Published by Monster House Books on November 9, 2021
Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #8
Genres: Fairy Tale re-telling, Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC from Publisher
I’m a Tower Tithe with a Rapunzel problem. That’s not as weird as it sounds.
Ever wonder how Rapunzel survives without leaving her home? After all, someone must stock groceries, buy hair products and fix the plumbing. Witches don’t wield toilet brushes, so “Rapunzel care” becomes the job of Tower Tithes like me. Not that we choose this gig. We’re just unlucky elves who get magically chucked into servitude. Since our kind live for ages, being a Tower Tithe can drag on for thousands of years… and I’m eighteen. Yipes.
That said, it wouldn’t be too awful if I had a cool Rapunzel. No such luck.
I serve none other than Lady R, the social media sensation and sadist who lives in Manhattan’s famous Apex Towers. With the help of her manager—a witch named Jocasta—Lady R releases daily gossip videos while assigning me “torture chores.” Many tasks are designed to remind me how Lady R is the gorgeous variety of elf, while I’m beyond plain. I spend a lot of time scheming my escape.
My work pays off when an eccentric billionaire offers to magically set me free. The catch? I must move to Arizona and become his personal assistant. Needless to say, I rush for the door. Turns out, my new employer is none other than Lady R’s ex-boyfriend, Dex, a guy who was blinded in a strange accident and has since become a recluse.
In other words, I ran from my fairy tale life, but it found me again anyway.
At this point, I should head for the hills, yet I simply can’t leave Dex. For the first time, I truly feel comfortable around someone. In all honesty, it’s probably because I have self-esteem issues and Dex can’t see my bland face. Even so, it’s all good until Lady R discovers where I am. And that leads to my Rapunzel problem.
With Lady R back in the picture, can I still find my happily ever after? The truth will emerge soon enough.
Because my name is Grayson Eyre, and this is my story.
Ideal for readers who crave a mash-up between Rapunzel and Jane Eyre.
Towers And Tithes is a young adult fantasy by Christina Bauer. It is the 8th book in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series. I have read all of the books in this series, and I love the overall concept of the series. Each story, told over the course of a couple of books, tells the story of different fairy tale characters. In this world, you may be selected to follow a certain fairy tale’s life template, which means you are destined to carry out their fairy tale story. In earlier books, we meet Elle (cinderella) Alec (prince charming) and Bry (Sleeping Beauty), just to name a few. The books have somewhat of an overarching storyline and they are all set in the same world, with some cool other features of world building with ancient Egypt. I have been intrigued by the past books but most of them have only been ok reads for me. Towers And Tithes tell is a mash up of a Rapunzel life template and Jane Eyre, and it was my favorite book in the series. I am so happy that we got to follow a fresh face as the main character. That was a nice change of pace. For fans of the previous books, don’t worry- you still get to see Elle in Towers and Tithes, but here we are focused on the story of Grayson.
Our main character, Grayson, is an Osmos, which is a half elf half troll hybrid. Grayson is assigned to be a Tower Tithe in Lady R’s Rapunzel tower. I loved Grayson. I think she is my favorite character out of the whole series so far, and her story was a really quick read. I was intrigued by her possession of magical abilities (which she shouldn’t have), and of course Dex also intrigued me. Dex is the alpha at Wulfheim wolf pack, and his life mission is to take in and care for orphaned wolf pups from both the faerie realm and from earth. How can you not love him??
If you are a fan of fairy tale retellings, love the fated mates trope, and a quick read, then Towers and Tithes is one for you to check out. Though it is the 8th book in the series, you can get away with reading this installment without having read the prior books. There is a lot of world building context you learn in the prior books, but you know enough to get by if this is your first peek into the Magicorum series. I enjoyed Towers and Tithes. It was my favorite book of the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series.
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