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Forget prophecy. Make your own destiny. Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday – when her master’s symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel’s help. Can Reychel learn to believe in herself? (From Netgalley.com)

Bubby: Sometimes we go and look at other’s reviews on a given book just to see what other people are thinking. Sometimes when we do that, we find wildly conflicting opinions. That is the case with Anathema. It seems to us that Anathema was published previously and has been re-released after some major editing, hence the conflicting reviews. At any rate, the version of Anathema that I read was really quite a treat. Original, well-written, great characters. It is the first in a series of 6 books that are split into two trilogies (Cloud Prophet Trilogy and Swarm Trilogy) and a novella that promises to tie the two trilogies together. I have in my possession said novella and book 1 of the Swarm Trilogy. Happy reading ahead for me!

Sissy: Our main character Reychel is a slave who is given some strange preferential treatment by her owner Kandek. Her story is an exciting adventure that leads us to find out she is much more than she thinks. Twisty relationships and secrets revealed add drama and color to the whole tale. There is a touch of romance to spice things up and a whole cast of interesting characters.

Bubby: Including, as always, one you’ve just got to hate. Oh, that character is a nasty piece of work!

Sissy: But that character is dealt with deliciously in the end. All you have to do is look at the face of the cover model and her dreamy eye makeup and you know she is clever and bound to come out on top.

Bubby: Perfect book for a beach read. Now all I need is a beach! 3.5 bubbles.

Sissy: Experience with Reychel secrets that will change her life. I know you can’t wait to find out what happens! 3.5 bubbles.

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We were given a copy of this title from Netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2014


What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie? 
Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley’s life might look easy, but she’s part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world.
Aran Cole hacks code and sells his gaming cheats on the black market. It’s barely a living, and one he’s not proud of. But when he turns his skills to unlocking the secrets behind Feyland–the most exciting and immersive game on the market–he discovers power and magic beyond his wildest dreams.
Spark’s mission is clear; pull Aran from the clutches of the fey folk and restore the balance between the worlds. But can she risk her life for someone who refuses to be rescued? (From Amazon.com)

Bubby: I was so excited for this new novel by Anthea Sharp. It is the first book in the Feyguard Series, a spin-off from the Feyland Trilogy (The Dark Realm, The Bright Court and The Twilight Kingdom). It helps a little with understanding the dynamic between characters to have read the Feyland Trilogy but Spark can definitely stand on its own. Our main character, Spark Jaxley is a superstar gamer who would really like to have a bit more of a normal life. Unfortunately, she won’t find that any time soon. Spark starts off quickly and escalates into lots of action and adventure right away.

Sissy:  To be honest with you I was not excited to read this novel.  Bubby made me, because we received this book in exchange for our honest review.  My not wanting to read Spark has nothing to do with the author–Anthea Sharp is a really great writer.  I just generally don’t enjoy this genre.  I don’t like gaming, I don’t like futuristic settings, and I don’t like weird made-up names.  Unless I make them up.  I DO, however, like magic, fantasy and romance, so I read the book.

Bubby: I, on the other hand, am a total geek/nerd/trekkie whatever you want to call it. I love this genre and sci-fi and fantasy make me very happy. I am not a hardcore gamer but I do love computer games and can get lost for hours playing. I have to admit that I spent a great deal of Christmas vacation playing the video games that my children received as gifts! Therefore, this whole thing is right up my alley. It’s not just a book about gaming, though. It’s a great read even if you’ve never played a video game in your life. Want proof? Sissy liked it!

Sissy:  Okay, let’s not get all mushy about it–I still wouldn’t pick this genre off the shelf.  Here’s what I liked about Spark: Spark, the character, is an awesome girl!  She is slightly tomboyish but can rock the spandex when needed.  She is true to herself and is real.  I liked the new character Aran, and how he struggles to do the right thing and go for the girl.  I liked how much I hated the bad guys (evil twin gamers Roc and Cora Terabin).  My favorite, though, was Niteesh–super little team-playing minuteman! And I think Anthea Sharp does a fantastic job with the Faerie realm.  She describes things so vividly and fleshes out the inhabitants so fully, you feel like you are actually there.

