Thursday, July 29, 2021

Book Review - Cold Hearted (Villains, #8) by Serena Valentino + Giveaway

 


The tale is familiar as time. A young beautiful maiden is grieving for the loss of her mother. Her doting father is desperate to give his daughter a new mother. However, the girl's new stepmother is cold, cruel and selfish and when her husband dies, she makes the girl a servant in her own home.

But who is the stepmother really? What is the true story behind her life and what lead to her being so closed off? Before the glass slipper and the prince, there was another love story being told. There was a widow who thought she lost the love of her life and would never find love again. Then she finds herself falling in love with someone else. Only after she gives her heart and money does she realize that she doesn't get her own happily ever after.

I love books that retell classic story with a twist. However, I was quite disappointed in this novel and found it to be boring. There was no special twist or an interesting moment in the entire story. I am not sure if its because I didn't read the other books in the series but, after reading this novel I don't think I would ever pick up the other books.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion**

 

 

About the Book

Title: COLD HEARTED (Villains #8)

Author: Serena Valentino

Pub. Date: July 6, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

This was supposed to be her happily ever after...

It’s a familiar tale: A kind and beautiful young girl, reeling from loss. A doting father, frantic to bring a mother’s love back into his daughter’s life. And the selfish, cruel woman who insinuates herself into that family―a woman so unfeeling, so cold hearted, that when her new husband dies, she makes the girl a servant in her own home.

But who is that evil stepmother, that icy lady of the house? How did she become so closed off that, in the face of a child’s grief, she thought only to seek wealth and power for herself and her abhorrent daughters? Before that fateful ball, before the glass slipper and the prince, there was another story―a story of love and grief, of hope and of dreams dashed. It is the story of Lady Tremaine.

Even the coldest of villains are sometimes wives and mothers, women who loved and lost and hoped for something grander for their lives . . . once upon a dream.

The latest novel in Serena Valentino’s deliciously devious Villains series introduces the most famed and hated wicked stepmother of them all―but turns everything you know about her on its head.

 

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About Serena:

Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling Villains series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil, Mother Knows Best, Odd Sisters, Evil Thing, and Cold Hearted.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of COLD HEARTED, US Only.

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