Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Book Review: 'Crowns and Criminals' by Kayla Bain-Vrba


You never know what you’ve got until its gone–or when he’s not what you expect.
Crowns and Criminals is an interesting short story. Its a different take on the fairy tale. I did like the characters–Danson and Noble. Danson is every fairy tale princess come to life, but as a man. He’s got everything, but he’s not happy. That said, he’s understandable. He wants his happily ever after and isn’t afraid to go to crazy lengths to get it. I respected him. I honestly liked Noble, too. He’s a tad more flawed, but it worked for him. I liked the tension between them and the sweet way the romance blossomed. Bain-Vrba has a nice way with words.
Now I did have a teensy qualm with this story. I thought the action moved rather quickly, but I could overlook that because it’s a short story. The ending though…it needed something. It seemed rushed. Like there was a set page length and the author couldn’t go over. I got emotionally involved with the characters and wanted to see the way the ending played out, rather than being told.
Still, this is a good fairy tale and a fresh take on the rescue scenario. I look forward to more from Bain-Vrba.

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