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Snow and the Seven Huntsmen by Zoe Blake & Alta Hensley

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Synopsis

This is no fairytale…
They’ve been sent to break me.
Not one, but seven.
They plan to steal my beauty, my innocence.
Seven Hunters to track me down and claim me as theirs.
I try to run, but it is hopeless.
They have caught me.
I am their prey, their prize, to do with as they please.
But I will capture something far more precious… the Huntsmen’s hearts.

Warning: In our Fairytales, there is danger in the shadows, the beasts bite and no Heroine is truly safe. If dark tales of danger, forced attraction and multiple partners offend you then please do not purchase.

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Review

Dark fairy tale decadence..

This is a classic fairy tale told more in the spirit of the Brothers Grimm (who liked their own brand of dark and twisty) than Disney……..Snow has had a dismal life in captivity and her situation, decidedly, takes a turn for the worse when she encounters the seven huntsmen…But, of course, this is’t just a fairy story it is also reverse harem.. so the odds are in favor of an eventual happy-ever-after for the princess who doesn’t have to choose…

This book has all the elements of the type of book I enjoy but, on this occasion, I did struggle with this story and not because of the dark and twisted content, or the requirement to suspend any long held views regarding kidnapping and dubious consent..because, in truth, I love all that stuff in my book world. Furthermore, I am more than capable of distinguishing between reality and fiction…However, I found this book challenging because it has so much lust and erotic content that in the end I was desperate to read more of a plot… Almost every chapter contains some kind of sexual interaction with the plot development focused at the start and end of the book and there is a large section in the middle where little happens except for more and more sexual punishments and encounters for the wayward heroine..

Additionally whilst I appreciate that this is a novella the character development of the seven huntsmen is sketchy they are all wild, dangerous men who like their sex rough and dirty and who, it would appear, have a slightly softer side when it comes to their princess but that is all I really learnt about them from start to finish…I would like to have got to know them a bit more and seen their feelings for Snow grow through the course of the story. I think the fact the narrative is told solely from Snow’s point of view may be a reason for this..it was impossible to understand the huntsmen’s thoughts and actions because I never heard their inner voices…

Despite my reservations this is an eloquently written short story..any book that contains the words ‘frenetic cadence’, and the such, has got to be worth reading, in my opinion..I just wish the authors had been able to find a more balanced approach between plot and character development and all the wicked smutty stuff….

~Sheena (3/5)

Although the concept was intriguing, the execution was lacking. This was too short a novella for any true development; I felt that emotions were forced down my throat rather than me having any freedom over my responses. Snow and her huntsmen (and the antagonist, too) were all one-dimensional, and the character development didn’t develop so much as suddenly change. I was told how humiliated Snow was far too many times, and there was too much exposition. Everything felt forced and I found myself almost skim reading by the end of it, the sexual encounters treated like a checklist rather than anything organic.

It’s a shame because I really wanted to enjoy this; alas, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

~Evelyn (2/5)

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