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Cinderella: If a dream is a wish your heart makes then Cindee Ellis is in major trouble. There’s no way Henry Christensen will ever notice her under all those oil stains and brake fluid splattered across her shirt. Unless—she’s dead wrong about him. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll work her guts out to make Cinderella: If a dream is a wish your heart makes then Cindee Ellis is in major trouble. There’s no way Henry Christensen will ever notice her under all those oil stains and brake fluid splattered across her shirt. Unless—she’s dead wrong about him. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll work her guts out to make her own happily ever after. Beauty and Beast: There's a tale as old as time of two people falling in love, but what happens when Belle won't have anything to do with it. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll transform the town's beast into a handsome prince with her heart, not her beautician skills. The Frogg Princess: Taya is almost there. Join her in this real-life fairytale, set in the small town of Silver Creek, as she plans to start a new life by opening a little restaurant. Only to find a few rude people that don’t seem to welcome her. But that doesn’t seem to bother Felix Frogg, a local police officer, and the love-at–first-sight reactions he keeps tossing her way. If Taya isn’t careful with the way her heart is softening towards Felix, she could be walking into a lifetime commitment of happily ever after that wasn’t in her plans


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Cinderella: If a dream is a wish your heart makes then Cindee Ellis is in major trouble. There’s no way Henry Christensen will ever notice her under all those oil stains and brake fluid splattered across her shirt. Unless—she’s dead wrong about him. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll work her guts out to make Cinderella: If a dream is a wish your heart makes then Cindee Ellis is in major trouble. There’s no way Henry Christensen will ever notice her under all those oil stains and brake fluid splattered across her shirt. Unless—she’s dead wrong about him. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll work her guts out to make her own happily ever after. Beauty and Beast: There's a tale as old as time of two people falling in love, but what happens when Belle won't have anything to do with it. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll transform the town's beast into a handsome prince with her heart, not her beautician skills. The Frogg Princess: Taya is almost there. Join her in this real-life fairytale, set in the small town of Silver Creek, as she plans to start a new life by opening a little restaurant. Only to find a few rude people that don’t seem to welcome her. But that doesn’t seem to bother Felix Frogg, a local police officer, and the love-at–first-sight reactions he keeps tossing her way. If Taya isn’t careful with the way her heart is softening towards Felix, she could be walking into a lifetime commitment of happily ever after that wasn’t in her plans

30 review for a REAL life fairy tale boxed set: books 1-3: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Frogg Princess

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    To be honest I wasn't quite sure what to think before I started reading this set of fairytale retellings. It looked cute, fun and clean, and after I signed up to review it I started looking at a couple reviews. Not that any reviews were bad per say but mixed feelings about the set. Some loved it, some thought it was ok. I kept putting off reading this set and reading other books but finally decided it was time... What did I think????? Fun! Cute! And definitely a series to read if you are just loo To be honest I wasn't quite sure what to think before I started reading this set of fairytale retellings. It looked cute, fun and clean, and after I signed up to review it I started looking at a couple reviews. Not that any reviews were bad per say but mixed feelings about the set. Some loved it, some thought it was ok. I kept putting off reading this set and reading other books but finally decided it was time... What did I think????? Fun! Cute! And definitely a series to read if you are just looking for some plain old fashioned cuteness, fluff, goodness, sweet stories, fairytales, villainous characters, heroic characters, hope and some good girl power! These are novellas, shorter novellas, which technically you could read separately but for the most enjoyment I would start at the beginning. Each builds on the previous one. The first book is Cinderella's story. We meet several characters, some are just a little blip and other characters start to show up in the following stories. But each novella after the first continues the story for all previous characters. You could read one novella in a quiet evening, or quiet morning, or quiet afternoon. Whenever you have a few minutes to spare! I felt that the writing style and characters just got better the further I read. The novellas are short, like I mentioned before, so there's not a long drawn out back and forth, does he like me, does she like me, do they not like each other, back to they like me...you get the idea. But I will say even with the almost instalove, the author had a fun little explanation for that in the series that made it work. Plus remember people, it's a fairytale retelling. Fun and a suspension of reality! Go into reading this with that in mind and I can almost guarantee that you'll enjoy it! There are typos scattered throughout but if you read the author's bio and acknowledgement pages it works. I liked how she said she knows there are flaws in the story, in the editing, in the writing but it's fun, it's hopeful and happy. And she just wants to bring some of that to everyone. If her stories do that then she has fulfilled what she set out to do. There are follow up fairytale box sets so more fun with the characters is to come in this crazy yet loveable little town of Silver Creek. I kept catching myself trying to figure out when a new character was introduced which fairtytale character/creature they were supposed to be. Content: Overall the books are clean. Some of the characters admit to having sex in the past(not with each other but other unknown person(s)) but that they have made promises to themselves to stop and to treat their future spouse with respect and to wait for marriage. There are a couple make out scenes but nothing graphic or too steamy. I would let my older teenagers/YA read this and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairytales in a modern day setting. I received a copy from ebooks. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    This is a cute collection that has three modern day retellings of some of my favorite Fairy Tales: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Frog Prince. The women are strong characters who take control of their lives. They just happen to meet and fall in love with the man of their dreams in a small town. The town is unique, when the men fall in love, they fall in love fast. There is not playing games with them. They find the woman of their dreams and they move on it, she falls in love quickly a This is a cute collection that has three modern day retellings of some of my favorite Fairy Tales: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Frog Prince. The women are strong characters who take control of their lives. They just happen to meet and fall in love with the man of their dreams in a small town. The town is unique, when the men fall in love, they fall in love fast. There is not playing games with them. They find the woman of their dreams and they move on it, she falls in love quickly and they get married. There are a few plot twists and changes from the original. The stories move quickly and are fun to read. I am looking forward to read more about the people in this strange town. I think that Sleeping Beauty is next. Source: I received a copy from eBooks for review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    I read the first story and half of the second, but just could not get into these. Too much dram and lots of rough transitions. I felt like there was a lot more editing and development needed. Fun premises though and I would definitely give this author a chance in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cordelianne

