Review – Mirage by C.M. Radcliff – The Sinister Fairy Tales Collection

Title: Mirage
Collection: The Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: C.M. Radcliff
Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: February 20, 2020
Cover Design: Black Widow Designs
Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.
After the death of her father, his empire became hers and the princess became a queen. Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.
Her fortune was sought after and deception and deceit had a ring around her finger.
But with the ring, came the accessories that money can’t buy.
At the hands of the new king, the empire began to crumble as Jaslyn’s world spiraled out of control.
Through the bars of her prison, she watched life pass her by.
Hope was fading quickly… until she met him.
Axel was the glimmer that she needed to survive.
From the wrong side of the tracks, Axel’s life was never easy.
He worked his way through the blood and sweat and went from rags to riches.
When you’re on top of the world, one mistake is all it takes to lose it all. And getting back up is always harder than the fall.
Getting his life back came with an offer he couldn’t refuse and he would pay the cost.
Jaslyn wasn’t part of the deal, but she was a temptation that he couldn’t escape.
She was his endgame and he would fight to the death to get to that finish line.
Together, they roll the dice and risk it all for love.
But when you gamble in the game of life or death, you pay a price.
And sometimes, that price could cost you everything.

My Review:
MirageMirage by C.M. Radcliff

My rating: 4 of 5 starsI’m going to be honest, this was more of a low end 4 star read for me. Now that being said, just cause it’s not my jam doesn’t mean it isn’t for you. C.M. Radcliff is a new-to-me author, and did the modern, darker retelling of Aladdin.

The bones of the story are there, with a new dark theme running through it all. A fighter from the streets, Axel, doesn’t look out for anyone but him and Rush… that is until Jasper comes along and offers him the opportunity of a lifetime. However this time he isn’t doing it for himself. Jaslyn. Her body screams hot nights, while her eyes tell the story of the horror that is her every waking moment. The fight hasn’t completely left her, so when Axel stokes the flame inside her, can she play the game to make sure they all make it out alive?

The overall story was there, and I loved it, but I did feel as if was rushed in some areas to come to a screeching halt in others. Like someone who rides their brakes while driving. I do also wish there was a little more to show how Axel and Jaslyn built their relationship. I also wasn’t expecting the cliffhanger, but that means I will have to keep my eye out for the conclusion of the retelling.

Definitely an interesting addition to the Sinister Fairy Tale collection, and I look forward to seeing how it will all turn out for Axel and Jaslyn.

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C.M. Radcliff lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two demon children. Known as the Psycho Queen, she speaks fluent sarcasm, dark humor, and has the mouth of a sailor. If she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably on an adventure with her little family. 


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