Bubby: I agree. The characters are so well drawn and the settings are amazing. Now, I am in no hurry to meet any of the dark and nasty elves, but I wouldn’t mind hanging out in fairyland for a while. I would be just fine living in a tree, having pointy ears, wearing floaty iridescent robes and having a magical ability or two wouldn’t hurt my feelings. Sometimes my dull and plodding soul just yearns for a little magic and enchantment. That’s one of the reasons I like playing video games. Just like reading, it transports you elsewhere for a time. Fun.

Sissy:  Except for the magical ability, you’ve described the way you are right now, Bubby.  I still think you should get those ears fixed.  And your soul is hardly dull and plodding.  Dill and pudding, maybe.  As for video games–they give me anxiety.  But I endured them for the sake of reviewing this book, which is very well done.

Bubby: Hey! My ears are just fine, thank you. I still think that deep down you want to be a gamer! If nothing else, it would improve your aging reflexes! At any rate, I will continue to read Anthea Sharp’s books for as long as she writes them. All the magic and adventure I could ask for mixed with a dash of romance. Lovely. 4 bubbles from Bubby, the wannabe elf queen.

Sissy:  You are surely wrong.  Not ever going to be a gamer.  3.75 bubbles from Sissy the enchantress (current, not wannabe).

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A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance. Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory. The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect? (From Amazon.com)

Bubby: In my dreams sometimes I pretend that I am a beautiful woman disguised as an elite warrior. My fighting skills are legendary and the few men who know my secret are captivated by my exotic beauty and keen intelligence. And then I wake up and realize that I am dreaming about this book I just read: Defy by Sara B. Larson. There are many many writers out there, and multitudes of books to read and many of these are debut novels. However, not many of them (whether they be debut books or book #42) are as captivating and intense and just dang GOOD as this one. At its core, it is a story we’ve heard before – a girl dresses up like a boy to escape a “fate worse than death”, in this case, the breeding houses set up by the evil king to provide a never-ending source of warriors. But the plotline explodes from there. Secrets, rebellions, love triangles, handsome princes…I could go on and on.  But when I go on and on Sissy yells at me so over to her.

Sissy: Well, Bubby, that was a literary lake of lusciousness, although I remember your dreams differently. You must have been dreaming the warrior fighting bits when your heel was shoved into my ribcage (Bubby and I had to share a bed in our youth, when we were sharecroppers in Alabama). Did your princess self like to wrestle, too? Cause I remember being caught up in your claustrophobic clutches many a time, causing me to dream about being strangled by dwarves.

Bubby: Seriously? Are you EVER going to get over this? So I was a bit of a restless sleeper. And I wouldn’t go to sleep unless you sang to me. Repeatedly. But is that so bad? And really, it was only for five years or so and then you abandoned me! It’s time to move on. You’ve been sleeping without me for decades now. Talk about the story!

Sissy: So our heroine Alex(a) never has to sleep with her sister –

Bubby: Because she doesn’t have one. Otherwise I bet she’d have loved to share a bed with a beloved sister…

Sissy: Anyway, she is the very definition of a kickbutt girl. I had an inner conversation at one point when I was reading of her great feats of strength and endurance and bravery and I said to myself, “Self, you are overly fond of this chick and her exploits. But you are nothing like her! You don’t like to sleep on the floor and fight with men hand-to-hand and be smelly and have scary adventures and save the world. You must be schizophrenic!” And I answered myself, “You could possibly be right.”

Bubby: Umm. Well, let’s not rule out schizophrenia just yet, but I think we all do this with characters we love. I love the Lord of the Rings books and movies but there is no way on earth (or Middle Earth for that matter) that I would have volunteered to go on any kind of world saving mission. I would have just hung out with the elves and learned cool hair braiding techniques. That’s what good books are for – to escape our own existence and live vicariously through someone else. And if they happen to be beautiful and exciting and ever-so-deadly, then hooray!

Sissy: Bubby the philosopher has answered the esoteric question of the hour. Notwithstanding my weenie arms, I identified with Alexa and thoroughly ate up Defy. I give it 4 bubbles, not to be popped by hidden boot daggers, which I will probably start wearing any day now.

