There are no sugar plums in outer space.
Alone on a crippled spaceship, there is also no heat, no light and no hope. Cera's world of the future has forgotten Christmas entirely, so the shiny orbs and antique book salvaged from a dead crewmate's belongings are a mystery to her. In her final hours, waiting hopelessly for rescue she finds solace in the strange and magical tale of The Nutcracker Prince and the Mouse King.
Though beloved by generations, the story of the nutracker and other toys coming to life on Christmas Eve and waging a fierce battle with evil mice is rather wacky. However,
the characters and the mystique of what to Cera is an unknown celebration lost to antiquity become her lifeline--wrapping herself in the story the same way she wraps herself in her spacesuit and cabin restraints in order to survive as long as possible.
For those of us who love books it is not difficult to imagine how one becomes lost in an enchanting story, taking our minds to other places and times, and distancing ourselves from our troubles. Facing a slow and certain death, Cera's choice to escape into a book is both commendable and heartbreaking. Ironic that reading a crazy book is the very thing that keeps her sane in unthinkable circumstances. But when her air runs low and she begins hallucinating, the Prince becomes a very real hero, saving Cera in more ways than one.
The Future Nutcracker Prince contains some disturbing typos and word choices, almost as though it's been translated from another language. That's the only reason for not givng this book five stars. The overall charm of the story makes these easy to overlook. A highly recommended read!
Falling to the Viking
Author: M. Garnet
Genre: Time Travel, contemporary romance
Length: 58 pages
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy
Can I be cliché and say Falling to the Viking , is a blast from the past. Kathyrn visits Denmark to meet her Aunt, looking for information about the parents she never knew. What she finds instead is a one way ticket back to the past! During a trip to a local museum a mishap with an elevator lands her in a foreign land where she doesn’t speak the language. Full of action , adventure, and some heavy handed dominance, seriously , think about what it would be like in a Viking village in the 1600’s, there were some intense and hard to take scenes.
I won’t ruin it, but I will say it’s not for the squeamish. The ending came up fast, so I never felt we got to know the hero, or get a good feel for how she’d handle being in the time, or if she’d ever return home. It felt more like a serial than a stand alone. For that reason and the quick transition from almost captive status to acceptance, I gave this a 4. However, f you don’t mind a bit of violence *coughs*…their Vikings, and you’re looking for something different and steamy, it might be right up your alley.
M. Garnet does an excellent job of transporting you not only from America to Denmark, but back in time. Her descriptions truly brought the story to life. This is an interesting short that answers the question what if you got thrown back in time.