The Frog’s Prince
by Alyssa Drake
“Kaleb Prince must be punished.”
To save her childhood friend from a reptilian fate, Rana strikes a bargain with a slighted enchantress. Suddenly green and slimy, Rana must convince Kaleb to kiss her before sunrise or her metamorphosis becomes permanent. Exhibiting more froglike qualities with each passing hour, will Rana be too late to save herself or will she finally get her Prince?
The Frog’s Prince appeared in Fractured Fairytales: An Anthology (book 1).
This twisted fairy tale is for readers 18+.
Fly Girl’s Review:
This is a short story that was featured first in a Fractured Fairytale Anthology last year, but is now being released on it’s own. I think it was a smart decision to release it independently. It is worthy of a read on it’s own. Alyssa writes some incredible stuff with passion, humor, and honest emotion. Whether her characters are dead, being kidnapped, changed into frogs, or fighting for their life she gives them all larger than life personalities and always provides a HEA.
So I’ve reviewed several of Alyssa Drakes works including: The Wiltshire Chronicles Book 1, and I’ll Be Seeing You, another short story in an anthology. I’ve actually read the Wiltshire Chronicles Book 2, which will be coming out later this year. I guess I’d say I’m a fan. Just so you know my background with this author.
This one was quite different from her other works I’ve read though. This is loosely based on a couple of fairytales rather than historical or, dare I say, horror format. I don’t normally like redone fairytales as some of you have seen through my reviews these last two years. But this one I did enjoy. It took a “road less traveled” down fairytale lane. It is the frog prince story mixed with Cinderella which is a great mix because the Frog Prince story is so sad, but using the Cinderella element she gives it a fun twist. I mean who doesn’t love a “bibity, bobity, boo,” right?
Alyssa makes this story great by giving her characters substance like how she describes how a frog might make things happen with their limited size and lack of thumbs. She also provide a non talking fish in the pond with a personality, almost like a fairy godmother of sorts. I also like how she figures out how to work in a way for Rana to describe her relationship with Kaleb when they were young, but with actions also shows how it is currently. Although Kaleb is rarely present in the story, she shows how much he loves Rana through previous actions and inanimate objects, which I think is cool.
Did I mention there is some sex in it. However, if you remove the sexual element, I think this could be a real children’s fairytale, bedtime story. I mean, who doesn’t want to believe at least one Birthday Wish could come true, if you have patience. I’m giving this one a rare 5 of 5 propellers because it was just a joy to read and it made me smile and go, “aah.” Alyssa, keep ’em coming you are definitely on my auto-buy list.
5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with the Author
Best-selling, award winning, author Alyssa Drake has been creating stories since she could hold a pen, preferring to construct her own bedtime tales instead of reading the titles in her bookshelves. Enraptured with many different types of genres, Alyssa currently writes Historical romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy romance, Contemporary romance, and Dark romance stories. She thoroughly enjoys strong heroines and often laughs aloud when imagining conversations between her characters.
Alyssa graduated from the University of the Pacific, with a B.S. in business and a concentration in French literature. Currently she resides in Northern California with her blended family, where she works full-time at a chocolate factory.
She believes everyone is motivated by love of someone or something. One of her favorite diversions is fabricating stories about strangers surrounding her on public transportation. Alyssa can often be found madly scribbling notes on a train or daydreaming out the window as the scenery whips past.