Post a Comment. Read happily ever after with this magical repackage that includes three enchanting, retold fairy tales. In this value-priced bind-up of three beloved retellings, readers will journey to faraway fairy tale lands. With so much real-life drama in today's busy world, Once allows readers to escape into whimsical realms where every story has a happily ever after. Kissed is a bind-up of three retellings by Cameron Dokey.
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But when her father is held captive by a terrifying Beast, Belle is the only one with the courage and creativity to save him In Sunlight and Shadow , Princess Mina is kidnapped. Yet as Mina and her prince encounter trials of love and fate, Mina must summon the strength to find her own happiness. Grace sets out on a dangerous, mystical journey to find him, and along the way, she discovers the meaning of true love. Get A Copy. More Details Once Upon a Time. Other Editions 5.
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This book and the rest in this Once Upon a Time series are not what I thought they would be. They are almost like YA chapter books. Unfortunately, that means that the stories will not be developed enough for me personally. I read the first book in this bind-up, Belle.
It was pretty good. I would rate it 3 stars. I liked the characters and the writing, but by the time we met the Beast there weren't that many pages left and it was all rushed and anti-climactic. And this was the one that I wanted t This book and the rest in this Once Upon a Time series are not what I thought they would be. And this was the one that I wanted to read the most. I just don't see myself giving any more of this book or the others more than a 3 star rating and so as a result, I've lost interest.
I think these books would be perfect for the tween and younger teen who enjoy retellings. Unfortunately my own daughter is not interested in retellings or else I would pass them on to her. Mar 19, Devyn rated it it was ok. It was exactly like the fairy tail.
There was barely any creativity. I just couldn't go on. I thought that Belle was beautiful, but in different ways than I imagined. I think that it was too short a story. If it was longer, maybe it would have lived up to its moral. The tale was about how you have to see with your heart's eyes, rather than your mind's eyes, to peer upon the face of love. But Belle still hadn't met her "true love" by the middle of the story. I liked the beginning of the book because I was able to understand how Belle felt that she hadn't lived up to her name, and that s I thought that Belle was beautiful, but in different ways than I imagined.
I liked the beginning of the book because I was able to understand how Belle felt that she hadn't lived up to her name, and that she lived in her sisters' shadows.
Belle didn't believe that she was beautiful, and she struggled with this until she was an adolescent. Her family was a noble one, but they were never their best selves until they lost it all. After Belle's father's company's ships had not returned, all of their family's luxuries were gone, and they found themselves moving to the country through the Wood. Yet, in the country, Celeste poured her cleverness into cooking, Maman used her sewing skills, April threw herself into chores to distract herself from the fact that Dominic could be lost, and Belle somewhat realized her name didn't matter.
By the way, Dominic and April's love story is the cutest thing ever, and I full-heartedly ship it. Also, after April's birthday, Dominic and his ship came back, with all cargo in tow. Unfortunately, when Papa came back through the wood after a trip to the city, he encountered the Heartwood tree, along with the Beast.
He couldn't look the Beast in the eye, and therefore he or Belle had to come back one week later to peer upon the face of true love. Belle went, met Corbeau, stayed for a while, never could look the Beast in the eye, fell in love, didn't use her heart's eyes, and left.
Honestly, I never understood why no one could look the Beast in the eye. It can't be that bad or frightening. And if any of you had half the mind of Celeste, you would have realized that that was the way to peer upon the face of true love with the Heartwood tree.
It was weird that the lake showed Belle what she loved most, which ended up being her and the Beast, but for her to run away? That has never solved anyone's problems in the history of the universe.
I still felt that the Belle and the Beast's story was very rushed. I didn't feel the magic, I didn't fall in love with the story, I'm honestly not sure if I even ship it or if it's the story that the tale focused on. When she went back to Gaspard weirdest name ever, might as well stick with Beast , she was in love, and BAM! Happily Ever After. That all felt very fast. And I feel that Beast's story has more to it than, 'Oops, I shot Bambi's mom in this magical forest and now this beautiful spirit lady is going to turn me into a monster.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the beginning of the Belle. Everything from there could have been eleborated on so much more. I thought that Sunlight and Shadow was a strange mix of joy, sorrow, and overall befuddlement.
I have never before heard the story of The Magic Flute, but I definitely understand how it is an opera. I mostly liked the story, but there was so much drama, so many twists and "terns" Haha, see what I did there?
I was okay with the first chapter; it made sense. Lady Mina is the daughter of night and day, and he father kidnaps her therefore breaking a promise , and now Mina has to marry Lord Sarastro's apprentice.
The next chapter reveals another character, named Lapin, whose family plays bells to find their true love and there's a long story that shows how he met the Lady Mina when he was eight, and how they were "in love" apparently, but her father was already picking out a suitor Statos , so they just had to stay friends and let their feelings marinate.
That part made no sense to me. Then there's this other dude named Tern who's a prince and he follows his heart's desire to Lady Mina using a flute that he carved himself. And also bells. Also, Lord Sarastro has another adoptive "daughter" who is in love with Statos. Gayna helps Mina escape from her father, Statos refuses Gayna, Mina meets and falls in love with Tern, Lapin goes off to play a sad song on the bells, and this attracts Gayna, so now apparently that's a thing.
I disliked the book because I couldn't ship anything. By the next chapter, the ship wrecked and I was left squandering. That was another thing I didn't like, the way that the book moved so fast.
Not to mention the fact that the point of view kept switching between all the characters, so I never got attached to anybody. Lord Sarastro's soldiers find Mina and Tern, take them to the grove where Statos and Mina are to be married, Tern and Mina agree to prove their worthiness by going through the trials of hell, triumph, and the Queen of the Night shows up.
Statos is given the flute and leaves, Gayna ends up with Lapin, Mina and Tern live happily ever after, and the night and the day are forever changed, in a good way.
All in all, it was nice, but the story wasn't my favorite. I think that Winter's Child was my favorite of the three stories from Kissed.
Kissed: Belle; Sunlight and Shadow; Winter's Child
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Kissed: Belle/Sunlight and Shadow/Winter's Child (Paperback)
Post a Comment. Friday, January 31, Kissed by Cameron Dokey. Absence makes the heart grow fonder—and love grow stronger—in three romantic fairy tale retellings from the author of Once. But when her father is held captive by a terrifying Beast, Belle is the only one with the courage and creativity to save him In Sunlight and Shadow , Princess Mina is kidnapped.
Kissed: Once Upon A Time Omnibus Belle/Sunlight and Shadow/Winter's Child
By Cameron Dokey. It sounds nice. A way for every face to be beautiful, if only you wait for the right pair of eyes. If only you wait long enough. A girl who is considered drop-dead gorgeous in a town by the sea may find herself completely overlooked in a village the next county over. That, by its very nature, it is obvious. In other words, Beauty with a capital B.