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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Book Tour and Review: "Princess of Tyrone" by Katie Hamstead





Description



Princess of Tyrone (Fairytale Galaxy #1)
Release Date: March 31st 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: Space Opera, Sci Fi/Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads: 

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.
Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.

But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.

A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess! 



About the Author


Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of day dreaming in the "bush", and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.

When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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Review


All her life, Apolline has been told stories of the royal families in her galaxy. They are perfect, like fairytales, and, although she knows they are true, she has no idea how true they are, how personal. After all, she is just an orphan living on a small agricultural planet with three fairies for adoptive aunts. So, she takes pleasure in her hunting duties, awaiting the day she turns twenty-one and marries her betrothed, a man she does not even know the name of.

Princess of Tyrone was just about perfect. Nearly every book I read has something I do not like about it, but this one had only a few small details. I truly enjoyed this odd combination of space travel and technology with magic and fairytales. It was as cute, sweet, and romantic as a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” should be while adding a fierce, gun-slinging heroine traveling about in spacecraft. I truly enjoyed it.

The romance was sweet…and a little frustrating. The reader knows from the beginning that Apolline is the missing princess and the young man, Allard, who keeps coming to see her is her betrothed. But they do not know they are each other’s betrothed, which makes the romance a little frustrating for the reader. They fight their attraction even though they will be together in the end. They are disloyal to each other in having a relationship with each other… Just the kind of complicated relationship I like!

And the setting is pretty neat. There are fairies, ogres, dwarves, elves, and the rest. But instead of being mystical beings, they are, well, aliens from another planet, solar system, or galaxy. Magic and technology coexist; there are castles and spaceships on the same planet. The different empires contain several planets in a galaxy. The media is present and powerful. It was all extremely interesting and unique. The author was certainly accurate in comparing the story to a mix of fairytale and Firefly.

Princess of Tyrone was a wonderfully written book I would recommend to fans of fairytales and science fiction. I am excited to read any other books written by Katie Hamstead.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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