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Fairytale Apocalypse - A Romance of Apocalyptic Proportions: Epic Romantic Fantasy (The Verge Book 1) by [Patricks, Jacqueline]
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A ROMANCE OF APOCALYPTIC PROPORTIONS.

Two worlds bound by magic... Three people joined by destiny...

Lord Kagan Donmall rules the Verge, the border that protects the magical fae lands from the mundane world. Recently, the Verge has been failing and he suspects the source of magic is fading. His prayers to Danu have gone unanswered, until now.

The mortal, Lauren Montgomery, hears the message of Danu and eagerly agrees to be the Lady of the Verge, for she desires more than a mundane life.

But Lauren’s twin sister, Tessa-ever her sister’s protector, challenges the decision. The Verge falls, and the fae and mundane worlds suffer a double apocalypse.

Kagan, Lauren, and Tessa must survive in this new, hostile world and discover a way to repair that which has been destroyed while navigating the bonds of duty, love, and vengeance.

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  • Publisher: Crazy Bird Publishing; 1 edition (Sept. 21 2014)
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Format: Kindle Edition
bookshelves: action, bond, compelling, drama, dreams, fantasy, favorites, fiction, friiendship, kindle, lost-love, magic, paranormal, reveiws, romance, sadness, survival, time-travel
Recommended for: Everyone that enjoys fairytales
Recommended by Jaqueline Patricks
Read from August 16 to 23, 2014

'mythology- a collection of myths, fantasies, fairytales'
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Destiny more real than love!! What does destiny mean - has she found her destiny, is he her destiny and are they destined to be one?

Just how far would you go for your destiny? Would you search Heaven&Hell to find your destiny or will you travel to alternative worlds? Would you fight wars to rescue your destiny? Is there only one path that leads us to our destiny and what exactly is destiny anyway?

"No one is too old for fairytales, dreams do come true -you just gotta believe. Have faith, trust your inner wisdom and let it guide you towards the correct path that leads right down to your soul."

I was so excited to be able to read this beautiful tale. Jacqueline certainly has a unique talent that makes books come alive.
Every page, every sentence the words speak volumes to you. It was such a smooth read, even tho there were quite a number of heart clenching moments from time to time. I found it difficult putting this book down and I just didn't want this to end. I can't wait to read the second book in the series

Well done Jacqueline, you have done it again

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa781e560) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5719f9c) out of 5 stars I NEED the Next Book Sept. 23 2014
By The Mad Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
[Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

I have a confession to make about this book. When I requested it on NetGalley I expected it to be a shameless romance involving little or no thought. I was looking for guilty pleasure reading that day. So imagine my surprise when not only does Fairytale Apocalypse turn out to be serious, it turns out to be good!

What really surprised me were the characters. Yes, there’s the typical older protective sister dynamic with Tessa (she is the older twin) but there also is a lot of resentment about her role as the protector. Since Tessa and Lauren are essentially the same age, their totally different personalities come into conflict constantly. Tessa is grounded and very mature for her age whereas Lauren…well she’s definitely a dreamer, but she’s also kind of flaky and naive. Lauren is not necessarily the best match for Kagan, the Lord of the Verge, who is very serious, could never be described as naive and old by mortal standards.

I was also pretty impressed when Jacqueline Patricks decided to modify the tropes she was using, rather than being lazy and playing them straight like so many authors. I can’t really reveal all that much without giving away the storyline, but just imagine a double apocalypse (in the Fae world and mortal world) where powerful people like the Fae can’t use their magic any longer. How would they cope? Could they even survive in a mortal post-apocalyptic world, let alone a Fae one? It’s actually very interesting because it makes the plot far less predictable.

The world-building was excellent, no doubt about that. Yes, the Fae world is sort of a typical fairy world: there’s dangerous lurking around every corner and the pretty things are probably what will kill you. But at the same time, Patricks put her own spin on it and included some fascinating new creatures as well as older creatures that are usually neglected in fantasy. All of the fae have swords that communicate with them, something you would think would end up being ridiculous but really didn’t. It was actually quite a fascinating bond and I wish we had learned more about it. There’s always next book, though.

So here we have a fantasy with themes of love vs. duty and sacrifice for the greater good. We also have amazing characters, a really interesting and unpredictable plot as well as some pretty great world-building. I really can’t ask for anything else, other than for Jacqueline Patricks to hurry up with the next book!

