Review: Americana Fairy Tale by Les Chase
Where did you get this book: E-Arc from Publisher
Release Date: Out now
Fairy Tales of the Open Road #1
“Modern fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: He’s a guy. Two: His perfect brother Atticus is the reincarnation of Snow White. Three: Taylor has no idea which princess he is supposed to be. Four: Taylor just left his prince (a girl) at the altar. Despite his enchanted lineage, Taylor is desperate to find his Happily Ever After away from magic, witches, and stuffy traditions. Regrettably, destiny has other plans for him. Dammit.
When word reaches Taylor that Idi the Witchking has captured Atticus, Taylor is determined to save his brother. He enlists the help of rakish and insufferable Corentin Devereaux, likewise of enchanted lineage. A malicious spell sends Taylor and Corentin on a road trip through the kitschy nostalgia of roadside Americana. To save Atticus, they must solve the puzzles put forth by Idi the Witchking. As they struggle, Taylor and Corentin’s volatile partnership sparks a flash of something more. But princesses have many enemies, and Taylor must keep his wits about him because there’s nothing worse than losing your heart… or your head.”
This story starts out with a bang but there’s so much information dropped so quickly that it took a few chapters for me to get into it. Once I did though, I ended up falling in love with the characters and their journey. If you’re a fan of fairy tales this is a must read because it has such an incredibly unique spin on those familiar stories. A strange new world has been opened up here with Enchants existing and having their fates written by Mother Storyteller’s hand. It was honestly delightful to come across characters that I’ve read about for years and see them showcased in such completely modern way that still honors their origin.
I don’t want to give too much away because a huge part of the enjoyment of this book is how the story unfolds and how the twists are revealed. Basically though, Taylor is a curseless princess (a princess who has no origin) unlike his younger brother Atticus, who is Snow White. Taylor is on the run after leaving Prince Phillipa at the altar. He’s on the road accompanied by his fairy godfather Ringo and Corentin, a huntsman with his own curse. They find out that Taylor’s brother has been kidnapped by the Witchking so they’re racing to save him and themselves when it turns out that their roadtrip is under an evil spell.
Definitely a lot of information and if you’re like me and you find the beginning a struggle, I’d recommend you stick with it because there’s a huge payoff. I need to know what happens next. I’m giving Americana Fairy Tale a B+