Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Jove on September 24, 2013
Source: the library
Also by this author: Down the Rabbit Hole, Festive in Death, Obsession in Death, "Wonderment in Death", Devoted in Death, Brotherhood in Death, Apprentice in Death, Echoes in Death, Secrets in Death, Dark in Death, Leverage in Death, "Interlude in Death", Vendetta in Death, Golden in Death
Once upon a time
in a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a new dimension. You’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and other enduring characters, but they’ll exist in realms beyond your imagination, where the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary and otherworldly.
Series: “Taken in Death” (In Death, 37.5)
“If Wishes Were Horses” (Poppy’s Coin, 6)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Five short stories with a fairy tale at their core.
J.D. Robb wrote “Taken in Death” and channels Hansel and Gretel while Eve is the good witch whom the children pray finds them. Great job on this one. Tension, drama, and great work from Eve, Roarke, Feeney and his eBoys, and Dr. Mira as well as the Feds!
Mary Blayney wrote “If Wishes Were Horses”, which finds Martha Stepp in a Goldilocks of trouble through her need to find “just right” when the major gets home early with a keen-eyed aide. The clichéd confusion is redeemed by a twist of a pair of wishes.
I do love Martha’s point that she was never looking for perfection, but just right for her. Jack’s own last thought made me sigh deeply when he “hoped it would be the last scent he knew every night of his life”. Mmmm, sigh…
Elaine Fox‘s “Beauty, Sleeping” is cute enough with its Sleeping Beauty references. Thankfully, those were original to the story, I wish, though, that Fox had been less clichéd in her execution, although the table scene was original in how Fox applied it to the curse. Nice descriptions. I’m not happy with that ending as it was too unbelievable in how Fox tied everything up.
Mary Kay McComas wrote “The Christmas Comet”, a blend of The Little Match Girl and The Star Money, was just depressing for most of it, and I didn’t care for the stupidity of her main character. Yeah, yeah, it was very sweet and caring and giving and warmhearted, and what was she thinking!? Another one that tied up too easily at the sweet ending.
R.C. Ryan wrote “Stroke of Midnight”, and it’s cute enough with its sweet Sydney and her trials and tribulations. Most of ’em imposed by herself as she’s too timid to deal with her stepmama. Fox’s idea of the “ball” was fun, although that “stroke of midnight” interpretation was not believable. I can’t believe that even Sydney would fall for that one! As for Cullen’s last name? Oh, brother…at least Ryan avoided most of the clichés.
Warning: insta-love with some random eye-rolling.
The cover is rather dull with its textured burgundy background that runs a gradient of dark to light at the top that ends with a filigreed silver hand mirror radiating a Twilight Zone-ish effect.
The title is from a fairy tale, and I’m not sure if the authors intend for us to see ourselves or others in Mirror, Mirror.