Thursday, 1 June 2017

Fractured Beauty [Review & Giveaway!]

Hello everyone!

Title: Fractured Beauty
Authors: Adrienne Monson, Lehua Parker, Angela Corbett, Angela Brimhall and Angela Hartley
Publisher: Tork Media
Published Date: 1st June 2017
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thanks to the authors for the review copy*


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Synopsis: Beauty and the Beast may be a tale as old as time, but in this collection by the Fairy Tale Five you’ll meet five newly imagined Belles and the Beasts they love. 

Angela Brimhall’s beast is a terrifying sea monster cursed by a scorned gypsy. He must risk all to save the strong-willed princess before losing his last chance at love and redemption, becoming forever damned to the briny deep. 

Lehua Parker’s Nani is trapped by Indian and Hawaiian traditions and a fiancé locked in stasis in a medi-mod. Cultures and expectations collide in this sci-fi futuristic world where nano-bot tattoos and dreams reveal the secret of Nani’s heart. 

Angela Corbett’s Ledger is determined to find out more about the mysterious woman who saved him from certain death and uncover the secrets of  Withering Woods, but some beasts are better left caged. 

Adrienne Monson’s Arabella rushes to an enchanted castle to pay her father’s debt, but is met with a burly beast with a mysterious past. It’s a howling paranormal regency romp that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime. 

Angela Hartley’s Porta Bella discovers there’s more to Oregon life than taking care of her father when she finds herself rescued by Bigfoot. It’s up to Porta Bella to unravel the faery’s curse and discover who’s the real monster.

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Review: After having read a novel by Adrienne Monson before, I was curious to try one of her short stories. I was happy that another four short stories came along with it, all of them being fairytale retellings. If you know how much I loved The Lunar Chronicles and also The Wrath and the Dawn, then you might already have figured out how much I love any kind of retelling whatsoever. Anyway, it made me really eager to read this short story collection. I’ll do little reviews for each short story.

Beauty and the Beast: This first story wasn’t quite to my taste. Although it wasn’t bad, I just have to say that it was too… bizarre? The villain had a way of talking that represented where she came from, so she never spoke in complete sentences. I don’t know why that always bothers me, but it bothered me here too. I also felt like all the good characters didn’t make it to the end, and all the bad ones – who had very few redeeming qualities, did. It made me a little frustrated. So I’ll give this one 3 stars.


Nani’s Kiss: I really loved this short story! I only wish it had been longer. It’s a sci-fi retelling, and I loved the culture the author managed to create, and the world she managed to build, in so few words. I would’ve wanted to explore it further (hence wanting more of the story.) I liked the characters a lot. The ending was a bit… weird? But still pretty good. I would give this one 4 stars.

Withering Woods: Although this wasn’t a bad story, I got the sense that it was a tad bit under developed. I feel like it had more to do with it needing to be a short story than anything else. Although I liked the characters and the creepy setting, I wanted the world and the Screamers to be a bit more developed. The plot was quite rushed as well, amounting to very little. But there was such a good message brought across about love, and beauty, which I had to appreciate and made up for the plot line quite a bit. I would give this one 3 stars.


Arabella’s Story: This one was by far my favourite of the collection. It was perfect! I liked the adapted fairytale, and how it made a lot more sense this way. Arabella’s character was realistic, and she was the kind of person I’d love to have as a friend. There was a brilliant plot twist – I didn’t even know short stories could do plot twists this well, and I really liked the message the story brought across. The romance moved a bit too fast, especially at the end. But I’m chalking it down to trying to bring a complete story into a short amount of words. So I’m still giving it 5 stars.

Inner Beauty and the Beast: I felt like it was such a shame to end the collection with this story. The world building was okay, but a bit rushed because the story was so short. The main character struck me as cruel – but she was supposed to be, so that was okay. But she was far too judgmental, and she never respected other people’s lifestyles or opinions. When she wanted something, she would do whatever she could to get it. If someone’s morals and values were different from her own she couldn’t see it from their perspective. Instead, she was overly cruel. It actually offended me a bit, because of the rudeness with which she spoke of values others supported. I couldn’t enjoy this one for that reason, at all. I’d have to give it 1 star.


All in all, this was a decent collection. I quite enjoyed reading the range of stories and seeing how the adapted them to fit their own ideas. Some stories were better than others, but I have yet to come across a collection where I enjoyed each and every story. So I understand!

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Olivia’s Question: What’s your favourite fairytale?

