Monday, March 5, 2012

Review: Cat's Tale by Bettie Sharpe

Title:  Cat's Tale:  A Fairy Tale Retold
Author:  Bettie Sharpe
Genre:  Fairy tale, Paranormal Romance
Published:  June 2011
Publisher:  Carina
Source:  NetGalley
Where to buy:  Amazon


Once upon a time there was a scheming, lying tart who cared for nothing but her own pleasures and her shoe collection.

Once the peerlessly beautiful Lady Catriona, consort to the king, Cat's fortunes fall far when her aged husband dies. The king's wizard turns her into a cat and tries to drown her in the mill pond. Fortunately Cat is a clever survivor and enlists the help of Julian, the miller's youngest son, in her plan for revenge.

She originally sees Julian as a mere pawn for her plans to break her curse, but as they work together Cat comes to know and care for him. Even if the curse can be broken, can a good-hearted man love a woman who has been as vain and selfish as Cat?
Self centered, gorgeous, and manipulative Catriona has goals and lofty ones at that.  She is determined she is going to marry the King and does everything in her power to make that happen.  She was a very hard character to like, even right up until the end of the novella I had a hard time liking her.

Because of her character flaws, and the fact that she pissed off the King's wizard - she is turned into a cat.  To rid himself of the pest, Cat is tossed into the river to drown.  She manages to swim to safety and stumbles on Julian, the youngest of the miller's sons.  Unhappy with his situation in life, he decides to help Cat in her plans for revenge.

There were good points and bad points to this story.  Without giving too much away - it was a fun story, I love fairy tales; and re-tellings of them, so good point.  I didn't like Cat until the very very end of the story - could be a good or bad point.  I felt for Julian, he was a nice guy - good point.  I didn't like the situation with Cat's step-daughter and the wizard, I felt for her.

All in all, it wasn't a bad short story.  I'm intrigued by this author's writing and I will probably pick up another book by her to see if I'm still as intrigued.  This will appeal to those who like fairy tale re-tellings.

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