Once Upon A [Fallen] Time (#2) – Samreen Ahsan
Title: Once Upon A [Fallen] Time (Stolen Series #2)
Author: Samreen Ahsan
Page length: 417 pages
This is a month of sequels for me, as they just keep on coming.
Once Upon A [Fallen] Time continues the tale of Myra Farrow, a modern day woman who gets lost in her medieval fantasies and Edward Hue, a fictional 15th century, soon-to-be King of England.
I had read the first installment several years ago and I remember enjoying the tale at the time.
For some reason, I was much more aware this time and I have a real issue with modern day talking and swearing being used in the 15th century, albeit fictional England. The 15th century prince said, “Shit” more times than I can count, acting more like a Gen Z teenager, than a 15th century royal. While I don’t mind a fictional 15th century, it’s rooted in the real world and I feel should reflect some historical accuracy.
Additionally, the internal dialogues were long and repetitive. I skimmed a good part of this book because they just kept saying the same thing in their heads.
This felt like a first draft that is in need of heavy revision and modification. As a reader, I needed more show than tell. Additionally, the characters are immature and lacking in much development. Edward is a damaged individual and I don’t think he deserves Myra’s affection since he can be abusive. Myra is childish and seems to lack an understanding of her surroundings. I was mostly frustrated with her behaviour throughout the majority of the story.
As you can tell, I was disappointed in this continuation of the story-line. However, it still has good bones and with proper editing and guidance could be an interesting Beauty and the Beast twist. I’m not sure why my experience was so vastly different this time than the first, but I see a lot of potential in the writer and in time she could be a strong story-teller, but I think she would benefit from getting more outside perspectives before publishing and calling it done.
If you like romantic fairytale twists this story might intrigue you. She clearly has devoted followers who do enjoy her writing style. So, just because the book missed the mark for me, doesn’t mean that it won’t delight you!
You can find the story on Amazon in Kindle format.
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castle-and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. When Steve Bernard, a wealthy videogame designer offers her to model for a princess character in his new game, Myra can’t resist his offer to enter the mysterious, colourless, and cursed Hue Castle. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to it by blood and sorcery. When she enters the castle’s doors, she awakens dark powers, time travelling through a cursed mirror, torturing her present, and rewriting her future, leaving Steve Bernard with millions of questions.
Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine, nor felt the rain, or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father King Stefan, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman, who walks into his life through a cursed mirror, out of his dreams, and introduces him: love.
Will Myra break Edward’s curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly? Will Steve ever be able to finish his game without Myra? Past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.
This is book 2 of [STOLEN] SERIES
THE LADY BEHIND THE STORY:
History, art and literature are my passions. I love digging out information about prophecies, divine miracles and paranormal events that are mentioned in history and holy books, that don’t sound possible in today’s modern world.
Since childhood, I have been into reading and writing—and yes, it can’t happen without imagination, which luckily has no boundaries. Dance and music are also pastimes I enjoy, as well as reading romance fiction. I love to travel and explore historical cities. I currently live in Toronto, Canada.
Once Upon A [Stolen] Time is a romantic fantasy fairytale.
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