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Read happily ever after with this magical repackage that includes three enchanting, retold fairy tales.In this value-priced bind-up of three beloved retellings, readers will journey to faraway fairy tale lands. Before Midnight revisits Cinderella's story in France, Golden puts a new spin on Rapunzel's romance, and Wild Orchid reimagines the Chinese tale of Mulan. With so mRead happily ever after with this magical repackage that includes three enchanting, retold fairy tales.In this value-priced bind-up of three beloved retellings, readers will journey to faraway fairy tale lands. Before Midnight revisits Cinderella's story in France, Golden puts a new spin on Rapunzel's romance, and Wild Orchid reimagines the Chinese tale of Mulan. With so much real-life drama in today's busy world, Once allows readers to escape into whimsical realms where every story has a happily ever after....

Title : Once: Before Midnight/Golden/Wild Orchid
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ISBN : 9781442422834
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Number of Pages : 640 Pages
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Once: Before Midnight/Golden/Wild Orchid Reviews

  • Oksana*Bookaholic*
    2019-05-25 12:28

    AHHHHH!!!! Just bought it at B&N's!!!! I love this book (or books, I should say, heh heh) and I LOVE THE AUTHOR!!! P.S. Saving tip, guys. Each of these three books cost 7 bucks on its own. But all three in one book cost 9.99!!! Whoop whoop!!!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-20 17:57

    These are the best books ever! They were always surprising me with twists in the plots. Can't wait to get the other books by this author.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-24 14:38

    I wish I had read these stories when I was younger. I'm sure I would have liked them more then, before I was married with a child on the way. I rolled my eyes so many times while reading this collection. Before Midnight: My least favorite. I read these stories out of order. If I had read it first, I might have liked it better. These stories are all very similar, to be honest. By the time I got around to reading this one, I had to force myself to sit long enough to finish it. My main problem? Nothing is fleshed out properly. For example, Anastasia is a horrible, selfish little brat. She is awful. Then she finds out that Cendrillon is not a servant, and she is nicer to her? So...... That means that suddenly we're supposed to like her and (view spoiler)[ understand why Raoul is in love with her? (hide spoiler)] If she "changes" as a character, it needs to be realistic. Not a sudden-- oh, so I can't treat you like a servant anymore? Better be nicer! Yay! She's still the same awful person, isn't she? We just aren't seeing it anymore. (view spoiler)[And for that matter, Raoul really does have awful taste. I would not want to be anywhere near someone who would treat others the way she treated ANY of them. (hide spoiler)]And the ending... (view spoiler)[So, Cendrillon's father takes her back to the house, and this suddenly implicates the queen more than, I don't know, the initial reveal of there being a second prince? THAT'S what sparks her to be kept from the public? What? And, what, just because they all care about Cendrillon, Raoul isn't going to worry about whether to be king or not? Which, by the way, is a perfectly valid thing for him to consider. Why did Cendrillon try to make him feel bad for thinking about it? Maybe Prince Pascal should be the one to reconsider to avoid war? (hide spoiler)] Nothing makes sense. It's all tied up in a pretty bow, and we're told that it all works out. It all works out because...uh. Because of happily-ever-after, so there!This is pretty much my review for all of the books. I did like Golden well enough, and at least the romance was built up a little bit. I've never read a Mulan retelling, so at least that was something new. But, seriously, this whole "true love" and "love at first sight" stuff really annoys me. Sorry, that's not how life works. That's certainly not what love is. And this is coming from someone who met a guy, went on a date with him three days later, made it an official relationship on that first date, and started talking marriage within months. Sometimes you meet someone and you KNOW they are special. That is very, very different than thinking that you are instantly in love with that person. Love is something that grows. It's based on dedication, commitment, trust, etc. None of that can just happen in a moment. The problem with these books is that they spend so much time developing the central character and her relationships growing up, that the "romance" seems to be tacked on and completely unbelievable. I think I would have actually liked these books a lot if they had just skipped the romance altogether.

