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Hush little baby don’t say a word The Darkness hides in an ivory bird But if that ivory bird can’t sing That’s when the Witches’ Hammer swings. -- Nursery rhyme A year ago Sarah Petty could not dream of the life she now lived. In those days she was one of the downtrodden masses; an unremarkable body upon which the upper caste built their castles of gold. Luckier than most, she Hush little baby don’t say a word The Darkness hides in an ivory bird But if that ivory bird can’t sing That’s when the Witches’ Hammer swings. -- Nursery rhyme A year ago Sarah Petty could not dream of the life she now lived. In those days she was one of the downtrodden masses; an unremarkable body upon which the upper caste built their castles of gold. Luckier than most, she at least had her blacksmithing skills to keep a roof over her head, though she went hungry more often than not. All of that changed with one fatal decision. She said yes. Lady Raven Chandlish, a sorceress with a smile that lit up the night and enough magical power to level a city, asked Sarah to open a shop with her in a different duchy. After moving things felt like they were on a definite upswing. There was food in the cupboard, money in the bank, and someone she might be falling in love with. Sarah didn’t dare pinch herself just in case it was all a dream. Like all dreams, this sunlit world was a feeble defense against the encroaching darkness. Buried deep within Raven’s soul was Malleus Maleficarum, an ancient demon that nearly destroyed the world twice before. Drawing on feelings stronger than the weapons she forged, Sarah learned to trust Raven could contain the demon. Malleus had other plans. When enemies of the Chandlish family attacked, Malleus used a momentary distraction to take over Raven’s body. While hundreds of soldiers battled for the fate of cities, a terrified blacksmith battled for the fate of a world. With no hope of rescue, Sarah whispered into the leering face of madness, praying love would save her.


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Hush little baby don’t say a word The Darkness hides in an ivory bird But if that ivory bird can’t sing That’s when the Witches’ Hammer swings. -- Nursery rhyme A year ago Sarah Petty could not dream of the life she now lived. In those days she was one of the downtrodden masses; an unremarkable body upon which the upper caste built their castles of gold. Luckier than most, she Hush little baby don’t say a word The Darkness hides in an ivory bird But if that ivory bird can’t sing That’s when the Witches’ Hammer swings. -- Nursery rhyme A year ago Sarah Petty could not dream of the life she now lived. In those days she was one of the downtrodden masses; an unremarkable body upon which the upper caste built their castles of gold. Luckier than most, she at least had her blacksmithing skills to keep a roof over her head, though she went hungry more often than not. All of that changed with one fatal decision. She said yes. Lady Raven Chandlish, a sorceress with a smile that lit up the night and enough magical power to level a city, asked Sarah to open a shop with her in a different duchy. After moving things felt like they were on a definite upswing. There was food in the cupboard, money in the bank, and someone she might be falling in love with. Sarah didn’t dare pinch herself just in case it was all a dream. Like all dreams, this sunlit world was a feeble defense against the encroaching darkness. Buried deep within Raven’s soul was Malleus Maleficarum, an ancient demon that nearly destroyed the world twice before. Drawing on feelings stronger than the weapons she forged, Sarah learned to trust Raven could contain the demon. Malleus had other plans. When enemies of the Chandlish family attacked, Malleus used a momentary distraction to take over Raven’s body. While hundreds of soldiers battled for the fate of cities, a terrified blacksmith battled for the fate of a world. With no hope of rescue, Sarah whispered into the leering face of madness, praying love would save her.

