Author: Katie Hamstead
Title: "Dwarves of Calcus"
Book 3 in series The fairytale galaxy chronicles
Main characters: Timothy and Snow
I voluntarily reviewed an early copy of this book :) this is the third installment in a fantasy-ish series with some very unique twists, but worry not if you haven't read the first two... because I have, but I remember very little of them, and I still enjoyed this new story very much, so it can work as a standalone as well :) I did catch some references to certain characters and such, but since I forgot most of the details, I can honestly say that you don't need that knowledge to enjoy this one ;) that being said, I still highly recommend you to get to them at some point, because they are amazing as well :) ok, now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you more about the book itself :)
Snow, our main character, is working in a mine with dwarves that saved her when she crash landed on their planet while running away from an unknown assassin when she was very young... :) sounds exciting, right? :) the mines belong to the White family, and that's the reason why she meets Timothy, the heir to that company... that being said, both of the main characters are like nothing you might expect them to be :) Snow is... a little bit wild ;) that's the best way I can describe her :) raised by a very... peculiar group, it shows in her behaviour :) but I really liked her :) she's open and kind and, like I mentioned, a little bit wild :) Timothy on the other hand is... well... shy and completely adorable :) he has serious troubles talking to women :) they are both in their early-to-mid twenties and when they meet, there is definitely some instant chemistry between them :) and even though I would prefer a bit slower romance between them, I still enjoyed it very much :) especially how they influenced each other and make the other person better :) how they helped each other to grow as people :)
I gave this wonderful story 4,5 stars :) it was absolutely amazing, I just enjoyed the previous stories a bit more... there's no one particular reason I can point to and say "that's why I gave 0,5 star less than last time" :) I loved the writing style, it was entertaining and kept me glued to the pages :) as with the previous stories this is a retelling of a known fairy tale with some sci-fi twist to it, but still maintaining that fantasy vibes... if that makes sense ;) so we still have magic and spells and all that, but also it takes place in space and we travel between planets and it's so much fun :) each installment of this series is always full of action and some surprising twists ant turns, which makes each story feels familiar and yet new as well :) the characters are very likable and often they possess qualities I did not expect to see in them... :) like Timothy being shy in this book ;) it was such a nice surprise :) so even though I would like to see some more development of the relationship between Snow and Timothy, I can't complain about the rest of the book... to be honest, I am not really complaining about their relationship at all... it's more of a personal preference / observation :) so if you love unexpected and unique mixes of genres... if you enjoy adventures and quite a few twists in your stories... if you are a fan of retellings... I definitely encourage you to give this book... and the whole series, a try :)