Sunday, August 29, 2010

Review: Second Night by Caroline Aubrey

Second Night: More Fairytales Retold
by: Caroline Aubrey
$6.49 e-book
Whiskey Creek Press
Romantic Fantasy
Released: August 2010

This book contains four short stories, and all revolve around fairy tale concepts.

In A Fox's Tale, when a handsome man swoops in on an unsuspecting trio of sisters, they're instantly captivated by his charms and attractiveness. His marriage to their eldest sister is beneficial to the family, since he has wealth enough for them to live comfortably for the rest of their lives. But soon enough, things begin to go wrong at an alarming pace, and the youngest sister is faced with a horrible decision, one that will change her life forever...

In The Blood of the Queen, the eldest princess has been promised to a king of a faraway land, and she takes her mother's magical protection on the long trek to her new home. But the princess soon learns what happens when she lets down her guard and misplaces her trust in those close to her...

In Mia of the Redwood Lake and Green Unfurled Fern, a young man recovering from a tragic loss takes a job doing research in California, and finds more than he bargained for in the form of a beautiful woman. But is she a woman, or something else, something straight out of mythology...

In West of the Moon, a modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast, a professor of mythology discovers not only are the creatures in the stories real, but they live among us. A horrible accident brings the professor into the realm of the supernatural, where things aren't as they appear, and monsters lurk among us. But the power of love is a powerful and amazing thing, and we see proof of that as the story unfolds. But can true love conquer all?

I usually don't read short stories, but I read these because I find fairy tales a change of pace, and Caroline Aubrey's retellings are a breath of fresh air. Even though the stories are short, the characters are written well enough to jump off the page at you, sweeping you up in a maelstrom of emotions that leave you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens to them. West of the Moon was the longest story in the book, which really allowed for the characters to develop and emotions to be described.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories, and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys fairy tales, or something with a bit of magic and myth to it.

Carla gives this book a

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