30 review for Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale

  1. 4 out of 5

    T.B. Markinson

    I have to say right off that Windows is a unique book. I wasn’t sure what I should expect after reading the blurb. The blurb is an accurate description of the book, but I wasn’t sure if the book would be filled with humor, tension, or fantasy. Turns out, it includes all of that and so much more. That author built a fascinating fantasy world that has connections to our own world so the reader isn’t completely adrift. I loved the characters, Raven and Sarah. At first, Raven put me off some since s I have to say right off that Windows is a unique book. I wasn’t sure what I should expect after reading the blurb. The blurb is an accurate description of the book, but I wasn’t sure if the book would be filled with humor, tension, or fantasy. Turns out, it includes all of that and so much more. That author built a fascinating fantasy world that has connections to our own world so the reader isn’t completely adrift. I loved the characters, Raven and Sarah. At first, Raven put me off some since she was so confident, but once I got to know the woman, not the reputation, she won me over. The romance builds slowly and most of the time, it isn’t the center of the book. For those wanting explicit scenes between the two women, more than likely you’ll be let down. Me, I liked how the relationship slowly develops showing more depth to both characters and their feelings. I don’t want to say too much about the goings on in this book since I think it’s best each reader be surprised. There isn’t a dull moment. This novel is more like a wild ride and at times everything seems out of control, but the author deftly ties up all the different plot threads. I look forward to reading more by Casey Bramble.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dylena Menard

    I am very happy that Sage's Blog Tour asked me to participate in this blog tour for Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale. It was definitely different compared to other books that I have read. It was good, it was cute but there were a few parts that I didn't care for, nor fit in the storyline, but that's my perspective. I divided my review into the usual pros and cons below because I saw both in the story. PROS: 
First thing first, the writing style. Casey Bramble, the author, has a very good writing styl I am very happy that Sage's Blog Tour asked me to participate in this blog tour for Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale. It was definitely different compared to other books that I have read. It was good, it was cute but there were a few parts that I didn't care for, nor fit in the storyline, but that's my perspective. I divided my review into the usual pros and cons below because I saw both in the story. PROS: 
First thing first, the writing style. Casey Bramble, the author, has a very good writing style. It's unique and it's different and I really did enjoyed it. In the beginning of the story she took you right into her world. 
What's more her story was creative and her characters were quirky and quite a bit of fun to read about. This book will not become my favorite but for something to pass the time, it was a win. CONS: 
Ok sadly there were a few things that I did not care for but hey this is her first book, and for her first book I believe Casey Bramble did well. So I like to point out a few error, or parts of the story that I did not care for. 
So for the first con I would like to bring up is the "setting." For example there is a black smith who makes swords and shields. There is magic and wonderful castles that are very majestic and yet when the character order their meals…their ordering burgers and modern day food. I did not care for that. I believe Casey could have used her writing to cook up something different. Also there were cars, like a limo for example. There is magic in the world, I wished the author described something more fantasy like, sure it could have been something like a car but I believe it would have been better to keep the few "present" day items from the story. 
Next the writing style is good, I liked it a lot but there were a few errors. There were some grammar mistakes and a few spelling mistakes which I know people make mistakes. Heck I'm not perfect, and I'm sure you could find something wrong with my posts. Also I was confused at some of the parts of the story. At some points I didn't understand what the author was trying to get across to us the readers, so I had to guess on what it meant. But even though I am writing this, I do believe in all my heart that this author has great potential, she just isn't a professional yet in my eyes, though she will get there. 
Last but not least, I would like to talk about the story itself. It is a good story, but it wasn't perfect. There was a good mystery and the characters were great, but it won't become one of my favorites. But I will be waiting for the next installment in the series, I really want to see where this is going. So don't expect to be wowed. 
So that is all I have to say for my review for Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale. I hope everyone is staying warm during these cold night/days and that spring will come soon to melt all this snow.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catharina Pu

