Melanie Karsak brings us three great fairy tale retellings that will make your mind water for more…Let’s see if we can convince her to write us some more by blasting this review with comments.
To make these even better, they are free to read in Kindle Unlimited and she has audio also.
Journey to the quaint small town of Chancellor where fairy tales live, dreams come true, and happily-ever-after always reigns supreme. From mermaids to witches to faeries, the residents of Chancellor are far from ordinary. Enjoy these re-envisioned fairy tales loosely based on The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and classic witch tales. Begin the series with The Glass Mermaid, Book 1 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.
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I’m the last mermaid.
On the shore of Lake Erie, I spend my final days hunting beach glass, making jewelry, and waiting for my mermaid glamour to leave me. Then it will be over. I resigned myself to the fact that there’s nothing more for me. Until I saw Cooper.
He comes to the beach every day to paint the sunrise and sunset. Nothing in this vast world has sparked my attention as much as him. I have no business falling in love with a human. Not now. And Cooper seems to have secrets of his own. I should leave him alone, but the curious mermaid in me can’t let that shiny bauble go.
More than anything, I want to be part of his world…before it’s too late.
Fly Girl’s Review:
I wasn’t really sure how this short story was going to go, but it sounded unique and I like the Little Mermaid fairy tale. It was so unique and held my interest right up to the end. She is a quiet soul just biding her time until her last days are at an end making jewelry and enjoying what’s left of the late summer sun and waves on Lake Erie. She notices Cooper coming to the beach everyday setting up his easel and painting. Often she walks by and sees the sunrise and sunsets he paints and it sparks interest in her as nothing other than her jewelry has.
As the last mermaid she chose to live out the rest her days on land and finding someone who seems to love this beach as much as she does is a miracle, but too late in life to be appreciated. One day he doesn’t show and she goes to look for him, only to find out his secret and discover their time on earth is very short and both of them are just trying to eek out the last possible drop of loveliness in it.
Cooper is enamored of her and begins to feel something even though he knows he can never act on it. She in a selfless act decides to pour the rest of her life into him. The surprise that comes next is what makes the book so wonderful. In this story, you meet a few characters you will see in the coming stories and so it starts this series off wonderfully full of hope. Melanie is able to make you feel the anguish these two people feel in their own troubles and their new found love for one another. But in true fairy tale style, there is a happy ever after in there. Enjoy this first in her novel series.
4.5 of 5 Propellers
They say the course of true love never runs smooth. That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.
Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Strawberry crème. Brown sugar. Lemon curd. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love. But it wasn’t until I unexpectedly inherited Serendipity Gardens that my bliss called me. Bittersweet.
Everything’s going to work out perfectly as long as the local land baron and his annoying but undeniably handsome son don’t bulldoze my dream first.
I’m going to need a little magic to win this battle, but in Chancellor, a pinch of enchantment is always in plenty.
Devour The Cupcake Witch, Book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales by New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak. Journey to the quaint town of Chancellor where fairy tales live, dreams come true, and happily-ever-after always reigns supreme.
Fly Girl’s Review:
Who hasn’t dreamed of baking and tasting tasty baked goods for a living. I mean I love a great purple frosting on a lavender lemon filled cupcake. Julie and Horatio’s story is one of immense love at first sight. Julie inherits the one property Horatio’s dad feels they need to enhance their empire. Julie on the other hand is just looking for her way in the world and needs a little help from her fairy godmother.
She decides to bake her way to happiness with the recipe box she inherited with the building. What she doesn’t realize is the recipe’s include a little bit of magic to make other’s dreams come true. Only they aren’t known dreams, they are like little nudges at the right time in their lives, Julie just gives them the catalyst. So she starts baking her way to some good friends and good times as she begins to rehab the old bakery and make a place for herself in Chancellor. Horatio on the other hand is trying to cut the noose his father has around his neck tying him to their family business in ways he’s not interested in. Luckily he’s able to put his dad off on acquiring Julie’s property until she’s good and settled in and it would affect the community in a bad way if she were run off.
Horatio soon realizes he needs Julie in his life, but needs to be free of his father. With a little nudge from Julie’s cupcakes he starts to make his own way in the world and the two of them find their HEA. There is a whole lot more to the story than that, but if you skimmed it this is what you would get. What you wouldn’t get is the depth of the character that Melanie creates and how she is able to translate the lostness of Julie and the self hatred of Horatio because he isn’t the man his father wanted and he can’t bring himself to break free. It makes for some very timid and doubtful people that get redemption in the end.
As with the first one, you get more of the people of Chancellor which makes you anxious for the next tale in the series. Keep reading because this one sets up the last of the tales very well.
4.5 of 5 Propellers
What happens when a fairy godfather falls in love?
With my excellent track record as a fairy godfather, the elders sent me to Chancellor on a mission to help Alice, the quirky owner of the local bagel shop, find her Prince Charming. No one has managed to find a match for Alice. Where they failed, I will succeed.
The only trouble? My head isn’t in the game because I’m too busy falling in love with my best friend’s sister
I’ll need to get my feelings in check before I blow it for Alice. The upcoming Cherry Blossom Ball should give me the perfect venue to make a little magic happen. Can I pull it off before the clock strikes midnight on both our dreams?
Join Rayne in The Fairy Godfather, book 3 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales, a modern day retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale.
**This novel was previously published as “The Bee Charmer” by nom de plume Poppy Lawless.
Fly Girl’s Review:
Last but not least is the tale of our good fairy godfather. The one who helps bring the right people to Chancellor and helps hide all the magic that comes from the well there. The local witches coven knows about him, but doesn’t reveal his secret because it’s what they believe holds the town together.
Rayne is working on bringing more love to Chancellor when his plans go astray and he ends up getting distracted by Viola Horatio’s sister and his own true love. Little does she know though it seems. He thinks she can’t see him at all, but if only he knew his magic is about to bite him in the behind. So as he goes around fumbling with his magic trying to help his friend Alice find her love, he keeps aiming his magic in the wrong place.
When he and Viola are given a chance to discover one another, Viola’s father seems to be the catch. He seems to put too much pressure on her to be a part of the family business just as Horatio. She has other plans she wants to pursue and be a bigger part of the family business, it just takes getting her father to realize she’s worth every ounce of love he feels he’s put in her. Rayne on the other hand stands right by her thru thick and thin as she beats her dad and makes him see her worth.
Rayne finally gets the chance to tell Viola how he feels and he thinks she’s slipped away like Cinderella at the ball…Little does he know she’s been waiting her whole life for him and his magic doesn’t intimidate her, it makes her want him even more. Melanie gives us the final HEA in the series and make us want more of Chancellor. I mean they have their own Fairy Godfather and we need to see more action from him. Not to mention the coven could really bring in some good characters and stories we’ve never heard.
My final plea…please write us some more. I’m giving this one a 5 of 5 because I do think it’s the best in the series.
5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Melanie Karsak
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Florida State College.