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review 2017-07-17 00:58
Her Mad Hatter (Kingdom #1) by Marie Hall
Her Mad Hatter - Marie Hall
Dannika isn't like all of the other fairy godmothers because she's a fairy godmother to the badboys.  Dannika has no patience for princesses who are awaiting their Prince Charmings and think that all they need to do is "bat lashes, wiggle bottom, ad mauseam". You'll never catch Dannika saying," bippity-boppity-boo", or turning mice into footmen.  No, Dannika is going to take care of all the bad boys who have just been misunderstood. Dannika takes her duties seriously but an urgency is added to her mission when she learns that if she doesn't find true love for her terrible five that a bad fate awaits them within the year. Taking stock of the situation, Dannika decides that first up to bat will be none other than the Madhatter.  Unfortunately, because Dannika has brought him many women named Alice over the years, the Madhatter isn't exactly open to love anymore, certain that there's no one out there for him.  
 
This is another book in which the idea behind the story was excellent but the execution let it all down.  I love the idea of Wonderland being created from the mind of the Madhatter. The idea that fairy godmother would turn her back on princesses who she deems to be simpering twits in order to focus on fairy tale characters who have a bad reputation and are more in need of a happy ending is fun.  In fact, I'd argue that Hall's take on Dannika is absolutely brilliant.
 
I went into Her Mad Hatter knowing full and well that it's a paranormal romance book but I decided to give it a chance based on the concept.  I thought that most certainly there would be romance but that there would be a lot more meat to the story than Hall provided. If you're going to twist a fairy tale world, other than having elements of the fairy tale like the white rabbit, tea with the Madhatter, or any upside down house, something new and substantive should be added to the narrative to make it worth the time for the reader. And no, having the Hatter fall in love with Alice is not enough.
 
Perhaps what's most irritating about Her Mad Hatter, is the fact that it's clearly fanfic.  It's not even reallyAlice in Wonderland fanfic but Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland fanfic. It's impossible to doubt for a a moment that Hall has a thing for Johnny Depp and I know this because Depp is mentioned several times and it's clearly his version of the Hatter that Hall has a thing for. 
 
Now perhaps if it were Chocolat Johnny Depp, I cold get behind Hall's obsession.
I'm old enough to remember Depp on 21 Jump Street and having his picture on the inside of my locker but that doesn't mean that all of these years later I want to Depp fanfic masquerading as a reboot of Alice in Wonderland.  Dear Hall, the world didn't need to know that you want to fuck Johnny Depp or that you imagine his cum tastes like cream, which even having not tasted it, I know it does not. Just No.  
 
 
 
 
Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/her-mad-hatter-kingdom-1-by-marie-hall.html
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text 2017-05-16 14:56
Kingdom Series Collection By Marie Hall Free!
Kingdom Collection: Books 1-3: Kingdom Series (Volume 1) - Marie Hall

Her Mad Hatter:

Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 40k words. Additional pages are sneak peeks to future books!

This is not erotica, just a good old fashioned romance.


Gerard's Beauty:

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 41k words of the actual story. Included in the Amazon page count are teasers from future books, thank you!

This is not an erotica, but it is a good old fashioned romance.

Red and Her Wolf:

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed--you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened...

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text 2016-09-23 16:33
Unbreakable Love By Marie Hall Free!
Unbreakable Love: A Collection of Contemporary Romances - Marie Hall

ook 1, A Soldier's Courage, Marie Hall writing as Summer Evans

Love found...

Nikki Jensen fell in love with the perfect man, Tyrese Morita. He's handsome, smart, and just like her, a soldier stationed in Baghram Airfield, Afghanistan. They shouldn't have found love during war. But they did. Life was chaos, but life was good. Until the day it wasn't. Until the day friendly fire ripped Ty away from her forever.

Love lost...

