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Before Midnight: A Romantic Retelling of Cinderella (Blood Prince Series Book 1) by [Blackstream, Jennifer]
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Cursed. Kissed. Bitten.
 
The prince is throwing a ball. But he's not looking for a princess. He's looking for a werewolf. Start this USA Today bestselling series now and see if the prince gets a kiss...or a bite. 
 
★★★★★
"Cinderella meets American Werewolf in Paris."
 
★★★★★
"You'll never guess how the fairy godmother is portrayed and how the shoe gets put into the story but I can guarantee that you will be shocked; especially the step-mother and step-sisters. I will tell you, it has more of the Grimm feel to it than a Disney feel."
 
An alpha wolf fighting a powerful curse . . .
 
The werewolf prince Etienne is turning into a human. A fierce and loyal pack, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw--literally--for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly stealing the beast from inside him. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf--one who was not born with the beast inside--can save him from losing everything. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the curse. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul even as she tempts him into primal pursuits of an entirely different nature...
 
A maiden enslaved by her stepfamily, who dares to reach for more . . .
 
Loupe lives in terror. Terror of the bloodthirsty stepfamily who treats her like a slave, and terror of the beast trapped inside her. Bitten by a werewolf while dealing with the illegal gains of her stepfamily's poaching, Loupe's dreams of a strong husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence are over. A woman who becomes a mindless beast on the night of the full moon has no place in a marriage bed. Not even if that bed belongs to a prince with the manners of royalty and the hungry eyes of a wolf.
 
Will Loupe overcome her fear of the monster inside her in time to save Etienne from a mortal fate? Or will her bloodthirsty stepmother and stepsisters hunt them down and destroy them both?
 
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★★★★★
"Has all the iconic images we have come to associate with Cinderella but with a new twist!"
 
★★★★★
"Seriously nerve wracking, and the most heart breaking and heart wrenching story."
 
★★★★★
"As an added bonus,the introduction and afterward were extremely intriguing in their own right,creating a context for additional stories in a series that promises to re-envision traditional fairy tales in a paranormal romance twist."
 
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+ HEA 

BLOOD PRINCE SERIES READING ORDER: 
Book 1 - Before Midnight (Blood Prince Series #1) 
Book 2 - One Bite (Blood Prince Series #2) 
Book 3 - Golden Stair (Blood Prince Series #3) 
Book 4 - Divine Scales (Blood Prince Series #4) 
Book 5 - Beautiful Salvation (Blood Prince Series #5) Final Installment!

BLOOD PRINCE WORLD 
What Big Teeth You Have
Dead to Begin With

BLOOD REALM SERIES READING ORDER (SPIN-OFF FROM BLOOD PRINCE SERIES): 
Book 1 - All for a Rose (Blood Realm Series: Book 1) 
Book 2 - Blue Voodoo (Blood Realm Series: Book 2) 
Book 3 - The Archer (Blood Realm Series: Book 3)

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  • Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing (Nov. 30 2013)
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By Evampire TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 14 2014
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The first book in the Blood Prince series is an interesting and entertaining twist on a fairy tale.

She yearned for a caring husband who could take her away from her servant-like existence, but Loupe’s dreams ended the day she was bitten by a werewolf and now not even the attentions of a handsome prince can convince her that that life is still possible. Prince and werewolf Etienne is in need of a werewolf to break a well intentioned cursed placed on him that is slowly turning him human. So he really doesn’t have time for the beautiful maiden that soothes his soul, but love really doesn’t care for the best laid plans and all kinds of things can happen if you don’t leave the ball...Before Midnight.

This fast paced story has it all, suspense, some action, romance, a sexy werewolf prince, the evil stepfamily and the fairy tale ending. The author brings this wonderful romantic story to life with vivid images that makes it easy for the reader to pictures each and every scene. The strong compelling characters are easily related to and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning.

The attraction between Loupe and Etienne is the stuff dreams are made of and radiates from every scene. The author does a great job of conveying the emotions and personalities of the characters that in turn invokes the reader’s emotions as they empathize with Loupe’s plight and Etienne’s curse.

The author has created a charming and fascinating fairy tale world with paranormal elements that add depth and spice to each story. I love how she mixed the fairy tale with mythology and lore to make it a very unique story on its own. The wonderful characters ensure that you want to read more about the other princes and see how their stories work out.
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I just love this twist on the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Werewolves. I just had to giggle at times. Worth the read and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Enjoyed as much as Mercedes Lackey's The Tales of the Five hundred Kingdoms. I can't wait to read the next One in this series!
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I fully enjoyed this book!! The twists and turn kept me reading till it was over! :( looking forward to the next installment.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c2aa2c) out of 5 stars Book Review: From Author Unpublished Jan. 29 2014
By Cary Morton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Mild spoilers may be contained within this review.

