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The Hunted by Bethany-Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

THE HUNTED, a dark fairy tale retelling

by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: January 6, 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Elements, Fairy Tale, The Little Mermaid

SYNOPSIS

Let the hunt begin …

After witnessing the murder of his mother by a mermaid, Prince Eryx Bloodhurst of Atlas makes a deal to sedate his need for vengeance: they’ll catch the mermaid who did the deed, but he’ll pay for it with his crown.

Arelle, third princess of the Blu Sea, has never known the true cruelty of the forbidden lands firsthand, but she will soon. The halfling prince with murder in his eyes and the sea’s songs in his blood will make sure of that.

He should kill her.
Perhaps, keeping her might be worse.

Two kingdoms are falling. One king is losing it all and another threatens to ruin everything. The rules of the land and sea are changing. Secrets of the past are spilling.

And all because of a prince and his little mermaid—whether they live or die—nothing in the realm will ever be the same.

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In The Hunted, Bethany-Kris opens a new world—the 9INE REALMS—for readers with a dark fairy tale retelling, and pulls inspiration from the cult classic favorite and the Hans Christian Andersen original to redefine what it means to be The Little Mermaid.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Review:

Fairy tales are like institutionalized stories that have been ingrained in the minds of young girls ever since we were little. I was someone who devoured fairy tales as a kid. I’ve watched all the Disney movies and read Grimm’s fairy tales for bedtime stories while growing up.
While I was growing up, I saw and read a bunch of fairy tale retellings. Some were just simply so good that you will never look at the same story ever again. The first time that happened was when I read Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, and Apples. And then now, when I read Bethany-Kris’ The Hunted.
The Little Mermaid holds a special place in my heart just because it’s one of the first Disney movies that I’ve watched as a kid. And also because the songs were so memorable that up until now I can still remember every line of the lyrics for Part of that World.
Reading the retelling of my favorite fairy tale as an adult was simply something that’s too hard to resist for the little kid at heart in me. Oh well, was I in for a treat. The Hunted was a spectacular retelling of The Little Mermaid. It’s an adult version of the fairy tale that I have always loved. But after reading this, I’ll never look at the story the same way again.
Except I would think about this version and recall Arelle and Eryx’s story. I loved how the story dealt with the realms of the sea and talked about vengeance, including the unbreakable bond that these characters have for each other. What I especially enjoyed the most was that it gave the story of The Little Mermaid more depth and context to what we have originally read or watched before.
As a reader, I’ve always thought that there is something more about Ariel than what I have seen in the movies. Bethany-Kris has explored that and more in her story. And because I loved it so much, I’m kinda hoping that I would get to see more of Arelle and Eryx in the future. While the Epilogue was wrapped up quite nicely, the fairy tale lover in me just can’t help but ask for more.

Rating: 5/5

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Cold Queen by K Webster Blog Tour and ARC Review

Cold Queen

by K Webster
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Genres: Adult, Dark, Fantasy, Romance

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple Books | Eden Books

In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying.
Weak. Fragile. Disgraced.
But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days.
She has her beloved sister.

Until a wicked king rides onto her land.
Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding.
King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride.
He wants the princess.

The fiery king won’t take no for an answer.
He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.

A queen bows for no one, though.
Not even when she’s frail and fading away.
She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left.

The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one…

About K. Webster

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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Review:

Cold Queen by K Webster was I wonderful revelation. With characters like Elzira and Yanna, you’ll definitely know that this is an adult spinoff of Frozen. I loved the great world-building of this book; especially how they have taken homage to Frozen but created a whole new thing altogether.

As the second book of the Sinister collection, this definitely did not disappoint. It has all the makings of a great medieval fantasy novel with its court intrigues, ice and fire powers, and zombie-like creatures called the damned.

Elzira and Ryke are one great couple. I usually don’t take much liking to a retelling but this is one great exception. It doesn’t alienate readers who loved the movie, but it can still stand alone on its own. And that’s what makes K Webster’s writing excellent in this novel. There was a perfect balance of steamy romance and fantasy.

I’ve read the first two books of the Sinister Collection and now I can’t wait to read the rest!

Rating: 5/5

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Cold Queen

by K Webster
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Genres: Adult, Dark, Fantasy, Romance

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple Books | Eden Books

In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying.
Weak. Fragile. Disgraced.
But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days.
She has her beloved sister.

Until a wicked king rides onto her land.
Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding.
King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride.
He wants the princess.

The fiery king won’t take no for an answer.
He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.

A queen bows for no one, though.
Not even when she’s frail and fading away.
She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left.

The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one…

About K. Webster

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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