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 is the second book in a week I wish I had more time to think about. The book is released today though, so no such luck.
(There’s something that a textual review cannot adequately convey here, and that’s how long I spent starring at the blinking cursor in word with my hands pressed together and held against my lips… as if that pose would somehow unlock my feelings on this title.)
Okay, this is the worst possible way to start a book review, but it’s the one solid thought I have in my brain so I’m writing it down and may the literary gods take mercy on my soul. At one point, towards the end of the title, I honestly said “huh, that’s how you’re going to play this? Okay, not how I would’ve done it.”
And it wasn’t.
But that’s okay, because it all worked out in the end. Everyone learned a valuable lesson. Both boys got both girls (or did both girls get both boys… meh…) The villains got their comeuppance. The people rejoiced. And I enjoyed the journey. Which is what really matters.
I’ve got to admit, it was a fun little read with a totally different take on a fairytale. Actually, it was a totally different take on different takes of fairytales. In what could be an oversaturated market, this was a good time.
3.5 stars. There are little people, magic mirrors, renegade princesses, and accessible life lessons not so blatant that they hit you over the head without being so obtuse that you have to Wikipedia what the fuck it all meant.
(plus I never get to read books with shorter than average heroes, so these two ruled the school. If you will.)