Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wickedly Charming Review

Wickedly Charming

Cinderella's Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead-end in his career, so he opens a bookstore and travels the land ordering books and discovering new authors. Still handsome and still charming, he has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future.

Mellie is sick and tired of being called the Evil Stepmother. She did her best by her stepdaughter Snow White, but the girl resented her to no end and made all kinds of false accusations.

Neither of them believes in happily ever after anymore, but both of them believe in happily for the moment... 

What I Loved 
Retold Fairy Tales
The fairy tale doesn't stop with 'happily ever after' in fact it is just the beginning of the story or in the case of our prince an the end of a hasty marriages and unhappily ever after. I love any version of retold stories be it fairy tales, Greek mythologies, or just revamped tales using characters from other classics like Shakespeare, Jane Austen etc... When I won an ARC of this book from Casablanca Authors I was so excited. Happy endings didn't really happen for THE Prince Charming of Cinderella's story and the "evil" stepmother of Snow White isn't so evil after all she just got some very bad press. 
The World
The worlds are all separated and and accessible through portals. 
The Greater World our world where mystical creatures are just fairy tales. Were people like the Brothers Grimm took the stories and embellished upon them, falsifying and unjustly labeling characters.
The Kingdoms there are a few different ones up to 6 (I believe) containing their own things like talking mice, unicorns or flying monkeys
Theme of Books
What is hotter than prince charming loving books and admitting to being a book nerd! But he is also physically still in shape with middle age man hotness and valuing his daughters above all else! Charming has a book store and goes to a book fair convention and he get stacks of books, that made me drool. The theme of the book is based around books and what type of impact they can have on society. Perfect for any book lover.
Charming is his birth name, his name while he is over here in The Greater World is Dave Encanto. As I stated above he is a book lover and a good writer to boot, but a very passive man that doesn't like confrontation. He let his ex-wife Ella (CinderElla) walk all over him. You feel very sorry for this book loving geek with amazing charming abilities. 
Mellie for short Melvina the female version of Melvin. She has been dealing with a lot of lies and bad press her whole life and tired of it. She tries protesting but that doesn't work so Charming suggests she write a book and change the image of stepmothers that way. Like the vampires did from Bram Stokers truer version of vampires to Twilight's version of sophisticated polite creatures. The power of books. Mellie is a not a damsel in distress, but a doer and strong willed woman that won't let herself be labeled and archetyped any longer.
A romance that neither of them are ready to admit to and they don't know if the other is feeling the same thing. Some times these romances are very annoying and frustrating and it was, but I completely enjoyed their slow romance. 

If you love any version of retold fairy tales this is a must read. If you love the different type of twist that authors will put on your favorite tales and make it their own, you got to check it out. 

Release Date
Sunday May 1st 
Amazon $6.99 or ebook $5.49/ Borders $6.99 or ebook $5.49/ B&N $6.99 ebook $5.59

Other Books
Utterly Charming
Completely Smitten
Simply Irresistible
Absolutely Captivated 
Totally Spellbound
Thoroughly Kissed
Charming Blue
Most of these are being reissued between now and 2012. All of them are stand alone novels. Check out the website for a comprehensive reading guide to the series
She also writes under a different name as well in a different genre

Another book that tells the story through the POV of Snow Whites evil stepmother is Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino. This is another interesting take on the stepmother persona.

What is your favorite fairy tale?

Cinderella is my favorite princess and I love Disney's version, so I was kinda said when Ella was the selfish idiot that she was in this book, but I got over it and enjoy this different version.



vvb32 reads said...

ahhhhh, too cute! i love the book nerd! thanks for turning me on to this series!

Kristina said...

Your welcome, enjoy reading them. Let me know what you think of them.