Series: The Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1
“The face in the mirror smiled at me, “Ask the question.”
“Who is the bravest of them all?”
So most of us know who Sleeping Beauty is right? Well…WRONG!! Hamstead does such a fantastic job of reimagining and yet staying wonderfully true to the essence of a classic fairytale that I was so hooked I had to finish this book in one day. I simply couldn’t bear to not know how it ended.
The magic of this book is that it weaves together so many fairytales that many of us have already heard and know so well, but puts some new twist on them that feels authentic and yet exciting and interesting. I’ve read retelling stories before and the authors usually change too much for it to be recognizable or change too little so it is basically the exact same story. But by deviating just enough in the form of a space pirate, utterly rich, riddled with magic universe, this author imbues the world with crackling authenticity and a sense of wonder you just have to keep reading to find out more about.
The characters of this book were just so fabulous as well. Apolline was a fantastic and wholly wonderful character. She was crafted to be a strong heroine from the get go, but I liked the fact that the author never made her seem unfeminine in any way, a lot of authors like to think that a girl who behaves in a way deemed “manly” must not be interested in “girly” things anymore. But Apolline was written wonderfully to show the falseness of that belief. Just because she was a skilled huntress and self-sufficient didn’t mean she wasn’t still interested in romance and listening to fairytales.
And Allard…talk about swoon worthy. Somehow I have never read about a more charming prince who is so dorky and awkward at the same time. He was such a likable love interest from the start and their moments together were so well done that I kept going back to reread them over and over. Fairytale romance can often come off as super cheesy, but Hamstead really sold the developing relationship between the two and I’m one of those readers who loves being in on a secret before the characters are so it was smart how she played that back and forth with the slow-burning and yet intensely desired connection between Apolline and Allard.
Everything about this book is worth praising, so much so that my review would have to be way longer to include all of the magnificent things in it. This is the kind of book that should be at the top of everyone’s to-read list. It has dynamic characters, a beautiful, poetic love story, a hero and heroine who complement each other and really spark off the pages and it even has a villain you can’t help but sympathize with at times. I know that I will certainly be back for as many books as Hamstead wants to write for this series, especially if Apolline and Allard appear in future ones 😉
*I was given a free copy of this book through NetGalley from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.*