Werewolves and glass slippers, oh my!
#romance #fantasy #fairytale
Series: book 1: Blood Prince
Characters: Loupe & Etienne
Setting: Fantasy Kingdom
Mature Themes: violence, domestic abuse and murder
Recommendation: The light romance and fantasy aspects were highly enjoyable and on par with other books in the genre with the werewolf twist adding a freshness to it. Fans of P. C. Cast's Goddess Summoning series, will find this along the same vein, though more bite sized in length.
Due to this being a re-imagining of a classic fairy tale, the plot was pretty straight forward. Lonely girl meets Prince, falls quickly in love, runs away, looses slipper, slipper fits, gets married and lives happily ever after. When you throw in werewolves it becomes a bit more complicated, and delightfully so. Loupe and Prince Etienne meet long before the ball and their interactions reinforce the romance between the two characters in a way that makes the ending sacrifices all the stronger in the end. This series also has some added depth in the form of the prologue and epilogue. A mysterious being is using the Princes and we get to watch it unfold.
Unlike the Disney version on Cinderella, the Prince is not just a pretty boy who needs to find a bride... well he is, but he's also more than that and thankfully there are some scenes that are from his perspective. Seeing the royal family interactions as well as Loupe's interactions with them gave more depth to the characters and provided a way for the reader to connect.
I have to admit, I'm struggling with this review a bit. While there is nothing glaringly wrong with the story, in fact I really enjoyed it, I'm not able to give it an additional star to bring it up to four. For whatever reason, the story was enjoyable, easy to read and a great bargain, but it didn't knock my socks of and leave me scrabbling for the next one.