by Odette Beane

Published by Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“And where’s home?’ … ‘Storybrooke.’”

            From the back cover blurb:

Emma Swan’s life has been anything but a fiary tale. She’s been on her own since she was abandoned as a baby—that is, until the night of her twenty-eighth birthday, when Henry, a ten-year-old boy, shows up on her doorstep. He’s the son Emma gave up for adoption, and this surprise visit turns her life upside down.

Henry takes Emma back to his home in Storybrooke, Maine, where, Henry claims, all the residents are actually fair tale characters who can’t remember their true identities. And if Henry’s right, that means that his sweet-natured, lonely schoolteacher Mary Margaret Blanchard is really Snow White, the iconic princess…and also Emma’s long-lost mother.

In Fairy Tale Land, we meet Snow White as a bandit on the run, forced into exile by her stepmother, the Evil Queen. Snow’s a young woman learning to become a hero, who will do anything to live happily ever after with her one true love, Prince Charming.

Back in Storybrooke, the closer Emma and Henry become, the harder it is for her to ignore the dark curse that haunts this small New England town and binds her to Mary Margaret. If Emma can learn to accept her destiny as Storybrooke’s savior and break the curse, she just might get the family reunion she’s dreamed about her entire life.

A Once Upon A Time Tale: Reawakened by Odette Beane, A Review

            I have been a fan of Once Upon A Time since shortly after the first season aired years ago. I’ve collected most of the DVDs and re-watch the show. Of course, I don’t know about you, but the way they ended the sixth season was a bit of a disappointment.

            I don’t think “remaking” the entire story went well for them. They could have ended it soundly right then and there. But I had nothing to do with it and I still love the show!

            I adore it so much, I bought this fantastic book—it covers the first season of the show. Not only do I get to smile when I recognise a scene, it’s also vivid in my mind who the characters are and what they look like.

            It’s a great addition to a Once Upon A Time fan’s collection.

            It’s also a sweet romance, fairy tale fantasy adventure for any lovers of that genre. Complete with curses, saviors, dwarves, dragons, swords and sorcery—I find it invigorating.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: REAWAKENED.

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