    I hate dropping books, so I usually don't do that, but I just had to with this one... I put it away a few times, coming back after a month or two to give it one more chance, because maybe it will get better? But no, soon after there was just another thing that left me with a pulsing forehead, asking myself "Really now?" I felt that there were a lot of inconsistencies in the book, too much put together where it did not belong together. When I started the book, it felt like the author was building I hate dropping books, so I usually don't do that, but I just had to with this one... I put it away a few times, coming back after a month or two to give it one more chance, because maybe it will get better? But no, soon after there was just another thing that left me with a pulsing forehead, asking myself "Really now?" I felt that there were a lot of inconsistencies in the book, too much put together where it did not belong together. When I started the book, it felt like the author was building a more old-timey fantasy world and then there were things that would rather fit in an urban fantasy from 2016 and it really disturbed me. I didn't get attached to any of the characters... I wanted to smack Raven around most of the time and had to roll my eyes at how she behaved. I usually love the rebellious characters, but Raven was just ...NO . Sarah was more or less fine, but fine is all - I did not get attached and thus couldn't care less about what happened to her. There were a few sequences in the book I just did not understood why that was even there... and some that were probably meant to be funny, but completely failed at that. It also felt like the F/F romance was pulled out of nowhere. Sadly, this book left a really sour taste for me to try my hand at another F/F fantasy again :(

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rea Nicole ✰

    3.5 stars Sarah Petty, a poor blacksmith, can't believe her luck when she is approached by a mysterious and wealthy woman, Raven, to start a business together. It seems too good to be true when Raven promises Sarah her own shop, top of the line tools, and an endless expanse of wealth plus an apartment! To escape her impoverished life Sarah agrees and later finds out that Raven is actually Lady Branwyen Chandlish of Valentria. At first Sarah is suspicious that a royal would want to do busine 3.5 stars Sarah Petty, a poor blacksmith, can't believe her luck when she is approached by a mysterious and wealthy woman, Raven, to start a business together. It seems too good to be true when Raven promises Sarah her own shop, top of the line tools, and an endless expanse of wealth plus an apartment! To escape her impoverished life Sarah agrees and later finds out that Raven is actually Lady Branwyen Chandlish of Valentria. At first Sarah is suspicious that a royal would want to do business with her but quickly develops a friendship with Raven and her sisters. While dealing with the shenanigans of the Chandlish sisters and running a successful blacksmith shop, Sarah also becomes caught in the middle of conflict between the Chandlish family and the neighboring entity- The Protectorate. As if that wasn't enough Sarah also learns that an ancient demon resides within Raven and is looking for its way out. Will Sarah make it in her new world unscathed or is wealth and success her final downfall? Windows was unlike any book I've ever read and while filled with fantasy and humor, this is definitely NOT a young adult book. It may be okay to be considered a mature young adult but there is some dark subject matter. The author builds a new world that has similarities to our current world such as fashion sense and night clubs, but there are also many elements of a fantasy world such as a lovable yet fierce pet dragon and various forms of magic. Although at times I felt there was just too much going on, there were no loose ends and everything tied together. I enjoyed meeting new characters in this book- Raven, a flame-haired sorceress, and Sarah, a lovable blacksmith. Both heroines were fierce, loyal, and had a great sense of humor. Although I enjoyed the characters I did have trouble connecting with Raven. I felt Raven's nickname was too far-reaching when her real name was Branwyen and both names were used throughout the book. Sometimes I found this interchangeable name use confusing and interrupted the flow of my reading. The romance in this book isn't explicit but I could sense the connection between Raven and Sarah as it was built and developed. Their friendship grew to adoration and adoration to love- the best kind of love in my opinion. This is one of those books that really isn't just a "book" but an adventure and a true escape novel. I would highly recommend this to those who enjoy classic fantasy, fun-loving heroines, and a fantastical fairy tale.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helena Ison

