Moonlit Waltz – Kathleen Collins | Book Review*

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Moonlit Waltz Synopsis

“In a land of human and lycan alike, there lived a beautiful girl named Ella. She was adored by her family and loved by a prince. But Ella was a shifter which meant she could never bear children and a prince must have heirs. She believed herself resolved to her fate until her father remarried and his new wife brought his non-shifting daughters to live with them.
Josef has loved Ella since he was twelve years old, but he has an obligation to his kingdom that she can never fulfill. Deciding his son has delayed the inevitable long enough, the king gives him three days to name a bride or one will be chosen for him. On the last day Ella stuns them all and suddenly the prince has hope. Will they find their happily ever after with the help of the goddess herself?

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

I’m a big sucker for retellings. After loving a recent Beauty and the Beast retelling I thought this would be a fun one to pickup. In the month of September I participated in the Blogger Book Nook Challenge to read “something new”, and as Kathleen was a new author for me I thought it would be a good one to pick up for the challenge!

What I loved about it

I’ve been having a bit of a book slump recently and I loved that this was a short and pleasant read, it really helped get me back into the swing of things. As I mentioned before I love a retelling and this one was a very quirky version with werewolves and a completely different family dynamic than you get in a usual Cinderella story.

What I loathed about it

I think to call this a retelling is maybe a tad misleading. What makes Cinderella for me, is that you feel the hopelessness of her situation. In this story it’s not quite as pronounced, Ella has a whole host of supportive family members and extended family friends to help her get by, so it’s a little difficult to feel that any situation is truly bleak for her.

I loved the fact that Ella was a shifter and I was looking forward to seeing how this played out. But other than the fact shifters can’t have children and therefore she can’t marry the prince, it was pretty much a mute plot point, which I was a little disappointed about.

Thoughts

I really enjoyed the story, I just wanted more. More shifting, more angst and more adventure!

When and where can you can get it

You can purchase Moonlit Waltz on Amazon today

Further questions

Since this book was read in part for the #BBookNook September Reading Challenge I have a few more questions to answer.

Q1. DO YOU LIKE TRYING NEW AUTHORS OR DO YOU STICK TO OLD FAVOURITES? WHY?

I love trying out new authors! I naturally have my favourites which I always turn to but I love it when a cover or a title catches your eye and you discover a new favourite.

Q2. HOW DO YOU USUALLY FIND OUT ABOUT NEW AUTHORS? READING BLOG REVIEWS? ADVERTISEMENTS? RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FRIENDS?

Mainly Goodreads. there are so many great reviewers on there I find some great books that way. I also watch a few booktubers and read lots of book blogs. I’ve found the #BBookNook Facebook Group great for recommendations as well.

Q3. WHICH NEW AUTHORS ARE ON YOUR TBR LIST AT THE MOMENT?

I have a few I’m yet to start; Jay Kristoff, Neil Gaiman (I know shock horror!), Marie Lu, Laini Taylor, Susan Dennard, Maria V Snyder, Sabaa Tahir and that’s just on the first few pages of my goodreads list! In fairness my TBR list has 190 books on it at the moment!

Q4. HAVE YOU COME ACROSS A NEW AUTHOR RECENTLY THAT YOU REALLY DIDN’T ENJOY READING? WHICH BOOK WAS IT AND WHY DIDN’T IT APPEAL TO YOU?

Nothing recently. I’ve been more disappointed by fav authors recently, I think maybe I build up my expectations a little too high 🙈

Q5. WHICH OF YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE AUTHOR’S BOOKS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A FRIEND WHO HAD NEVER READ THEIR WORK BEFORE?

I often recommend Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas, to people, I’m a bit of a fangirl of their work.

Octobers theme is “spooktacular” why not come and join us in the Facebook Group. and the hashtag#Bbooknook

 

* Book provided FOC in exchange for an honest and fair review

6 Comments

  1. October 4, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Blimey I wouldn’t have guessed it was a retelling of Cinderella from the blurb! That really threw me. It definitely doesn’t sound like a retelling but the story in itself does sound really good! I love retellings too but if the idea is good and original it shouldn’t be marketed as one I don’t think xxx

  2. October 4, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    This sounds good but there’s nothing worse than reading a book and wanting more from it and it not delivering! X

  3. olivia
    October 8, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    this sounds good it isnt my typical type of book but it good sound really interesting!

  4. Kate
    October 8, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Oh Han, I just love all the book love I get from your site! My anxiety has ‘stolen’ my ability to sit calmly and read a book, so I’m trying to get back in to the swing with nice, short reads. Retellings sound so fun, I’ve not really explored this much, but the familiarity might be a really good way to keep my concentration focussed! Also I’m in the book nook too, yay!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

  5. October 14, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    I always love how honest you are in your book reviews. It’s really refreshing! This isn’t really my kind of book genre, but I’m pleased that it was a quick, easy read for you 🙂
    Anna x

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