If Ascot wants a Happy Ending, she’ll have to write it herself.
In the gloomy mountains of Shadowvale, Ascot Abberdorf is expected to marry a lugubrious Count and settle down to a quiet life terrorizing the villagers. Instead, armed with a book of fairy tales, her faithful bat-winged cat, and whatever silverware she can pinch, Ascot heads east, to the mysterious Daylands, where her book promises she can find True Love and Happily Ever After, if she only follows her heart.
Determined to win the hand of Prince Parvanel, Ascot storms the Kingdom of Albright. With the book’s guidance, she’s confident she’ll overcome any obstacles the imperious Queen Bettina Anna throws in her way, be they witches, evil stepmothers, or Big Bad Wolves.
Unfortunately, the book doesn’t cover reluctant princes, wolves who read Dostoyesvsky instead of blowing down houses, or a guild of Godmothers whose motivations may not be as pure as three drops of blood on a sweep of snow. Most annoying of all is the captain of the guard who swears he’ll see the moon fall before she weds Prince Parvanel.
There are stories . . . and then there are stories, and if this parade of shifty shenanigans continues, Ascot might have to rewrite her own tale lest she end most Unhappily Ever After!
The Falling of the Moon Review
If you love quirky and fun fantasy like Princess Bride and my Lady Jane then look no further because The Falling of the Moon by A.E. Decker is a quirky fun fairy-tale, and an absolute must read.
This was definitely a high fantasy fairy-tale. The Falling of the Moon is reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, meets Shrek, meets The Adams Family, meets The Princess Bride, meets Pirates of the Caribbean. The main character Ascot is a half vampire that runs away from home to find herself a happy ending, and ends up in a competition against other princesses for a prince’s hand in marriage.
The plot of this book was absolutely perfect. It was full of twists and turns, and kept me absolutely glued to the page. Ascot, the main character, she has a big heart and a humorous narrative. The friends she makes along the way were all great additions.
If the sequel is anything like the first book then I’ll definitely love it. 5/5 stars. Thank you so much World Weaver Press for sending me this one in exchange for an honest review.
Something is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it’s all his fault. Ever since he snitched that avocado from Miss Ascot’s pack, things have been going wrong. Armed with a handful of memories he never realized he had, Rags-n-Bones searches for a way to put right whatever he did to Widget in the past. If only he knew what it was! Unfortunately, the only person who seems to have answers is a half-mad youth that only Rags can see.
Widget is also suffering from a ghost infestation that has the townsfolk almost as spooked of outsiders as they are of actual spooks. While Rags-n-Bones seeks answers in the past, Ascot offers the town leaders her service as an exorcist, only to be handed an ultimatum: banish the ghosts or be banished herself!
Who’s meddling with Widget? To catch the culprit, Ascot and Rags-n-Bones must match wits with a shifty sorcerer, a prissy ex-governess, and a troublingly attractive captain before the town consigns itself to the graveyard of history.
The Meddlers of Moonshine Review
The first book in this series (The Falling of the Moon) was absolutely amazing, so I had very high hopes for this one and was nervous that it wouldn’t be as good as the first one. But I’m happy to say that The Meddlers of Moonshine by A.E. Decker did not disappoint.
Decker managed to capture the same spirit quirky and fun spirit in the sequel as she did in the first book, but instead of being a play on fairytales it’s definitely more of a play on darker more gothic tales. If you love things like Princess Bride, or the TV show Galavant, then you’ll love this book. It is quirky, funny, serious, and interesting all at once. Trust me, this series is amazing.
This book catches us up with some of our favorite characters from the first book, and I’m so happy that these characters continued to grow naturally. Sometimes I find with sequels that a character that I loved will suddenly be different or change and I won’t like them anymore. But that’s not the case with this one! I’m especially happy that there is a focus on Rags-N-Bones because I absolutely adore him. I loved the interaction between Ascot and Rags-N-Bones in this book as well.
The plot of this one was just as perfect as the first one! It was the right amount of zany fun mixed with serious plot, it kept me interested and laughing the entire time. There were no obvious plot holes, which is great because I really can’t stand big plot holes. If you’re looking for a great Autumn and Halloween read then look no further, this series has everything you need for a cozy fall evening spent reading. This one is 5/5 stars for me, it’s absolutely perfect and a must read!
Thank you so much World Weaver Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.