How to Survive a Modern-Day Fairy Tale by: Elle Cruz

In these trying times romance has been a happy escape for me. If you ask any romance reader, they’re likely to tell you they dive into the genre for the good feelings and great characters with backgrounds and histories and relationships that suck you in making you forget all the blech going on.

I saw the cover, read the premise and thought this book would be another happy escape.

Instead what was really waiting was an insta-love with clunky awkward writing and a flat love interest.

Clair wants to have her own business with her wildly skillfully decorated cookies. I can easily get behind that. She has some family drama but from the very beginning the book was just not…enough.

There’s a scene early on where Claire needs to find a chest. And the line actually says (while she’s in a junky garage filled to the brim with boxes of stuff) “Her eyes went to it as if they would a beam of light in the darkness.” no looking, no hunting, she didn’t even stub her toe trying to find it.

She needed to, so she did. A plot contrivance. And it seems like I’m being picky but that’s an issue all throughout the book. The issues that Claire and Nate face are weak and quickly resolved.

At no point was a I really sucked in.

Claire’s biggest issue is she suffers from insecurity issues and they’re kind of exacerbated by Nate’s high tech flashy world. But not really. And he’s perfect. Like I said, a perfect, flat, boyfriend up until the end where he gets less perfect and sort of jerky.

I get that the author wanted that fairy tale feeling but all I felt was annoyed as I read it.

Romance is an escape and yes, a lot of the times, the actual relationships are a little out of this world in their believability but it’s the good writing and characters that ground it. And the good plot.

I wanted to like this but it gets a 2 from me. Insta-love can be done well but not here.

I’m giving this 2 stars.

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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