Bubby: I still think you might be schizo, Sissy, but I will agree with you that Defy is an outstanding debut. I loved it. 4 bubbles from me.

Click HERE to buy Defy by Sara B. Larson at Amazon.com

We were given a copy of Defy by the publishers in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2013


Jarod Klum was trapped in his small life in the small village of Eventide and saw no means of escape. He would never be worthy of the woman of his dreams, never achieve great deeds of valor and never be remembered in song or story. It wasn’t that he was without dreams. He dreamed them every night; of rescuing the imperiled Caprice Morgan from marauding pirates who had somehow come up the river or of returning from a great Quest beyond the village boundaries laden with treasure that he could lay at the feet of the appreciative Caprice Morgan. But each morning he awoke in his straw bed and knew he was just Jarod Klum.
Until, that is, the coming of the Dragon’s Bard. The Dragon’s Bard convinced Jarod to win his fair Caprice through ‘heroic deeds of a more manageable scale’ – setting Jarod on a course of misadventures that turns the town on its head. Jarod’s single-minded pursuit of his greatest wish – even if it is a broken one – escalates until the only thing left for him to do is to become a dragonslayer and save the town from a ferocious, legendary monster that everyone fears but no one has ever seen. ‘Eventide’ is brought to life through the stories of the interweaving lives of its citizens, their follies, joys, tragedies and triumphs on a scale of life to which we can all relate. In the end, it is a visit to a place where we ourselves would like to settle down and live out our lives as we should. (From Goodreads.com)

Bubby: Hey, Sissy, it’s been a while since we’ve done a Friday Favorites!

Sissy: And this one is one of the most fun books I have ever read. It is so clever and goofily whimsical. I applaud the Hickmans for having such creative brain cells! The characters are so weird, entertaining and craftily crafted. I had a ball reading Eventide.

Bubby: Craftily crafted? Really?

Sissy: Do we have to deal with your absurd wordsmith envy again?

Bubby: Wordsmith envy? Really? It’s like you think you are a character in Eventide. Hmm, let’s call you Sissy the Witless Word Coining Sprite. You can even have little purple iridescent wings with all of your strange words and expressions flitting across them. I like it! I like it! And I can be, let’s see…

Sissy: You can be Bubby the Fatuous Foot Fungus Fairy!

Bubby: Hey! Who you calling fatuous? I prefer Sorceress of Sarcasm, thank you very much. Now back to the book. Any novel that has characters like Gossip Fairies and Centaur Farmers and dancing blacksmiths is a win for me. I have long been a fan of Tracy Hickman’s high fantasy work – his Dragonlance books are well known to us nerdy geeky people – but his writing with his wife, Laura is fantastic in a whole new way. Eventide is light and fluffy and just dang fun.

Sissy: The premise of the story is that the Dragon’s bard has to collect stories to tell the dragon king so as not to be killed. So the Bard is always meddling in the villager’s affairs, especially Jarod our main character, with hilarious results. But there’s also a bit of romance and danger and even heart warming moments. I can’t say enough about how satisfyingly enjoyable Eventide was.

Bubby: A great start to a (so far) 3 book series. I can’t wait to read the other books (Blackshore and Moredale) and find out what the Bard is up to next! 3.75 floaty and frothy bubbles from me.

Sissy: Such a fun read for teens and adults alike. I don’t want anyone to think that this is too lightweight or is just for kids. It really struck my funny bone and for that reason, I give it 4 bubbles.

Click HERE to buy Eventide (Tales of The Dragon’s Bard #1) at Amazon.com

© Bubble Bath Books 2013


Feyland is a full-D (which means you are fully immersed) game-the most high-tech of its kind-and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But what she doesn’t know is that the Dark Queen of the faeries has decided to use the virtual world as a portal to the real one, and that she’ll be battling for her REAL life.
Tam Linn’s real life is so bad that he finds solace in the simulated life of gamers.  He has no plan to get involved with a rich girl like Jennet.  But he may just be the hero she desperately needs.
Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland and discover that much more is at stake–like the future of the entire human world.  Can they, with their limited abilities, defeat the dark queen and save mankind?

