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Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: "The Better to See You" by Kate SeRine + Giveaway

Welcome to our Virtual tour stop of "The Better to See You" by Kate SeRine.  
The Better to See You
(Transplanted Tales #2)
Publishing Date: 2/7/13
Publisher: eKensington
Genre: Urban Fantasy / PNR
Source: Netgalley

Once upon a time, a spell went awry and Make Believe characters were cast into the ordinary world. And the results aren’t always happily ever after… 
Everyone thinks fairy godmothers can do no wrong. But if not for a certain spell mis-cast by Lavender Seelie, Cinderella’s former fairy godmother, the Tales would not be stuck in the Here and Now. Fortunately for Lavender, she’s about to get a second chance at a happy ending… 
The Refuge, a sanctuary for wayward Tales, seems like the perfect place for Lavender to start a new life—especially when she discovers an unexpected ally in Seth, the brooding werewolf who’s been typecast as a villain ever since his run in with Little Red Riding Hood. But when humans from nearby towns start turning up dead, their bodies mutilated with archaic Tale symbols, Lavender wonders if Seth’s deep sensuality has blinded her to the truth. And that distraction could put innocent lives in danger. Including her own…
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My Review:
"The Better to See You" is the second book in the Transplanted Tales series and it definitely left me wanting even more after reading it.  

"The Better to See You" picks up where "Red" left off at, but this time it is about Lavender Seelie, aka The Fairy Godmother, and Seth, aka the Big Bad Wolf.  
Lavender is in deep water with Cinderella and her husband, the Prince, James...because she ends up burning down their home.  Now Lavender is forced to hide somewhere else due to James wanting to hurt her or actually kill her.  
Tess who we know from the first book has the perfect place where Lavender can hide.  It is called The Refuge and it is where all the distraught Tales go that are upset about being in the ordinary world.  
Not such a great idea for Lavender since she is kind of the reason why all the Tales are in the Ordinary world in the first place.  
Lavender ends up in the arms of Seth who saves her the night she is trying to find the refuge.  What she does not know is the refuge has some serious issues of its own and someone is out to kill either her or Seth.  

 I fell in love with Seth in "Red" and fell even more in love with him in this book.  The best parts of the book is how Kate SeRine tells the story of the characters and how they ended up they way they are.  

Lavender definitely was a strong character for me in this book and I had a lot of respect for her.  She made some mistakes and was trying to correct them. She was shunned by her mother and the rest of fairies due to what she did to the tales and she did not let her bother her.
Seth kept making me upset because I knew he was hiding something from Lavender.  He should of just came out and told Lavender.  Did he not realize she would figure it out?  Grrrr!!  
I loved also how Tess and Nate played a part in this book as well.  Loved them in "Red" and I got to find out what is happening with them as well.  =)  
I was a little confused on some parts of the book, but it did not take me long to pick up what happened. I think it was mostly because I was more in shock at the ending and who the bad guy really was and what they were actually doing.
Oh...and Puck...well you will need to read the book to find out about him, but I definitely wanted to slap him around a bit for Lavender.  Darn him...LOL  

Kate SeRine takes our favorite fairy tales and gives them a new twist to their tales, which some may be considered good, while others wicked evil.  Just be prepared to be shocked on who is actually considered evil.  
If you are a fan of the fairy godmother, the wolf from Red Riding Hood and other tales, you'll definitely enjoy this twisted make and believe tales that Kate writes.  I know I am addicted to finding out what is happening to these versions of my favorite fairy tales.  
I highly recommend this book and the series and look forward to reading the next tale in the "Transplanted Tales" series by Kate SeRine.  =)
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Now here's your chance to win a e-copy of Red (the first book) or The Better to See You from Kate SeRine. (Winner's Choice)
Giveaway is OPEN Internationally.
Winner will be contacted on 2/25/13.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


laurie said...

thanks for the reveiw. the book does look really good i will have to get it when i have enuff money

kathy p said...

have seen so many great reviews on this series....would love to win book!

Joanne said...

Thanks for the great review and giveaway. This series sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


Another new to me author! I love finding them. This book sounds really good and I adore the cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

I love that tidbit about Puck too! I wish Kate would write a novella about him and his lady love.

Leannessf said...

Love sexy retellings of fairy tales - hot cover too! :)


Holly said...

I love retellings of fairy tales. I'm actually reading Red right now. I like it.

Unknown said...

This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

I have been called Red for years because of my red hair and the fact I'm a Animal Behaviorist and dog trainer. I think this would be a perfect story for me because I also love Faire tales. And it is ok if they don't have happy endings. Thanks for the giveaway and wish me luck.

Judy Peterson

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