Published by Triad Media and Entertainment on 2013-04-17
Series: Twisted Tales #1
Genres: contemporary, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Source: ecopy from Author
There are seven rules of the faery kingdom that Halley Starr must never break:1. No trespassing sacred faery territory2. Don’t ever say thank you3. Using a faery’s given name is a no-no4. Never break a promise to a faery5. Faery music is forbidden6. Resist all faery food7. And never, never fall in love with a faeryBut Halley is cursed. Yeah. No joke. She can barely survive Omak High with that shard of ice in her heart. How could she possibly be a proper godmother and stop Rumpelstiltskin from taking the heir of the faery kingdom? And let’s be honest, there is no way she’ll go with Goldilocks (some hot faery guy) who won’t bother telling Halley his name or that she looks like she’s talking to herself when he’s around. Not a chance.And really, who can blame her?If Halley wants her heart back again, she can’t worry about the rules…
With a Kiss is the first book in the Twisted Tales series. It is about faeries, which I really enjoy reading about. I liked that that this version of the faery came right from Shakespeare himself. I loved the quotes at the start of each chapter and the way that a midsummer’s nights dream was woven into the book first through the school play at the start and then through the various characters. I thought it was a great way to kind of describe who everyone was and also to give some background information on the characters and on the boundaries and workings of the faery world.
The main character is Halley. She basically had lived her whole life without feelings. I can’t even imagine how that would be. And then when her heart was “jumpstarted” as she liked to call it, she started feeling everything! It must have been so intense for her. At first, I thought it all seemed kind of unrealistic how attached to everything she became, but then I started thinking about it and the way she described everything in such an escalating fashion- her emotions just kept becoming stronger and stronger- and then it made more sense to me.
Hobs was interesting. I couldn’t quite get a hold on him or how I felt about him for a good portion of the book. I liked him, but he was tricky. He was a total enigma, but I would have liked to get to know him a little better. Halley was a better character, in my opinion, because I was able to connect with her much easier. At the start of the book, I didn’t always agree with some of her motivations but I cut her some slack because I can understand that she was acting rashly because of the curse and the circumstances.
The faery world that Stephanie Fowers describes is wonderful. I think it was my favorite part of the story. I really enjoyed how she portrayed everything. There is always a lot going on, and at times it seemed like a bit too much to keep track of. As a result, a few times I was kind of confused about everything going on, but if you keep reading you get the hang of everything. That is not to say that you will have all the answers all the time, there is a lot left unanswered in With a Kiss, but it just made me want to read the next book to find out the answers to my questions.
Overall, With a Kiss is a really interesting start and I am certainly interested in continuing the trilogy. I liked that each book introduces a new character to be the “main” girl, but it seems like Halley will still play a big role in all the books. I think this is a good way to do it. You get to know new people, but if you love Halley you won’t be ready to see her go in just one book. Fans of the faery should check out this series!
Stephanie Fowers loves bringing stories to life, and depending on her latest madcap ideas will do it through written word, song, and/ or film. She absolutely adores Bollywood and bonnet movies; i.e., BBC (which she supposes includes non-bonnet movies Sherlock and Dr. Who). Presently, she lives in Salt Lake where she’s living the life of the starving artist. Stephanie plans to share more of her novels, films, and even a musical in the near future. May the adventures begin.
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