    A real life fairy tale is a collection of three short stories all inspired by a very tale. My biggest problem with this collections was that all the stories were too short in my opinon to properly develop the love. The writer puts this of as something that is in the water, but marrying after knowing someone less than 2 weeks is in my opinion not really realistic. So the instalove was quite disturbing and it all felt a bit too sweet for my taste, but overall it was a fun and light hearted read! I A real life fairy tale is a collection of three short stories all inspired by a very tale. My biggest problem with this collections was that all the stories were too short in my opinon to properly develop the love. The writer puts this of as something that is in the water, but marrying after knowing someone less than 2 weeks is in my opinion not really realistic. So the instalove was quite disturbing and it all felt a bit too sweet for my taste, but overall it was a fun and light hearted read! I enjoyed that all the stories followed each other up and that the same persons were involved, so by reading the second book, you saw how the story of Cinder continued! Cinderella: Cinder is a mechanic, who is treated badly by her family. But maybe the cute boy Henry can help her reach her full potential. This story had some surprising twists, that were not that original compared to Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles, both mechanics etc. So this story was lacking some originality. Beauty and the Beast: Beauty and the Beast is definitely my favourite fairy tale, so I enjoyed this spin of. I found this one more original than the others. But the love was still happening way too fast The frogg princess: I have never watched the movie of this one and I am not really sure how the story line goes, so this one was the most original, but somethings were a bit weird and again the instalove was just horrible. I did enjoy the part where the writer discussed racism in America and I think the incorporated that in a good way. *I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 4 out of 5