Wow, what to say about this book. Like most books that I read, I skipped over the synopsis. Call me lazy, or forgetful, but I usually like to jump into books not knowing a lot about them. I usually read the title and the genre, but other than that, I leave it up to fate. I like to jump into things not knowing where they’re going. Sometimes I end up pleasantly surprised, and sometimes I end up going “oh… that’s what this is…” Unfortunately, this was a bit of the latter.

At it’s heart, Before Midnight is a retelling of the Cinderella story. That isn’t bad in and of itself—I think given some care, retellings can be almost better than the original story as long as the author puts some effort into really expanding upon the core idea. This story wasn’t like that. Yes, there were a few things changed—for instance: the prince is a lycanthrope… in fact, the entire royal family is. Also, the Cinderella of this story, Loupe, is a loup garou (bitten werewolf vs. born a werewolf like the prince). That certainly promises to make the story a bit of a different telling – and it did… to an extent.

The main problem I had with the story itself is that it was predictable. It didn’t take more than the first three chapters to realize that this story was a retelling – and hence, I already knew the ending. There weren’t any plot twists or turns to surprise me, and I instantly knew everything was going to turn out all right. That’s how fairytales end. To be honest, it would have been nice to see this end tragically, or at the very least have a bit more tension built in. There were some instances that I thought were going to lead to conflict (Like Loupe and her family being poachers and skinning wolves left and right) that quickly fizzled out and in the end, didn’t make much of a difference. The evil characters were Evil with a capital E, and the good characters were Good with a capital G. There was no gray area.

The narrative itself jumped around a little bit. Going into the story, my first impression of the narrative is that it was slow and dry. The Introduction was verbose and filled with needless detail about each character it introduced and every movement they took. It dragged. Then in the middle of the story, once it got into the romance between Prince Etienne and Loupe, the language turned very… blunt and modern. I wasn’t sure what time period the story was set in (and I wasn’t given a lot of clues) but it seemed odd to have the prince say things like “tell me you jest” and then in the same chapter have him drop the F-bomb.

Not only did the narrative move around a lot, but so did the mythology; including things such as the world-tree, but also the fey, vampires, werewolves (two types, from two different mythologies), demons, angels, dryads and berserkers… It’s not bad to have a mixed mythology like this – in fact, usually it’s quite entertaining, but again, it made it hard to figure out where this story fell in it’s world building. I think I would have preferred a more stringent set of rules to adhere to. It would have at least been nice to know what part of the world the story was taking place in, or the time period—neither of which I was privy to.

The characters themselves weren’t bad. I liked Etienne (even if he was a bit moronic by his lack of realizing Loupe was a loup garou…), and Loupe was… pleasant despite her weak character. I only wish the author hadn’t softened the blow of Loupe’s big kick-ass moment by basically telling us what was going to happen with a short backstory about an ancestor. It really stole her thunder. My biggest complaint about any of the characters was Loupe’s name. Why on earth would an author name the main character after her own species..? A species, I might add, that the prince spends the entirety of the book looking for? It was so obvious that I literally face palmed. It made the prince seem stupid, and it made me angry, because I felt as if, as a reader, I was being treated as moronic as well.

In the end, I felt as if the reader was being treated like a child for most of the story. The impacts were softened for me, the tension was pushed aside, the events were obvious before hand…honestly, it was a bit frustrating. So why did I give it three stars? Because despite all of this, the book wasn’t bad. It was a quick afternoon read, I was entertained, and the writing itself was clear and grammatically correct (minus one missing word I found). I liked it. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrendous either. It was, and I hesitate to say this, cute. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, if they’re a fan of werewolves and the story of Cinderella. I don’t think I’d push it on to any hardcore paranormal romance readers though. It certainly wasn’t genre breaking or fascinating, but it was okay.
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HASH(0x98c2aa80) out of 5 stars Re-Imagined Cinderella story July 1 2013
By Green-haired Reader Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Before Midnight is Jennifer Blackstream's take on the Cinderella story. The novella is part of her series of re-imagined fairytales, Blood Princes. I am a big Blackstream fan so when she contacted me with an ARC copy in exchange for a review I jumped at the chance. It did not disappoint. Aphrodite's Hunt and Under His Skin are two of hers that instantly jumped to my 'favorites' bookshelf and this one will be joining them.
Before Midnight has all the iconic images we have come to associate with Cinderella but with a new twist. There's a fairy, a pumpkin turned coach, a prince in need of a wife, a ball and a little something left behind to help identify her. I won't spoil the surprise but I will tell you this was one of my favorite parts of the re-write.
Loupe is Cinderella and her life is ruined because of a werewolf bite. She can never have the life she wants. She can never share her pain with anyone because if her stepmother or stepsisters ever found out they would not hesitate to kill her. Meeting the prince one day by pure coincidence only makes matters worse. The pain is more sharp because for the first time she can imagine how wonderful a normal life would be.
The pace was good and it kept my interest the whole way through. It could be read easily on a weekend day. The Cinderella character was much more three dimensional than the Disney version. She is strong but her world has her beat down. It doesn't take much for her to become the woman the prince needs; a powerful queen to help rule his kingdom and protect his people.
The story had a sex scene and a couple of wanton kissing scenes where they wanted it to go further but couldn't. There was some violence but no more than the Grimm fairytales did. It was a set up for the rest of the series which I cannot wait to read. Next is a vampire story based on Snow White. Sounds good, doesn't it?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c2aeb8) out of 5 stars Phenomenally Spectacular!!! Aug. 25 2013
By Maghon Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
OMG this is so cute! It's like Cinderella meets American Werewolf in Paris. Seriously, except Cinderella is a loup garou and her Prince Charming is ashapeshifting werewolf. LOL Dude, it's so cute! Ok, not only cute. It was seriously nerve wracking, and the most heart breaking and heart wrenching story. But then of course, it really is like Cinderella. Somebody has to get their Prince :) Plus, the start of the Epilogue had me all a flutter because I now realize that 5 Princes, means at least 5 stories in this wonderful series. I am pumped!