    Writing style: Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale is a debut novel from the mysterious author Casey Bramble. The world she creates is one sure to strike awe and astonishment. Her character development is quite amazing, proving to be her strong suit. Her characters are unconventional and have many conflicting issues that give them layer upon layer of depth. The plot is jammed packed with various elements of fantasy, action, deceit, lies, humor, romance and even murder; an interesting mix of good versus Writing style: Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale is a debut novel from the mysterious author Casey Bramble. The world she creates is one sure to strike awe and astonishment. Her character development is quite amazing, proving to be her strong suit. Her characters are unconventional and have many conflicting issues that give them layer upon layer of depth. The plot is jammed packed with various elements of fantasy, action, deceit, lies, humor, romance and even murder; an interesting mix of good versus evil. My only gripe is the way the chapters are organized; I feel that some needed to be divided up with chapter breaks. At some points the plot jumps from one scene to another without notice, jumbling together and causing confusion. My Opinion: I absolutely loved the fantasy elements this book had everything from dragons, witches, sorceresses, portals to other realms, demons, to magic of every kind. Not to mention the royal family with castles let’s just say I’m smitten. Raven is quite an intriguing woman. She has the red hair to match her fiery and mischievous ways. Sarah however is quite the opposite of Raven, reserved and gallant. Both ladies share their snarky attitude and bravery but the similarities end there. True to the old saying that opposites attract, Raven and Sarah are drawn together like a moth to fire. I would have loved to see more romance to their relationship or for them to express more of their feelings… you get just a taste of it throughout the book. The demon Malleus Maleficarum is a whole another story within this novel. She is one terrifying creature, the true definition of evil. She is the reason behind Raven’s ultimate power and it appears she is set to destroy her. The scenes when the demon appears are insane and filled to the brim with gore. I wouldn’t want to come face to face this Malleus under no circumstance. I just hope Raven can keep her control… This novel basically boils down into good versus evil, rich versus poor, and love versus treachery. In the end what will win out against the other? It is true that good always prevails? Hmm… one can never be too sure when demons are involved. I guess you will have to read Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale yourself to find out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Brownstone

    Most of us grew up on fairy tales, starting with once upon a time, the wicked step-mother, the fairy-godmother, and some element of magic all culminating in the happily ever after. This tale encompasses all of that. The story is well written and it brings together both the old with horses and dragons folding in the technology of today giving the book a somewhat familiar feel. The heroine of the story, Sarah Petty is a blacksmith that has inherited the shop and trade from her father. She dreams of Most of us grew up on fairy tales, starting with once upon a time, the wicked step-mother, the fairy-godmother, and some element of magic all culminating in the happily ever after. This tale encompasses all of that. The story is well written and it brings together both the old with horses and dragons folding in the technology of today giving the book a somewhat familiar feel. The heroine of the story, Sarah Petty is a blacksmith that has inherited the shop and trade from her father. She dreams of a better life but knows that is not to be her destiny. Then one day a mysterious person shows up at her door step offering her everything she could ever dream of. Lady Raven Chandlish turns Sarah's world upside down in ways she could never have imagined. The story is well written and it brings together both the old with horses and dragons folding in the technology of today giving the book a somewhat familiar feel. The heroine of the story, Sarah Petty is a blacksmith that has inherited the shop and trade from her father. She dreams of a better life but knows that is not to be her destiny. Then one day a mysterious person shows up at her door step offering her everything she could ever dream of. Lady Raven Chandlish turns Sarah's world upside down in ways she could never have imagined. Sarah hesitantly accepts Raven's offer and is plunged into a world of high society and subterfuge surrounded by magic, dragons, yes even the wicked step-mother. Sarah is a delight in many ways; she is pragmatic and plays off Raven's childlike and impulsive character well. This adds an element to the story, which endears the characters to the reader. Raven while being the Lady of high upbringing is herself shrouded in mystery and has a deep secret she is hiding. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fairy tale story that is a bit more modernized still with elements of the classic flair to it. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars is that while Casey creates a fantastic fantasy world filled with believable people and even it's own currency occasionally she slips and falls back to our own standard currency.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    This book took me forever to read. Though it had a lot of good things going for it, still, there were many times I wanted to put the book away and forget about it. Let's start with the good: I loved the characters, at least the main ones... okay maybe I loved the blacksmith. Second, I thought the story and plot were a very good idea. BUT... The plot got to certain places where it just bogged down. Not sure why. I think the sisters were too silly, and Raven needed therapy, badly. But I wanted to This book took me forever to read. Though it had a lot of good things going for it, still, there were many times I wanted to put the book away and forget about it. Let's start with the good: I loved the characters, at least the main ones... okay maybe I loved the blacksmith. Second, I thought the story and plot were a very good idea. BUT... The plot got to certain places where it just bogged down. Not sure why. I think the sisters were too silly, and Raven needed therapy, badly. But I wanted to know what would happen with Sarah (blacksmith) so I stuck it out. Oh, I love a book that includes romance and lesbians. That was a plus. But it took far too long to get there I loved that there was a dragon!!!!! And I thought it clever to have the mixture of medieval and modern times, i.e. refrigerators and stoves; castles with dungeons; jeans and T-shirts and balls with long gowns. The worst for me was wishing the author had done more that a spell check. 'To' and 'too' were mixed up, 'quite' and 'quiet', 'then' and 'than'. It got worse toward the end, whole sentences were messed up and hard to understand. Sadly, that was when I was most engaged with the story. The worst is that it left me feeling the need to find out what happens next. A real cliffhanger. After so many days reading this, I don't get to know what happens next? Boo! Not sure if I am engaged enough to read the next book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Rafuse