  • Meg McGregor
    2019-05-27 16:54

    This book was my introduction to Cameron Dokey's writing! If I could give it six stars I would!

  • cyborgcinderella
    2019-05-22 11:35

    I LOVED these stories. I'm such a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and WOW these were some of the most creative and well done retellings I've read! This collection includes a retelling of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Mulan and man they were all so different and so creative! One of my favorite thing about these stories was how they changed the familial relationships. In Before Midnight, instead of the stepmother being evil and awful, she's actually just a heartbroken woman who ends up developing a really loving relationship with her stepdaughter. It was so refreshing to see a story where the stepmother wasn't actually evil. I wish there were more stories with decent step parents. In Golden, the evil witch is actually just a misunderstood sorceress who takes Rapunzel as her own child. I don't want to reveal too much about her reasoning behind it because of spoilers but she treats Rapunzel wonderfully and I adored seeing their dynamic. And in Wild Orchid, Mulan's father at first doesn't have a relationship with his daughter, but that changes once he returns home from war. They become really close and I loved seeing such a strong relationship between a father and daughter. I also loved how Mulan's relationship with her stepmother played out; I'm glad they developed a strong bond. I also just loved the romance in each of these books. They were sometimes unexpected and sometimes predictable but they were so beautiful and I loved them. Overall these were such lovely stories and I want to read more from this author!

  • Jackie (No Bent Spines)
    2019-06-12 16:37

    BEWARE OF SPOILERSBefore Midnight:(CINDERELLA) Okay so this was a pretty good read. It only took me a day to complete. I thought it was cool the whole wishing thing. The twin princes was a amazing spin on it whole royals thing. Oh, and I loved how only one stepsister was 'evil' and the mother was nice. I like that the glass slipper was kept in it. Annnndddddd.....oh! I love the whole Soulmates thing <3Golden:(RAPUNZEL)This was cool. Rapunzel was bald and gave her name to the girl she saved from a forever life in a tower (this is the 'Rapunzel' we all know and love) and names herself Susan and falls in love with Harry. Wild Orchid:(MULAN)Okay guyssss, this was my favorite. But hey, Mulan is my favorite fairytale anyway.....I just loved it----->>>>>> I didn't like how it had all these 'I wish is could tell you.....but actually....And they like hardly EVER showed the princes and they kissed ONCE (if we were lucky)

  • KatieSullivan
    2019-06-10 17:40

    I love these re-tellings!

  • Alixendra
    2019-05-28 11:30

    Out of all the fairy tales I have read, including the Brothers Grimm, these have to be some of my favorite retellings of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Mulan. My favorite was Mulan in Wild Orchid, then Cendrillon in Before Midnight, and finally the bald Rapunzel in Golden.Cendrillon's, french for Cinderella, story is unique when the author wirtes it the original way; the way that the Grimm Brothers and those before them wrote it...her father is alive, but not a part of her life. Dokey writes it her way with her stepmother and sisters being kind and caring, where as her father is the bad guy who doesn't want anything to do with her since he blames her for the death of her mother when she was born. Not only that but in steps a few political twists that her father is a part of, and it is up to Cendrillon to make her wish come true on her own. Though there is hidden magic in the story, it is more that of 'love' and she doesn't have a Fairy Godmother, but rather just a Godmother. Rapunzel is bald. She was born with NO hair and has no hope of ever growing any...what-so-ever. When her mother doesn't want her, for she doesn't have her golden haired beauty, Rapunzel is taken in by the Sorceress and lives with her in a cottage and helps her in the garden. As Rapunzel grows older she starts to realize the Sorceress's true agenda for Rapunzel, and that not only does she need her help, but she also has a daughter who was accidentally locked in a tower by a powerful wizard!! This version of Rapunzel is far different than any other one, and the reason whey the author wrote thus is truly inspiring and wonderful.Finally for my favorite...Mulan. Mulan's story is still the same with saving her nation, however there is a different twist than any one could've come up with. Mulan's mother dies as she is being born and her father names her after the wild, untameable orchids that her mother so loved. For years he does not come home, for he fears the loss of her mother-who she doesn't even know the name of since her father forbids everybody to speak it. Mulan's father is the greatest and legendary Hua Wei, and though Mulan looks identical to her mother, she spends her time secretly learning to read, write, and do what the boys are supposed to be doing. In sum, her father is finally sent home by the Emperor after being gone for so long, and NOT wanting to come home on his own, and he and Mulan have to find a way to let their past go and start over. In the end, he is starting to get ready for war again when Mulan decides not to risk losing him again. There, she meets her soul mate Prince Jian as she faces the Huns with her skills in archery.This book was absolutely amazing and if you enjoyed,or still do, reading such tales then this is the book to read!! The author wrote one about Jack & Jill that sounds really good and twisted!!!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-20 15:35

