BOOKWYRMS! It has been agesss. So many things plopped on my plate. It’s been extremely stressful for the past month and then some.
The universe swallowed me whole and chewed me into very smol pieces. 😭 Oh, and I’m back in my wrist brace (though now it’s more 24/7, much to the dismay of my coworkers
look I didn’t choose to have weak wrists) and my left wrist is starting to break down on me (stage one: wrist support lmao who knows how long before I’m wearing both braces 24/7) everything is perfectly fine. But but…
Any excuse for the iconic Moriarty GIF to be used.
I really miss blogging though. Like creating captions for Instagram (still am, just less often). And shoving books at everyone
the best part, let’s be honest. And flopping into comments on other blogs leaving my seriously awesome two cents (unless you’re Roberta, then you get a banging loud GOOD MORNINGGG call, too).
In a nutshell: a lot has happened. And I’m a very humbled bookwyrm to be invited to scream politely
shove Chasing Midnight, the third book of the Once Upon a Curse series, by Kaitlyn Davis at everyone. Forget reviews – just read the book!
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Once Upon a Curse #3
Published by Self-Published on August 26, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
This faerie godmother has an agenda of her own… Don't miss CHASING MIDNIGHT, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
“I could redeem myself if I wanted to. I could help them. But I won’t. I’m the villain of their story, because it’s the only way to be the hero of mine.”
Hundreds of years ago, humans learned the secret to sealing magic beneath their skin and stole it from the world. Faeries reverted back to flowers. Shifters remained trapped in their animal forms. Mermaids turned to foam. And the magical creatures who survived vowed revenge.
Nymia is one of those survivors, a faerie brought back to life by the return of her magic. When she finds a human girl named Ella with her sister’s power trapped beneath her skin, she’ll do anything to get her back, including kill.
There’s only one problem.
This isn’t the world she remembers. Humans here have a power all their own — technology. And when a human prince sees her using magic, he’ll use every invention at his disposal to track her down. The countdown is on, and time is running out. Nymia needs to find Ella, take back her sister’s magic, and escape the determined prince before the clock strikes twelve, or she might not make it out of his city alive…
*This is the third book in Once Upon a Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.
A copy of the book was provided for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review.
Going into Chasing Midnight and into the fantasy world Davis created in Gathering Frost and Withering Rose two years later felt as awkward as me in any social situation, only with a smol memory. So I kind of spent some time wondering when the Cinderella vibes would come in when in reality I forgot about the synopsis. 😂
The third book in the Once Upon a Curse series has got to be my favorite book. It almost made me cry at the end.
If I had the ability to cry from reading.
Chasing Midnight connects both of the previous books together, with appearances or mentions of the past mains. It’s exciting to see all of the stories come together (especially since we’re nearing the end of the series).
But what makes this book top the previous books isn’t just how neatly all three books connect. The story follows a faerie named Nymia, and she’s like all of my favorite villain stories. She’s full of evil and stabby vibes, but secretly soft and precious because she’s been through a lot. We learn her magic is stolen and returns centuries later. She wants revenge for her fellow magical creatures and she spills blood mercilessly. She wakes up again to an entirely different world years later. Oh, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get her sister back when she finds out her sister’s magic is trapped under a girl named Ella.
Ella and Frederick are a delight.
Other than Nymia, who is soft and precious and must be Protected™, her companions who join her for most of the journey were a delight. Much of Chasing Midnight focuses on Nymia’s struggle and building more backstory to the series. While it’s interesting to read, having Ella and Frederick were fun to have in the story and made the retelling more enjoyable. They also play a huge role in Nymia’s character development.
Chasing Midnight is Nymia’s constant battle as she is forced to return Ella back to her sister.
As Nymia gets to know Ella and learns to navigate the world she finds herself in, she’s deciding if she should mercilessly continue her revenge, or if there’s another way around it. This book is about two people who lose their sisters in different ways but the universe decides to force their stories together. It’s also how different communities can come together. I just love seeing this happen throughout Chasing Midnight through character interactions and their various stories that bring them together.
And it’s so seamlessly put together maybe I’ll actually cry because it’s beautiful. I’m excited for the release of Parting Worlds and seeing the final piece of the story come together. 😍
Let’s talk bookwyrms! What’s your favorite Cinderella retelling? Would you rather be stuck as a bed of flowers or a cursed human with magic?
Side Note: Gathering Frost and Withering Rose are currently on sale on Kindle! (No, don’t break your book buying ban.
Actually, ignore it. I’ll pretend I didn’t cause it.
About Kaitlyn Davis
Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her—about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general—you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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