Sunday, November 22, 2015

Once Upon A [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan (Stolen Series, #1)

Once Upon A [Stolen] Time
by Samreen Ahsan

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Stolen Series - Book 1
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Samreen Ahsan
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating 4.5 Stars
Print Length: 221 pages
Available from: Amazon
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.

Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.

For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.

 Once Upon A [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan

Once Upon A [Stolen] TimeHave you ever been spellbound by the thought of magical castles, being royalty or of being part of a time long ago? Ever think you were born in the wrong time? Myra is obsessed with anything medieval, ask her about a castle, a king and she can talk for hours, but the one antiquated idea she cannot abide by is having her parents choose her husband. No one’s saying Steve isn’t attractive, or wealthy or intelligent, but he is not Myra’s type, nor is she his, now, how to let their parents down easily…

Meanwhile, there IS something that Steve could use Myra for, as a video game creator, he sees her as the perfect model for his next big game and it involves a legendary castle, thought haunted and cursed, Hue Castle, where nothing and no one survives. How could they know Myra had a tie to the castle or that she would awaken the dark magic within?
Six hundred years earlier the last of the Hue bloodline lives a wretched life as his brutal father tries to steal all humanity and compassion from his son with one deadly order. As Edward feels his soul being torn from him for his heinous act, he is haunted by a beautiful young woman he fears will be his destroyer, little did he know that woman exists six hundred years in the future. Is she his salvation or his final ticket to Hell?

Once Upon a [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan, is a fairytale come to life, as two souls, centuries apart find each other, but still lack their own place in time. Unsure of the other’s intent, but for answers and intrigued by what they see and feel, fate most assuredly is playing a part in their meeting. Is this a dream come true or a nightmare getting worse?

Samreen Ahsan brings fantasy to life, as one contemporary young woman builds a close relationship with a man in her own time, while being drawn to a tormented man from the past. Ms. Ashan details the castle, its cure and the glimpses of the past in rich detail, from the actions of her characters to the dismal scenes that surround them. The suffering is palpable and dark, almost other worldly, while her portrayal of contemporary times is more cut and dry, with some major secrets and more reliance on her characters to color in the spaces. The do so marvelously, but it is the past that shines through, the magic of a castle and of a time far removed. Her style is magical in itself as she sets the past and present onto a direct collision course.

I received an ARC edition from Samreen Ahsan in exchange for my honest review.

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