objects, so it's the lamp that gets stolen), the princess and the palace get teleported somewhere else, and the king threatens to kill the hero if he doesn't return the princess to her rightful place. The hero manages to get back the stolen item from the thief, and returns everything to where it was before, and they all live happily ever after.
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