Sissy:  This book is far out of my wheelhouse (I heard Blake Shelton and then Usher and then Shakira use that term on The Voice) so Bubby was surprised when I loaned her Feyland by Anthea Sharp.  I think Bubby asked me 5 times if I really liked it for sure, because it was so much more her than me.  I told her that I reserve the right to broaden my horizons and be startlingly eclectic at any given moment.  I wondered about it meself when I started reading it, but I actually was able to follow all the futuristic techie jargon without going into a menopausal brain peat bog.

Bubby: At least you THINK you were able to follow it all. As I do not have access into said menopausal brain, I wouldn’t know for sure! But what you say is true. I started reading Feyland and was amazed that you had enjoyed it. But I really shouldn’t be too surprised. After all, the gaming and futuristic stuff is the only aspect that isn’t you – and that’s only part of the book. The bigger part is Fairyland itself – and you are all about the fairies and magic and stuff.

Sissy: I am a fairy. A sparkling flower fairy. Therefore, yes, all that stuff was appealing. This book is futuristic, though, because the rich people have such things as grav-cars (like a hover car sort of dealie), wrist chips, and fully automated houses (named HANA for House Activated Network Assistant). Sort of big-brotherish if you ask me.

Bubby: I like it. I want a grav-car and an automated house. Like the one in the tv show Eureka. Except you never watched that show so you don’t know what I’m talking about but it was cool. It was named SARAH (for words I can’t remember what they stand for). But the future bits aren’t my favorite. My favorite was right at the beginning when we met one of our main characters, Tam Lin and then when the character of Thomas Rimer was introduced. Now if you are a big fan of faerie-realm stories, you will already recognize these names. Tamlin is a famous character from the old Scottish Ballads – a mortal man who was captured by the fairies (Fae, Faery Folk, etc.) and then rescued by his own true love. Thomas Rhymer is also a ballad character – a bard who was so talented that the Fairy Queen decided to keep him as her own personal songsmith. The instant I saw Anthea Sharp use these names for her characters, I knew I had found a kindred soul. I was hooked.

Sissy: Yes, Bubby, you are a nerd. But since I am actually half-human and half-fae, I can’t really blame you for your fixation on the world of fairy.

Bubby: Which half? Somehow I’m not seeing either of our parents as faerykind . . .

Sissy: Just go with it! Stop trying to ruin my alternate realities. The clever thing about Anthea Sharp is that she was able to retell a very old story in a very modern way without any bumps or hitches. It works beautifully. The story flows so well, even for those with no knowledge of fairy lore. I think the author has written something that will capture a whole new demographic.

Bubby: I loves it. Loves loves loves it. I have a weakness for modern-day retellings of old stories; they just do something for me. I love tales that are seasoned with a little (or in this case, a lot) of magic. I even love stories that use age-old archetypes, in this case the poor little rich girl and the poverty stricken boy with a heart of gold. As Sissy said, the tricky part is weaving all of these elements together and actually having it work. This one works. It has it all, even a little hint of romance.

Sissy: The budding romance between Tam Lin and Jennet is reason enough for me to want to continue this series. I can tell they will have a lot more exciting and bonding adventures ahead. Tam Lin’s life is so painfully tragic, I hope better things are in store there, too.

Bubby: I agree! Jennet lives in this great big huge house with just her and her dad, who is never there anyway and Tam and his mom and brother (both of whom have some big medical issues) live in a shack in the super scary part of town. Can’t the Lin family just move into Jennet’s basement or something?

Sissy: Obviously, there is a lot more to explore in the lives of Tam and Jennet and the world of the Fae. I highly recommend Feyland to the techies, the fairytale lovers, and the fantasy fans, because this is a category bending read.  4.25 hover-bubbles.

Bubby:  Feyland checks all the requisite boxes for me.  I can’t wait to continue the series.  Maybe I can get cheapskate Sissy to buy them this time (she says “Not fairy likely…”).  4.5 bubbles.

