Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review: Sleeping Beauty, Borrowed Time by Maia Chance (Fairy Tale Fatal #4)

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Good story, Ophelia and Gabriel
Cons: Other characters could be stronger, which is a result of short length
The Bottom Line:
One last fairy tale
Gives us twists, brings us closure
In short novella

Awaken to This Concluding Novella

One of the many casualties of the cozy mystery purge going on at Berkley right now was the Fairy Tale Fatal series.  Since it left the two main characters’ future up in the air, many of us fans didn’t consider that a good thing.  Author Maia Chance listened to us, however, and she decided to give us a self-published novella, Sleeping Beauty, Borrowed Time, to wrap things up.

The story opens six months after the previous book as Ophelia Flax breaks her arm in a circus accident and finds herself in a fancy hospital in Switzerland to recover.  Another patient there is Imogen Melchor, she has been asleep for 8 days.  The story this young woman’s parents tell is of her pricking her finger on a spindle while they were touring a nearby monastery.

Meanwhile, Professor Gabriel Penrose is using his summer break from teaching at university in England to visit Switzerland.  His official purpose is to research local legends.  However, he’s really there hoping to track down Ophelia in hopes of convincing her to marry him.  What will he make of this modern day Sleeping Beauty?  What is really happening with Imogen?  And will Ophelia believe that Gabriel didn’t show up because of the local connection to the Sleeping Beauty legend?

That’s quite a lot of questions for a novella, so I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you it moves quickly.  With only 100 pages or so to tell this story, there isn’t much time for dead weight or many sub-plots.  Yet we do get a decent mystery that had me going until the very last page.

Meanwhile, it was great to see Ophelia and Gabriel again.  I like these two characters, and since the story is told once again from both of their points of view, we get to know them, and what they are currently thinking, very well.

On the other hand, the new characters could be better developed.  They are developed enough for the story to work, but there just isn’t space for fully realized characters.  This is 100 pages, after all.

As a final chapter for two characters I love, I thought Sleeping Beauty, Borrowed Time worked perfectly.  It provided closure while still giving us an entertaining story.  I think other fans of this series will enjoy it just as much.

Enjoy more magical mysteries with the rest of the Fairy Tale Fatal series.

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