    iamnotabookworm

    Five stars for Cinderella 3.5 for both Beauty and the Beast and The Frogg Princess Four stars overall You can check out the individual books for my complete review for each story. Between the three stories, I love the author's version of Cinderella. What I like most about the stories is the introduction of new characters that will be in the next installment. A very teasing preview of what's to happen next and a glimpse of the next fairy tale character that is going to be given a new breath of life i Five stars for Cinderella 3.5 for both Beauty and the Beast and The Frogg Princess Four stars overall You can check out the individual books for my complete review for each story. Between the three stories, I love the author's version of Cinderella. What I like most about the stories is the introduction of new characters that will be in the next installment. A very teasing preview of what's to happen next and a glimpse of the next fairy tale character that is going to be given a new breath of life in this modern day. I did enjoy these three stories but not as much as the very first installment. I guess, my expectations were high because the first story was just so unexpected and I was wanting for the same kind of elation for the next two. I advise, based on experience to read the stories one after the other so you will get the full on magical feeling experience. Even if the second and third book were not as surprising as the first, on my opinion, all three make a really good real life versions of the world's most beloved fairy tales. But if I were to choose, Cinderella is right up there and I just wished that the succeeding two were as just as fascinating. Hopefully, the fourth story, judging from the way the characters were introduced, would turn out to be in the same caliber as the Cinderella story--packed with amazing surprises in both its characters and unexpected modern twist. I can't wait to read it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Such a fun series! I look forward to additional novellas coming out. I've always been a fan of fairytales and these have a modern-day setting. While they aren't exact retellings, they have all the essential elements that we know and love. Cinderella: I really love both Cindee and Henry. Priscilla is the perfect nemesis as well. Casting Cindee as a mechanic was a brilliant twist. While I never minded the "damsel in distress" element in most every fairytale, it's nice to have a strong female lead. Such a fun series! I look forward to additional novellas coming out. I've always been a fan of fairytales and these have a modern-day setting. While they aren't exact retellings, they have all the essential elements that we know and love. Cinderella: I really love both Cindee and Henry. Priscilla is the perfect nemesis as well. Casting Cindee as a mechanic was a brilliant twist. While I never minded the "damsel in distress" element in most every fairytale, it's nice to have a strong female lead. Both Cindee and Henry have to overcome frustrating family situations, but as always - love overcomes all. Beauty and the Beast: In this rendition, Belle is a hairstylist, not a bookworm. Our beast has a bad rep, but he's really just misunderstood. I love how the two of them are in denial of their attraction - truly they just don't want to admit it and run the risk of rejection. But isn't that was love is all about - taking that risk? The Frogg Princess: Taya and Felix are simply adorable. She's had a bit of a rough go of it, and the last thing she wants is a relationship. Felix has been waiting for the right woman to come along, and Taya is it. While he never pushes her too hard, he makes it clear that he wants to be with her. I loved watching him slowly break down her walls and that she was able to find happiness after all her struggles. honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Janice Brooke Thompson is the author of a REAL life fairy tale boxed set and part of the Silver Creek Novella series, including: Cinderella, Beaity and the Beast, and The Frogg Princess. Although the idea of this collection is fun and exciting, readers may find that the stories are a little hard to get into, as they are fast paced, relationships happen fast, and there seems to always be lots of drama between characters. Even with this snag in the novella collection, readers will find these novel Janice Brooke Thompson is the author of a REAL life fairy tale boxed set and part of the Silver Creek Novella series, including: Cinderella, Beaity and the Beast, and The Frogg Princess. Although the idea of this collection is fun and exciting, readers may find that the stories are a little hard to get into, as they are fast paced, relationships happen fast, and there seems to always be lots of drama between characters. Even with this snag in the novella collection, readers will find these novellas to be quick and entertaining reads. I would recommend this fairytale novella collection to readers that enjoy contemporary romance with fairytales mixed in. Genre: contemporary, romance, fairytales, novella Publisher: Indie Publication date: March 9, 2017 Number of pages: 239 A review copy of this book was provided by Free eBooks for an Honest Review. I voluntarily read and reviewed this novel and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    L.J. Bus

    The first book 'Cinderella' I thought was good. Liked Cinderella the mechanic en her "prince charming" (not a prince but the local hottie in his cowboy boots and hat with the biggest farm from welthy parents). This story is just a little clean romantic read, their relationship is none-existing and suddenly starts to sky-rocket. Much like the fairytale. It was a fine read. The second book starts some time after Cinderella and goes on with Cinderella's best friend Belle as main character, yes, you s The first book 'Cinderella' I thought was good. Liked Cinderella the mechanic en her "prince charming" (not a prince but the local hottie in his cowboy boots and hat with the biggest farm from welthy parents). This story is just a little clean romantic read, their relationship is none-existing and suddenly starts to sky-rocket. Much like the fairytale. It was a fine read. The second book starts some time after Cinderella and goes on with Cinderella's best friend Belle as main character, yes, you see which fairytale inspired the second book but I will indulge the ones who love to see the title somewhere... Ready? Yes, it's Beauty and the Beast! How did you guess?! - well, anyhow: this is where the story became just a corny enumeration of the fact of the fairytale. Kudos to the author for embedding the real life alternative for the more fantasy parts of the fairytale though. Example: introducing Chip (we all know him, don't we 😃). Belle fantasises about having a dog which she'll name chip. Yes, a bit more down to earth than a living, talking cup, isn't it? But this story just got too plain for me. Girl finds guy. Smitten (clean romance) love. All fun but the way they immediately start their life together just wasn't for me. Once was enough for me so I stopped reading here. Although I will honestly say that I'm not THAT into retellings so this might just be your thing. It is pleasantly written and has some fun moments so I'd love to check out the author's other works!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I was given a free copy of this box set for my honest opinion. A real life fairytale box set with Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Frogg Princess. These are a modern take on some old classics that take place in a small town where love traditionally happens fast! There are villains, heroes, and even a fairy godmother personality. All of the characters have quirks that draw you in and make you feel at home. Several of the towns folks make me hope they have their own story to share. I only I was given a free copy of this box set for my honest opinion. A real life fairytale box set with Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Frogg Princess. These are a modern take on some old classics that take place in a small town where love traditionally happens fast! There are villains, heroes, and even a fairy godmother personality. All of the characters have quirks that draw you in and make you feel at home. Several of the towns folks make me hope they have their own story to share. I only got lost once or twice in catching on to a conversation. If you like fairy tales then these are a welcome addition to any collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This is an enjoyable rendition(s) of classic fairytale stories. So if you like fairytales this series is for you! Light, clean & fast moving with happy ever after finishes. Spunky damsels & handsome hero's. Just the thing for if you feel like a bit of sweet, easy, feel-good reading with characters who continue appearing like old friends as you work your way through the series. I received an ebook copy free in exchange for an honest review. This is an enjoyable rendition(s) of classic fairytale stories. So if you like fairytales this series is for you! Light, clean & fast moving with happy ever after finishes. Spunky damsels & handsome hero's. Just the thing for if you feel like a bit of sweet, easy, feel-good reading with characters who continue appearing like old friends as you work your way through the series. I received an ebook copy free in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Koster

