A psychotic, couture-clad, shoe obsessed Princess.
A not-so-charming, alcoholic Prince.
A hot Big Bad Wolf that she absolutely cannot fall for—no matter how well he kisses.
Seventeen-year-old, Norah Hart had no clue when she walked into boarding school, she’d be surrounded by reincarnated fairy tale characters, let alone learn she was one herself. In a world where the lines between good and evil blur, Norah struggles to find her place. When her actions throw off the balance of the fairy tale world and happily ever afters, enemies surface, ready to destroy her at any cost.
*ARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are all my own and in no way biased.*
Ohhhh! This feels so good! It has been ages since I’ve reviewed and now the first one in ages is about a fairytale! Wooot! What a way to get back in the game!
So, The Forgotten Fairytales is very Once Upon A Time – ish. The characters in the story all belong to storybook characters. When one dies, a new is born to take their place and they all go to school to learn who they are destined to be. What their story is, who are they betrothed to be with. The usual cliches are still in place. The royals, the villains, the fairies, even the dwarves.
And Norah Hart is the new student. Her father dropped her and her sister off to this school before going away on business, saying it would be good for them to have some stability after moving around all their lives. Norah, who has no clue about the fairytales being real is convinced that the entire school is nuts for believing they’re out of a storybook. But, when her dad explains that all this is in fact true, she’s stumped. Everything her father told her has been a lie.
Everyone at school is convinced she’s a princess though they’re not sure which one she is, her sister hates her, a prince already betrothed to someone else is making moon eyes at her, she’s attracted to the Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella is a bitch who can stoop to any level to get what she wants.
I was skeptical to read this at first because the description made me feel like this might be a love triangle, but my love for fairytales made me read it anyway! And boy, am I glad that I did! Thankfully, it wasn’t a love triangle!
The thing that I love most about this book is that the struggles that Norah faced are so real. Any girl who is seventeen can identify with what she’s going through. She wants her sister to like her, her dad to be around, her mom to not have left her and she wants to be with the boy she likes, despite what anyone says about them not being able to be together because of their destiny.
Norah is smart, brave, intelligent and she speaks her mind freely. She believes that everyone is the master of their own destiny and just because Prince Charming ended up with Cinderella in the fairy tale doesn’t mean that that has to always be the case. She believes in freedom in a place where people are prisoner of their own fate, so scared and afraid of stepping out of character and doing what their hearts want that they can’t think beyond their destiny. She’s a kickass fighter which I absolutely love. She’s sarcastic as hell and is so full of snark. I adore her!
Wolf, on the other hand, he is so sexy! Man, I really want me some Wolf asap! He’s cunning and witty and all bulky strength. He’s sex on legs and utterly sinful. Gah, so good! He loves Norah so much, it’s amazing to read. He could literally go to the ends of the earth for her. But, at the same time he’s still stuck in the destiny bullshit and afraid to love her because there is no story where the princess and the wolf can get a happy ending and that scares him. Not for himself, but for Norah because he can’t see harm coming to her because of him. He’s seen things which make him reluctant to pursue his romance with her, but at the same time he’s so possessive of her that he can’t watch anyone making a move on her. That was kind of frustrating, but I think I understand where he was coming from, just a little.
And then, there’s Kate. Norah’s only friend at school. She’s a sweet, timid girl who’s been burned in the past which has made her the way she is. She’s an outcast and no one dares to talk to her after what happened last year. She’s the target of many a school bullies and it takes Norah scaring them away for Kate to have some peace of mind. She’s such an amazing friend, though. She’s there for Norah through every thick and thin and their friendship warms my heart!
All in all, this is one great story and you should definitely pick it up if you have the chance! 🙂
“I’ve never been to a ball or followed the yellow brick road, and I sure as hell never imagined myself living in a world of fairytale characters. Most of which want me dead. So when they come, because they will, I need to be ready.”
“And you think you could kill someone?”
“I know I could.”
When the academy in Nottingham burns down, sending in a new slew of fairytale classmates, Norah Hart comes face to face with new challenges, enemies and friendships. But the longer she is in this world, the more she realizes there is no getting out, leaving her with only one option–be prepared.
FORGET ME NOT is the second book in the Forgotten Fairytale series.