Author: Tia Nevitt.
Published: February 18th 2013.
Publisher: Carina Press.
ISBN: 1426895100 (ISBN13: 9781426895104)
Sort: Part two of ‘Accidental Enchantments’
Challenge(s): Fairytales & Bingo.
Part of the fairytale read-a-thon.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Prince Richard is cursed. Enslaved to a magic mirror, he must truthfully answer the evil queen when she uses it to call on him. To keep from betraying innocents, Richard wanders the countryside and avoids people. All her life, Gretchen has been teased for being small. When she hears of a hidden farm populated by little people like her, she sets out to find it—and is welcomed by the mostly male inhabitants. Lars in particular woos her with his gentle kindness and quiet strength.
Danger looms when Gretchen meets a runaway princess and offers her shelter at the Little Farm. Wandering nearby, Richard instantly falls in love with the beautiful princess, and is later compelled to tell the queen that she is not the fairest of them all. Enraged, the queen vows to find them and destroy them. If either Gretchen or Richard are to have their happy endings, they must team up to break the mirror's spell before the queen kills them all…
This book was very entertaining and can be read as a stand-alone. I’m definitely going to check out the first book, The Sevenfold spell.
It all starts with two separate stories. Richard is connected to the mirror from The Evil Queen of Snow White (whose name is Ange here). She can ask him three questions every day and he must answer them with the truth. He is very clever in giving useless answers. I liked the way he tricked her into wasting her questions. Richard wants to slip into the castle to break the mirror, so he is free from the curse. That is how he sees Ange, a girl he met somewhere in the past. When the Queen wants to kill her, Richard warns the girl and Ange flees to a place she visits often; a dwarf farm.
This brings us to the other story. Gretchen has been teased all her life for being small. I respected her for the way she deals with the bad treatment. When she hears the story of a farm populated by little people, she decides to go there to find a husband. Lars is the lucky one. I was so happy that there was no instant-love. They are attracted to each other, but their feelings got enough time to feel realistic. Lars is a sweetheart and he makes Gretchen feel pretty. Her character development was great and it was good to see that she starts to realize that she is beautiful the way she is. Another good aspect was her family. Gretchen is 27 and she lives with her parents. They are very supportive and caring. They accept and love her for who she is.
I liked the way these two stories came together. The plot was interesting and there is a constant pace. Everything happened in the right time and I was never bored. The writing-style was quick, easy and had that old fairytalish feeling. The only thing that made this book a bit harsh is the fact that a character is trying to rape Gretchen. I think that this book is a mix between YA and Adult. If you are looking for something new when it comes to fairytales, this is the book you want to pick up.