    Cinderella is a cute story about Cindee Ellis. She is not your typical girl. Covered in oil stains and brake fluid, she finds she relates to cars better than people. Especially when that person is Henry Christensen. Will Henry ever see her for more than the local grease monkey girl? Cinderella is a favorite fairytale of mine. In this novella I really related to Cindee. I am not a girly girl who prefers to dress down. I find her matter-of-fact attitude entertaining. Henry is certainly a prince cha Cinderella is a cute story about Cindee Ellis. She is not your typical girl. Covered in oil stains and brake fluid, she finds she relates to cars better than people. Especially when that person is Henry Christensen. Will Henry ever see her for more than the local grease monkey girl? Cinderella is a favorite fairytale of mine. In this novella I really related to Cindee. I am not a girly girl who prefers to dress down. I find her matter-of-fact attitude entertaining. Henry is certainly a prince charming and charms his way into your heart. A classic love story of two people who are uncertain of each other but find they are completely made for one another. Belle is running from a bad man and straight into the arms of the town’s most mysterious beast. My all-time favorite fairytale and the one I enjoyed the most. Belle holds her own and is not afraid to fight for what she believes in. Adam is dark and mysterious until you get to know him. He soon transforms into every girls hero. In the Frogg Prince, Taya wants a fresh start and away from her ex-husband. Originally from Louisiana, she heads west to become a cook. Little does she know Police Office Felix Frogg becomes her right hand man when she needs help the most. A cute read. Not my favorite fairytale but I thought Taya was full of spunk. Felix is kind and gentle. The two work together to overcome challenges and learn to trust again. Overall I found these short stories to be quick and fun. As always in novellas, the characters meet and fall in love quickly. So, if you ar in the mood for a quick fairytale love fix these are the books for you. *Please note I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Pearson

    This is a series of novella length stories that are loosely based on the various fairy tales. They are each sweet and clean with no offensive language or sexual material. They do contain kissing. In Cinderella, Cindee Ellis is stuck living with her evil step-Aunt, Marge, who want her daughter to marry Henry Christensen. The only problem is that Henry only has eyes for Cindee. In Beauty and the Beast, Belle is able to see through the rough outward appearance of Adam. As she gets to know him, she This is a series of novella length stories that are loosely based on the various fairy tales. They are each sweet and clean with no offensive language or sexual material. They do contain kissing. In Cinderella, Cindee Ellis is stuck living with her evil step-Aunt, Marge, who want her daughter to marry Henry Christensen. The only problem is that Henry only has eyes for Cindee. In Beauty and the Beast, Belle is able to see through the rough outward appearance of Adam. As she gets to know him, she finds herself coming to his defense to her friends. However, when she needs rescuing, will Adam be able to come to her defense in time? In The Frogg Princess, Taya has just arrived to take a job for Henry and Cindee in their bakery. But, her real goal is to open her own restaurant and move on from her past. However, when Felix Frogg starts showing her more and more attention, can she escape her past and accept a new future? This story is based on the Disney version that came out a few years ago. I enjoyed reading these stories. They are each simple reads with quick romances and very little conflict - just like every other fairy tale. They are meant to allow the reader to daydream of the possibility of meeting their own prince. My rating - 4 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna May

