Once upon a dream, there was a prince named Ambrose
and a princess named Imelda who loved each other…
But alas, no more.
“What a witch takes, a witch does not give back!”
their friends and family warn.
They resign themselves to this loveless fate…
A year and a day pass.
And then their story truly begins…
Embark on a perilous journey with Imelda and Ambrose as they brave magical landscapes and enchanted creatures on their quest to reclaim their heart’s desire…But first they must remember what that is… Immerse yourself in the beauty of a highly unusual fairy tale by New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi.
Title : Once More Upon a Time
Author : Roshani Chokshi
Format : eARC
Page Count : 144
Genre : fantasy / fairytale retellings
Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date : October 5, 2021
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 3 star review
So, silly me, I requested this thinking it was a full length adult romance novel and not a novella (though it is adult, I guess). That said, I have nothing against novellas at all and was happy to have something short to sneak in between reads.
This was a pretty standard unconventional fairytale in the sense that how they come together is standard but, unlike how most go, they are then broken up — while still being together. They go on a journey, with a few side quests, and along the way discover more about each other than they ever did before.
I think what I loved most about this, though, was their backstories. I would’ve read a whole book about their lives before this or, even, a full length that included said backstories and expanded on their adventures from this one.
It was cute, sometimes funny, a little silly, and sweet. If this had been longer, and more adult in the vein of the romance, I think I would’ve really loved it. That said, I would not discourage you from picking this up.
** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **