Book Reviews

The Cost of Treachery by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Darkened Nights: History book 6
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

To show his gratitude for a poor couple saving his life, a king offers his daughter to their son. Alas, this son is not nearly as good and compassionate as his parents. The king has no choice but to try to save his kingdom… and turns to the ogres for aid in this twisted retelling of The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs.

Review:

In the blurb it says this is a retelling of the Devil and the Three Golden Hairs. I have never read the story so I can’t compare the two.

The story starts several centuries before the last one left off. The king is saved from near death by a couple. The king offers them any wish they want to be granted. The couple offer up their son to be married.

The king accepts, only to come to realize his new soon to be son in law is treacherous. He ends up going to the giants for help who then test the newly prince.

This was a fast story. I didn’t hate it but didn’t really like it either.

 

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The Cost of Rage by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Darkened Nights: History book 5
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

This tragic tale details the transformation from young boy to terrible man to a wicked, cursed beast. Will love one day break the curse? Or will the beast be doomed to a vicious existence?

Review:

Well I did fall back in love with the beast. The poor thing. What he had to live with, I would have become cruel too. The fairies, oh those pesky asshats. He was only a child and they treated him so horribly.

That ending… I wish something would have happened to that fairy at the end  Of Rose and Cruelty. She needs some series time with karma.

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Of Rose and Cruelty by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 153
Series: Once Upon a Darkened Night 3
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis:

At the front of the ruined castle, I hesitate. Can I dare do this? How can I not? I will do all I can to protect her, she, Isabelle Mercier, the woman I have loved since before I could walk. A slight exaggeration, to be sure, but nevertheless, my love for her is pure and undying. If my own life should be forfeit to keep her happy, then I should be grateful for the chance to bring a smile upon her face.

A horrific beast. A desperate man. A woman willing to do anything for her family.

This tale of beauty and a beast is one that will make you wonder if perhaps the curse is well deserved.

Review:

Unlike the first two books in the series, the princess isn’t evil in this one. No, sweet Isabelle does give herself up to the beast in order to save her father just like the story of old. The difference in this one is the beast. He is very cruel.

Gervais (Gaston) has been in love with Isabelle (Belle) since he was six, she seven. Gervais time and time again asks Isabelle to marry him, and time again she refuses. It’s not because he is vain as the other tales depict him. It’s because he is a leader. The townspeople look up to him as he helps rebuild Fantasia.

This story is set a century after the last book. The Queen who is in reign has lost her husband and has said the prince died at only five years old.

This tale will make you fall in love with the hero Gervais and hate the beast. The beast who is so cruel to Isabelle and has no care for anyone. If it wasn’t for Gervais, Isabelle would have died.

I’m so confused. I have feelings for a version of Gaston. What am I to do?

On to the beast’s tale.