    Basically, it was The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" that didn't make it for me, because I grew up adoring Hong Kong martial arts dramas and the characters in the retelling are nearly nothing like the Chinese people I know. Also, I could pick at things being incorrectly used (for instance, Li Po hastily correcting himself when he referred to Mulan as "her" instead of "him" in the army camp - in Mandarin Chinese, both terms sound the same, although they are written slightly differently) but I realise I'm being really harsh here.Well, for a more accurate portrayal of ancient China, I'd pick my old Hong Kong dramas any time. For now, I don't really know what I like about this retelling. Let someone without my bias review this better.Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" took me by surprise. Let me quote the part of the synopsis I found:In GOLDEN, Rapunzel, bald and without hope of growing hair, must break an enchantment to free her heart - and the heart of another. But a sorceress's betrayal threatens to overwhelm Rapunzel, which could leave the two cursed forever if she can't trust in true love.Well, I expected the narrator to magically grow hair eventually, somehow. But it didn't happen! Well, Rapunzel is one of my favourite characters and I felt very dismayed that she was quite completely stripped of the identity she was given in the Brothers Grimm's version. However, the author added a note, explaining her motivations - a relative suffering from alopecia areata (a skin disease that can cause hair loss) said, "Could you do a version of 'Rapunzel' where she doesn't have any hair?" & it does well to show that beauty is in the heart, not just for the eyes.(It's my personal preference, but I still like the original tale better than this retelling.)Lastly, Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella". Actually, I reviewed this a little in my status here. I think I like this story best out of the three, although I think this retelling still has potential to be further developed. One thing, though: I'm really glad everyone had a happy ending here.For a young adult book, this is pretty good. But these are not my favourite retellings.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-16 14:35

    Before Midnight, Golden & Wild Orchid all have something in common that I didn't really like: WHY DOES THE STORY HAVE TO END SO QUICKLY. Yes, the story fits and everything but a little bit more won't hurt. Let's start with Before Midnight. First of all, I loved how in Dokey's version Cendrillon's stepsisters treated her fairly well and tremendously amazing once nearing the end, unlike the original Cinderella. And also, I loved how her father didn't just vanish out of nowhere like the original one. Bringing him into the plot also made the story very interesting and unique! And also, that little twist about Pascal and Rhaul was also shocking. Though I may not have thought about it at first, it all became clear and all the pieces fit together properly like a jigsaw puzzle. Now on to Golden. When the tinker first arrived at the front door of their house I immediately thought of him being Rapunzel's father! Imagine my screaming rage when I found out it was entirely true! Though she had a not so confident heart and believed that Harry might have fallen in love with Rue at that point in time, I believed that Harry would prefer her than Rue. Ah, the story was just definitely sweet! Though it had a little twist from the original like how Rapunzel had no hair to begin with, I believe the ending was perfect as how Parsley had said it. That people will remember a girl named Rapunzel that was trapped in the tower and not Rue. A striking thought just came into my mind when I read that. What if that WAS the original story, that there was actually two girls involved and not just one? Well, who knows. I really admire Dokey's work! Beauty is not merely in the eyes of the beholder, it is in the heart. Wild Orchid, oh how wonderful this story is! The only downside was that I didn't want that kind of ending for Li Po. I didn't expect it. (though it should be because he was a soldier in the line of duty) it all just happened so fast and in a blur. But what I loved best of all was that they married out of Love and not because of the family name or traits. I loved how she explained that both her and Jian's heart beat as one. That is truly amazing, I would want to experience that someday. Though it was kinda different as the original like the other two, it wasn't all that bad. I learned that every story has its good and bad whether we like it or not. As many people might say that fairy tales are bull and all, I will never stop believing and I definitely will experience a fairy tale of my own. Maybe not as how it is in stories, but surely something better!