    Love and hate. Rich and poor. Pleasure and pain. Friend and enemy. Gay and straight. War and peace. Commoner and nobility... These are all the reoccurring ideas that young blacksmith Sarah Petty must learn to balance on the edge of the sword of her life when the mysterious woman named Raven walks into her life. What Sarah doesn't know is that Raven is actually Lady Branwyen Chandlish, one of four daughters of the Dutchess, and that her life will never be the same again. First of all, allow me to ju Love and hate. Rich and poor. Pleasure and pain. Friend and enemy. Gay and straight. War and peace. Commoner and nobility... These are all the reoccurring ideas that young blacksmith Sarah Petty must learn to balance on the edge of the sword of her life when the mysterious woman named Raven walks into her life. What Sarah doesn't know is that Raven is actually Lady Branwyen Chandlish, one of four daughters of the Dutchess, and that her life will never be the same again. First of all, allow me to just say that this book had better have a sequel! I loved it, despite the many gramatical errors I have come to expect from my Kindle copies (and there were many in this one, unfortunately!). This is a mix of new and old (there's that reoccuring opposites theme again!), in a modern-day fairy tale, that I would be happy to recommend to my friends. Great action, lovable (if a bit crazy) characters, and very smartly written. Can't wait for part two!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Milkiways

    Well, when I started reading this book at the beginning the setting reminded me of Harry Potter, but it stops there itself. The plot and writing are completely different, this fantasy magic book is filled with humor, enormous sisterly bonding, action, magic, romance, demons, dragon...... I usually like to read witty romance novels and this book scored 5/5 in witty department. There was one unexpected twist though Raven was sentenced to stay in dungeons for 3 life times for saving Sarah from bein Well, when I started reading this book at the beginning the setting reminded me of Harry Potter, but it stops there itself. The plot and writing are completely different, this fantasy magic book is filled with humor, enormous sisterly bonding, action, magic, romance, demons, dragon...... I usually like to read witty romance novels and this book scored 5/5 in witty department. There was one unexpected twist though Raven was sentenced to stay in dungeons for 3 life times for saving Sarah from being executed for breaking the laws irrespective of the purpose... please read what happened to Raven after the sentence is definitely worth reading for! About the writing and story development, it may not be perfect but definitely great for a debut novel therefore I am going with 5/5 for Casey Bramble's Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale. There will be definitely a sequel to this book and I am looking forward to read it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sage Adderley-Knox

