Bippity-boppity-boo OH MY

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

–Marie Hall, Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3

Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3 by Marie Hall is a collection of the first three books in her Kingdom Series (Bad Five), starring the bad boys of your childhood fairy tales.  This series includes the titles: Her Mad Hatter, Gerard’s Beauty, and Red and Her Wolf.  I was expected a dark twist when I started book 1, Her Mad Hatter…


I quickly realized 1) I apparently had forgotten the premise of the book or had misread it, 2) this was certainly going to be interesting, and 3) even the bad boys need a happy ending too.

I absolutely could not put this down for the first two books.  I slightly delayed reading book 3, as the prologue didn’t suck me in as much as the previous two had, but was sucked in even faster in that one.  Not only am I wanting to read this entire series now, but I want to re-read these.  I LOVED THEM.

I’ve been telling everyone about them, which can be kind of awkward when you are telling a male colleague you don’t exactly know all because you two connected over a Mad Hatter coffee cup (which I now own) and Cheshire Cat.  I’m following the author on Facebook and Twitter, and I hope to email in to get some freebies once we close on our house.  I LOVED them THAT much.

I’m not a sappy, romance girl, but I love dark twists.  These books have them from the start.  Who wouldn’t love a fairy godmother for bad boys!?!  I will warn you-you will want to slap the “head” fairy in her bippity-boppity-boo face.  Fairies are supposed to be good, but hey, let’s add a twist in there.  And then let’s have all the stories start entwining together, so you get the main story you are reading but more of the others too.

Twist here, insert there, fold back here, push through here, etc.  You never know where this story is going to twist, turn, pop up, or “explode”.  “Wink wink.”

Oh, and there’s RECIPES!!  Too bad I am not exactly known for my cooking skills.  I might need to work on this.

I cannot praise these books enough.  Just know they are A-MAZ-ING and I love them.  Thus, READ THEM.

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“And, though she be but little, she is fierce”–William Shakespeare

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this quote and “understood” it.  I understood it to the degree of I’d never read where it was from but got the gist of it.  Each time I saw the quote, I’d laugh in my head thinking it applied to me, being as I’m 5’2″ and known as the “Hulk” at work.  In truth, though, you don’t really UNDERSTAND a quote until you get the reason behind it, the full story with all its quirks and nuances.  After reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream, I can now truly say I GET it.

To be honest, this isn’t a book I probably would have ever read if it wasn’t for a few reasons: 1) I missed reading and the adventures that come with it.  2) I have small children and you can’t hold a them and read a book too.  3) It was available for free through the iStore.  I randomly downloaded this and, oh, 80+ other free books during the time known as “teething hell weeks”.  After finishing a really good eBook, I decided to suck it up and go ahead and read this one to get it off my phone.  I didn’t think I’d actually enjoy it.

It took a scene or two to suck me in, but after that, I was hooked.  I realized I’d seen this play before, which confirmed what I was visualizing was actually occurring in the play.  I thought I was seeing it wrong, and to have that confirmation meant I was on the right path and could quit stressing over that and enjoy the ride.  I love the jabs about Bottom being an ass, the twists of love (who hasn’t been there in high school?), the word meanings, etc.  I read for enjoyment, not research, but with that being said, I understand now why someone would want to spend his/her career studying Shakespeare.  I read for pleasure and rarely, if ever, research and analyze elements of a story, but this has several elements that stir that creative thinking and desire to want learn more, read more, understand more Shakespeare.

I GET the fairies names were based off what they were from/did (i.e. Mustardseed, Peasblossom).  I GET Bottom was an ASS.  I GET the quote: Hermia was petite compared to Helena, but her temperament wasn’t in the least, especially when fighting for her love, Lysander.

Shakespeare’s writing style won’t appeal to everyone, and not everyone will like him nor this story as much as I did.  Nonetheless, I think this is a worthy read that everyone should read at least once.  It’s a quick read, and it’s humorous, two selling points for non-readers.