Author: H. L. Burke
- Date read: July 16, 2017
- Rating: 5 stars
- Genre: Fantasy
- Age: New Adult
- Year pub: 2017
- Pages: 230
- Fave character: Calen
- Source: Won in a giveaway
- Links: Goodreads • Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Publisher • Author’s Website
I love H.L. Burke’s books, so I was absolutely delighted when I won this in a giveaway! (I loathe snakes, but her funny snek memes make me laugh, and I ended up really enjoying this book despite the scary snakes. XD)
I was only vaguely familiar with the Eros and Psyche myth this retells, but it did feel familiar enough (and kind of Beauty-and-the-Beast-ish too), that I quite enjoyed the retelling aspect! 🙂
The mirror curses were fascinating and that whole fairytale-ish element was well done!
It had a rather “Greek myth” feel to it, even though it’s clearly supposed to be a bit different, which was interesting because I haven’t read much like that. It felt fresh and different for a fantasy novel. The mix of “gods” with a Christian theme was surprisingly well done!
I loved the sweet true-love romance and these lovable characters and their great dialog. 😀 Quite fun! ^_^
Laidra was such a good soul, and Calen was super nice and awesome. 🙂 Also, Zephia was really cool. :O I loved the parts with her and Laidra as well, even if I missed Calen for those bits.
The villainous characters were chilling and creepy, but also oddly human, so that you get the feeling they’re just hardened from their lives and more “real” and sometimes almost feel bad for a couple of them—almost. 😛 Not quite. XD
Some of it was grittier than I would have liked and I could have done without a few of the references, but mostly it was just very well written and gripping. 🙂
Overall, it’s not my favorite but I still really liked it! It’s a great fairytale romance tale, fresh, engaging—sometimes fun or heartbreaking or sweet by turns. I quite enjoyed it! ^_^ Looking forward to more great novels by this author! 🙂
(Note: I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and was not required to write a review; these opinions are my own.)
Thanks for reading! 🙂
Dream away in those pages . . .
~ The Page Dreamer