    Cinderella – People can be really judgmental sometimes. When your parents are addicts and you are raised by an uncle whose wife treats you like dirt, it’s hard to see yourself as someone. As someone who deserves better than a shed to live in. How do you open your heart when you’ve never had someone to love or someone to love you? Sometimes taking that leap of faith is worth the world! The Frogg Princess – Is there such thing as love at first sight? Seeing someone and just knowing that you are in Cinderella – People can be really judgmental sometimes. When your parents are addicts and you are raised by an uncle whose wife treats you like dirt, it’s hard to see yourself as someone. As someone who deserves better than a shed to live in. How do you open your heart when you’ve never had someone to love or someone to love you? Sometimes taking that leap of faith is worth the world! The Frogg Princess – Is there such thing as love at first sight? Seeing someone and just knowing that you are instantly connected? Absolutely. You can have people that you just met and know instantly that your souls are connected and feel like you have been friends forever. Love can hit in no time at all. It’s just trusting in that love and letting things fall into place that matters. Beauty and the Beast – It is hard to see someone under the layers of clothes or hair they wear. You have to get beyond the physical attributes to see in their heart. When they do, and they have a heart of gold, it doesn’t matter what they look like. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And being drop dead gorgeous doesn’t hurt either!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anoush

    This box set consists of three quick and modern fairy tale retellings. Each story builds on the previous one (although they also stand alone well), giving glimpses into the lives of past characters. First we meet Cindee (our modern Cinderella) who works as a mechanic at her uncle's auto shop. She has plans and dreams an they don't require a handsome guy to sweep in and save the day. But a partner to help her live out her dream? That would be really nice. :-) Second, we meet Belle (Cindee's best f This box set consists of three quick and modern fairy tale retellings. Each story builds on the previous one (although they also stand alone well), giving glimpses into the lives of past characters. First we meet Cindee (our modern Cinderella) who works as a mechanic at her uncle's auto shop. She has plans and dreams an they don't require a handsome guy to sweep in and save the day. But a partner to help her live out her dream? That would be really nice. :-) Second, we meet Belle (Cindee's best friend), a girl with a past and people to hide from. Unfortunately the small town is judgy and it doesn't help that she's drawn to Adam, a secretive guy with a bad reputation. This story was a bit more suspenseful and had some surprise revelations. Third, Taya drives into town for a job (with Cindee's husband) and has run-in after run-in with a cop in town, but she's just trying to keep her head down and start over after divorcing a guy who was nothing but a cheat. All of these stories were extremely sweet and simple and were the perfect right-before-bed cozy read with some fun fairy tale elements and minimal drama.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lori Green

    I absolutely enjoyed the 3 books in this Novella Series. Retellings are always fun to read but these novellas give retelling a new meaning. These stories are certainly told with a twist and gives fairy tales a new life. I started with Cinderalla. Each of these novellas could be read individually but I enjoyed the story from beginning to end. Each one of the main characters, Cindee, Belle & Taya are unique, powerful, tenacious and fierce women. There are certainly similarities to the original Dis I absolutely enjoyed the 3 books in this Novella Series. Retellings are always fun to read but these novellas give retelling a new meaning. These stories are certainly told with a twist and gives fairy tales a new life. I started with Cinderalla. Each of these novellas could be read individually but I enjoyed the story from beginning to end. Each one of the main characters, Cindee, Belle & Taya are unique, powerful, tenacious and fierce women. There are certainly similarities to the original Disney classics but yet the retelling certainly adds a twist to modern day. Each story is straightforward and very simple There aren't any fancy castles and the town is certainly full of vivid and spirited characters. You have every thing from evil step sisters to old fashion villains and certainly a few heroic characters. There is not a lot of fluff to each of these books which keeps them fairly short. These Novellas are so fun to read and are rather charming. Yes there is insta-love and you can probably guess the ending but isn't that what a fairy tale is all about. Jamie Thompson certainly made each character and her situation work and I am so delighted that I received this book from e-books for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marybeth

