Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Tour: Atone: A Fairytale by Jessica Grey Review and Giveaway

Title: Atone: A Fairytale (A Fairytale Trilogy #2)
Author: Jessica Grey
Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tale
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Release Date: June 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Becca Ward knows that magic is real...

Two years ago not only had she and her best friend Alex found a real-life Sleeping Beauty in the middle of Los Angeles, they also discovered that they were powerful in their own right. They’ve managed to keep both their fae powers and their friend Lilia’s identity as a medieval princess a secret and live a normal life. Now their normalcy is threatened by the return of their former advisor at the Gem and Mineral Museum—and Becca’s least favorite person, Nicholas Hunt.

...and she’s about to find out that more than one fairy tale is true.

Nicholas has been obsessed with proving Lilia’s identity and the existence of magic. While working on an archeology dig he discovered an ancient fae artifact—a mirror that is imbued with a powerful protection spell that twists his obsession, and his body, until he is more beast than man. In order to protect her friends, Becca is forced to help him, and she is surprised to find that in spite of his outward appearance, Nicholas is no longer the beast she remembers. Will she let herself be the beauty that breaks the curse, or will she let her prejudice against him stop her from discovering true love?

*This can be read as a stand alone, but some of the side characters will be missing their back story*

I'm always a sucker for a good fairy tale re-telling and this one really hit the spot.  I haven't seen too much done with Beauty and the Beast outside of Disney.  Atone took a very unique spin on the tale and it hooked me right away.  Now, there were several times that it referred to events from book 1 (Sleeping Beauty), which I hadn't read (but I may need to go back and buy it).  The author did a great job of giving enough to understand the references without really rehashing an entire book.  

Becca and her friends are part fae and living in our world.  Their current arch-nemesis is their old boss, Nicholas, who seems determined to expose magic and most likely destroy it.  Becca is shocked when she gets a call from a missing Nicholas's concerned boss because he has her listed as his emergency contact (very strange indeed).  She discovers quite a few surprises when she goes to check on him (goodness of her heart and all).  And this is where our fairy tale begins.  Nicholas has been turned into a beast and Becca needs to find a way to fix it before the something bad (worse?) happens.

Becca was a great character - all spunk and attitude - even when it comes back to bite her in the butt.  Nicholas is an arrogant prick - sorry for the language, but it's a great description.  The story continues in a way that stays true to the Sleeping Beauty story while still managing to be something entirely new and different.  Beauty and the Beast has always had the strongest love story for me - two people overcoming odds not only outside themselves but inside as well.  This book demonstrates that perfectly.  This a must read for any fairy tale lover.

Barnes & Noble: Atone: A Fairytale

Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of toddler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Jasmyn. I am so glad you enjoyed Atone!