Snow White and the Vampire (The Cursed Princes, #2)by Marina Myles Published 19 Dec 2103
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Fog And Fascination
Alba Spencer thought her past in Romania and the dark magic that haunted it was behind her forever. She is one of the first female barristers now, safe in London. But London has its dark side, too. A man called the Ripper stalks the midnight streets. There are rumors that her hated stepmother has found her again, suggestions that the nightmares of her childhood are returning. And with them appears the cursed Gypsy boy she once loved, grown into a man more seductive and more terrifying than she ever could have dreamed…
Dimitri Grigorescu has become a surgeon, a gentleman—and a vampire. The lusts that drive his body are scarcely under control, and even he does not truly know what he is capable of. To fight evil and confusion, Alba must rely only on her wits—and a desire that overwhelms her doubts…
Praise for Beauty and the Wolf
“Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read.” —Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight’s Warrior
“Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again.” —Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love
"Snow White and the Vampire (The Cursed Princes, #2)" Reviews
DNF @ 41%
I tried with all my might to push though and keep going with this story. At the end of the day, it wasn't so much the writing that was weak and not working, it was the whole story and the voice in which the author told a vampire story for me.
I like my vampires evil, bad, and very alpha with a hint of a Sadist just ready to burst from the surface. What I got was a very whiny, very Edward Cullen like vampire that was very self loathing and unwilling to really embrace what he was.
This not only was a vampire tale, but a Snow White retelling, and I wasn't really clicking with that idea. The 'evil' queen, wasn't bad enough. I mean the evil queen and Maleficent are notorious baddies, and I just didn't quite get where the evil was coming from. I know the evil step mother was there, I just wasn't afraid of her.
As a whole, I didn't quite mesh with the authors voice. I wasn't getting what I expected, and I had to end the story where I did.
*I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This book was pretty different. I think it was fabulous. I finished it faster than I thought I would, so I don’t know if that is because it wasn’t that long, or I just got that caught up in the story that I didn’t notice. I started it in the morning and I was finished before dinner. I didn’t get anything done around my house, but that’s ok, I like to read more than I like to clean!
This book follows Alba Spencer, her relationships with her fiancée, Teddy, and a former love, Dmitri, who has unexpectedly appeared in London within the same social circles as Alba. It also follows the story of Jack the Ripper, who is terrorizing London at the same time. This story is set in the late 1800’s. I love history, so I enjoyed that aspect of the world building. Miles did a good job of making her scenes easy to see and understand. She made it possible to feel the scenes as well as see them as though you were watching a movie or really experiencing the scenes instead of reading a book.
There are obviously aspects of this book that go along with the Snow White fairy tale, as the title suggests. Instead of the 7 dwarves, Alba lives in a house full of redhead girls that were friends of her family. Her mother died when she was a baby, and her stepmother, is the stereotypical “evil stepmother” and Hell-bent on being the most beautiful woman around. She had the whole magic mirror thing going on as well. She is determined to kill Alba (whose name means Snow White in Romanian, her parents thought they were being clever) just as she killed Alba’s father.
There are some parallels with the story of Dracula as well, but with some twists. Instead of the lead female being interested in medicine, she wants to be a lawyer. Her fiancée is also a lawyer instead of a journalist, as in Dracula. There is a very rich man that shows up in town (Dmitri) and sweeps the female lead, Alba, off her feet. Even as she resists, she has a hard time convincing herself that she should stay with Teddy, her fiancé. Dmitri is a doctor. There is also the whole vampire turning into bats and mist thing that doesn’t happen as often in modern vampire stories.
While all of this is going on, Jack the Ripper is terrorizing London. There isn’t a lot of detail and spotlight put on this, as it is just a side story that runs along with the story to give it a little bit more depth and the Jack the Ripper events play an important role later on in the book.
There are some pretty steamy romantic scenes as well. That girl must be ready to get it on! I did have to laugh a few times because some of the phrases that Miles used to describe the girly bits were pretty corny and funny in my opinion. “damp petals” and “the bead hidden in her petals” is not a phrase I think I have ever heard. I really can’t fault the author for this though. There really are only so many ways you can describe sexual organs and activities before it gets repetitive or corny. So she did what she had to do but it still made me crack up. She used the term “petal” to describe vagina 4 times, and used it once to describe Alba’s “petal soft cheek”, which once again cracked me up because at that point I automatically saw “vagina soft cheek” instead. If you are going to refer to a sex organ or act in a new way, please make sure you don’t use it in the same book referring to someone’s face.
While Snow White and the Vampire obviously share many similarities with Snow White, and Dracula, it does have its own plot twists and turns, and its own ideas. Despite its intentional similarities, it also has plenty of fresh and new ideas to balance it out. It’s not the same stories and the characters have different personalities in this book than in the originals. The climax is very good but that’s all I’m going to say about it because I don’t want to ruin it.
The cover is a little bit cheesy to me, but it doesn’t affect what is on the inside of the book, so I can happily let that go. After I laugh at it for a minute because it’s just that funny to me. But he’s wearing a cape! With pants! And NO shirt! Sorry. I’m ok now. I just had to get that out of my system. It’s definitely not the worst cover I’ve ever seen. Or even the worst I’ve seen this week.
