Sunday 19 February 2023

Book Review: Charming by Jade Linwood (Fantasy Fairytale Retelling)

Title: Charming
Author: Jade Linwood
Publisher: Rebellion - Solaris
Publication Date: 18 July 2023
Pages: 336
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy / Fairytale Retelling
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Brave, Resourceful, Deceitful, Double-Crossing... Charming.

Prince Jean-Marc Charming Arundel, known to friends and enemies alike as "Prince Charming," is handsome, well-mannered, brave, a peerless swordsman, a cunning tactician – and a liar, a con man and a fraud. For years he has been travelling from one kingdom to the next, rescuing endangered princesses and maidens, securing their troths and his place in their fathers' palaces, then looting their treasuries and having it away before dawn.

Until a chance meeting of three of his victims – raven-haired Marie Blanche de Neige, the sorceress Doctor Emilia Rapunzel and the long-slumbering Bella Lucia dei’ Sogni – suggests a course of revenge...


Charming was a delightfully fun fairytale retelling that turned the original stories on their heads and gave everything a light feminist spin. What if the prince wasn't quite the hero he first seemed, and how would his female victims seek retribution? There was plenty of humour throughout this book and the story was told from the POVs of the three women as well as Charming and his manservant. It was a light, easy read that I got through in two nights and I closed the book with a smile on my face. If you enjoy fantasy-comedy and retellings, Charming is worth checking out. It gets four stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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