Title: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland
Author: Joe Cosentino and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Genre(s): Fairytale / Fantasy
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.40 stars out of 5
Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic “Cinderella” tale, as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.
Enjoy “The Naked Prince” and three other reimagined Tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including “The Golden Rule,” where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain, “Whatever Happened To…?,” in which friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and the reporter who has a thing for giants, and “Ice Cold,” where young Gaelen must save his love Kieran after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.
In this wickedly entertaining take on classic fairy tales, Joe Costenino gives us four short stories full of all the characters you remember from storybooks – Cinderella, Pinocchio, Goldilocks, Captain Hook, Jack and the Beanstalk, Prince Charming and many more – but fair warning: This ain’t your childhood Cinderella.
Welcome to a world where it isn’t Pinocchio’s nose that grows when he tells a lie. Goldilocks discovers three sexy daddy bears in the woods and “someone’s been sleeping in my bed” takes on a whole other connotation. Jack is “very nimble” but sadly also “amazing quick” and Prince Charming dons “palace protection” for hot sex with Cinder. Extra bonus points for this wonderful quip: “I always suspected he had more down his throat than a frog.”
Joel Leslie’s narration is simply wonderful, elevating already great material into something delightfully enjoyable. Leslie does a beautiful job with a wide range of accents – “joisey” to English, Irish and most everything in between. I will definitely be looking for more works narrated by Joel Leslie!
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