Author: Tia Nevitt.
Published: September 27th 2010 by Carina Press.
Sort: Part one of ‘Accidental Enchantments.’
Review Part two: The magic mirror and the seventh dwarf.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the other people in the fairy tale? Things look grim for Talia and her mother. By royal proclamation, the constables and those annoying "good" fairies have taken away their livelihood by confiscating their spinning wheel. Something to do with a curse on the princess, they said. Not every young lady has a fairy godmother rushing to her rescue. Without the promise of an income from spinning, Talia's prospects for marriage disappear, and she and her mother face destitution. Past caring about breaking an arbitrary and cruel law, rebellious Talia determines to build a new spinning wheel, the only one in the nation--which plays right into the evil fairy's diabolical plan. Talia discovers that finding a happy ending requires sacrifice. But is it a sacrifice she's willing to make?
This book was so different than I expected. After really enjoying part two, I decided to pick this one up. You can see that I was disappointed by this story. It's almost as if it was written by another author. The magical feeling was gone and replaced by something that doesn't fit a fairytale.
The first thing that really surprised me is the amount of sex scenes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind it, but I didn’t expect them in a fairytale retelling. They felt very out of place and this book lost all it’s magical charm. Most of the time, our MC can be found in the bed of several men in an attempt to forget her real love William. He is send away to a monastery, because his father isn’t able to take care of William and his two sisters. Tia is a “plain, dull” looking girl, as her mother likes to describe her. William is the only one who gives her the attention she longs for. They are making love two weeks long before he leaves and they start to fall in love. Tia is now a pariah and that is when she throws herself at any available man. I think she feels flattered when she seduces them, but she lost her dignity in my eyes.
I did admire Tia’s strength. She stood up for herself and she doesn’t care about other people’s opinion. That is the only good thing I can say about her, though. I didn’t care for William. I never felt a connection with these characters – and that is not only because of the shortness of this story. The writing-style made them feel very distant.
There is still a moment when we get a glimpse of a fairytale. When a little girl Rose comes in their town with her two aunties. It appears that Rose is simple, but she is in fact princess Aurora. When the evil fairy cast her curse, the last good faerie couldn’t complete the Sevenfold spell. Rose is doomed to stay this way until she sleeps for a hundred years. I did like the twist towards the ending, although I saw it coming.
It’s a shame.. I’m very glad that I read the second book first, otherwise I wouldn’t have picked it up after reading this one. Just skip it.