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Review of Once Upon a [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Once Upon a [Stolen] Time

Review of Once Upon a [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan
by Samreen Ahsan
Series: Stolen Series #1
on December 1, 2015
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical
Pages: 221
Format: e-book
Source: ARC
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars




All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.


Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.

For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.

Cliffhanger Romance


I loved the premise of Once Upon a [Stolen] Time. I couldn’t pass up a time travel, fairy tale like story. It did grab me from the beginning and I was totally invested into reading it through the end. Myra’s character was a little bit tedious. But that’s what I think a character, obsessed with fairy tales and one true love’s should be. Obsessions seems to be the key throughout this story because the character of Edward also has one. The story changes back and forth between present day and the 1400s. I had some problems with the language of the story. It was fine in present day format, however, when Edward’s chapters came up, it still sounded modern day to me. The use of some modern day terms just did not sound right in a 1400s setting.

In Chapter 2, which is taking place in the year 1415, we have an insight into Edward’s thoughts,

“What a dork! His ideology of married life was ridiculously insane.” The usage of dork threw me off.

However, I decided to let that go and tried to immerse myself into the unique story. I did enjoy where it was going, even if at times I found Myra a little annoying. The reader is warned in the beginning that this story does end in a cliffhanger. Overall, I did like the dark undertones of the story and how it sounded like a fairy tale gone wrong. Both settings of the story do mingle and flow together and the interweaving of the story made it really fun to read.

I do find my self invested in the series and hope to read more. One can only hope that a HEA would happen. I guess that’s one thing I have in common with Myra, and that is my love for romance and fairy tales.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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