Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384 pgs
Genre: Romance/Fairy Tale
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
He's given up on happily-ever-after...
Cinderella's Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future.
That is, until he meets up with Mellie...
But she may be the key to happily-right-now...
Mellie is sick and tired of stepmothers being misunderstood. Vampires have redeemed their reputation, why shouldn't stepmothers do the same? Then she runs into the handsomest, most charming man she's ever met and discovers she's going about her mission all wrong...
It's only natural that sparks fly and magic ensues when these two fairy tale refugees put their heads-and vulnerable hearts-together...
Note-I've decided to start posting my rating after the review. No one wants to watch the end of the movie before the film starts.
I don’t like fairy tales. Never have. All of the pretty princesses made me want to strangle them and the princes were a bit too poncy for me. The only one I ever liked was Beauty and the Beast. Beauty was a bookworm and the Beast was a gruff, pain in the butt. Now that I think about it, I didn’t like the Beast much when he was transformed into a Pretty Pretty Prince at all. I’ve always been more attracted to the misunderstood characters like the evil stepmothers, the villains, and the misfits.
I think my love for the fairy tale outcast is why I loved this book so much. Mellie, the evil stepmother from Snow White, is now living in the Greater World and working as a crusader against the books that have made her a perpetual villain. She was one of the characters that I always felt got a bad deal in fairy tales and it was nice to see her get redemption. Prince Charming is recently divorced from Cinderella and fighting for custody of his two daughters, Imperia and Grace. He meets Mellie at a book fair (what Mellie calls a Book Unfair-love it!) and shows her that formerly villainized archetypes, like vampires, have gotten a better reputation through books. He convinces her to write a book of her own to write a book of her own. I never would have thought that Prince Charming and the Wicked Stepmother from Snow White would make any sort of convincing couple (cause I’m not that creative) but it worked so well.
It is genius the way that Grayson works these fairy tale characters into the plot. I mean only a genius would have thought that the prince in Snow White could be a closet necrophiliac. I was rolling in laughter throughout this book. I don’t know how a moderately sane person would not find this book funny. My favorite part of the book was how much it focused on books and the publishing industry as a whole. It really weaved into the plot well and I often found myself reading just for the bookishness. I hope there is a sequel about Bluebeard. I became so attached to him and would love to see him come out of rehab all nice and shiny and find a pretty girl to take care of him and kick his butt on occasion.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.