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review 2018-02-03 14:13
Review of "A Fairy Tale" (Fairy Tale #1) by Shanna Swendson
A Fairy Tale - Shanna Swendson

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


I wasn't completely sure what to expect going into this.  The covers looked very young, big  and little sisters -- and author's other series, Enchanted Inc. was definitely light, chick lit style adult books.  This was not a children's or YA book; I'd say "magical realism" or "fantasy" genre.

 

I loved this although it was a slow start for me just because the sisters were a little too good to be true until story fleshed them out more.  Here were no Disney or Grimm type of fairies, rather the fae and their realm in somewhat traditional lore.  Where uninformed humans should beware.  Where good deeds along the quest payoff, characters actually have feelings, the villains are cruel, the "magics" have a system, neither good nor bad characters live in a vacuum, immortals don't act like teenagers ...

 

Pretty much fired on all cylinders with elements I loved.  Not quite a five-star read because lacked a certain intensity where I saw where story was headed and Sophie really had it too easy saving the day.


*©2018.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on The Reading Room, Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Next up in series:  To Catch a Queen - Shanna Swendson  

 

To Catch a Queen - Shanna Swendson 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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text 2018-01-30 23:06
Reading progress: 89%.
A Fairy Tale - Shanna Swendson

"But maybe you could learn something about not using nukes in a flyswafter situation."

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text 2018-01-30 22:55
Reading progress: 86%.
A Fairy Tale - Shanna Swendson

"Then the universe exploded"

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text 2018-01-30 22:45
Reading progress: 83%.
A Fairy Tale - Shanna Swendson

"Fairy tales were full of stories about people who succeeded because they got help like that. Maybe that was even the test. One had to prove worthiness to rule by admitting one couldn’t do it all and by recognizing the contributions of the tiniest and ugliest members of the Realm."

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text 2018-01-30 22:14
Reading progress: 44%.
A Fairy Tale - Shanna Swendson

"It’s been lovely talking to you, but I just saw someone I need to go torture and interrogate. Please excuse me.” As she hurried toward the fairy, she heard Olivia say to someone else, “I always thought Emily was exaggerating about her, but now I don’t know."

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