23 August 2013

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure

Midnight Masquerade tour

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What they say: Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers.

Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings.

As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.

Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

What I say: Aww Midnight Masquerade is such a sweet book. Marcia Lynn McClure has reworked the popular fairy story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm adding a clever twist, yet keeping the fairy story feel and language.
It took me a while to realise I was reading a rework of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, because being in my twenties I haven't read the story for years (I have since dug my complete Brothers Grimm fairy stories book out and reread the story). In this version the dashing Stavos has come to solve the mystery surrounding the princesses (this time sleepy princesses), when he encounters the beautiful Evony. Evony and her siblings are hiding in the poorest part of Abawyth, yet Stavos instantly realises they are far more than they seem.
Without giving too much away Midnight Masquerade features a sweet love story, a strange mystery, more than one damsel in distress and several handsome princes. This is a clean YA story with some bantering that younger or older readers will also enjoy. Stavos has some cheeky and teasing lines but the story is free from any naughtiness and I would encourage my young cousins to read it (even if certain bits of dialogue may go over their heads).
Midnight Masquerade made me extremely sentimental and I ended up rereading a whole lot of fairy stories. I liked this cute story and enjoyed reading Marcia Lynn McClure's inspiration behind her book.
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "I guess it's your fear of snoring in my presence that would keep you from settling, eh?" "I do not snore!"
  • "But I do promise you this," Stavos began then. "If ever I do become a miscreant and decide to take a woman as my mistress..."
  • "Kisses on the cheek are for brothers and grandfathers, my pretty little gem."
Blog Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 9/17/13

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