Welcome to the Atone blog tour! This book is a Young Adult Fairy Tale Fantasy novel that was published June 30, 2013! We actually did a cover reveal back in June for them!
Becca Ward knows that magic is real…
Two years ago not only had she and her best friend Alex found a real-life Sleeping Beauty in the middle of Los Angeles, they also discovered that they were powerful in their own right. They’ve managed to keep both their fae powers and their friend Lilia’s identity as a medieval princess a secret and live a normal life. Now their normalcy is threatened by the return of their former advisor at the Gem and Mineral Museum—and Becca’s least favorite person, Nicholas Hunt.
…and she’s about to find out that more than one fairy tale is true.
Nicholas has been obsessed with proving Lilia’s identity and the existence of magic. While working on an archeology dig he discovered an ancient fae artifact—a mirror that is imbued with a powerful protection spell that twists his obsession, and his body, until he is more beast than man. In order to protect her friends, Becca is forced to help him, and she is surprised to find that in spite of his outward appearance, Nicholas is no longer the beast she remembers. Will she let herself be the beauty that breaks the curse, or will she let her prejudice against him stop her from discovering true love?
Series: A Fairytale Trilogy, #2
Age: Young Adult; 14 years and up
Review: 5 butterflies
Let me preface by saying that I absolutely love fairytale remakes. I don’t care that I know pretty much how it’ll end—I just love finding out the unique twist the author puts on it.
And that’s how this book is. Though it is a remake of The Beauty and the Beast, the author manages to spin it in her own unique and fantastic way that I was absolutely entranced. I constantly wondered how the characters were going to get out of the messes they were in, and it most definitely wasn’t predictable.
Becca is a character I could definitely relate to. She felt as if she wasn’t as powerful as the rest of her friends, and she can’t see her potential to become a really strong fae. She was kind and empathetic, but also very stubborn when she wanted to be. She never once annoyed me and I completely agreed with everything she did. I was cheering for her the whole time and was incredibly glad with the way the book ended.
Nicholas was amazing as well. Though a bit cold-hearted in the beginning, he quickly changed with Becca and he became a great character that I adored! The changes were subtle and didn’t ever seem too abrupt or too rushed, and when I realized he had changed I was already half in love with him.
I loved how the author joined the fairytales with the fae world. Her own unique spin on the story was fantastic and the world she created enthralled me. I was quickly sucked into the story and did not once stop until I hit the Acknowledgements page.
Though this book is part of a series, you don’t need to read the first book to understand this book. I do recommend it, however, because I didn’t get to read the first book and I would have liked a bit more background information that I’m sure was told in the first book.
I honestly can’t wait to read the next and last book in this trilogy and am quickly going over to get Awake, the first book! I definitely recommend this book for people who love fairy tales, magic, fae, true love, adventures, and happy endings!
A free copy of this book was provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of toddler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.
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