Friday, January 13, 2017

The Midnight Sisters by Sarah E Boucher

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Welcome to the Midnight Sisters' Blog 
Tour and Giveaway! Learn all about author Sarah E. Boucher and her exciting new novel based on the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Fairy Tale

Book Description: Do no meddle with the Master's daughters.

The words rattle around Jonas’ head. What is the punishment again? Death? Dismemberment? Jonas, the newest addition to the gardening staff, can’t recall the exact penalty for breaking the rule. What does it matter anyway? He would never dream of meddling with the Earl of Bromhurst’s haughty daughters.

Until he comes face to face with Lady Ariela Spencer, the eldest of the His Lordship’s daughters.

Her elusive smile and open manner cause him to question his convictions. In no time, he’s drawn into 
Lady Ariela's world of mystery and intrigue, a world where she and her sisters will do anything— including leaving twelve empty beds at midnight—to escape their father’s strict rules.

Only Jonas can uncover the truth and save them from their father’s wrath and their own folly, if he is willing to risk everything he’s ever worked for. 

Midnight Sisters is an imaginative fairy tale retelling that promises to delight and entertain readers. 

My thoughts: I admit, I love when fairy-tales are remade into a new story. The basis of the fairy-tale remains the same, but the author adds her unique perspective and story to create something new.

This is a retake of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". Jonas is the voice of the story and he is in love with the eldest daughter. Their love is forbidden because the staff is not allowed to speak to the ladies of the manor. When something is forbidden, the more attractive it becomes.

As for another forbidden part of the story, the sisters escape in the night to dance. (If you know the original story, this is not a spoiler.) Their nightly escapades allow them to escape from their controlling father, but lead to danger that no one anticipated.

I liked the characters. I liked the relationship between the sisters. The reader gets to know them through Jonas's observations. This is a fun twist to a beloved fairy-tale. It is appropriate for teens and adults. There is some kissing, but I consider it to be a clean read.

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Meet one of the twin daughters:  Estella

Meet Estella & Frizella: 

We bent our heads together. “There has to be one someplace,” I whispered. “This place is too big.” We had been in the manor for one month. One whole month and we still couldn’t find any secret passageways. 

“It’s like a fairy tale, Essie.” She patted a well-worn book fondly, her eyes twinkling at me. “Or a mystery.”

 “And we love mysteries.” We said together, sharing identical grins. 

“If only we had a fairy godmother . . .” I mused. 

Fritz spread the handmade map between us. “We’ve looked here.” She pointed at the attic. 

“And there.” I motioned toward the servants’ staircase. 

“And in the ballroom.” 

“Remember how we almost got caught?” Her shoulders shook with silent giggles, just as they had when we ducked behind the curtains before Father strode by. 

I clapped a hand over my mouth to muffle my own giggles. 

Fritz’s grin faded as she turned back to the map. “Hmmm . . . maybe in the kitchens?” 

“Then we’d have to talk to Cook,” I replied. “She’s no fairy godmother.” 

“And we probably couldn’t talk her out of a treat.” She propped her chin on her fist. “It’s not fair. She makes the best cookies.” 

“Mmmm . . .” we said in unison, “cookies.” 

I grinned. “The pantry would be the perfect spot for a secret passageway!” 

Essie’s eyes grew wide. “Or a cookie jar!” 

“Let’s do it!” I rolled up the map and hurried after my sister. Hand in hand, we tiptoed down the servants’ stairs and toward the kitchen. We paused outside to listen and peep in the door. Kitchen girls and servants scuttled in all directions. We waited until they were all distracted. At the same moment, we looked at one another and mouthed, “Now!” Together we crept into the kitchens.

Author Spotlight:
Sarah E. Boucher is a lover of fairy stories, romance, anything BBC and Marvel, and really, really cute shoes. On weekdays she wears respectable shoes and serves as Miss Boucher, the Queen of Kindergarten. On school holidays she writes stories about romance and adventure. And wears impractical super cute shoes.

Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She lives and works in northern Utah. Midnight Sisters is her second novel. Visit Sarah at or connect with her on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestAmazon, or Goodreads.

Also by Sarah E Boucher:
Becoming Beauty, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, available on AmazonBarnes & Noblebooks & thingsiTunes, and GoodreadsFor the duration of the blog tour (January 9-20) Becoming Beauty eBook will be 99 cents!

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