Olivia-Savannah x

112 comments:

  1. The book sounds good, love the cover; thanks for the chance :)

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    1. The cover was one of the first things to catch my eye too!

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  2. Congrats on your new release. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  3. Ohh I like that the author is giving us 5 of their takes on a classic. REally curious to see which I would like as well.

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    1. It was interesting to compare and contrast them in my mind :D

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  4. It looks like you enjoyed most of the stories in this collection which is great. I love your photos, Olivia. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, Carole! Yes, the majority of them were a lot of fun to read!

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  5. The synopsis sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  6. I love books that give a new take on classic fairy tales!

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  7. As another lover of fairy tail retellings, I thoroughly enjoyed the post. Love your analysis on each story. Also, stunning photos.

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    1. I wanted to make sure to mention each one :D

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  8. First of all, I absolutely adore the cover of Fractured Beauty. That dress! And second, I loooove collections like this. There's just something I adore with reading each story and then reviewing it. I think I would like Nani's Kiss the most because it's a sci-fi retelling. ^_^

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    1. I wish I could have a dress like that as well. I recommend you read this one, Stephanie! Nani's Kiss was brilliant ^.^

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  9. These sound like amazing characters. I would love to read their stories.

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    1. The characters really were well represented :)

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  10. I'm sorry you didn't love them all, but at least some of them were good! The reason I never really read short story so is because I always feel like it's just not enough time to truly develop the characters or the story or the world :-/ At least, not enough for me personally to connect with it. But I do like retellings!

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    1. It's always a mix when it comes to short story collections and me! Some can be too short, and it really does take a talent to get a short story just right...

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  11. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the info and the chance to win. Beautiful cover as well.

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  12. These sound like great stories. True love.

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  13. That's a great cover!! It certainly catches a reader's attention.

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  14. Looks like an interesting read

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  15. I am always looking for new reads. Sounds and looks like a good one

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    1. Then this is one to add to your list :D

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  16. Love hearing about new stories to enjoy for summer reading!

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  17. This looks like it will be a good read!

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  18. Congrats on ur new release

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    1. The authors must all be very excited!

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  19. Looks like a fun book to read. One of my favorite books as a child was the original Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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    1. Grimm's Fairy Tales are the classics of all fairytales. Nice choice :)

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  20. This book looks great. Thank you!

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  21. Thanks for the great giveaway
    Entry name: Marlene V

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  22. I enjoyed the review-thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Congrats on the release i know you put in a lot of hard work and effort in !

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  24. Loved the review, timing is perfect as beauty and the beast movie is out in the theatres now. The hermoine gif completes this.

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    1. Yes, it's the perfect timing for this one to be released! I had to use that gif because of Emma Watson being tied to it all ;)

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  25. Sounds awesome you're so talented

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  26. Thanks for the review! The short stories sound interesting!

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  27. awesome i hope i win
    my rafflecopter name is aarone mawdsley

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  28. Well.. at least the title sounds good - but too bad it didn't trip your trigger.

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    1. It wasn't everything I wanted it to be, but it was still really good...

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  29. This book sounds like a great read.

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  30. This looks like a really interesting book.

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  31. ooh sea monsters and gypsies count me in

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    1. You'll definitely enjoy this one then ;)

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  32. I think my wife would like this!

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    1. You probably know her reading tastes better than anyone else :)

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  33. I enjoyed the review of each story. All in all, it sound interesting!

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  34. the book sounds interesting thanks

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  35. I love fairy tale retellings! Although not all of the short stories were a fun read, overall it seems like an alright book :)

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  36. I'd love to read this version of one of my favorite fairytales. Sounds awesome! Thanks for the review and giveaway!!

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    1. You should do! I hope you can the future ^^

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  37. Interesting idea - re-telling one fairy tale several ways in one collection! :)

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  38. i love that this is a new take on a fairy tale.

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    1. It was interesting to see these different perspectives.

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  39. The stories all sound great! Sometimes I like short stories more than long novels.

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    1. Some people have that preference! I can see why ^^

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  40. sounds like a fun one

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  41. I think this is an interesting premise of Beauty and the Beast!

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  42. This sounds like a really interesting take on the classic!!

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  43. Hope everyone is having an awesome day!!

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  44. I love amazon! thanks for the chance to win

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  45. The cover looks beautiful and it sounds great.

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    1. The cover steals my breath every time I see it <3

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  46. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

    slehan at juno dot com

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    1. It's good, so I highly recommend you do so :D

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