5 Star and TWO 3.5 Star Review for Fairest by K.S. Trenten #FF #Fantasy @rhodrymavelyne

fairest1400Title: Fairest
Author Name & Publisher: K.S. Trenten (Prizm Books – A Torquere Imprint)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 27,425 Words


On the eve of my sixteenth year, I'm cursed to prick my finger on spindle and fall into a hundred year sleep. This is what the witch with the snow white skin and haunting dark eyes promised me, as I lay in my cradle. I haven't been able to get her out of my mind, since. She haunts my dreams, steals into my quiet moments, when I think I'm alone. Everyone thinks she's my enemy. Everyone thinks I need to be protected from her. I can't think of her as an enemy, no matter what anyone else thinks. Who is she, truly? The only name she's ever been given are a few, enigmatic words. The fairest of them all.

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I absolutely loved this book. We all need a little magic in our lives and this book offers mystery, illusions, bewitchment and a beautiful romance.
It helps if you are familiar with fairy-tales as this enchanting book incorporates many old favourites including Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
It’s a delightful romantic retelling of love conquering all. It incorporates an adorable tale with charm and humour. I loved the use of the word queer, it really made me smile in the context it was used.
A light hearted and thoroughly enjoyable read.
ThreeandHalfStarsThis is an embellishment of the Snow White fairy tale, that takes a different twist, as well as including several different fairytales within. I may be stretching that and seeing more things than I should, but I don’t think so. It’s an interesting interpretation, and I recommend it to anyone who loves fairytales. It’s an almost perfect rebuttal to all those Princes that Disney taught us to dream about, way before we understood we wanted either a Princess to come sweep us away, or that we wanted to be the Prince(ss) doing all the sweeping. That said, there were a couple of things that left me a little less than satisfied. The plot itself is good; it kept me turning pages. The good witch seems tragic even as more and more you start to understand the role she’s played in all of these events. The bad witch, because every fairy tale has to have one, garners more and more sympathy the more you learn about her. In fact, at the end of her story, we have to look with new eyes to see who the evil witch in the story truly is. Which is also great. I still suffer from the unrealistic black and white vision with which Disney taught me to look at the world. It gets in the way of forgiving people for their mistakes when they learn better. This book has that lesson well in hand. My problem is more of a technical, stylistic problem. I felt that our heroic princess, whose name I’m still not sure I ever learned, indulged in too much exposition, instead of showing me what happened in her story. Sometimes this is a trap of a first person pov, because it can seem like the story is coming out in dialogue because we’re in our protagonist’s head. Really what is happening is that our narrator is narrating too much, and explaining what’s happening instead of relating action and dialogue that shows us what’s going on. That’s what I feel is going on here. The result for me is that while I love the idea of the story, the execution leaves me a little cold. Another thing is that while the story is told in a manner which emulates a fairytale, that very style allows for certain things to seem a bit shallower and more archetypical. I would have liked some things to be rounded a bit more. I also have a problem with the evolution of our princess’s feelings toward the wicked witch. I’d like to see a little more how fascination turned into love, because they aren’t the same thing. I could easily see her fascination turning more to obsession, like certain others in the story, rather than love. It was a pretty good read, quick and easy once I got further into it.

In this book we meet a young woman that seems familiar to the reader; she is reminiscent of a certain character/princess from Grimm Brothers’ and Walt Disney’s fairytales.


I’m a sucker for a new take on old classic fairytales, and this one is no different. On the whole, I enjoyed the book and the new spin on some of my favorite fairytales; I especially love how there are more than one fairy princess being depicted.


However, I have a few issues that knocked down the otherwise lovely plot idea for me. First, I don’t really understand the evolution of feelings that occurred with the main character princess, whom we never learn the name of. The fascination was tangible from the beginning, and I read that she felt slightly more, but no explanation or real detail is given to show her evolution from fascinated to in love with. Secondly I felt that, while I understand the reasoning behind it, the fairytale-like telling of the story came off as a little clichéd. We didn’t really learn a whole lot, other than what was relevant to the main plot, and the characters came off as very cookie cutter perfect to me. Lastly, there were quite a few places where the formatting, or lack thereof, and the wording of passages made it hard to ascertain if someone else was speaking or if something should have been more of a telepathic-type communication.


But I am happy that I read the book and was able to see the fairytales in this light. The story, at its core, was intriguing and sweet.



My first memory was of her dark eyes. They seemed to capture all the colors of my infant universe, even as they threatened to swallow me. Her eyes should have been terrifying, but they weren’t.

Her blood red lips moved, shaping words I could only dimly recall. My parents remembered them only too well, as did everyone else who’d gathered at the castle for my christening.

“I, too, have a gift for this child. She shall grow up, with all the beauty and promise of the dawn, but her sun will never rise.”

My mother told me she nearly swooned with terror at the look of sheer malevolence the witch gave to the sunbeams, playing about my cradle. She wanted to stop the witch from speaking, as did my father. No one could move, no matter how much they wished to. Everyone stood, still and motionless, spellbound by the witch’s gaze.

“Before the sun sets on the eve of her sixteenth year, the princess shall  prick her finger on a spindle. With the first drop of her blood, a sleep will fall upon her, claiming her for a hundred years.”

My mother tried to call in another witch to remove the curse. My father burned every spindle he could find. However, nothing could lift the curse, for all their efforts. The witch had disappeared into a cloud of green smoke. No one could find her after my christening, despite many attempts to locate her. The only thing she left behind, besides her curse, was the memory of her dark eyes.


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