  • Elephas
    2019-06-06 10:48

    I had fun reading all three tales...I am not able to choose a favourite out of these three cause they were each my favourite at the point i was reading them. Nonetheless, I do wonder what if Cendrillion and Raoul been together instead of getting Prince Pascal (a name rhymes with rascal to me) in the picture and also i dont really understand the part of lock and key in Golden and the cause of the wizard enchantment/curse..where is the wizard anyway...Putting those points aside, for each tale being able to capture my heart as a favourite when i read them, i give this twist of a fairy tales a 4/5...

  • Chloe
    2019-06-02 17:45

    loved this book so much. it's really good a feeling when you see a character 's bravery, courage and strength in saving their lives and another characters life. to quote Ella from Cinderella (2015), have courage and be kind.

  • Lizzie
    2019-05-22 15:49

    I had high hopes as I love twisted tales. The writing was good but the plots were just too “nice”. Everyone was too “good” in the stories. There were no major antagonists which made them fairly boring in the end. I did not read wild orchid as I assumed it would be more of the same.

  • Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
    2019-05-28 12:40

    Behold, another fairytale retelling!!! The first time I’ve heard about this book was when a website was voting for the fairest dress among the book cover. (Of course…those which were popular get more vote, I remember the top five books includes all of The Selection series. And of course, I voted for Entwined.) and then recently when I visit bookstore, I found this book on sale, so…it turns out that Once become one of my book collection. But it is worth reading, from the moment I started this book, I hadn’t found a bit of emotion called “regret.” This book is almost like fairy tales! Not just merely retelling! Now, let’s enjoy the three stories form this book: Before Midnight, Golden, and Wild Orchid. So, what’s special about this book? From the moment I finished Entwined till now, I’ve read a lot of fairytale retelling. Such as The Twelve Dancing Princess series + Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Fairytale Romance series + Medieval Fairytale series by Melanie Dickerson… All of them have their own unique, and this book has its own advantages as well. To me, like I’ve mention above, Once is so great that it could be fairy tales which can be list beside Grimm’s fairy tale or Anderson’s fairy tale. The story I love in this book most is Cendrillion, a retelling of Cinderella. Cendrillion is the French name of Cinderella, and with the author’s own unique point of view. Unlike other Cinderella retelling, Cendrillion focus on true love, but not just limit in “Prince Charming” or “True Love Kiss.” Instead, its love involve family, sisterhood, and of course, couple. As we were told in the original Cinderella story, she was cruelly treated by her stepmother and stepsisters. In some stories, her father died not long after he re-married or he didn’t know anything about the cruelty. (How come that’s possible? Did you ever care for your child?) However, we have a twist in Cendrillion. Cendrillion’s father wasn’t died, nor did he even live with Cendrillion. Since Cendrillion’s mother died from giving birth, her father blamed her for that. Besides ignoring Cendrillion, her father also brought home a boy called Raoul. Both of them were forbidden to leave the estate. And after years past, her father re-married, and he sent his new wife to the estate, along with her two daughters. Now, that’s when the interesting part began. The new stepmother wasn’t cruel, she simply neglected everything around her and put herself in deep sorrow. Why? Read the story yourselves. However, the two stepsisters, one rude, and the other nice. And more, when they first came to the estate, none of them knew Cendrillion’s true identity, they simply thought her as a servant. Interesting? Weird? There’s more. Love was what connected the entire