    I didn’t really like ‘A REAL life fairytale’ box set. I had a hard time getting through it. The idea behind the stories was cleaver, but the execution was very lacking for me. I don’t know if it was because they were all short and would have been better had the author fleshed out the stories more, or the writing style; I just could barely get through them. The first story the chemistry just wasn’t there and didn’t make sense. Henry didn’t know who she was and then suddenly he had been in love wi I didn’t really like ‘A REAL life fairytale’ box set. I had a hard time getting through it. The idea behind the stories was cleaver, but the execution was very lacking for me. I don’t know if it was because they were all short and would have been better had the author fleshed out the stories more, or the writing style; I just could barely get through them. The first story the chemistry just wasn’t there and didn’t make sense. Henry didn’t know who she was and then suddenly he had been in love with her for a long time? Too rushed (like really really rushed, they barely spent anytime together and they were expressing love to each other) and unbelievable. Beauty and the Beast was also not very believable and didn’t really do it for me. The last story made me laugh. Don’t know if it was supposed to or not. But some of the dialogue was just so silly I was shaking my head and chuckling. I really didn’t like these stories at all. I would not be able to recommend them to anyone. I give it a 2 star rating. I was given a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    This boxed set is pretty darn good. It has three stories. I liked the first one, Cinderella, best. Beauty and the Beast was good too, as was Frogg Princess. All of them are modern day versions of the old fairy tales. Cinderella has a girl being mistreated by a wicked stepmother and stepsister, who of course ends up with the "prince". I really liked the characters. He was a cook and she was a mechanic. Great turnaround of the traditional roles. In the second one the girl falls for a "beast". Someon This boxed set is pretty darn good. It has three stories. I liked the first one, Cinderella, best. Beauty and the Beast was good too, as was Frogg Princess. All of them are modern day versions of the old fairy tales. Cinderella has a girl being mistreated by a wicked stepmother and stepsister, who of course ends up with the "prince". I really liked the characters. He was a cook and she was a mechanic. Great turnaround of the traditional roles. In the second one the girl falls for a "beast". Someone that the townsfolk think is a bad guy. Turns out they have most of their information wrong. which is pretty par for the course "they" usually don't know their bums from a hill of beans. The third book has a girl who cooks, come up from out of town, and end up with the most popular guy in town. The other girls are not happy about that. All good reads. I want to read the other books in the series as well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I love reading fairy tale spin-offs, and I really enjoyed reading these ones. Cinderella: I was quickly drawn in to this story, and it was hard to put it down. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and it was a really cute story. Content: clean - 1 swear word Beauty and the Beast: This story had a darker edge to it, but I still really enjoyed reading it. Content: clean - innuendo Frogg Princess: I liked how the title plays off the main male character's name. This was another cute, quick story. Co I love reading fairy tale spin-offs, and I really enjoyed reading these ones. Cinderella: I was quickly drawn in to this story, and it was hard to put it down. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and it was a really cute story. Content: clean - 1 swear word Beauty and the Beast: This story had a darker edge to it, but I still really enjoyed reading it. Content: clean - innuendo Frogg Princess: I liked how the title plays off the main male character's name. This was another cute, quick story. Content: clean Overall, I really enjoyed these stories. The romances were quick (super quick), but they were still cute stories. I kind of feel the stories would have been better if they were longer and more developed, but I still enjoyed reading them. I look forward to reading more in this series. Source: Review Copy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth McGuire

    I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I loved these books. It was a great modern take on some old fairy tales. They were a lot of fun to read and it went really fast. The first book was Cinderella and was about Cindee Ellis who lives with her mean aunt. She finds love with her high school crush. Book 2 is Beauty and the Beast and is about Belle who is the hairdresser in Book 1. She has moved there from California and meets Adam who is big and scary. Her friends tell he I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I loved these books. It was a great modern take on some old fairy tales. They were a lot of fun to read and it went really fast. The first book was Cinderella and was about Cindee Ellis who lives with her mean aunt. She finds love with her high school crush. Book 2 is Beauty and the Beast and is about Belle who is the hairdresser in Book 1. She has moved there from California and meets Adam who is big and scary. Her friends tell her to stay away from him because he is a beast but she only sees his gentle side. Book 3 is The Frogg Princess and is about Taya who moves to the town to help Cindees husband in the bakery and meets Felix Frogg. Taya is just recently divorced and very jaded on men. She has a hard time believing that Felix is as nice as he seems. These books are really fun to read and cant wait to read more from this author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    This is the first series of books that I've read by Jamie Brook Thompson. They were very cute modern day renditions of the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Frog Princess. The characters were wonderful, the storylines were well-planned and creative, and the way the three stories fit together made the books so fun. Unfortunately there were quite a few mistakes in grammar, spelling, and correct usage of words. Some sentences didn't quite make sense because the words were This is the first series of books that I've read by Jamie Brook Thompson. They were very cute modern day renditions of the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Frog Princess. The characters were wonderful, the storylines were well-planned and creative, and the way the three stories fit together made the books so fun. Unfortunately there were quite a few mistakes in grammar, spelling, and correct usage of words. Some sentences didn't quite make sense because the words were jumbled up. This being said, these unfortunate editing slips could be overlooked because the series is quite enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading Ari's story (which is book #4 and not included in this set). I was given a copy of this book from EBooksfor Review. I was not required to give a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nari

