Monday, March 21, 2016

Review 'Once Upon A (Stolen) Time' by Samreen Ahsan
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.

Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.

For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
December 1st, 2015
Stolen #1
Adult Romantic Fiction
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My Review:

I have been loving fairytales ever since I was a little girl. I grew up believing in prince Charming and hoping one day the prince would come to me. Now I’ve grown up, and now I know life is no fairytale.. But still.. I love fairytales. So when Samreen Ahsan emailed me a little while ago, with the question if I wanted to read her new novel called ‘Once Upon a (Stolen) Time’ I just couldn’t say no. I’ve read the previous two books written by Samreen, so I know for a fact she can write a great book.

After reading a view pages of ‘Once Upon a (Stolen) Time’ I honestly didn’t really know what I thought about this book. It felt a little like I was missing something. I just didn’t get the main character Myra. Her parents seemed to force her into marrying someone she didn’t love, and Myra just didn’t really say anything. I felt disappointed in the story and really didn’t think this book was anything like a fairytale. But I kept reading.. And soon I began to feel the magic of this story about Myra and Edward.

Myra is a young woman living in the modern time, Edward is living in a time almost 600 years ago. Somehow Myra and Edward have always been dreaming about each other. Myra has always felt like modern man weren’t for her, she dreamed of kings and castles.. Edward dreamed about a beautiful woman who could save him from the curse his family is living with for many years.
When Myra visits the Hue castle, she sees and feels things, no one else does. And when Myra looks inside a mirror she can see a man living in the castle many years ago.

After getting through those first view pages where I felt like I was missing something and didn’t really like this book.. I soon began to feel intrigued with the book and its characters. Soon I just couldn’t stop reading anymore and I really needed to learn more about Myra and Edward. The magic of ‘Once Upon a (Stolen) Time’ really is the way you can just feel the romance and passion between Myra and Edward, without it really happening. This book really is just the beginning of the story of Myra and Edward, and although we don’t get much of a real romantic scene.. I was definitely feeling those fairytale vibes.

Samreen Ahsan really has a unique way of writing. Her stories just feel very pure and sweet. And although the ending was really frustrating… (Major cliffhanger alert!!) I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I almost feel like Myra, desperately thinking about Edward and wanting to be with him.. I can’t stop thinking about this book. There is still a lot of mystery in this story and it can still go a lot of different ways. Yep.. although I had my troubles at first, I really really really love this book!!

My Rating:

About the Author:

History, art and literature are my passions. I love digging out information about prophecies, divine miracles and paranormal events that are mentioned in history and holy books, that don't sound possible in today's modern world.
Since childhood, I have been into reading and writing--and yes, it can't happen without imagination, which luckily has no boundaries. Dance and music are also pastimes I enjoy, as well as reading romance fiction. I love to travel and explore historical cities. I live in Toronto, Canada.

‘A Silent Prayer’ and ‘A Prayer Heeded’ (A Prayer Series) is my first story about paranormal events based on Islamic concepts.

‘Once Upon A [Stolen] Time’ is my second story, a romantic fantasy fairy tale. It is the first book of [Stolen] Series.

For more information about Samreen Ahsan please visit her website, or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest.


  1. I love fairytales too. :-) I am glad you ended up liking this one despite the rough beginning. It does sound good! And thank you for the warning about the cliffhanger ending . . . I don't mind cliffhangers some of the time--as long as I'm prepared for them. :-)

    1. Fairytales are definitely the best!! ;) Cliffhangers are definitely okay.. but I also hate them when I'm not prepared. If I don't see them coming, I keep trying to find this extra page where the rest of the book is written. LOL!! Thanks for stopping by ;)


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