Title: Once Upon A [Stolen] Time
Author: Samreen Ahsan
Published Date: December 1st 2015
Genre: Fantasy Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.
Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.
For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.
This book is amazing!!! The whole mystery surrounding the Hue Castle and its former occupants is a story in itself. It’s like a story inside a story. This is the first Fantasy novel I’ve read in a while and I loved it. I know this is going to sound weird but I kind of got a Beauty and the Beast vibe while reading it. Cursed castle, cursed Prince, beautiful young woman who may or may not be the one to break the spell, just saying.
I especially loved all the detail that went in to the curse and the background of how it came to be. It’s not fully explained how the curse was implemented, but we learn about the curse from both sides of the time frame, both stories are a little different depending on who is doing the telling.
The story does get a little dark in regards to Edward’s father, nothing too graphic but somethings are implied like: violence against women, rape, torture, and murder. This is just a small part of the book and to me is overshadowed by the overall story.
Honestly, I can’t wait till the 2nd book comes out. I really need to know how this story ends. I did leave a lot of stuff out of my review just because I didn’t want to spoil the fun for anyone else. There are so many surprises and a huge twist (well it seemed like a bombshell to me, lol) that I want readers to discover on their own.
Overall I think this is a great beginning and would recommend this book to anyone.
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