Slippers And Thieves
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #4)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 26th, 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Years ago, Elle—never call her Cinderella—escaped her evil step family in order to build a new life for herself in Manhattan. Today, Elle’s awful past is a distant memory. In fact, Elle even attends West Lake Prep, an exclusive high school where regular humans mix with members of the Magicorum, such as fairies, shifters and witches. Although she still must live in hiding from her evil stepfamily, Elle has always found ways to get whatever her heart desires.
That is, until Alec Le Charme.
Alec is the heir to the Le Charme dynasty of high-end jewelers. He’s also kind, charismatic, has a knee-melting smile. Elle has fallen for him, hard. Unfortunately, thanks to Elle’s evil step family, Alec is absolutely off limits. In fact, if Elle and Alec so much as kiss, it will start a magical chain reaction that would end in powerful factions of witches and wizards going to war. As a result, Elle and Alec vow to stay friends, no matter what. Then West Lake Prep holds a masquerade ball. Identities get mixed up and forbidden kisses are finally shared.
Time for the Magicorum to go to war, and for Elle to confront her hidden past in ways she never thought possible.
So, while I did not read the previous books in this series, it was easy for me to just enjoy this story. Now, I know that there are some small things that I’m missing because I haven’t read the previous books in this series. This book was still enjoyable either way.
The story itself was interesting. There was only one thing about the plot that I didn’t like, and that was the beginning was slow-paced, leisure and took its time with development. Then the second half sped up and there seemed to be too much information that needed to be introduced and shockingly, got shoved into the last few chapters. What I would have liked was if some of the slower pacings, in the beginning, is shortened/cut and giving the ending more pages and words to shine. There is so much more space for improvement, which means that this series can be so much bigger and better than it already is.
The grammar in this book had me irritated at one point, and the last couple of chapters were horrible when it came to grammatical errors. If you can look past this, you should still be able to enjoy the read. But, for me, this grated on my brain a lot. #GrammarNerd!
The characters were awesome, unique in their own respect and had distinguishable voices for the most part. We read the story from the dual perspective of Elle and Alec, jumping between narrative with chapter headers, so you can easily keep track of the story this way.
Overall, if you love fairy tales and retellings of classics, you would enjoy this series for sure. I’m definitely looking into getting the rest of the books in this series, as this is a unique take on the fairy tale realm integrated with the ‘real world’.
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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