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B+
My Wicked Prince

He was my stepbrother. My Prince Charming. My fairytale gone totally wrong... My mother marrying the king was supposed to give my mom and me our happily ever after. But my life has never been a bedtime story and no prince with a fancy shoe is turning me into a Cinderella. I had big plans ...

A-
The Prince and the Dressmaker

How about a fairy tale where the heroine is the fairy godmother and the prince needs a beautiful gown? Prince Sebastian of Belgium is hiding a secret: he loves wearing gowns, and dreams of donning something more bold and glamorous than his mother’s old castoffs. When he sees a ballgown by seamstre ...

B
The Royal Runaway

Part mystery, part adventure, part romance, The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory is her entry in the current trend of regal-themed romances. Princess Theodora is recovering from the humiliation of being dumped on her wedding day but discovers things aren't quite what they seem in this story of duty, s ...

A
Star-Crossed

I read a ton of young adult fantasy, and while I enjoy most of what I pick up in the genre, I'll be the first to admit to the lack of originality that seems to pervade many of today's best-selling novels. I wasn't sure what to expect when I volunteered to review Star-Crossed, the latest stand-alone ...

D-
Three Nights with the Princess

(NOTE: This book was previously published in 1993 as The Princess and the Barbarian) It’s interesting how a person’s keeper shelf can change over time.  When I was fourteen, Betina Krahn’s The Princess and the Barbarian was one of my favorite tales, kept alongside Johanna Lindsay and Cath ...

B+
Mirage

Mirage is a YA fantasy novel based on a recent historical period from the author’s ancestral land of Morocco.  Known as the Years of Lead, it was a bloody episode during which dissidents were arrested or executed. In spite of the heavy subject matter, the author tells a charming story of love, fr ...

B-
The Romanov Empress

I haven't found much in the way of historical fiction set in Russia that doesn't deal with the Russian Revolution, and while that time period does interest me a great deal, I do like a bit of variety in my reading. So, when I read the blurb for C.W. Gortner's latest work The Romanov Empress, I decid ...

A+
Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver is a lush, richly imagined, gloriously magical fantasy novel that takes its inspiration from Russian and Jewish folklore. A story full of adventure, wit, dangerous fey and clever queens, it is everything, EVERYTHING that a fairy tale for adults should be. Irina is the plain daught ...

B
Prisoner of the Crown

Jeffe Kennedy offers an exciting new look at the world she created in her Twelve Kingdoms and Uncharted Realms series with Prisoner of the Crown. The opening tale in the trilogy about the lost princess of Dasnaria, this is one of the best books in this fantasy saga. It is a standalone novel, so you ...

A
The Prince

Katharine Ashe hits only high notes in this memorable fourth book in the Devil’s Duke series.  The Prince elevates two previously minor secondary characters - and my friends, the pairing is brilliant.  He’s an exiled prince of a fictional Mediterranean realm, hidden away in Scotland and biding ...