    I love fairy tale retelling so when I see them it always catch my attention. This modern version of Cinderella was fun. Cindi was sassy and hardworking. The story is short and quick read. The romance is a bit quick but great if you enjoy fairy tales and don't want to stay up all night reading. Another fun modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was more drawn to the beast in this story than Belle. The story moves quickly and reads like a novella. If you enjoy different versions of Beauty and I love fairy tale retelling so when I see them it always catch my attention. This modern version of Cinderella was fun. Cindi was sassy and hardworking. The story is short and quick read. The romance is a bit quick but great if you enjoy fairy tales and don't want to stay up all night reading. Another fun modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was more drawn to the beast in this story than Belle. The story moves quickly and reads like a novella. If you enjoy different versions of Beauty and the Beast and especially modern version. The last one was my least favorite but that is probably because I am more a fan of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast than the Frogg a Princess. The story was sweet with a kind police officer and love at first sight. If you love the Frog Princess than you will love this modern retelling of it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pattisue

    Fun, lighthearted stories with a moral message make up this collection. I enjoyed all three stories. But these are not for children. These are fairy tales with a modern, adult twist. The heroines are feisty, independent women who overcame past troubles and look to the future yet aren’t afraid to love. The flawed heroes are kind, strong men brave enough to show the women they love a softer, gentler side. These stories contain strong family values, integrity, and flawed people ready to change for Fun, lighthearted stories with a moral message make up this collection. I enjoyed all three stories. But these are not for children. These are fairy tales with a modern, adult twist. The heroines are feisty, independent women who overcame past troubles and look to the future yet aren’t afraid to love. The flawed heroes are kind, strong men brave enough to show the women they love a softer, gentler side. These stories contain strong family values, integrity, and flawed people ready to change for the better. These are clean stories but there is focus on sexual attraction and fidelity before and after marriage. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are uniquely my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A cute & easy series of novellas. I love re-tellings of fairy tales, so I was excited to read this set. The first book, Cinderella, is the most flushed out story. Cindee and Henry have actually known each other for years, but neither one believed the other would be interested in them. Her evil step-aunt is determined that Henry will marry her daughter, not Cindee. The second story, Beauty and the Beast, was pretty much an instant love story. Not much interaction, just love at first sight. It was A cute & easy series of novellas. I love re-tellings of fairy tales, so I was excited to read this set. The first book, Cinderella, is the most flushed out story. Cindee and Henry have actually known each other for years, but neither one believed the other would be interested in them. Her evil step-aunt is determined that Henry will marry her daughter, not Cindee. The second story, Beauty and the Beast, was pretty much an instant love story. Not much interaction, just love at first sight. It was the least believable of the three stories. The final story was a cute re-telling. It reminded me of The Frog Princess. The whole story happens in just days, but it was an easy read. Overall, it is a cute series-and clean enough to let my tween read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shantel Clemons

    I was given a free copy of this boxed set in exchange for an honest review. The boxed set includes short stories for the classic tales of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Frog Princess, set in the small town of Silver Creek. I enjoyed the modern take on the fairy tales. Each character is someone the reader will be able to relate to in several ways. Prince Charming may not always be the tall, dark, and handsome man who will sweep a girl off her feet. He may not be rich, he may not be dar I was given a free copy of this boxed set in exchange for an honest review. The boxed set includes short stories for the classic tales of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Frog Princess, set in the small town of Silver Creek. I enjoyed the modern take on the fairy tales. Each character is someone the reader will be able to relate to in several ways. Prince Charming may not always be the tall, dark, and handsome man who will sweep a girl off her feet. He may not be rich, he may not be dark, or maybe not so tall as a girl would like. But he is still a Prince in every way that counts. Silver Creek seems like it has more fairy tales in store, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rafsil Mena

    I liked this collection very much. As the author states at the end of the texts, it's not about a fancy narrative, it's about light-hopeful-heart-warming stories that take us away from our stress-sometimes-dull life's and give us some inspiration or faith to get our life's rolling. The idea of presenting our very well known fairytales in the flesh of characters of our own time with life struggles similar to our days, makes it even more appealing. Would recommend reading them, specially #1 and #3. I liked this collection very much. As the author states at the end of the texts, it's not about a fancy narrative, it's about light-hopeful-heart-warming stories that take us away from our stress-sometimes-dull life's and give us some inspiration or faith to get our life's rolling. The idea of presenting our very well known fairytales in the flesh of characters of our own time with life struggles similar to our days, makes it even more appealing. Would recommend reading them, specially #1 and #3. The last one I prefer the most, because Taya's character it's better well constructed and funny, as well as the story

