Book Review – Fables Retold Anthology

Publisher: Rhys Writes Romance
Pages: 1134
Characters: Various
POV: 1st, 3rd
Genre: Fairy Tales Retold, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Blurb:
Tales as old as time…reimagined.

What if your favorite fairy tales…kicked some serious, urban fantasy ass?

Fueled by magic, steam, and scorching men, this MM romance anthology has just the thrill you’re looking for.

6 paranormal and urban fantasy authors.

6 fairy tales retold in modern day.

6 gorgeous couples to fall in love with.

Over 1,200 pages.
A limited edition anthology you don’t want to miss.

Comes with happy-ever-afters guaranteed!
Blake & the Beast by Rhys Lawless (Beauty & the Beast)
The Seventh Ring of Bertram Bell by W.M. Fawkes (Bluebeard)
The Cat Returns to Adderly by Sam Burns (Puss in Boots)
Gruff by Morgan Brice (Three Billy Goats Gruff)
The Demon’s in the Details by Meghan Maslow (Rumpelstiltskin)
Spirit of Snow by Richard Amos (Snow White)

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Review

I’ve reviewed 3 of the 6 stories, which each have a very different tone and feel. I loved the different spins each author did on a common theme, and genre. All were fabulous reads, and I’d love to see more of these characters and their worlds.

Spirit of Snow by Richard Amos
I loved the tone of this story. It’s dark, yet has an undercurrent of humour with the voice of Alec as narrator. The world building is fabulous, and I thought the take on Snow White was very original and different, with the story taking place in a different version of our world. I loved the idea of a bookmark transforming into a weapon. Brilliant! And applesauce instead of an apple.

The characters are interesting, and although it’s Alec and Tristan’s story, the supporting cast play their part well in fleshing out the world. I liked the friendship between Alec and Kayleigh, and Drake comes across very well as the nasty piece of work he is. I enjoyed the different take on the mirror, and the sprite who helps them totally rocks.

I thought this was very much a story about being more than you thought you could be, and I felt for Tristan trapped into doing monstrous things although he’s fair from a monster. The ending wasn’t a traditional HEA but it suited Alec and Tristan, and the story, perfectly. I liked that there were consequences for everything that had happened, and that waking ‘Snow White’ comes with a cost.

5 out of 5 stars.

The Cat Returns to Adderly by Sam Burns
I loved this take on Puss in Boots, and how the story is told by Luke and Wentworth and then slowly Alistair’s perspective starts creeping in with the hints of what’s really going on. I like how magic works in this world, and how the story starts with the feeling it’s set in ours, but hand on, it’s not.

I thought the author used the tale of Puss in Boots very cleverly and how those boots not only make a huge difference to Wentworth, but give clues to who Luke really is too. I enjoyed the scenes from the cat’s perspective, and I really felt for Luke and the way he was treated by his nasty brothers.

I spent a lot of the story trying to figure out what was really going on, which I enjoyed. I thought the HEA was perfect, and Alistair’s appearance in the real world, wonderfully timed.

5 out of 5 stars.

Gruff by Morgan Brice
I loved how this story, although it can be read as a standalone, fits nicely into the author’s Fox Hollow world, and I always enjoy cameos from her other characters. There’s even a mention of the Briggs Society! I love Liam, and enjoyed Joel and Madden’s friendship.

I enjoyed Joel and Adiel’s story, and the trials Adiel had to overcome to save Joel in a twist on the original legend. The banter between human and shifter sides is brilliant, and fun. Poor Joel, trying to deal with his goat side and the quirks of that, although his tendency to faint doesn’t detract from his strength of character. I loved the beautiful descriptions of photography—it also showed how good Joel is at capturing the world around him on film.

These guys are very much a product of their previous not so great relationships. I liked how they have to overcome the mistrust they’ve understandably left with after that in order to move forward and not lose the future they want. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in future books set in Fox Hollow.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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