story. From the first time Cendrillion’s father abandon her and wept at her mother’s grave, the place became unfertilized. Not a single plant can grow. Then, it was also love that brought the land a glimpse of hope, and brought her stepmother some happiness. And love also broke the tension in the house. (What was that? An interesting twist in the story.) Last, it was also love that Cendrillion’s mother’s tree started to grow again. Oh! And most of the things happen “before midnight.” I just love this story so much! It is my favorite stories in the book. I love how the characters grow and their relationship change, how they found love and hope, and how they confront every problem. Now, how about the Rapunzel story? Well…Golden is totally a complete different retelling. As we all know, Rapunzel had a shiny golden hair, as bright as the sun, as smooth as the stream. But then, in Cameron Dokey’s story…our dear Rapunzel was bald. Shock huh? From the moment she was born, she was dislike by her mother and fed by the sorceress. And actually, not until the last part of this story will you know what really happen. It is totally unexpected, but great. We follow Rapunzel ‘s childhood, and her relationship with the sorceress. Then, with the company of two other men, one includes her childhood sweetheart. (Or…perhaps only a close friend? I don’t know…find out yourselves.) But one day…she would find her life was a lie…she was only a chess of others. So…the narrator was Rapunzel herself, yet it wasn’t her at the same time…well…I’m also a bit confuse. But well twist, I love this kind of version very well. In this story, Rapunzel ‘s saver wasn’t Prince Charming, nor she was locked in the tower. Haha! I’m sure that you have no idea what I’m saying. So…let’s move on! The last story is the retelling of Mulan. This is the first time I’ve read retelling about Mulan. She was one of my favorite heroines among all Disney princesses, I think that’s because she is a Chinese? Or perhaps there are other reasons that I don’t know… What’s more, she is known by every Chinese. In one chapter in our Chinese book, the poet of Mulan is what all junior high school students must learn. (Is that what it’s called? Hum…something like that…) And in this retelling, a totally different version from Disney’s Mulan. Well…Cameron Dokey really like mother died from giving birth…Mulan’s mother was also died because of that. So, her entire childhood was through without parents. Where was her father? Due to the reason that he was the general of Emperor…he couldn’t come home at all, for more than ten years. Such a great reason huh? Mulan’s childhood was mostly past with the company of Li Po, her neighbor. Well…don’t be exciting yet, they were not childhood sweetheart at all. Although Li Po’s mother kept worrying it from happening. Then…Mulan’s father came back and found that his daughter had grown into a boy… And after months, his father re-married, and his relationship with Mulan had also improved. But then, here came the Emperor’s order that every family should send one man to serve the army. Mulan knew how much her father and stepmother was in love, especially they were expecting a child. So knowing her father wouldn’t survive in normal soldier, she disguised in boy and joined the army. And because her perfect skilled of archery, she was noticed by the third prince, and was chosen in the archery team. And…no more spoiler!!! Hahaah! I really like this retelling of Mulan, although the end had some sadness and… but still…not all stories came with perfect ending, that’s life, after all. I love how Mulan gain her father’s permission to be herself and not to marry, especially in that period. (Well…unfortunately, that only happened in well-known family in China…it was impossible for normal girl to be like that.) But still, her spirit was worth cheering for. It is so great that I find myself another fairytale retelling! And now I have more to read!!! It’s a bless, but also a burden to find what you love…right?This is post originally on my blogVivian's Book Pavilion

