Monday, September 26, 2016

Review & Tour: The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst

Title: The Forgotten Fairytales
Author: Angela Parkhurst
Genre/Age: Fantasy/YA
Series: Forgotten Fairytales Series (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via YABound
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisOnce upon a time, seventeen-year-old Norah Hart believed in the lure of fairytales and happily ever afters. That was before she was forced to live in a fairy tale nightmare.

A psychotic, couture-clad, shoe obsessed Princess.
A not-so-charming, alcoholic Prince.
A hot Big Bad Wolf that she absolutely cannot fall for—no matter how well he kisses.

If Norah had known she’d be attending a boarding school for the nut job reincarnations of fairy tale characters, she would have insisted on going to Moscow with her father. But getting out isn’t as easy as she thought. Especially once Norah realizes she, too, is a storybook character. An Unknown. The first one in over one hundred years. Soon Norah learns she has the ability to rewrite the stories, putting everyone’s Happily Ever After in jeopardy. 

Some princesses will do whatever it takes to protect their endings. Even if it means betraying the one closest to you.

“Why are you staring at me like that?”
A five o’clock shadow coated his rough skin and he breathed in, as if to smell me. I shivered, but not in a disgusted way, in a way that made me want to take a step closer, his eyes were beautifully intoxicating.
“Most princesses run at the sight of me.”
I leaned against the tree for support. “You’re not scary.”
“Of course I am. I’m a villain.” Wolf flashed his big white teeth at me. They were slightly bigger and sharper than the average person, not that I spent a lot of time looking at people’s teeth, but they stood out. Come to think of it, his ears were a little bigger too, and his eyes.
“Let me guess, the Big Bad Wolf?” I examined him, wondering why I never noticed it before. His burly hands could kill someone. “Frightening.” I raised my hands and pretended to be terrified. “But you’re wrong about one thing. I’m not a princess. I don’t claim to be perfect like the others. What if I’m a villain, too? Hell, maybe we’re all villains, we just don’t know it because not everyone has snapped yet.”
“Naw. You wouldn’t be so worried about Kate if you were.”
He was right, but only about the Kate thing. Order wasn’t something I’d obsessed over. And I sure as hell wasn’t going to start because someone told me to.
“You’re so wound up, like a volcano ready to explode.” Wolf’s hand grazed my shoulder. A strand of my sandy hair slipped between his fingers and he twisted it, his attention pinned to the smoothness. A lump built in my throat, his touch clouding my mind. “There’s a party tonight at the south end of the woods. You should come, and release some of that tension. I, for one, would love to see an unleashed princess.”

I am the author of the Forgotten Fairytales series. 

I love reading YA and NA books. I have 2 toddler boys, 2 mini doxins & I'm married to my high school sweetheart. I have an obsession with books, Disney, and am fueled by a wicked coffee addiction. 

In addition to YA fantasy, I write contemporary young adult and new adult novels.

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

I feel a fierce book hangover coming on...

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I don't even know where to start. This book hit just about every one of my favorite things. Magic, mystery, magical creatures, romance. And get this? It was a fairy tale re-telling! Well, sort of. Those are not my favorite types of stories, usually. But this one? It was awesome.

The main character is Norah and the story told from her point of view. She constantly surprised me by being such a clever and courageous heroine. I loved her. She was sassy, a go-getter, and definitely not a weak damsel.

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Then we also have our love interests, though only one really matters to me: the Big Bad Wolf. And he certainly swept me off my feet! I just love a forbidden romance and this one is forbidden in both the real and fairy tale worlds. That makes it doubly delicious!

Our side characters are just as intriguing. We have our resident bad girls, our socially awkward sidekick, the headmistress who is up to no good, and even a backstabber or two in the midst of it all. It's quite the colorful cast. And even though every one is based on a well-known fairy tale character, I found each to be entirely different and interesting.

The writing is compelling and there are several moments of suspense that kept me turning the pages. And even though there are definitely similarities to other books, seeing as this takes place in a magical school and stars typical character types, I found the author's creativity to be unique and the storyline easy to follow.

In closing... 
I can't wait to get my hands on the second book! I don't know if the author plans to do another book tour for the sequel, and even if she does, I'm not sure I can wait until then. Oh, the woes of a bookworm... Five suns!

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