The Swan Prince by Danielle E. Shipley description:
Catching her leg in a bear trap proves the least of Sula’s worries. Haunted by an enchanted monster from a past she dare not reveal, and hounded by the perilously perceptive young village doctor, Villem Deere, the headstrong girl of the woods gambles with fate by binding hers to that of Sigmund, the captivating orphan boy with mysterious nightly business of his own.
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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.
You’ve heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes, and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea. Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.
Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.
It was a fun quick read… which took an interesting look at those characters in fairy tales trying to break a curse… the main problem was the writing style, which made me think of those movies that has an old narrator parting with his piece of wisdom as he weaves a tale of magic… it was almost lyrical and truly captured the image of a fairy tale… but the problem with this style having to continue for a whole book is that at times the sentences became awkward… halting the natural flow… the thing is that not every act is fantastical… sometimes the mundane is just mundane and by trying to make every single act a monumental moment you end up tangling up sentences when a straight forward one would’ve sufficed… I will say after the first few chapters it seems like all the mystery has already been taken out and you know everything… but there were some good twists later on and the ending was a bit of a shocker… however the relationships felt a bit off… you know Sula is for the most part trying to manipulate events to break her curse… and even the same goes for Sigmund… which I thought was a nice break from the normal stories… because come on if you’re cursed you’d do anything to break it… but then I wasn’t sure whether they were growing closer or not… because you didn’t get much info from Sigmund’s side or really what Sula was feeling as the story went on because then it seemed like you only got Dr. Deere’s point of view and all he could do was speculate… honestly as much fun as it was to read it all felt a bit forced with not enough to back up the ending as much as there should’ve been… though it is good enough for me to want to know how the next book goes…
just wanted to add that I have read the next books and the stories do greatly improve and are definitely worth reading…