Welcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew! Today I am sharing Indexing by Mira Grant, a serial and the first book in the Kingdom series Her Mad Hatter by Maria Hall. Both deal with fairy tales. Grab a cup of DD coffee and some munchkins, pull up a chair and enjoy!
Her Mad Hatter
by Marie Hall
Series: Kingdom #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter’s Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate–and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys–throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch. The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland–and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother’s mating–or fight for Alice.
Her Mad Hatter is a novella and the first in the Kingdom series, dealing with the “bad boys” of fiction and their snarky fairy-godmother. She has been tasked with seeing all of them happily married within the year. The first tale deals with the Mad Hatter and Alice Hu. This was an easy read, filled with funny moments, a little heat and a sexy Mad Hatter who reminded me of Johnny Depp *swoons*. I enjoyed Marie Hall’s twist on Alice in Wonderland and look forward to reading Gerald Beauty’s. (Beauty and the Beast)
by Seanan McGuire
Series: Indexing #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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“Never underestimate the power of a good story.” Good advice…especially when a story can kill you. For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected—perhaps infected is a better word—by memetic incursion: where narratives the rest of the world considers fairy tales becomes reality, often with disastrous results. That’s where the ATI Management Bureau steps in. A motley team struggling with their own unfolding narratives, they are tasked with identifying potential outbreaks using Aarne-Thompson Indexing and making sure the story doesn’t reach “ever after”…because if it does, usually someone is insane, dead—or worse. Because with the ATI, it goes without saying that neither a Cinderalla, a Snow White, nor any other character-type on the Index is going to have a happy ending for anyone involved.
Indexing is an urban fantasy serial from one of my favorite authors Seanan McGuire. Every few weeks, another episode, was delivered to my kindle app. I quite enjoyed Indexing and its twist on fairy tales. What if a fairy tale narrative could become reality? What if one event in your life could set of the narrative affecting you and those around you? A flute player becomes a pied piper leading others to their death? What if a bad break-up causing a young girl to kill her sisters and step-parents? McGuire introduces us to a team at the ATI Management Bureau. An organization whose sole propose is to protect the environment from fairy tales that activate. This was fun; I am not entirely sure how it would work as a novel, but I enjoyed each of the cases or memetic incursions. The team is lead by Harry Marchen (Henrietta) a potential 709- Snow White. One of my favorite characters is Sloan. She is an averted Wicked Step-Sister and her snark and kick-ass attitude won me over. The tale had a Fringe vibe, and if you are familiar with the popular television series, you will slip right into this crazy world. Each new submission deals with a new memetic incursion and advances the overall ARC. Indexing was a fun read that I was sorry to see come to an end.