Upon a Midnight Dream (London Fairy Tales Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken

upon a midnight dreamSynopsis: “I release you…” were the last words Rosalind remembered before her world went black. Stefan, the future duke of Montmouth, no doubt thought his words were welcomed but he couldn’t have been more wrong. Oh, he was handsome as a pagan Norse god, but that was unimportant when her life as well as those of her family hung in the balance.

With less than six weeks left, Rosalind has stopped believing in the fairy tale, the prince on the white horse, and the stolen kiss that would awaken her from her worst nightmares. Resigned to her fate, she waits for the inevitable curse to run it’s course.

“We must marry at once!” Stefan declared, fully expecting Rosalind to be delighted that he had come to save her, but he was sorely mistaken. Rosalind was no simpering docile female; she was a fiery temptress with a stubborn streak only matched by his horse, Samson. Insulting, infuriating, intoxicating and alluring enough to drive a man mad. Stefan found himself thankful for the curse that required him marry her, thankful for the betrothal contract he had so recently tried to release her from…With the fortitude of a sailor shipwrecked, abandoned, and a solider warring for his life Stefan decides to lay siege to the greatest prize, Rosalind’s heart.

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3.5 Stars

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This book is a fairy tale re-telling of Sleeping Beauty.  It has a historical setting that I have come to love lately.  First book in the series, YA genre.  It was cute. The way the author wrote the sleeping curse was pretty cool.  There was a bit of sleight of hand with this curse, which I liked and I can’t go in to it more because: Spoilers sweetie!  The characters were good; but they didn’t really stand out for any particular reason.

Rosalind is the oldest daughter and she is incredibly stubborn, like not in an endearing way. In a nails on a chalkboard way. I found her character to be too picky and almost uppity and a bit self-centered.  At first Stefan came off as arrogant and condescending so I wasn’t really digging him either.  But then he tried to make things right and go back to her. Which I thought showed some humility. But Rosalind wasn’t having it.  And it was never good enough for her. I don’t know if it was some kind of verbal foreplay that the author was going for because he kinda took it in stride. That part of her character really rubbed me wrong.  The way that she dismissed everything that he tried.

I bought the whole series because you can get all four books and they are full length novels for like three bucks. I think I’m gonna read the rest because The Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale with Little Red Riding hood coming in a close second and I want to see what happens.  The author alludes to these other stories so I think I’m gonna check them out.

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