Book Review: Once Upon a Twist by Aimee Duffy and Michelle Smart

Once Upon A TwistOnce Upon A Twist by Michelle Smart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all love a happy ending. We also really enjoy an entertaining read which allows us to escape into the land of make-believe for a few hours and come back to reality sporting a secret smile.

This anthology, brought to you by romance authors Michelle Smart and Aimee Duffy, will tick the boxes. Based on the traditional fairy tales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, these stories come with their own little twist. For once upon a time, in a land far, far away, monsters run amok. Zombie-like creatures are feasting on mankind throughout the kingdom, while elsewhere a big bad angry wolf is on the brink of wiping out the entire human population. Yet these heroines aren’t the swooning, dependent females you’d expect; Ella and Red are feisty, headstrong, smart and independent. They’re also a whole heap of fun.

With a big splash of horror (watch out, some scenes are a little gory!) a dash of humour and a healthy dose of good old ‘amour’, these fairy tales for Grown Ups will be sure to leave you with that ‘ahhh’ factor.

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Once Upon A Twist

When the sun goes down, guess what’s coming out to play… ?

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, the creatures are coming…

In a land run by misogynists, where fair maidens are deemed liable to fall in a dead faint at the sight of blood, Prince Charming is worried – the creatures that have destroyed their neighboring kingdoms are coming for them. He judges it imperative to get all the females to safety, but first he needs to break the enchantment enslaving his One True Love to her hateful home. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the Ball to get through too.

But when the creatures reach them ahead of their expected time, all plans are foregone. Can Ella break her wicked stepmother’s enchantment? Can she save her handsome Prince and the kingdom before midnight strikes? And can she show his soldiers what it really means to kick a monster’s butt? The clock is ticking…

Many, many years later…

When Ruby visits her grandmother in the deep, dark forest, she stumbles into a nightmare. Her grandma’s been attacked by a wolf-like creature, and an ancient disease that turned people into monsters is back… and so is the cold-hearted ex she walked out on a year ago.

Now she has to either accept Jeremy’s help or face becoming a monster herself. Fighting alongside the man she once loved isn’t easy, especially when she discovers there’s more to Jeremy than the cheating bastard she took him for.

As they fight to survive the disease and save those they love, can they keep from falling for each other all over again?


Book Review: Blood Roses by Lindsay J. Pryor

Leila's-Story‘Love him though she may, she would never, could never trust him.’

Blood RosesBlood Roses by Lindsay J. Pryor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘Love him though she may, she would never, could never trust him.’

Blackthorn. A dystopian world where humans live alongside vampires and other third species, where vampires and the lowest of the human race are segregated from the rest of society. A world where whispers of a vampire prophecy threatens to overthrow civilisation as they know it, where vampires might one day rule over the first species.

Enter Leila McKay, a serryn witch in denial of her destiny, blood toxic enough to kill any vampire with just one drop. Leila finds herself in an ill-fated encounter with the renowned Caleb Dehain – a vampire perhaps more dangerous and lethal than the notorious master vampire, Kane Malloy, the leading male from Blood Shadows – and must confront her deepest fears in order to save herself and her sister. Caleb is not only a dangerous, calculating and impulsive vampire, but also a cruel, cold serryn hunter with his own demons to face and destiny to fulfill.

In the second installment of the Blackthorn series, Leila and Caleb find themselves thrown together in an unexpected twist of fate, and yet must fight an undeniable attraction which crackles and fizzes between them, the consequences of which could be catastrophic for them both.

Keeping with the theme, Ms. Pryor delivers a fast-paced read with some sizzling hot action, shocking twists and turns throughout the story which will keep you turning right up until the last page, and yet more hints of what is to come in the exciting yet chilling world of Blackthorn. This book has a satisfying ending, but with many questions cunningly left unanswered in preparation for the next book in the series. But, whether or not Caleb and Leila can overcome their obstacles and follow the path of their inescapable attraction remains to be seen – you’ll just have to read the book for yourself, and then sample the exciting opening chapter to Blood Torn – the third in the Blackthorn series. I guarantee you’ll be left eagerly anticipating its release in order to answer yet more burning questions this talented author will leave imprinted in your mind, long after you’ve turned the last page.

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