February 14, 2013

Review # 7 - A Bite's Tail by Veronica Blade

Imagine this scenario: Cinderella is actually a werewolf and Prince Charming is a vampire. 
This is the premise in Veronica Blade's A Bite's Tail- a cool mash-up of the paranormal and a fairy-tale retelling.

Remy and Cydney have spent every summer together for the last three years. They are inseparable while Cydney is visiting her family on the Isle de Paix.  They made a pact never to tell each other their real names but to just enjoy the summers. Cydney tells him she is Cinderella (a nickname her brother gave her) and so Remy says he is Jack of bean stalk fame. The third summer, however, reveals more desire in them both and they end up in a deep kiss.   Only, the passions and intense emotion of the kiss causes Cydney to begin to morph into a werewolf for the first time.  She knew it would happen since her father was a werewolf, but it was shocking.  Remy tries to calm her and she accidentally hurts him.  She runs away to calm down and when she returns he is gone.

She ends up leaving the island for 3 years after the attack to avoid being discovered and having charges brought up against her.  However, when her mother dies she and her brother must move back to the island to stay with their aunt and two cousins.  Cydney wants a normal life more than anything but she cannot bring herself to enjoy anything because of her fear of hurting someone else.  Besides, she doesn't even know if she has killed Jack.


But Jack, aka Remy, is very much alive.  In fact, Remy is the prince of the Isle de Paix.  Not only that but after the attack, the king's most trusted advisor, a vampire, turns Remy to save his life.  Remy cannot forget about his "Cinderella", however, knowing her as he did all those years and understanding she did not mean to hurt him.  But he doesn't know where she is.  The king throws a ball and demands Remy find a wife if he won't go to college and the only way Remy will be truly happy is if he can find Cydney and bring her to the ball.  Cydney is faced with the dichotomy between her desire to be a normal girl and her intense fear of not being able to control her wolf side.  She doesn't know Jack is actually Prince Remy and Remy doesn't know Cindrella's real name.  He is hoping and waiting for her to show up to a ball that she doesn't think she should attend.

I liked the mix of paranormal and the fairy tale story of Cinderella.  I found the story very easy to get into and it flowed like water and enticed me to keep turning the pages.  In Cinderella, she and the prince are kept apart by a difference in classes and by a cruel stepmother.  In this story, Cydney's family is amazingly supportive and loving, even with her werewolf side, and the conflict is not about class but about the internal conflict Cydney is dealing with as well as whether a werewolf/vampire match is feasible.  

Blade has a gift for storytelling and this novella is a quick, delightful, and engaging read.  I can't wait to read more of her work!



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6 comments:

  1. I won this book in a giveaway a little while back and read it in one sitting. It was a really quick read, but it was cute. I was a little hesitant at first because of the whole vampire/werewolf thing, but actually enjoyed it.

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    1. Was it my giveaway in December? I remember it was included. I am glad you enjoyed it either way!

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  2. OK-you've got my attention! Anything with Cinderella in it is something I want to check out. I definitely need to research this book.

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    1. She isn't very princess-y, quite the opposite. But it is still a Cinderella-esque tale!

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  3. I've been looking for more unusual Cinderella retellings after falling in love with Marissa Meyer's Cinder. A Bite's Tail sounds like another unique take on the story. I will have to add it to my wishlist.
    Thanks for introducing me to the title and great review! :)

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    1. Awesome, Kaity! Let me know how you like it! I have Cinder on my list!

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