Click HERE to buy Feyland at Amazon.com


The Switch sisters, the only Chinese family in Ambrose, have always been considered a little odd by the townspeople–especially the mother.  People flock to her Chinese restaurant, but steer clear of her otherwise. But everything changes when beautiful Mara Switch, the eldest daughter, is accused of murder.  The family then must step into the spotlight to prove her innocence—all without revealing a dark family secret.

Bubby: I was just sitting at home, minding my own business when my phone dinged at me, signifying an incoming email message. It was from Sissy, telling me to read this book. I was gratified that she took the time to think of me whilst on vacation (she abandoned me and went to Disneyland last week) and read The Switch Sisters right away. What a lovely little gem of disturbing quirkiness! About 1/3 of the way in I was sure I knew the direction the plot was going to take. I had it all figured out. And then the bombshell dropped – and the plot went in a direction I had never even considered!

Sissy: I found this book on Amazon.com and was surprised, because of the title, that it was a book about Chinese immigrants. Switch is not exactly a common Chinese name but that is explained in the book. Anyway, I liked it alot because it was weird and different and that appeals to me.

Bubby: It appeals to you because you ARE weird and different. Normal is boring! We grew up in a little town similar to Ambrose and there were no Asians (or African-Americans for that matter) in our town at all. Even the people who ran the Chinese restaurant were not Asian – they were Hispanic. I can imagine that the arrival of a pregnant Chinese woman with 3 daughters and no husband would have created quite a stir. Throw in a spooky house and rumors of witchcraft and it’s easy to see why the Switch sisters had a hard time being accepted by their peers. One of my favorite lines is when Mara tells her mother that her upcoming wedding is “Our chance to prove we’re not what they think we are!” and her mother replies, “The problem is we are.” See, the rumors of witchcraft aren’t just rumors. The Switch girls are all witches – all five of them.

Sissy: Bubby’s secret desire is to be a writer of book synopsi (this is my made-up word for the plural of synopsis). That’s why she writes these interminably long spoilers in every review we do. I think she’s got things bottled up inside that need to come out! I appreciate you all reading this and being therapy for her.

Bubby: Oh, so many things I want to say. So many. Too many to choose from, therefore I will ignore Sissy’s rudeness and encourage her to GET BACK TO THE STORY!

Sissy: You know how in a small town everyone knows things about everyone else and there are rumors about this or that strange family and their secrets? That’s how these poor Switch sisters were talked about. They had to suppress their specialness so that everybody didn’t get crazy and run them out of town. This happens to me sometimes when I’m looking too beautiful and the neighbors get jealous.

Bubby: Sissy may have gotten a little too much sun on her vacation. The craziness is a little out of control today! I will try to see that she gets back on her medication before our next review. At the risk of more rudeness from my dear sister, I am going to wax philosophical for just a moment. Isn’t it interesting that this family had to conceal their awesomeness in order to fit in? Why do we feel the need to lower ourselves or dumb ourselves down to meet the lowest common denominator? Why can’t we just be fabulous and to heck with those that choose to feel inferior? Embrace your differentness! Diversity is a wonderful thing. Being special is good. We are NOT all the same so why should we act like we are?

Sissy: That’s why I’m not getting a tattoo. Everyone has a tattoo now and they are not special.

Bubby: I thought it was because you’re afraid that your butt cheek will get saggy and your rosebud tattoo will turn into a dead chrysanthemum.

Sissy: That too. I liked this tale of extraordinary Chinese witches and I liked that despite their very different personalities, the sisters joined their unique powers together and turned their story into a happy one.

Bubby: The Switch Sisters is a different sort of story than I had read before. It was unique. I like unique. I was voted “Most Unique” in high school, you know. Well worth a read. 4 bubbles.

Sissy:  Unique you are indeed, Bubby!  I will give The Switch Sisters  3.75 weirdly-shaped bubbles–waiting for more from Gwen Li.

Click HERE to buy The Switch Sisters by Gwen Li from amazon.com

©Bubblebathbooks 2013


This retelling of Beauty and the Beast is dark and mysterious.  Calia Thorn lives a miserable existence in a small town at the foot of the Cold King’s mountain. She spends her days taking care of her younger siblings, doing endless hours of chores and trying fruitlessly to please her mean and lazy mother. But when the townspeople choose her to be the newest servant for the Cold King, she suddenly is afraid that she will be going from bad to worse. The Cold King has lived under a curse for over 300 years and is rumored to be an evil, unfeeling monster. Can Calia see beneath the mask and find the true man? Or will she be doomed to a life of servitude forever?

