The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion

The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion

All Marian wants is for society to accept that she's just not interested in... whatever society thinks she ought to be interested in. A princess with a reputation for insults and snide remarks, she's afraid to show anyone who she would be if people would let her. In a fit of temper at her refusal to marry, her father creates her worst nightmare: she is to be wed to the fir All Marian wants is for society to accept that she's just not interested in... whatever society thinks she ought to be in...

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Title:The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion
Author:Lynn E. O'Connacht
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Genres:Fantasy
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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion Reviews

  • Susan
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Miss Ginny Tea
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Jessie
    Jan 08, 2019

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

  • Kerri
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Jess
    Oct 01, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

    ...

    ...

    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Sarah Meerkat
    Jan 05, 2019

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Rita
    Oct 01, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Lisa
    Dec 01, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Louise
    Nov 22, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Mandy
    Jan 17, 2019

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Rosiee
    Jan 04, 2019

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Ceillie Simkiss
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Noel
    Dec 29, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Eafiu
    Sep 29, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Ananko-san
    Sep 29, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Willow H. Wood
    Jan 01, 2019

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

  • Lynn O'Connacht
    Sep 10, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Alexa
    Jan 12, 2019

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Laya
    Dec 29, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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  • USOM
    Oct 29, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

  • Jaylee
    Dec 23, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

  • Keith
    Dec 08, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

  • Kaa
    Sep 28, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Katie
    Oct 15, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Teresa
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Gretal
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Barry Raifsnider
    Jan 15, 2019

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

  • Meagan
    Sep 12, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Ryan Michael
    Sep 26, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Dannica Zulestin
    Nov 07, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

  • Kristīne Vītola
    Oct 01, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Gabriella Crivilare
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Helen Bendell
    Sep 12, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Jadyn
    Dec 17, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Rowan Drury
    Sep 12, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Fox
    Nov 05, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Book Gannet
    Nov 06, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

  • Claudie Arseneault
    Dec 14, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Chasia Lloyd
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Isa Boog
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Leila Bauer
    Oct 04, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Kitty
    Dec 15, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Acqua
    Oct 10, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

  • imyril
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Sophia
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Quartzen
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Rena
    Oct 26, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

  • Olivia
    Oct 03, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Molly
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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  • Mars
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Caroline Duvezin
    Nov 07, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

  • BoneCollector
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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    (Based on an Advance Review Copy [ARC] provided by the author) I haven't given this a star rating because it would feel a little unfair; I didn't get along with the writing style, and probably wouldn't have read it if I had previewed it or noticed it described as being written in "v...

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    Somehow I didn't notice this was poetry until after I bought it and started reading it... Poetry is not my favorite, and I'm going to have to pass on this one. ? ...

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  • Eli
    Oct 20, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

  • Solly
    Oct 26, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

  • Xoe
    Dec 03, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

  • Kerstin
    Nov 21, 2018

    The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion is a retelling of Trushbeard following an asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. This novella follows a queerplatonic relationship, and diverse fairytale retellings are always something I'm looking for. This is a fantasy book about two people wh...

    This is an unusual little tale, retelling one of the less familiar fairy tales ? King Thrushbeard ? using a queerplatonic, sapphic relationship between a sex-repulsed asexual lesbian princess and an aroace queen. Which is a lot of labels, because this story is as much about labels ...

    I did like this though the formatting was a little strange to get used to at the beginning. I was able to get used to it quickly though and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story, in verse and with only dialogue between the two main characters talking to each other. ...

    This book has the most interesting format of any book I've read this year. The conceit is that the two MCs--Princess Marian and Queen Edel--are recording themselves telling the story of how they got together, using some unspecified magic device. So it's composed entirely of dialogue, a...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Content Warnings: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia (called out), sexual assault, PTSD, brief allusion to self-harm, unsupportive parents, parent/spouse death, ...

    Very rambling. Not the fairy tale story I was expecting - it is told entirely retrospectively and entirely in dialogue. The dialogue was a fun gimmick at first but grew weary when it was too realistically meandering and repeated sentiments. It was less a story about two aromatic and as...

    I loved this novella so much! I was a little taken aback by the format. I knew it was in verse, but didn't expect the two main characters to talk to each other, often interrupting each other to complete the story. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I got comfortab...

    4.5 stars* Content Warnings pulled from the back of the book: ? acephobia/acemisia ? arophobia/aromisia ? sexual assault ? brief allusion to self-harm ? PTSD ? spousal death ? parental death ? unsupportive parents Although it took me a while to get into th...

    Marian and Edel have such different voices here, and they're both delightful. I appreciated the ways in which they fully understood each other and the ways in which they were still learning to. The QPR between them is strong and still growing, and it's wonderful to read that kind of re...

    Overall, I enjoyed The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion. It was written as a dialogue between the two characters, which took a bit of getting used to but worked well. I liked that the relationship between Marian and Edel was queerplatonic instead of romantic, and I liked that the character...

    I started this book knowing it was a fairytale retelling centered on a QPR between a princess and a queen and...that was about it. I didn't know it was a verse novel, and while this unusual format (especially as a recorded dialogue between the protagonists) may have impacted my immersi...

    I received this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is a queerplatonic retelling of the fairytale King Trushbeard told in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story,because I'm not used to reading verse novels, but once I got used to it, it was a fun r...

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