eARC Review – Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi

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Title: Once More Upon a Time

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication date: October 5th, 2021

176 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Once upon a dream, there was a prince named Ambrose
and a princess named Imelda who loved each other…
But alas, no more.
“What a witch takes, a witch does not give back!”
their friends and family warn.
They resign themselves to this loveless fate…
A year and a day pass.
And then their story truly begins…

Embark on a perilous journey with Imelda and Ambrose as they brave magical landscapes and enchanted creatures on their quest to reclaim their heart’s desire…But first they must remember what that is… 

Review

A fairy tale novella about one of the 12 Dancing Sister’s, Imelda, and her marriage to Ambrose when it was cursed by a witch. This was a cover request for me, and I’ve loved a lot of Roshani Chokshi’s other works so I figured I would give this a go. It’s a pretty quick read, and I know there’s an audiobook version out as well if that’s more your medium for reading.

I wasn’t overly thrilled by this book, there was a lot packed into this book but it’s still pretty short so there can’t be too much explained. There is a lot of magical happenings that aren’t explained, but that’s the way of fairytales right? Imelda and Ambrose go on a big adventure and end up learning lessons along the way.

Would I pick this back up again in the future? No – I likely wouldn’t. Did I enjoy my time reading it? Yes – I would say it’s a palate cleanser book with the bits of romance, adventure, magic, and fantasy combined. There are also two POVs which I always appreciate when there is a romance included in a book. But if you’re looking for world-building, a well explained magic system, and a full plot? Not the book for you.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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