Sissy: I know what you’re thinking. “You’re reviewing another retelling of Beauty and the Beast?” The answer is a succinct YES! and get over it. This blog is not a democracy. It is a benevolent dictatorship!

Bubby: Um. Who, exactly, is the dictator here? I believe there can only be one dictator in a particular regime at a time and everyone else is a minion. . .

Sissy: You are, of course, Bubby! I however am not a peon, but the Dowager Empress. Which means I get all the prizes and none of the responsibility. Give me a pony!

Bubby: Really I wonder what people think when they read our mad ravings. We are actually very normal in real life, readers. Really. I swear. Now back to the story!

Sissy: What’s great about this book is all the horrible people. Calia’s mom is hideous, all the townspeople are despicable and even the Cold King is borderline demonic. It challenges your thoughts about the wrongness of ordering someone to come be your servant when in fact your life is much more comfortable and meaningful and happy in that forced environment.

Bubby: Yes, I found it interesting that all the servants of the Cold King – people who were pitied and despised in town – were actually very happy and pleased with their lot in life. In fact, when Calia “gets” to go home for a visit, it’s just horrible for her and she can’t wait to get back to the King. She thought that being chosen to serve the King would be the worst possible fate. Instead, it is rather wonderful. Hmmm. I wonder how this can be applied to real life? It’s kinda like going to the dentist – horrible in the anticipation but once it’s over and you have lovely clean healthy teeth instead of dentures, you are so happy!

Sissy: So profound, Bubby, I could almost call you Oprah and faint. What do you do with heinous loathsome people? Are they heinous and loathsome out of fear and tradition or are they just rotten to the core? There are some of both in this story. The fact that my visceral reaction to them was so strong and I wanted to go all ninja on them tells you that Amber Jaeger did some good characterization.

Bubby: I think that the Cold King falls into the first category. He’s been cursed and had people fear him for so long that he has forgotten how to act with common human decency and kindness. He’s not intrinsically evil, like the rotten brothers back in the town who abuse any woman they can get their hands on. He’s just out of practice.

Sissy: And in the case of the Cold King, it’s worth it to love him enough that he wants to change. In the case of the stinky town brothers, it’s probably wise to feed them strychnine-laced hush puppies and be done with it! We all have mean people in our lives. We just have to have the foresight to know whether to go with love or strychnine!

Bubby: That point right there is one of my big issues with this book. As much as I love a good romance and a redemption story, I don’t ever want my children to fall in love with someone thinking that love is going to change them into someone nice and wonderful. It can work, but more often it’s a disaster. As Dr. Laura used to say, “A damsel in distress is only ever going to be a distressed damsel.” I also had a hard time with the casually cruel nature of the Cold King. I’m not sure I could ever love someone who locked me in a dungeon “for my own good” or believed that I had inflicted grievous injuries on myself in order to find out my beloved’s secrets. If I come home all beaten to a pulp and I tell my husband that so-and-so did it, he’d better believe me and go whup up on somebody!

Sissy: True on all counts, Bubby. But what is the likelihood of one of your children being forced into servitude by a magically cursed king? If they ever are, it would probably behoove them to get into his good graces, be crowned queen and send me fabulous and lavish gifts. If they fall for a real life person who is casually cruel but sometimes kind, who seems to have emotional and mental disorders, they should be shipped off to boarding school immediately!

Bubby: Correct as usual, Queen Friday. All in all, The Cold King by Amber Jaeger was an interesting and entertaining read with good characters, a lavish setting and a happy ending. Good enough for me! 3 2/3 bubbles.

Sissy: I suppose you can have 2/3 of a bubble if you’re the dictator. I enjoyed this somewhat gritty retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and recommend that you all take a look.  3.5 bubbles from the dowager empress who is in her corner castle suite doing nothing important or responsible.

Click HERE to buy The Cold King by Amber Jaeger from Amazon.com

© Bubble Bath Books 2013