Hideo Morishita's life has seen its fair share of ups and downs, but nothing prepares him for the sight of the woman who steps through the doors of his PTSD survivors group. Pale, gorgeous, and also the widow of his best friend, Tyrese who'd died only three years ago. There are a million different reasons he should stay away from her and keep his distance. But when she turns those soulful blue eyes on him, he forgets everything except his need to save her from herself and maybe in the process, save himself too.

Love reborn from the ashes of pain...

Book 2, The Wright Brother written as Marie Hall

From the moment he opened his eyes Julian Wright could only see the world in shades of gray. There was no noise, no sound, nothing. Deaf and colorblind, he was a loner. His world was bleak, silent and empty, until her. Until the day he met his neighbor, Elisa Jane Adrian. He wanted her. Needed her. The fractured part of him felt whole when she was around. Like the world wasn't so dark, so bleak, and so still. He knew it was impossible, but when he looked at Elisa he swore he could see color, could hear the gentle inhalations of her breath. He knows she feels it too, this magic, this desperate desire...

And once a Wright sets his eyes on you, there's no going back. Ever...


Book 3, A Moment, Marie Hall

I killed myself tonight.

Or at least I tried. But a woman I do not know refused to let me die. Liliana Delgado wrapped me up in her slim arms and told me things would be okay. But she doesn't know the demons I live with. The things that have happened to me. Every morning is a struggle just to get out of bed, and the nights are even worse. But the way she smiles at me... I feel something I've never felt before. Hope.

...will change our lives

I should not have gone to that burlesque bar on Valentine's Day, but I did. My life isn't easy. I had a child when I was only fourteen, now I'm in college and things should have been easier. But they aren't. My life is spiraling out of control. Then I see Ryan Cosgrove sitting at a table with an empty, broken look in his beautiful blue eyes and something inside of me feels like he knows. He understands what it is to hurt, to struggle. So when I bump into him later that night, bloody, broken, and dying I know I'll do everything in my power to save him and maybe in the process, I'll save myself too.

forever...

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review 2016-07-05 10:22
Her Mad Hatter (Kingdom #1) by Marie Hall
Her Mad Hatter - Marie Hall
I really enjoyed this book and it appears that I really liked the differences that other readers have hated! I LIKED the fact that the Mad Hatter was ........ well,.......... mad! I LIKED the fact that he was hot and sexual. I LIKED that Alice was already a fan of Wonderland and I really LIKED the fact that this wonderland was crazy, psychedelic, magic and NOT like the Disney film!

If you want a fairy godmother then I would ask for Danika as she has attitude. One of my favourite quotes in this book comes from her when she is thinking about her boys and Cinderella - "Why any self-respecting fairy godmother would pass them over for an inane twit who relied on animals to do her housecleaning was beyond her."

This story is crazy, fun, hot and makes reference to Johnny Depp which is never a bad thing! If you want a bit of madness in your life then read this short novella. Recommended for fans of Mercedes' Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series.
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/07/review-by-merissa-her-mad-hatter.html
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review 2016-05-08 13:28
Rumpel's Prize (Kingdom #8, Dark Princesses Kingdom #3)
Rumpel's Prize - Marie Hall

These books have been going steadily downhill for me, and this installment was one of the worst! Normally, I like both fairy tale retellings and retellings of Greek mythology, but this book spliced them together in such a way that didn't so much honor the tales and myths but trampled all over them!

The explanation for Shy's curse was completely bogus, and Rumpel's affliction was not any better! This was a blatant rip off of the Cupid and Psyche myth, but it also had elements of both Beauty and the Beast and the original Rumpelstiltskin story as well. It was too jumbled, yet completely obvious as well!

The servants in the castle held more interest for me than the main characters! I didn't enjoy how the mystery of the child wasn't fully explained, even at the end, but the child's mystery does set up the next book, which might be interesting. I've spent more money than I should have for this series, so I'm determined to finish it, but I'm not so sure I'll enjoy them.

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