Book Review

FAIRYTALE
by Maggie Shayne

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

1996 CONTEMPORARY FANTASY ROMANCE Nominee

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Adam Reid can't believe it when he stumbles across a hidden doorway into the magical land of Rush. Before returning him to the mortal world, the beautiful pregnant Fairy Princess Marire reveals that someday it will be his destiny to help return the exiled twin princesses to Rush.

Brigit Malone always believed she was special. None of the other orphans had their own personal fairytale book that told of twin fairy sisters destined to fight an evil prince. As she grows older, Brigit learns to accept that there is no Rush or twin sister. When a fire destroys the orphanage, Brigit is rescued by Raze Malone, an elderly homeless man and together they do whatever is necessary to survive on the streets.When Brigit's extraordinary artistic ability is discovered, she is coerced into forging masterpieces for the evil Zaslow.

Unlike her twin sister, Bridin knows the truth of their unusual heritage. Following the death of her adoptive parents, Bridin fell into the hands of the Dark Prince. Somehow bridin must get a message to Brigit, that now is the time for them to return to fight for the throne of Rush.

Adam Reid lost his trust in women long ago so when Brigit tries to strike up a relationship, he is immediately suspicious. Brigit hates the deceit she must practice, but unless she finds a way to copy Adam's mystical painting, Zaslow with kill Raze. Despite their efforts, the emotional and sensual tie between Brigit and Adam grows. Will they have the strength to fulfill their destinies?

Category author Maggie Shayne makes an awesome single title debut with FAIRYTALE, her extraordinarily captivating and exhilarating story of mortals, fairies and the forces of good and evil. This guaranteed page-turner will leave you panting for more! (May, 384 pp, $5.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Avon

Published: May 1996

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Fairytale

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 1:14pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I've had Fairytale on my Kindle for quite some time. I had even started it once upon a time but was pulled away for something else and never ended up finishing it. I'm a huge Maggie Shayne fan and I can't say exactly why I hadn't finished reading it before now. Once I sat down and restarted it again though, I was kicking myself for not having done it sooner. I was thoroughly enchanted.

The YA tags for this book are completely misleading and I can't blame the reviewers who went in expecting a YA, got something completely different, and therefore gave it low ratings. It's not a young adult novel, it's a beautifully written adult fairytale. :)

Adam is one of those heroes that you can't help but love because while he's smart, sexy and confident, he's also a bit tortured. Plagued by memories and dreams that caused thoughts he was punished for having, he's made it his life's work to try and understand.

Brigit is a wonderful heroine. She's sassy, tough, and multi-dimensional. Torn between what she knows is right and what she's forced to do, she scrapes through life the best she can and overcomes some pretty hefty obstacles. She also deals with the fear that she might be a bit crazy, though in her heart she knows she's not.

The two of them together are amazing. A literal fairytale written by fate, it doesn't come easy for our leading couple. When they finally figure things out though, it's an emotional roller coaster of epic proportions.

When a book pulls you along, mesmerized, and ends with such emotion that it has your heart close to bursting & you close to tears, you know it was good!

While not the fastest paced read in the beginning, it was beautifully built, magically crafted, & wonderfully concluded. I can't wait to see what's next in the FAIRIES OF RUSH series.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Fairytale 4 1/2 Skulls and would recommend it to fantasy and paranormal romance readers who are searching for an emotional and action packed read.