Monday, December 7, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Once Upon A [Stolen] Time" by Samreen Ashan

All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future. 
Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly. 
For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What do ou get when you cross the medieval times with modern gaming technology? Apparently you get one of the best plotted books of 2015! Arranged marriage, (sort of) time travel, a reclusive prince, maniacal millionaire, crazy king, and an innocent young woman put in the middle of all of it are what you will find in the pages of this book.
This is a story about love that knows no boundaries, least of all that of time and space. Myra is a great female lead, and reminded me a lot of myself, for she prefers to live in her fantasy world, in the past, than in today's world.
Edward is more than troubled, he is cursed and truly a tragic hero of bygone ages. But instead of the prince rescuing the princess, he is the one in need of rescue, both from his curse and from his father. That is where Myra comes in. Together, they must save each other from those who threaten to destroy their happiness and their future.
This was a beautifully written story, and I loved every second of it. I hated closing the book because I genuinely did not want the story to end!

5/5--I am in need of more!

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