My only other real complaint was that I didn’t feel like the Egyptian curse they were trying to prevent from happening really didn’t seem to add much of anything to the story, I don’t think it would have been a negative thing to have left it out of the book entirely.
I would gladly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance with historical elements. There is plenty of conflict and angst to go along with the romance so it doesn’t sit there as just a romance book that happens to have a vampire in it. You should read it and see for yourself. When you are done, be sure to stop by and say hi and tell me what you thought of it! And remember, anytime you leave a review for an author on Goodreads or Amazon, and angel gets its wings! Oh wait, wrong movie. Um, ok, maybe no angel wings, but you can make an authors day letting them know you enjoyed their book.
I was able to get a copy of Snow White and the Vampire through Netgalley, and since I really enjoyed the first one Beauty and the Wolf, I was hoping I would get the same fun out of this upcoming release. Snow White and the Vampire is the second in the series, and is to be released mid December. Snow White and the Vampire, is a different setting than the first book. This story is about a young woman, who has come a long way from when she first fell in love in Romania. She is in London now, away from her step mother that desires her end, and she is the first female barrister, which is a huge accomplishment, and she is very good at her job and loves it. Then a man she once knew, a man she gave everything to, arrives at a birthday party, when she is about to be engaged to a sweet young man, who has no idea of her past. Dimitri, has also come along way, although in a different way than his secret love. Dimitri is a vampire, and a doctor after years of training. Dimitri was once a lowly boy, with no chance of winning Alba's heart due to his station. Now he is a gentleman, a surgeon, and devoted to Alba and has been searching for her for years. Now that he has found her he refuses to let go, despite the fact that he is a vampire, but Alba's stepmother is trying to kill her, and he must protect her, at all costs.
This story was intense, and breathless, and full of suspense and passion. Snow White and the Vampire puts together two people that are so right for each other. They have a past, and even though some dark and dangerous events occurred, their love for each other is stronger than ever,despite the years they have been separated. In this story we see a involvement of a curse, a plot full of intrigue and danger, and a passionate love. The characters were delicious and captivates the reader. I couldn't help but fall in love with these two characters. Even though the story took a bit longer to get into, once I was fully immersed into the plot, I was succumbed to the magic of this authors storytelling. This story is a retelling of the Snow White fairy tale, with a few twists to the story that turns it into a sensual and potent read!! I recommend Snow White and the Vampire to anyone that loves a roller coaster of a ride packed full with adventure, magic, passion, and intensity. A story to remember!! LOVED EVERY THRILLING MOMENT!!
Cheesy Cover, Good Story
Being the fan that I am of crossovers and retellings of old tales, I figured this would be right up my alley, cheesy cover aside. I'm a sucker for Disney and I make no apologies for it. After reading it I can confidentially say that the story is definitely better than the cover suggests.
One of the challenges of doing crossovers and retellings is that the author has to make the plot flow as cohesively as possible. I felt like this was handled well for the most part though there were a few subplots I didn't care about. Above all the novel needs to be able to stand on its own and I think there was enough original content, world building and history to accomplish that. Though I know how Jack the Ripper, Snow White, and Dracula end, I wasn't able to predict the direction of this book, which is a good thing.
While the story was enjoyable, I thought the actual characters were fairly flat and I wasn't totally invested in the romance. It was nice to see Alba Spencer's character as a barrister (a type of lawyer if you didn't know) and in a position to solve problems, but it just wasn't as compelling as I was hoping it would be for the majority of the novel. Her position does become more relevant and interesting toward the end, but by then it was too little too late for me. Dmitri's inner turmoil got a little tiresome at times as well, but his position as a surgeon leads to a few interesting plot twists.
If you plan to give this a shot keep in mind that this book is the second novel in this series, but it is written as a standalone. I haven't read the first book, but it's completely different and features different characters.
*ARC provided by the publisher.
I received a copy from Netgalley.
I loved the first book in the Cursed Princes series, and now finished the second book I actually love the second book even more. At first I was starting to wonder where the Snow White retelling comes in. But as soon as the story gets going, it weaves itself brilliantly into the narrative.
Dimitri was a swoon worthy hero, Alba was a fantastic strong female lead. Both characters complimented each other well, their relationship was worked on through the novel, their chemistry was amazing, sizzling. The relationship as the plot advanced was hard work so when they were together....ooh, boy was it ever hot!
The writing was top notch, and the historical elements weaved into the plot worked surprisingly well, the London setting (which admittedly isn't something I've been a fan of in the past, wanting English paranormal romances in parts of the UK other than London or Scotland) either way, mixed in with Jack The Ripper, it was pretty damn absorbing.
Who would have guessed you could mix Jack the Ripper in with a vampire paranormal romance and a Snow White retelling? It may sound like a lot going on, but the way the story came together worked really well.
Adding into that a gypsy curse and an Egyptian one. The threads came together beautifully and vividly. Mixed in with some emotional angst I was rooting for Dimitri and Alba to overcome their obstacles so they could be together after some steamy nearly but not quite encounters.
A good cast of supporting characters as well, including Alba's stepmother in the wicked queen role and a few spanners thrown into the Dimitri/Alba relationship - including a beautiful femmefetale vampire with links to Dimitri's past as another good twist in the plot.
All in all a fantastic book. Bring on the next one!