Review: Once Upon A (Stolen) Time By: Samreen Ahsan
This book! The only way to describe it is lyrical. . . Its no secret I love books that are completely unique and this one definitely fits the bill, it blends the historical aspects of Outlander By Diana Garbaldon or the Morna’s Legacy Series By Bethany Claire with the edge of your seat fantasy like Once Upon A Time (yes, I totally had to just throw that out there becuase Outlander is one of my favorite reads of all time, and I may be a smidge obsessed with Once Upon A Time!) I could relate a lot to Myra’s feelings in chapter one, I have often felt I was born in the wrong time period haha (don’t get me wrong I love a lot of modern conveniences but I have an appreciation for simpler times)
This story blends seamlessly between Myra’s chapters from 2015 with Edward’s from 1415 and in his chapters is where we get the most beautiful passages and this one I think is my favorite but I know I highlighted a lot of them throughout the book.
” She was a beautiful tender rose—I stole her fragrance, crushed her petals and burned her in hell. If I knew the fire with which I was conflagrating her would come to engulf me—I swear I wouldn’t have done it. Her spell is too strong for me not to fall; her curse is too mighty for me to run away.” Its so descriptive that I got the feeling immediately that Samreen was trying to convey. It was love, regret, passion and a little guilt maybe all wrapped in a bouquet of words.
Just a little over half way through everything takes an unexpected turn and all of a sudden some things make perfect sense. It reveals Myra’s connection to Hue Castle, and the depth of that connection (see I thought I had all the way figured out! Haha even I didn’t see any of the twists and turns coming) makes for one intense ending!