Sunday, 7 August 2016
One Kiss by Nadia Lee
Series: Ever After (#2)
Author: Nadia Lee
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy tale Retelling, Romance
Release Date: 1st November 2012
Challenges: Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Synopsis (from Goodreads): HE IS A LEGEND...Robert is a royal prince cursed into his current predicament: remain a frog until he can get someone to kiss him...willingly. After years of searching, he finally finds a suitable royal princess. SHE IS BUT A HUMBLE MAID...Practical maid to the royal princess, Molly promises to help Robert in return for gold enough to fund her retirement. She doesn't want to waste her youth waiting on someone as capricious and shallow as the princess, instead of living her life. BUT LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES...Unexpected problems unravel Robert's plan. The princess thinks frogs are disgusting, and his evil cousin shows up to steal both the princess and the throne that rightfully belongs to Robert. To compound matters, all he can think about is the quick-witted Molly. But to undo the curse and inherit the throne, Robert must have a kiss from a royal princess and marry her. What's a cursed prince to do?
One Kiss was a really sweet read, and I would say completely standalone (the events of A Happily Ever After of Her Own didn't really make an appearance at all). It's a retelling of The Frog Prince which actually seems to be a fairy tale I haven't read many retellings of at all.
The retelling itself was good. It seemed to be very faithful to the original story while having a couple of twists, most notably that the Princess came across very differently and the Maid was the real focus of the story.
Robert was a little annoying at first, but it quickly became clear that he was just naive. It wasn't clear quite what he was cursed for, but even so he didn't come across as a Prince needing to be taught a lesson as he seemed understanding of a vast array of problems. However he was naive about people, and believed (in the beginning) that just because someone was a Princess they would act like they were supposed to.
Molly on the other hand was pretty much a cynic. The two of them worked well together and their characters complimented each other. It progressed the story as well as making their attraction to each other more real.
This was a quick and fun read, a good retelling of The Frog Prince.