Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
I’ve seen the author Scarlett St. Clair everywhere on booksta & this fairy tale retelling novella, Mountains Made of Glass, was my first foray into her writing.
This novella reminds me that while I am trash for fairy tale & Fae romance, I am also *not trash* for dark romance. So ultimately, I really enjoyed aspects of this one but also squirmed away from others.
As a result, if you’re a lover of dark romance maybe take this review with a grain of salt .
MMoG is, in moments, violent & gruesome, a sometimes unsettling backdrop to a tense & whimsical story about Gesela, a woman with some Fae heritage, who is forced to try to rid her village of a curse—knowing all the while that she is seriously going to anger some magical powers for the affront.
After ridding her village of the curse, five elven princes appear at her home & magically transport her to their brother, “a beast,” where she’s presented with a challenge that unbeknownst to her as some hidden qualifications, including falling in love.
The fairy tale underpinning of the story interests & charms. It’s hard to predict where the story is going (excluding the assumed promise of a HEA), & I love how creative the author is in bringing so many elements into the story.
Also steamy. Choke play, anyone?
But with that being said, the heroine’s actions sometimes had me raising my eyebrows and feeling a bit confused, and the other MC, Casamir, is a dark prince who is his beastly, ruthless self when it comes to manipulating her—which I didn’t always love .
I guess the dark romance comes into play for some of that & it just doesn’t always work for me, personally.
Setting aside the quibbles, I might be back for another of these retelling novellas in the future for a quick burst of fancy + steam.
4⭐️. Out now!
There are lots of CWs for this one—please check a trusted reviewer’s list.
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