WYTCH & PRINZE
AUTHOR: KASSANDRA LEA
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: FANTASY, ROMANCE, LGBTQIA (M/M), NOVELLA,
Medium Jacob Wytch lives in the forest with his fluffy dog Gruff and his ghostly fairy godmother Amelie. When he gets a call from his friend Renwick Prinze, he panics. Jacob has been pining for Renwick longer than he cares to admit. Instead of admitting, however, he listens to Amelie and begins to sabotage Renwick’s beds in hopes of inviting his dashing friend to sleep with him.
I love the cover of this novella, it’s gorgeous! Unfortunately, for me, the story just didn’t live up to it.
🛏️ It’s a m/m Princess and the Pea retelling, which sounded awesome. Princess and the Pea is a fairytale I haven’t really seen tackled as a retelling, and it’s nice to see something other than Beauty and the Beast, Snow White etc.
👻The problem is that the plot just comes off as creepy. Instead of just talking, Jacob is a coward, and tries to manipulate Renwick into his bed exactly as the summary describes. It’s also a very stupid plan because who wouldn’t be pissed off once they figure it out? I still don’t understand why Renwick didn’t high-tail it out of there. Jacob even considers the fact that three sleepless nights might cause Renwick to lose his lecturing post, or even have a car accident, and does it anyway!
🍰 There are some cute fairytale details scattered through the story – Gruff the dog, a gingerbread style house etc. – and the Ghost Whisper with baker boyfriend has a lot of cuteness potential. However, we never actually see any evidence of Jacob’s witchy creds (except for chatting with Amelie) or Renwick’s supposed genius in the kitchen. This, together with the plot (and what it shows of Jacob’s character) and some very stilted, archaic dialogue just ruined this one for me.