Daily Review: Once Upon a Stolen Time by Samreen Ahsan
October 1, 2018
The writing in Once Upon A Stolen Time is beautiful. It is like watching a movie in your head.
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy video game 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.
By Sara Miller
This book! The only way to describe it is lyrical. . . Its no secret I love books that are completely unique and this one definitely fits the bill, it blends the historical aspects of Outlander By Diana Garbaldon or the Morna’s Legacy Series By Bethany Claire with the edge of your seat fantasy like Once Upon A Time (yes, I totally had to just throw that out there because Outlander is one of my favorite reads of all time, and I may be a smidge obsessed with Once Upon A Time!)
I could relate a lot to Myra’s feelings in chapter one, I have often felt I was born in the wrong time period haha (don’t get me wrong I love a lot of modern conveniences but I have an appreciation for simpler times)
This story blends seamlessly between Myra’s chapters from 2015 with Edward’s from 1415 and in his chapters is where we get the most beautiful passages and this one I think is my favorite but I know I highlighted a lot of them throughout the book.
” She was a beautiful tender rose—I stole her fragrance, crushed her petals and burned her in hell. If I knew the fire with which I was conflagrating her would come to engulf me—I swear I wouldn’t have done it. Her spell is too strong for me not to fall; her curse is too mighty for me to run away.” It’s so descriptive that I got the feeling immediately that Samreen was trying to convey. It was love, regret, passion and a little guilt may be all wrapped in a bouquet of words.
Just a little over half way through everything takes an unexpected turn and all of a sudden some things make perfect sense. It reveals Myra’s connection to Hue Castle, and the depth of that connection (see I thought I had all the way figured out! Haha even I didn’t see any of the twists and turns coming) makes for one intense ending!
By Kelly McCurdy
Let me start this off by saying, that if you haven’t discovered Samreen yet, YOU, my friend, are missing out. I read the blurb for this book and was intrigued. It has princes, castles, mysteries, witches, etc… It also has a plot line that jumps from 1415 to 2015. I have only read one other book like that, and that book captured me as well.
This book starts off by us getting to know Myra. She loves the way that gentlemen treated ladies with chivalry back in the 1400’s. The castles, the Kings and Queens, everything. She wanted to be immersed in it. Now only if she could find a guy that is like the knights in the books that she reads.
Edward is the next in line for the crown. As the Son of King Stefan, he is the next to take his place. But only if he can be exactly like King Stefan. He doesn’t want that, he wants his freedom and to find love.
When Myra meets Steven for the first time, she doesn’t expect what he is about to tell her, or to show her. Can she keep the past where it is? Or will the past come back and grab her when she least expects it?
I cannot wait for the next book to come out. The writing in Once Upon A [Stolen] Time is beautiful. It is like watching a movie in your head. Samreen is very descriptive. She wants you to see what the characters are seeing. She wants you to feel what they are feeling. The storyline is great.
I love reading about the past. It brings back a sense of nostalgia to read about what use to go on in the renaissance times. You fall in love with the characters that you are supposed to, and you dislike the ones you are supposed to. Samreen leaves much to the mystery. She leaves you with wanting more.
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