I give this book 5/5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa573800c) out of 5 stars a good book but just too YA for me Sept. 21 2014
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Fairytale Apocalypse, The Verge 1, Jacqueline Patricks
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Well, this has all the ingredients I enjoy, being classed as fantasy romance, and it sounded really fun, Fae based novels usually have lots of magic and I enjoy that but...it’s a perfect example of a novel that ticks all the boxes but simply doesn’t work for me. Its a good book and for the right reader I’ve no doubt it will be a five star read but I just found that I wasn’t really invested in it.
The romance angle is thin, really it’s very secondary to the main plot, and disappointed me. The story itself seems to be in two parts, the first is pre the disaster, and takes place one day before the twins sixteenth birthday. Lauren, the blonde beauty, is somewhat vague in nature and certainly to me she seems incredibly self centred and immature. She acts more like a ten year old than almost sixteen. In contrast Tessa is far more responsible, and always looking out for others, Lauren especially, even though Lauren doesn’t appreciate it. Lauren has been seduced by the idea of being the Lady of the Verge, not knowing or asking what it involves, but just wanting the prestige and fairy-tale existence Danu seems to promise her. Then there’s the journey she takes into the Fae world where we meet Kagan and his people. Tessa follows Lauren to rescue her but her journey there is nowhere near as straightforward, and she faces horrific threats to her life. Once she finds Lauren then...Well, it takes us on to part two which is set six years later.
The world has been decimated, Kagan needs to find Lauren and marry her to restore the magic to both worlds, ( he knows his duty even though he is only superficially attracted by her beauty, he can see already that she may be difficult to live with). This part is set mainly in the world of Tessa and Lauren where everything has changed, and there are lots of battles and dangers before Danu’s prophesy finally gets worked out. As prophecies usually are, it’s been very vague in specifics and has unexpected consequences for those involved.
I liked Kagan, but was annoyed at the way he and the others only saw Lauren’s beauty at first and not her selfish nature. Lauren – well, you’ve guessed already, I didn’t like her...Tessa, she’s the better twin, and always looking out for Lauren, even though she gets no thanks. When the world changed she had to grow up fast and it brought out so much in her, her fierce protective nature came to the fore, with her working hard as one of the main organisers in a camp of refugees. That's all I can call them really – there are so many sorts of humans now everything has changed, and this group are some of the few  still clinging to and working for as “normal” a life as possible. I’m not a fan of battles, so skimmed through them, but I do that in every book, it’s not a crit of this one. I thought we’d see more magic in the story with it being a Fae based fantasy, but there wasn’t much of that – maybe in a later book?
Overall it just didn’t really grab me, I expected more romance, and though I was happy at the way it worked out in the end, that part really was a minor section of the novel. I would have liked to have seen more of the Fae world, not just the bit where Tessa faced dangers but the other characters. we meet some of them briefly and there’s clearly a conspiracy going on. In a way when we’re with them I felt as though I needed to read between the lines to a story we hadn’t been told, to understand ( or try to ) some of the relationships between them. It seem,ed as though there were things happened that I ought to know about but didn’t.
Stars: two and a half from me. It was a good book, but just not for me. It feels like it would appeal far more to the YA market, probably the younger end but...who knows?
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HASH(0xa5738444) out of 5 stars Highly original! Oct. 9 2014
By rachael sizemore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LOP or lovers of paranormal)

Fairytale Apocalypse is unlike anything that I have read. It is creative, unique, and absolutely magical!

4.5 stars

The story opens up switching between the mortal world, where we meet twin sisters Tessa and Lauren, and a magical realm (the Verge) where we meet the Fae lord Kagan. Lauren seems very immature for her age and Tessa more responsible. Lauren is chosen by a goddess of the Verge to help heal their land. The day of their sixteenth birthday, Tessa goes after Lauren and ends up getting lost in the Verge. During Tessa's journey to find her sister, I started getting sucked into this story and found myself getting very invested in Tessa's character. By the time she finds Lauren, she is about to marry Kagan, and Tessa tries to stop it. CRAZY stuff goes down and the Verge starts to crumble.

The story takes a turn at this point that I never saw coming! Kagan enters the mortal world to try and find Lauren but what he finds is an apocalyptic world full of destruction. When he finally finds Lauren and Tessa, I was so happy with the woman that Tessa was, and even more annoyed at Lauren. I really just do not like Lauren. She is extremely selfish.

Shortly after reuniting, Kagan and Tessa (enemies!) are forced to go on a journey together that ends up changing the storyline in many ways. They came to an understanding and began feeling a deeper connection. I had so many hopes for where this story would go and was beyond excited when they started happening! Near the end there is a couple amazing plot twists and I found myself scooting to the edge of my seat. This book never lets up, it's fast paced and keeps you guessing.

