Time for another round of Bite-Sized book reviews, this time for a few series I’ve read recently. I have full reviews for the individual books on my Goodreads page, so if you’d like to see more detail for them, head on over there. This is basically my excuse to gush about these series’, because I really enjoyed all of them and waiting for the installments in them reminds me why I don’t like to read books unless the series is finished, because waiting for all of these is going to drive me nuts!
The Forgotten Kingdoms Series by Lichelle Slater
This is a fairy tale retelling series that at first, feels rather bland. I didn’t find The Dragon Princess to be particularly attention grabbing, but I finished it because I’m all about The Little Mermaid (my favorite fairy tale) and The Siren Princess was next in the series. It was worth getting through book 1, because book 2 was really action packed, the Princess who was the main character was a lot more fun, her romantic interest was waaaay better, and all in all the polish of book 2 and book 3 made me super hyped for books 4 and 5. There’s a consistent character throughout all of the series that I really enjoy his character arc, and he was the reason why I continued the series in the first place. I think this series overall does a really good job of keeping the stories self-contained, while still furthering the over-arching plot of the series. The Beast Princess was amazing start to finish, and hands down my favorite one in the series. I find narratively, this is one of the better fairy tale retellings, and while it pays homage to the fairy tales they are inspired by, it doesn’t focus solely on fairy tale tropes like other retellings I’ve read. The cast is well fleshed out, plot and world are great, and overall this series is an enjoyable fantasy romp that I can’t wait to read to its conclusion.
Fairy Tale Adventures by A.G. Marshal
Do you notice a trend here? I majorly got into reading fairy tale retellings in the early months of the year. Fairy Tale Adventures however takes a very mature angle with the fairy tale retelling genre, and deals with heavy topics like not feeling like you’re good enough for your family, finding your own self-worth, and overcoming obstacles. The romances in the series are really well rounded, and none of the couples feel like they are out of place. I read Princess of Mermaids first in the series, and in this series it actually does affect your knowledge of the rest of the narrative because A.G. Marshal does have plot points from previous books interlink. It wasn’t a huge hindrance, I just went back and read the first two books in the series, but it did make way more sense after doing so.
I think Princess of Shadows is the weakest book in the series. I liked Leena fine, but her love interest I really didn’t care for and while it said it was a Princess and the Pea retelling, it really wasn’t. It was an interesting story, don’t get me wrong, but fairy tale retelling as far as I know the story The Princess and the Pea was a stretch. A better job was done for both Princess of Secrets and Princess of Mermaids, so I feel like Princess of Shadows just was a case of rocky book 1 writing. But, if you want an awesome series, with powerful Princess that live up to having both feminine and masculine traits well balanced, pick up this book series.
The Elvan Alliance Series by Tara Grayce
I saved the best for last, as I adore this series! The premise is a human marries an elf so an alliance between the two peoples is formed, but the books are so much more than that. Essie and Farrendal’s relationship is just so sweet, and the themes of working towards growing your relationship, choosing your partner, making the best of a situation, and creating a family bigger than yourself out of two is just so wonderful. I just finished book 2, and the cliffhanger at the end is so ugh! I can’t wait to read book 3, I really need to revisit this world and see how it ends for the characters!
The world building is really interesting in the series too. Sort of a steampunky industrial evolution vibe, but also with magic interwoven into the Elvan world masterfully. I can picture all of the landscapes and structures described in the book, and while romance is definitely the focal point of the series, the politics and court intrigue aren’t just shrugged off for lovey-dovey bits. There’s tons of lovey-dovey bits, don’t get me wrong, but both politics and romance take center stage when they need to. It’s just overall a really enjoyable series, I can’t wait until September when the third book comes out!
And that does it for Bite-Sized Book reviews #2. If you decide to read any of these series’, let me know! I’d love to be able to talk about these with other people!
Once again, for more detailed reviews of these books, head on over to my Goodreads Page. Thanks for reading this post, and happy reading any books you’re reading right now!