Author: Demelza Carlton
Narrator: Mary Sarah
Length: 4 hours 27 minutes
Series: Romance a Medieval Fairytale, Book 4
Publisher: Demelza Carlton
Released: Aug. 28, 2020
Genre: Fantasy; Romance
Twelve princesses. One wounded soldier. A mystery that must be solved. Once upon a time… Princess Bianca is sent with her sisters to the summer palace, a place no maiden has ever returned from. While her sisters seem perfectly happy, she has only one desire: Escape. Vasco, a wounded soldier on his way home from war, stumbles across the summer palace and sets out to solve the mystery no man has managed to yet. If only they let him live long enough… Can the fair maiden and the wounded soldier uncover the sinister secret before it’s too late?
USA Today bestselling author Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish. She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all. Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. This is one of the most unique fairytales and it always leads to dark and interesting retellings. Before this past year or so I hardly ever saw anything relating to the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but all of a sudden it seemed to be one of the more popular stories to retell. And I’m honestly not complaining, I’d much rather read a retelling of this one than (*gasp, I know*) Beauty and the Beast.
I really enjoyed this version of the story, however I’d say it falls in the middle of my favorites for this series of retellings. I really enjoyed it, but there have been a couple others I loved a little bit more. You know? Bt that doesn’t mean that this story doesn’t deserve all of the praise! I mean, just the fact that it’s a retelling of a lesser known fairytale means it should be shouted about.
I really love these books as audiobooks and honestly don’t know if I would like them nearly as much if I had simply just read them. There’s something just so relaxing about being read a dark and twisted fairytale retelling. So, if you’re going to give these a go I definitely recommend the audiobook route!
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*I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Demelza Carlton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.*