Curses! A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale
By J.A. Kazimer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Once upon a time (about nine minutes and forty-seven seconds ago) in a land far, far away (the corner of West Fairy-Second Street and Sugar Plum Lane, to be precise) stood a beautiful princess, a woman without compare in beauty or sweetness.
Cinderella has been murdered and Rumpelstiltskin, or RJ, is charmed into finding the murderer by Asia, Cindi’s stepsister. Of course RJ, who has recently lost his villain card and is cursed into doing good deeds, obliges. He also falls instantly in lust with Asia. But what will Asia think when she finds out that RJ isn’t a private investigator but an ex-villain.
After arriving in the Kingdom of Maledetto, RJ discovers that there are many suspects in Cindi’s murder, even Asia herself. Meeting many familiar and key characters, including Prince Charming, RJ finds that there is a lot amiss in the Kingdom and is caught in between many domestic disputes (and catches more than a few blows to his face). He also discovers that Asia could be the woman for him, for she is just as evil as he once was.
With a cast of characters that we have all grown up with and loved in our fairy tales but with a demented twist added, the reader is taken on a chaotic journey. At times it was too chaotic and the storyline was hard to follow but I did love the twists Kazimer put on these characters and found myself laughing out loud at times. Curses! is very adult oriented and should not be read by the young reader.