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Review – Topaz Reign by Teresa Richards

Review – Topaz Reign by Teresa RichardsTopaz Reign (Altered Stones, #2) by Teresa Richards
Published by Evernight Teen on September 29th 2017
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 304
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Fairy tales are simply tales, told and re-told, but changed over time.

It has been four months since Maggie learned the dark truth behind the tale of the Princess and the Pea and freed Princess Lindy from the cursed Emerald. Lindy is now back in the past where she belongs, queen of her tiny Scandinavian country, and Maggie is a fully reformed ex-stalker.

Except … she can’t stop doing internet searches on Lindy and her country.

One morning, Maggie wakes to find history turned on its head. Apparently, you can’t destroy a centuries-old curse without consequence. In order to prevent the changes in history from wiping out the present, Maggie resurrects her stalking gene and learns that fairy tales don’t stay dead for long.

Or at all.

Back in 1623, Lindy is juggling a threat to her family, a handsome new guard she’s not supposed to have feelings for, and a cursed Topaz with ties to the tale of Thumbelina. When past and present collide, Lindy and Maggie are brought together again, and another of Andersen’s tales turns from twisted fiction to chilling fact.

Maggie is back in present time with Lindy in the past. Maggie is constantly checking history on Lindy when one day she finds it changed. She is alarmed and Lindy’s brother goes back to find out what is going on. Turns out there is another altered stone that is changing history. Maggie and her brother go to another country to investigate what is going on. They find something there they never expected. They are then sucked into another time to help turn history back to the way it should be and save their family from a wretched curse.

In ” an Oyster Shell – A satisfying sequel to Emerald Bound.

The Pearls – This is a great series that is imaginative and well done. It would help to read the first book as there is a lot of references to it but not a lot of explanation. I would not recommend it as a stand-alone but both books are really great so its worth it!

The characters are distinctive and well-developed. Maggie is a strong heroine. There is a vast cast of characters but they all stand strong on their own and there is no confusion. I really liked Maggie’s brother he was a supporting character but he added so much depth. Other supporting characters did the same.

There was a smattering of romance interwoven in the story which I really liked. I feel the choices that the author made with one of the romances was really bold and refreshing. The ending was imaginative.

The Sand – The ending got a little philosophical it wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t bad either. It’s just personal preference.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Teresa Richards

Teresa Richards has published short stories in The WiFiles and Bewildering Stories, and has two stories in Z Tales: Stories from the Zombieverse by the Fairfield Scribes. When she’s not writing she’s usually chasing after one of her five kids, but sometimes manages to sneak away to eat the last of whatever treat happens to be in the house. Emerald Bound is her debut novel.

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