Who doesn’t love a fairy tale? For many of us, those tales were our first introductions to a short story that sparked imagination. Today, I am pleased to present Marie Hall with her Kingdom Series. Drawing from early influences such as Alice in Wonderland, The Brother’s Grimm and even Disney classics, this has become one of my favorite series of Fairy Tales all grown up.
With a fairy godmother who is part martinet and part yenta, with a distaste for the “bippipty boppity boo” antics of her disney-esque cousins, Danica is addicted to her bad boys, and desperately wants to give them their happily ever afters. The Kingdom series follows each of the boys in their quests as they encounter dangers, incredible worlds and their ‘true love’.
The most recent release is Jinni’s Wish, read on to find out more
About the Book:
A long, long time ago there lived a man. A Jinni, who had one wish. To know love. But the woman he thought he knew betrayed him and the love he thought they shared. Tortured for his crimes, he was cast out of Kingdom, stripped of all his powers, left to langour in pain and solitude, until eventually he becomes nothing but a ghost…
Paz Lopez is an artist with a dream. To buy a ridiculously large penthouse in the swankiest section of Chicago. But there’s just one hitch, she has no man to share her dream with. A fateful visit to a carnival and Madam Pandora’s tent sends Paz on a mission to find the love of her life before it’s too late.
But the Madam forgot to tell Paz one very important detail… to meet him, Paz will have to die first.
My Review: I give Jinni’s Wish 5 out of 5 stars.
This is the 4th book of the Kingdom series, and is more character-driven than the others in the series, providing an interesting wrap-up to the story of the boys with a softly drawn romance.
As with all of the books in this series, the author has pulled a female character from our time who is just slightly unsettled in her life, usually in terms of love. Paz is no different, a talented artist with a dream of a love that mirrors the one her brother has found, she is thrust into a story beyond all logical bounds that tests her willingness to believe love will find her.
In beautifully detailed and poignant scenes, we travel the cosmos with Paz and Jinni as he uses the last of his life force to prove his love for her. With a touch of fairy godmother interference, and more than a touch of Danika’s kick-butt attitude, she demands Jinni fight for love, for Paz and for the future that he believes is undeserved.
Another winner in this series, the switch to a more character-driven plot suits the characters and their story perfectly. Jinni has been a recurrent character in the other 3 stories, but always on the sidelines without a major part. Providing a background for him, explaining his motivations and his oft bad attitude and snarky approach to the other boys in Danika’s group of four, the story revealed in this book made all of his previous interactions make sense. A great wrap-up to a series that is certain to please many adults who enjoy romance and a touch of fairy tale.
I received an eBook copy from the author as a beta read, and was not compensated for this review. All conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Marie Hall has always held a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm… Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.
Then the day came she realized apart from the sexy bad boy she married, there’d be no vampires/shapeshifters/mermaids/fairies/or even stinky trolls in her future unless she wrote about them. More often than not she can be found roaming the wild, lush tropical forest she calls her backyard (a.k.a. Hawaii) and day dreaming constantly about her latest project.
Be sure to look for the other books in the Kingdom series: