Book review: The Prince’s Prisoner (Feared Fables #2) by Klarissa King/Isla Jones (2.5 stars)

(I received a free eARC from Xpresso Book Tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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The Prince’s Prisoner (Feared Fables #2) by Klarissa King/Isla Jones

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

When Callie goes to the Fae world to save her friend, she is entrapped in a curse to dance eternally. Then, the Prince of War decides to help her out, whisking her away to his court and she is to be his unwilling bride to bear him an heir.

I never read the first book, but this book can be read as a standalone. Although in the synopsis it does mention to be aware of themes, it doesn’t mention what they are, so technically, there was no point to the trigger warning since they didn’t attach anything to it and I had to figure it out for myself which I was not happy with LOL. When I read the book I didn’t even know that it warned about the themes. (I usually request books months in advance and just jump into them when I do get them.)

I shall put my own then, TRIGGER WARNING: Violence & Domestic violence

I liked the world building and story as it was pretty straightforward and it almost seemed to remind me of a mix between Beauty and the Beast plus The Cruel Prince. I initially liked the way it was executed until halfway throughout the book where the problematic stuff starts happening and I dropped my rating.

Honestly, it wasn’t badly written nor was the world building bad, I just wished a few things would have been done differently like the abuse and violence. I would be more inclined to accept them if they pushed the story or character forward, but this one didn’t really do that for me. I also wished that it had ended even before Affay’s POV.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Spinning Thorns by Anna Sheehan (2 stars)

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Spinning Thorns by Anna Sheehan

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance

Rating: 2/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Sleeping Beauty is awoken and everyone lives happily ever after, but thorns still surround the castle. A feud is still ongoing with those who wield magic and those who don’t. A rebellion may be the answer and this is when Sleeping Beauty’s daughter steps in.

The concept was great, but I think the story’s history and world building was too chunky for a stand alone book. By 2/3 of the book, I was extremely bored so I sped read through the rest.

I didn’t like or emotionally connect to characters and the story too. I did feel the spark between the characters. I did feel that the story had a lot of promise, but the characters and pacing fell flat for me.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Movie Review: The Princess Switch (2018) (3.5 stars)

“They say life is what’s happening when you’re busy making other plans.”

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Title: The Princess Switch (2018)

Genre: Romance

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review:

A baker from Chicago goes to Belgravia to compete in a Christmas baking competition. There, she bumps into the Prince’s fiancee and the two of them look exactly alike and decide to switch for 2 days.

The Music was definitely very festive (great for the holidays) and so was the whole mise-en-scene of the film. I love the vibe of the film as well.

It gave me strong Barbie’s Princess and the Pauper vibes! In terms of story/character logic, I definitely found a lot of parts weird, but this movie was really entertaining and brought me to tears. It was cheesy, romantic and clichéd, but heartwarming as well. It’s a great Christmas movie for romance fans and definitely check it out if you just want a heartwarming film that you can wind down with.

(I watched this film in December of 2018!)

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book review: Over Ruled (Over Ruled #1) by Brittney Joy (Did not finish)

(I received a free Review Copy from the author in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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Over Ruled (Over Ruled #1) by Brittney Joy

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating: Did not finish

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Jade is heir to the throne, but her mother the Queen, is unwilling to pass the title over. Jade never left the castle walls and is unsure whether they are to keep her safe or imprisoned. Nova left the Kingdom of Sterling before she could crawl and now returns to rescue her cousin, discovering that magic is used to control the people. Chael is the secretive royal guard that has the answers for both girls, but is hiding something dark.

I’m really thankful that the author sent me a copy to review, but unfortunately, I did not finish the book. I stopped at chapter 4, but I found the writing really good, but did feel that the pacing was too slow for me. I didn’t find myself liking the characters enough to continue with the story.

Nonetheless, definitely check out this book because although it may not be for me, you’ll definitely love it if you’re a fan of fantasy and magic books!

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Movie Review: Dumplin’ (2018) (4 stars)

“Figure out who you are and do it on purpose. – Dolly Parton”

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Title: Dumplin’ (2018)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Willowdean a.k.a. Dumplin’ is the daughter of a pageant queen. When she signs up for her mother’s pageant as a form of protesting against conformity of body sizes, more contestants join her cause.

The music was definitely more texan and even had original music from Dolly Parton herself. The lighting was warm throughout the movie.

I read the book and found it pretty okay, but I mentioned that I was excited to see a movie and I was definitely not disappointed! I liked the acting and felt that the cast’s acting definitely helped the film.

I loved Willowdean’s strong character and LOVED that they brought in Drag Queen as well (I can’t remember if this actually happened in the book? Because I read it quite a while ago and my note taking for reviews at that time wasn’t that detailed)!

I definitely spotted some differences from the book, but also did think that the chances were necessary to make the story more coherent on screen. There were great messages and I even teared up quite a bit. It’s definitely an important movie that everyone should watch.

I enjoyed the pacing and the way the film interpreted the story.

I was also shocked & happy to find out that the actress for Hannah, Bex Taylor-Klaus, voiced Pidge in one of my favourite cartoons, Voltron: Legendary Defender!

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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