  • Maaike
    2019-05-31 15:40

    A long time ago, when I was in my early twenties, I read all three of these novels by Cameron Dokey. They cemented themselves in my brain so much that they influenced me any time I read a retelling about Cinderella, Rapunzel, or Mulan (and, inevitably, I would end up mixing up the plot of the book I had recently read with the one I had read previously!). But I couldn't remember the Author or the titles, and that plagued me. Because I loved them so much!Fast forward to this year when, between ThriftBooks and Goodreads, I rediscovered the series. While also realizing that there was a whole other slew of books within the same series! So I am happy to say that I got the chance to reread these favorites of mine in the Omnibus that is "Once."Especially as, upon meeting a new friend in Japan (as I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) my first internal response to her having Alopecia was, "OH! Did you know that there's a version of Rapunzel in which she is bald?" :D With that experience in mind, I think that Dokey has done her job right.Thank you for writing a different sort of story for all three characters, so that those of us who have problems with our fathers (and not stepmothers) and who don't quite fit in with the crowd (either in appearance or interests) can find a place for themselves.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-29 14:49

    I have always loved fairy tales and have recently been studying the re-tellings of Cinderella from across the world. Specifically looking for how her character is an archetype of true beauty. In my searching for stories, (of which there are LOADS!) I came across this book. It is a compilation of three fairy tale re-tellings: Cinderella (Before Midnight,) Rapunzel (Golden) and Mulan (Wild Orchid.) Such a fun read! Perfectly appropriate for all ages to read, Cameron Dokey puts her own fun spin on these traditional tales. She actually holds true to the majority of the traditional stories, but fills in the details with such creativity. If you are a "happily, ever after" lover like me, you will love this book. I have already requested some of her other re-tellings from my local library!

  • Kayla Stickney
    2019-05-23 11:40

    What makes this book different from other books that I have read is that Cameron Dokey is able to take familiar and popular fairy tale stories like Cinderella, Mulan or Rapunzel and she creates a new story, background and identity for each of the characters that is different than the one story of each fairy tale that everyone knows. By giving each character a new identity and a new background, it was easier to relate to the characters even though the stories are based around fantasies but instead of Cinderella having an evil stepmother in this book she has a stepmother who at first hesitates when it came to kindness but after learning about each others past they become closer. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to be given a different on the classic tale.

  • storytimesaddness
    2019-06-13 12:33

    Great book if you like retellings. They changed enough for it to be unique, but still follow the storyline.

  • Colleen
    2019-05-16 11:45

    I adored everything about the retelling of these three well known fairy tales. While the Mulan story was not all that different then the one I know, both the Rapunzel and the Cendrillon stories were fresh and interesting takes on the well known tales. Cendrillon (Cinderella) with bright red hair and green eyes was a nice surprise. It actually took me quiet a few chapters to figure out which fairy tale it actually was. The political intrigue and the father being the main antagonist in the story were really great, but also the overall message of the story was really great. The friendship between Raoul and Rilla was wonderful and the fact that there was no real romantic interest between them was also really refreshing. I feel as if one of the friend's being in love with another had gotten to be far too overused. The way that magic was infused in this fairy tale was also well done, more like a force of nature than an ability that people could use. While the ending was still the same, Cendrillon married a prince and lived happily ever after, but there was so much more to the message than just marriage. Rapunzel was the most surprising retelling, Rapunzel without any hair. The way that Rapunzel came to Melisande and her name was new while staying within the fairy tale frame work. The magic that Melisande processed was also unique and how it effected the events of the story. There was no real "bad guy" in this story, just a lot of people trying to find their way in life and accepting themselves. The way that Rapunzel won over everyone she came in contact with through her courage and perseverance and not just beauty. I was a bit uneasy about the way that Rapunzel got Prince Alexander and Rue together, but then I remembered it was a fairy tale. I loved how Dokey explained how her story fit into the Rapunzel tale we all know was perfect. The whole story just made me happy, which is what a fairy tales should do.Mulan was close to the Disney version that I know and love, though there were some surprises. The friendship between Li Po and Mulan was the real beauty of this fairy tale. The fact that they both loved each other so much that they would do anything to make each other happy was my favorite part of the tale, though I did love the romance as well. Prince Jian was also a prince worthy of a fairy tale and the Mulan of this story. The family dynamic between Mulan, her father, and her stepmother was also something that I loved. There really isn't much to say about this story because it was so close to the version we all know, but still a great read. Overall this was a great book with three interesting takes on the fairy tales that I really love. I have always had a soft spot for fairy tales, but they are also easy to destroy. That didn't happen in this novel and I could easily read it over and over.