The POV switches between Etienne and Loupe. I'll start with Loupe. She is a very sweet, loving, loyal girl, but she is also broken. As the Cinderella character, she has an evil step family, which I will not talk about the horrors of things they made her do. You know, if I were her, I'm pretty sure I would have gone all rogue werewolf and eaten them ALL. Yep. But, she's too good for that. I know, but she finds it so hard to harm anything, included those that harm her. And that's how she finds Etienne. She was caring for some wolf puppies, and went to bath in the river with the pups and Etienne stumbled across her on accident. Can I say it's at least lust at first sight. Etienne is having his own wolf troubles. Not to mention being Prince to the kingdom is a lot of pressure. I am not sure what I would do if I stumbled across someone like Etienne, may jump his bones :) LOL

I absolutely loved the interactions between Etienne and Loupe. Both of them are completely attracted to each other, and yet they both want to protect the other from their secret. It was quite frustrating. LOL I kept thinking, "somebody shift and bite somebody else!" I truly loved Etienne's parents literally as much as I hated Loupe's. This is crazy! But a wonderful twist, and a unique way to tell the Cinderella story!

I am seriously pumped that there's going to be more of these stories! I am totally in love. I cannot wait for more action, more HAWT Princes, more awesome heroines, and a wonderful twist on the fairy tales! Gimme MORE! 5 UNEXPECTED EXTRA FUN PAWS!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99cdd294) out of 5 stars Ugh, Skip This April 10 2015
By Burgundy Damsel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So, I picked this up for free, willing to give it a try. I ended up skimming through chunks of it and sorry I'd wasted my time when I was done. I could see where there was real potential for an interesting twist on the Cinderella story, but the writing in no way lived up to that potential. There were some pretty serious plot holes and both of the main characters fell flat, both individually and together. Lots of things that were so unrealistic (even for a fantasy novel) they just made me look at the page and say, "really?"

I have deleted this from my kindle, and recommend you don't waste your time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99cdd240) out of 5 stars A fun and fantastical retelling of a classic tale Aug. 22 2013
By Nicole Hewitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5/5 Stars.

Before Midnight was such an incredibly fun read! I absolutely loved this paranormal retelling of the classic Cinderella story. So much more fun than the original! (Oh, and steamier too - this book definitely leans toward erotic, but I didn't feel like the sex overshadowed the story.)

The negatives:
The length.
The book felt a little short, which made for a nice quick read, but it meant that there wasn't a lot of time for development of the secondary characters. I didn't feel like we really got to know Loupe's stepmother or (especially) her stepsisters, so this lessened their impact in the book, in my opinion. Still, the book read a lot like the original fairy tale in this regard, so I guess that's okay.

What I loved:
The twists on the classic.
I really thought that Blackstream did a great job of taking elements of the original Cinderella story and twisting them to fit in with the world that she created. The ball, the midnight deadline, the glass slipper, the fairy godmother - all of these elements were there, but none of them happened quite the way they did in the original story. I really enjoyed this unique take on the classic!

Loupe and Etienne.
I fell in love with Etienne. I felt for him because of his struggle with becoming human, and his primal wolf side was just plain sexy. Loupe was a great heroine as well - starting out as a meek and timid Cinderella, but gradually embracing the wolf within!

Etienne's parents.
Loupe fell in love with the king and queen and so did I.

Wolf pups.
How did Jennifer Blackstream know that adding cute little wolf pups to this story would just make me fall in love with it all the more? The pups were key to a few different parts of the plot, so they weren't just there to be cute - but, awwww, wolf pups. Who could resist them?

The prologue and epilogue.
While this book could have easily worked as a standalone novel, the prologue and epilogue show you that the story is woven into a larger overall story. I can't wait to see what Blackstream will do in the next installment of this series!

Before Midnight is a really fun and fantastical retelling of an old tale. I highly recommend it!