The ending made my heart sing!
This book is a MUST read for fans and fantasy AND dystopia.
And for anyone who loves a rich, original story.

I am left wanting more, more, more!
HASH(0xa5738804) out of 5 stars New twist on Fairytale World Sept. 21 2014
By kmontemayor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This tale is a great mix of fantasy and survival in a post apocalyptic world. The Verge is a magic land that the mortals know nothing about. It reminds me of London Below in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
Lord Kagan has been searching for a way to heal his beloved Verge and restore the magic that exists there to full strength. He is running out of options, so when a young mortal girl appears in the Verge claiming to be sent by the goddess, he sits up and pays attention.

Lauren is "spoilt". She leaves her home in the mortal world to fulfill her destiny as Lady of the Verge. She's not really interested in helping anyone but herself and is more attracted to the material possessions that come along with the position, than actually helping the Verge heal.

Her twin sister, Tessa, has different ideas. When Lauren runs off on their sixteenth birthday, Tessa goes off to find her. She accidentally stumbles into the Fae world and must not only survive, but find her sister and return to the mortal world. With the aid of Dymphna, a sylph, she navigates dangerous forests and treacherous rivers. Unfortunately she also runs across the Old One, and with Dymphna's help, manages to escape being a meal for a mean old witch in a gingerbread house.

When Tessa finally arrives at Kagan's doorstep, she soon realizes that her sister is about to be betrothed to a Fae, and tries to stop it. This leads to a rending of the two worlds, causing catastrophic damage to both and propelling Tessa and her sister back into the mortal realm. Kagan must go to the mortal realm to try and fix the damage to both worlds. Along the way, Kagan discovers the goddess has a much different destiny for him and the sisters than he originally thought.

What I loved: The two sisters are real and they fight like real sisters do. One is a selfish brat and the other is bossy and thinks she knows best. It is refreshing to see a sister relationship that isn't all flowers and sunshine.

The world building is fantastic. Great description of the magic that keeps the two worlds in balance. You really get a sense of how the Fae realm differs from the mortal world. There is danger lurking around every corner and the Verge is a hostile place for those who do not belong there.

Although I didn't like Lauren, I have to admit she is well-drawn as spoiled princess wannabe. The only person Lauren cares about is Lauren. Her cruelty to Camden, who really loved her, leads to disastrous consequences. All Lauren is interested is becoming the Lady of the Verge.

One of my favorite characters is Rinn, Kagan's sentient saber. He communicates telepathically with Kagan and Kagan considers him a valued friend and adviser. When Kagan believes his friend is lost, his grief is strong and real.

What I would like to see more of: I like how the tale of Hansel and Gretel was incorporated into the Verge world and would like to see more fairytale elements. I also want to see what happens to Damin, who is overtaken by a daemon, Dymphna, the sylph, and Orgo, the Kagan household garden bird. They are obviously in the story for a reason and I'd like to know what happens to them. Perhaps we will see them in future books.

Ms. Patrick's writing is a joy to read. The flow and description take you away from real world monotony, and submerge you in a magical fiction land. I look forward to future books in the Verge series.
HASH(0xa57387b0) out of 5 stars Hello destiny. I'm your destiny. We are one, Sept. 21 2014 Sept. 21 2014
By - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
bookshelves: action, bond, compelling, drama, dreams, fantasy, favorites, fiction, friiendship, kindle, lost-love, magic, paranormal, reveiws, romance, sadness, survival, time-travel
Recommended for: Everyone that enjoys fairytales
Recommended by Jaqueline Patricks
Read from August 16 to 23, 2014

'mythology- a collection of myths, fantasies, fairytales'
*******************************************************************
Destiny more real than love!! What does destiny mean - has she found her destiny, is he her destiny and are they destined to be one?

Just how far would you go for your destiny? Would you search Heaven&Hell to find your destiny or will you travel to alternative worlds? Would you fight wars to rescue your destiny? Is there only one path that leads us to our destiny and what exactly is destiny anyway?

"No one is too old for fairytales, dreams do come true -you just gotta believe. Have faith, trust your inner wisdom and let it guide you towards the correct path that leads right down to your soul."

I was so excited to be able to read this beautiful tale. Jacqueline certainly has a unique talent that makes books come alive.
Every page, every sentence the words speak volumes to you. It was such a smooth read, even tho there were quite a number of heart clenching moments from time to time. I found it difficult putting this book down and I just didn't want this to end. I can't wait to read the second book in the series

Well done Jacqueline, you have done it again

3 likes in GR