Category: Fairytales

Review: “Beauty and the Guardian Beast” by Rhys Ethan

TITLE: Beauty and the Guardian Beast
AUTHOR: Rhys Ethan
SERIES: Queerky Tales
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Ethereal Ealain
GENRE: Fairytales
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 31 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2017
PRICE: $1.99 – e-book

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The classic tales you know, the characters with secrets you don’t
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Ayo is a lonely boy, bullied and withdrawn, until one day his father sends him away to the kingdom of Azizi, to study under the king’s advisor, Issa, a fearsome tiger, that thinks and talks like a man. Ayo misses his father and one day he takes it out on his new companion. The next morning he wakes up to find he is starting to turn into a beast himself and if he’s to ever turn back into his human form, he has a lot to learn.
Queerky Tales is a series of classic fairy tales retold with LGBT characters. Based on the French classic, Beauty & the Guardian Beast is a tale about oppression, kindness and forgiveness.
For children and adults alike.


Beauty and the Guardian Beast is the fifth book in the Queerky Tales series by Rhys Ethan. I greatly enjoyed this short story. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite childhood tales, and I always love the compassion and love that Beauty has for the Beast. I also enjoyed how the author has managed to make this retelling his own. It’s not just a gay retelling of the Beauty and the Beast.

Ayo is a lonely, withdrawn boy that has been bullied all of his life. He comes from a farming community, and he tries his hardest to help his father, but sixteen-year-old Ayo would rather pursue scholarly pursuits and read then work the fields. He’s also bullied because he’s not white like the majority of the students at the school. And that makes him even more of an outsider. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, and he never sticks up for himself. I can easily identify with Ayo since I was in the minority race for my junior high school also and I preferred to read versus socialize with my classmates.

Ayo’s father knows what’s happening to his son, but he’s powerless to help him until one day a carriage comes to town, and Ayo’s father sees a way to get his son the life and schooling that he craves. He makes a deal with the king to have his son come and live in the kingdom of Azizi to study under the king’s advisor, Issa, a fearsome tiger, that thinks and talks like a man.

Instead of being grateful and happy over the opportunity that Ayo has been given, he misses his father and is resentful and petulant and takes it out on his new companion. He wakes up to find that he’s starting to turn into a beast himself. Under Issa’s tutelage, he learns that in Azizi he fits in with the other residents. He isn’t the minority anymore. Most of the residents have dark skin just like him but as he notices that the real difference between his old home and his new home is that everybody is treated with kindness and respect regardless of their color, race, job title, or gender. Ayo learns that to reverse the curse, he will have to learn how to treat everybody with kindness, respect, and ask for forgiveness from the people that he had hurt with his thoughtlessness. While learning his own lessons, he grows closer to Issa and falls in love with him, and together they uncover why Issa hasn’t been able to regain his human form after all of these years. I thought it was very fitting what happened to Ayo’s bullies from his hometown. It brought a big smile to my lips. This short story is suitable for children and adults alike. I can’t wait to read my next Queerky Tale.

Queerky Tales is a series of classic fairy tales retold with LGBT characters. Based on the French classic, Beauty & the Guardian Beast is a tale about oppression, kindness, and forgiveness.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “The King’s Courage” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: The King’s Courage
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: North Pole City Tales
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fairytales
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 77 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 20, 2017
PRICE: $3.99– e-book

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With the wedding of Jack Frost and Rudy Rein Dear only three weeks away, everyone travels to Jack’s palace in Svalbard, Norway, where the happy couple will exchange vows beneath the northern lights. Festivities have been planned leading up to the wedding, and Dasher eagerly anticipates not just the fun, but staying under the same roof as the blustering winter spirit who’s caught his eye—the King of Frost, Jack’s father.
A long-ago tragedy has left Eirik fearing to ever love again. As the King of Frost, Eirik maintains his distance from everyone, especially the young Christmas elf who insists on intruding on Eirik’s solitude. But Dasher is determined to find a way to show the lonely king that his heart still beats and he shouldn’t fear allowing it to beat for another.


I absolutely loved The King’s Courage by Charlie Cochet. I’ve had many friends’ praise Charlie’s writing and storytelling ability, and now that I have finally gotten the chance to read one of her books, I have to agree. The King’s Courage is fabulous. Charlie had me laughing and giggling and then falling in love with Dasher and Eirik, even though they made me cry three times. And I still can’t believe how much feels and plot Charlie managed to get into such a short book.

I have read books twice as long that hasn’t been this detailed. The writing makes you feel like you are there with them and experiencing what they are doing and feeling. I love this play on the North Pole and Santa and his eight reindeer. Except, instead of their being reindeer, they’re the fabulous Rein Dears who are elves and work at North Pole City in the Rein Dear Squadron under the watchful eye of Mayor Kringle.

In the sixth book in the North Pole Tales series, we get the wedding of Jack Frost and Rudy Rein Dear which is only three weeks away. Everyone travels to Jack’s palace in Svalbard, Norway, where the happy couple will exchange vows beneath the northern lights. There are festivities planned that lead up to the wedding, and Dasher Rein Dear, a Christmas elf, eagerly anticipates the fun. He also is eager to stay under the same roof as the blustering winter spirit who’s caught his eye, the King of Frost, Jack’s father. Dasher meets the King of Frost, Eirik, in the fourth book, Loving Blitz, when they were searching for an Elska rose and the King of Frost happens to have one. Dasher has been fascinated with him since then.

But a long-ago tragedy has left Eirik afraid ever to love again. As the King of Frost, Eirik maintains his distance from everyone, including his only son, Jack. With everybody coming to the palace he’s forced to interact during the festivities and is worn down by the young Christmas elf who insists on intruding on Eirik’s solitude. Dasher is determined to find a way to show the lonely king that his heart still beats and he shouldn’t fear to allow it to beat for another.
I loved watching Dasher force Eirik to come out of his shell and have fun again.

They are a great couple that compliments each other. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and I have already picked up the first two book in the series to get started. If they are as good as this book is then I will be a happy camper. I would like to thank Levi Read for allowing me the honor of reviewing this book since he usually snaps all of Charlie’s books as fast as they come out and claims them as his precious.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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