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Let down your hair girl!?

Rapunzel Untamed Book Cover Rapunzel Untamed
Curse of the Fairy Tales #1
Erin Bedford
fantasy, paranormal, romance,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(15 Jun. 2018)

A thousand years. No memories. Five powerful mages dying to save her. In the city of Neo New York, mages rule the world. People like Eva, the non-magical kind, mean nothing. The only destiny waiting for her will be to serve the mages for the rest of her days. Except Eva isn’t like other humans. Locked in a tower for a crime she doesn’t even remember, Eva is saved by none other than some of Neo New York’s most prestigious mages, and they won’t let anyone take their new toy away from them. When Eva’s memories make a reappearance, she realizes she might be a little bit more than just a nuisance. Now, Eva must dodge jealous ex-lovers and ambitious council members, all while keeping her past a secret. Whoever said fairy tales had happy endings hasn’t walked a minute in Eva’s shoes.

A fantasy take on the Rapunzel story, with a multiverse where Magic arrived sometime around the 14th century and everything changed. Some people are born with Magic and take a high place in society and  the ‘humans’ those without magic, are basically slaves.

I found this story good as far as it went but in my opinion, it left with too much of a cliff-hanger I realise that this is now a series but..

I also thought it was too short and wanted it to be fleshed out more. I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters enough to really want to read more.

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The Auction and the Vampires

Until Midnigt Book Cover Until Midnigt
Crimson Fold #1
Erin Bedford
fantasy, urban fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(29 Oct. 2017)

The Hunger Games meets Cinderella. This fairy tale has no happy endings only dark beginnings. They call them the Crimson Fold. High up in their castle they look down on my little world and wield a silent control. That is, until the invitations are sent out. I never dreamed I’d be selected. They tell me it’s a privilege. I should be honored. But the fear in their eyes doesn’t lie. If I refuse to go, my family will be shunned. If I go, my life and my body will no longer be mine. It’ll be theirs. At midnight it will be over. At Midnight I’ll be his.

So Vampires – the Crimson Fold – rule the world – or at least the City State that Clarabelle lives in and each year they have a grand ball where various members of the populace are viewed – rather like a cattle auction. Their looks and capabilities are tested and then they are assigned to their role in the palace – or not. So the ones that look ‘best for breeding’ are given as lovers – or in marriage to the Royalty. The ones not so good are made into servants.

Because this whole Palace choosing so closely resembled the slave/cattle auction I marked it down a little – although it was probably meant to do this.

I liked Clarabelle and do wonder what her Prince has in store for her, but not enough to want to read the follow on book. Sorry. 3.5 stars

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How do you tie them up?

Unleashed Book Cover Unleashed
(Adirondack Pack, #2.5)
K.C. Stewart
#paranormal, romance, fantasy
Pronoun
(7 May 2017)
Kindle

As a submissive, Zach stayed out of pack issues. He showed up when it was required, but for the most part, he stuck with those like him. When he comes across a business card of a man selling his kind, Zach has to step up or step aside.

She was a girl without a name, a pet to the man who owned her. Loneliness was the only thing she could count on in this life. Others like her came and were sold within twenty-four hours. There was no use getting attached when they would be leaving her alone once more. And then he showed up…

Zach brought her a name, an identity. He was nothing like the others before him and promised her freedom. It was a promise too good to be true.

You’ve been reading about slaves in our so-called civilised society in London, where he we have slaves of the more exotic kind. It seems, that even in London, people keep slaves to do their ‘dirty’ work eg housework and so on, but in this book they use shifters as exotic pets and train them to behave, and often use them sexually as well.

To obtain such a slave you need to go to an auction and here a member of the pack finds out about one and acquires a slave – to free her of course! and to close down the slave ring if he can.

Again a rather different story-line within this series and nicely written.

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