    Casey Bramble is an author after my own heart. Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale is young adult fantasy with an exciting cast of characters. Bramble introduces us to a royal family that includes fiery witches, a dragon, a terrifying demon, and a cold stepmother. Plus, Sarah Petty, the blacksmith. I think the way the author created a fantasy world that combines modern day and medieval times is wonderful. The setting and story line flow smoothly, and I found myself impatiently anticipating what would be Casey Bramble is an author after my own heart. Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale is young adult fantasy with an exciting cast of characters. Bramble introduces us to a royal family that includes fiery witches, a dragon, a terrifying demon, and a cold stepmother. Plus, Sarah Petty, the blacksmith. I think the way the author created a fantasy world that combines modern day and medieval times is wonderful. The setting and story line flow smoothly, and I found myself impatiently anticipating what would be revealed next. One of the main characters, Raven White, is a young sorceress that hides the serious and dark parts of her life behind her wide smile and constant humor. The closer her business partner, Sarah Petty, comes to Raven, the more she begins to chip away at the truth. Their sweet love grows as they work together in a battle that attempts to take their lives.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    Interestingly quirky book. I liked the story pretty well and appreciated the humor throughout. The setting was a little odd at times, a weird mix of modern and dungeon - if that makes sense. The lack of proper too/to usage was kind of annoying, but otherwise the writing was pretty solid. The thing that really bugged me was that the end felt kind of abrupt, enough so to feel like it was a wee bit incomplete or setting up for a sequel. Otherwise a decent quick read. *I've been informed by the author Interestingly quirky book. I liked the story pretty well and appreciated the humor throughout. The setting was a little odd at times, a weird mix of modern and dungeon - if that makes sense. The lack of proper too/to usage was kind of annoying, but otherwise the writing was pretty solid. The thing that really bugged me was that the end felt kind of abrupt, enough so to feel like it was a wee bit incomplete or setting up for a sequel. Otherwise a decent quick read. *I've been informed by the author that this is indeed the first of a series. Knowing that, I've bumped up the rating and am not so bugged by the ending - still a cliffhanger and I'm the impatient sort. Looking forward to the follow up books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pauline allen

    Laughing out loud This book is well written will all the right amounts of laughter, betrayal, and darkness to it. The main characters are funny and the sisters together get a laugh out of you each time they are together. Raven handles her curse with grace and never makes you think she is a whiny. The one sex scene could have been left out all together and is the reason for four stars instead of five. Mostly because I have when writers put in smoke screens for them. Just leave it out all together. Laughing out loud This book is well written will all the right amounts of laughter, betrayal, and darkness to it. The main characters are funny and the sisters together get a laugh out of you each time they are together. Raven handles her curse with grace and never makes you think she is a whiny. The one sex scene could have been left out all together and is the reason for four stars instead of five. Mostly because I have when writers put in smoke screens for them. Just leave it out all together. But great book will read again

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lil

    WOW…what an utterly great book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is not even one of my favorite genres. The story grabbed me from the beginning, till the point I made all that was within my power to read it all at once, and all the characters were magnificent and the book totally made me wish I was part of the clan. The great books, the ones that are completely worth reading, are those that take you by surprise and this book totally did. The author is an excellent narrator and the story is entertai WOW…what an utterly great book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is not even one of my favorite genres. The story grabbed me from the beginning, till the point I made all that was within my power to read it all at once, and all the characters were magnificent and the book totally made me wish I was part of the clan. The great books, the ones that are completely worth reading, are those that take you by surprise and this book totally did. The author is an excellent narrator and the story is entertaining and funny as hell.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    3.5 Stars I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as it's not my typical genre. I loved the bickering, pranks and love amongst the family! Great characters. I thought I nailed the bad guy but the author added a bit of a twist. I believe I read there are more books to come. I'm really looking forward to the next installment. 3.5 Stars I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as it's not my typical genre. I loved the bickering, pranks and love amongst the family! Great characters. I thought I nailed the bad guy but the author added a bit of a twist. I believe I read there are more books to come. I'm really looking forward to the next installment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lou P

    The only thing I would complain about this book is that it lacks romance, but that just might be me. Overall, the book is great. I'm looking forward to the sequel, and I hope it would be released soon. Kudos to the author! The only thing I would complain about this book is that it lacks romance, but that just might be me. Overall, the book is great. I'm looking forward to the sequel, and I hope it would be released soon. Kudos to the author!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diana

  19. 4 out of 5

    AJ Sneed

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anton Phibes

  21. 5 out of 5

    YuriUniverse

  22. 4 out of 5

    Agent Colorado

  23. 4 out of 5

    P. Industry

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Moore

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hisham Malik

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucretiamerces

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cath Thorley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charles

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