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    This is a series of modern-day retellings of fairy tales that take place in the small town of Silver Creek. I read these stories in order: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and then The Frogg Princess. I wasn't crazy about the writing style of these stories (the insta-love was a little over the top for me), but I did like each one more than the previous one. They are short quick reads which was both good and bad for me - I like being able to fit a short fun story into my busy schedule, but I fel This is a series of modern-day retellings of fairy tales that take place in the small town of Silver Creek. I read these stories in order: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and then The Frogg Princess. I wasn't crazy about the writing style of these stories (the insta-love was a little over the top for me), but I did like each one more than the previous one. They are short quick reads which was both good and bad for me - I like being able to fit a short fun story into my busy schedule, but I felt like there could have been more character development in these stories. Content: Clean Source: Review copy (opinion is 100% my own)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This set of 3 novellas was cute. Each is based on a different fairy tale. I tend to like fairy tale retellings, especially when the "damsels" are not cliche and do something to help themselves instead of waiting to be rescued; which all 3 of these do beautifully. I did not love the insta-love, it was much too quick and undeveloped for me. I also had a hard time grasping the character's personalities very quickly. I felt like I got it by the end for all 3 but had kind of a hard time in the middle This set of 3 novellas was cute. Each is based on a different fairy tale. I tend to like fairy tale retellings, especially when the "damsels" are not cliche and do something to help themselves instead of waiting to be rescued; which all 3 of these do beautifully. I did not love the insta-love, it was much too quick and undeveloped for me. I also had a hard time grasping the character's personalities very quickly. I felt like I got it by the end for all 3 but had kind of a hard time in the middle. Overall, these were cute, clean (which I LOVE) and fun. They are very fluffy, good for a quick escape.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lost-fay

    I received an eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love fairy tale retellings so when I saw this book I just had to read it. I have to admit though that at first I was a bit sceptical, but I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. The only "bad" thing about the stories is that there were some moments where it felt forced, where it felt like the author was trying too hard to match her story with the fairy tale in question. Other than that, it was a fun read. I'd I received an eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love fairy tale retellings so when I saw this book I just had to read it. I have to admit though that at first I was a bit sceptical, but I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. The only "bad" thing about the stories is that there were some moments where it felt forced, where it felt like the author was trying too hard to match her story with the fairy tale in question. Other than that, it was a fun read. I'd recommend it to any fairy tale lovers that can't get enough of retellings. Now, I need to read the story of Aurora...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    A Real Life Fairytale is a cute modern adaptation of three fairy tales—Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, The Frog Princess. Personally, the only one that felt like its sister fairy tale was Cinderella. Beauty had some adaptations, but beside the name of Frogg and cooking, the Frog Princess was a stretch. That said I did enjoy the stories. They were a tad bit on the corny side, but for novellas they were fun to read and as the men in the town don’t waste time proposing, the stories were finished wh A Real Life Fairytale is a cute modern adaptation of three fairy tales—Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, The Frog Princess. Personally, the only one that felt like its sister fairy tale was Cinderella. Beauty had some adaptations, but beside the name of Frogg and cooking, the Frog Princess was a stretch. That said I did enjoy the stories. They were a tad bit on the corny side, but for novellas they were fun to read and as the men in the town don’t waste time proposing, the stories were finished which is always a delight.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    A Real Life Fairy Tale Boxed set is a cute retelling of classic fairy tales, without the magic, but still plenty of heart. Cinderella: Henry and Cindee have a sweet simple story. Cindee is a mechanic and Henry loves to bake. Their story has a realistic happily ever after. In The Frogg Princess, I really liked Felix. He was swoony. Things happened almost unrealistically fast. My favorite story of the set was Beauty and the Beast. Adam was incredibly likeable and he swooped in to save the day. All A Real Life Fairy Tale Boxed set is a cute retelling of classic fairy tales, without the magic, but still plenty of heart. Cinderella: Henry and Cindee have a sweet simple story. Cindee is a mechanic and Henry loves to bake. Their story has a realistic happily ever after. In The Frogg Princess, I really liked Felix. He was swoony. Things happened almost unrealistically fast. My favorite story of the set was Beauty and the Beast. Adam was incredibly likeable and he swooped in to save the day. All of these stories were super short, but still had their own unique happily ever after.

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