  • Samantha The Escapist
    2019-06-15 09:36

    Just finished Before Midnight so I will write this before I move on to Golden (lies! I already moved onto it on the bus but you didn't hear that from me)So I felt myself really resisting the charm of Before Midnight, every time it went a few lines too long describing how pretty or mysterious something was I began to dig in my heels against the whole story. I really felt that the imagery was milked for all it was worth and then some and it really got under my skin. Don't get me wrong, I love beauty and well established scenery in a story but the omens and portents simply went too far and it began to feel as if she stood back, looked at a thought, and determined that it simply wasn't long enough.But against all odds the story got under my skin in another way. As a somewhat shorter novel I felt the characters were all well established - perhaps a little underdeveloped but I didn't find myself doubting a character's behaviour in a certain situation and I felt quite sure I at least understood their motivation at all times. I loved their interractions and I really adored the various relationships that formed between everyone. As a fairytale retelling this really scratched the itch once I managed to forgive its overly stylized, flowery writing.Golden was...interesting in comparison. The story much shorter than it was and definitely much shorter than Before Midnight. This one flowed a little easier which is funny to me because the story got a little convoluted. In fact, stylistically and because of the main lady I WANTED to like this one the most but it got so odd once the Tower turned up that I just couldn't like it as much in the end. Perhaps this is the result of reading it half asleep during the Sorceress's explanation but I thought the plot got pretty dumb. The relationship was my favourite though and Rapunzel was an excellent character.Wild Orchid confirmed for me what I already suspected what Dokey's only real style of protagonist, a speaking-out-of-turn, wise, smart but with a rebellious streak type who feels compassion and love for all. This is fine of course, especially for retellings about spunky princesses. This one seems to be the favourite of most but I find myself disappointed. I had some excellent momentum going but I wanted MUCH more about the war. It wasn't until the book was already finished and I was left feeling hollow that I realized how dearly I wanted to read a real, meaty, long retelling of Mulan that didn't skimp on the action.But of course, it WAS good, just didn't live up to my expectations.Over all though I have to say I've grown quite fond of Dokey here at the end of the book and I'll be looking for more of her books absolutely.

  • Michelle Arrow
    2019-05-26 09:31

    This book was absolutely amazing! It's been sitting in my bookshelf for I think a year and today I'm like, I think it's time to read this! Now I'm thinking, why didn't I read this sooner? It was soooo good! I think my favourite heroine was Cendrillon, and I loved Before Midnight and Golden the most. Before Midnight: Cendrillon has been a half-orphan since she was born and when her father suddenly marries a new wife, she finally gets to have two sisters. Once a ball is approaching, "Cinderella" has to find out what love really is.My Opinion: Cendrillon was my favourite character from these three books because she's brave and can take whatever comes in her path. Anastasia really surprised me when she got on Cendrillon's good side. I didn't expect her to become sweet suddenly. I was really happy that in this twist, Cendrillon's stepmother was actually nice. Whenever I watch the Disney movie, I always feel bad for Cinderella because of the mean stepmother and stepsisters. Amelie was a very sweet girl who cared for Cendrillon and I was happy that she ended up with the Prince's twin!Golden: Rapunzel is a bald girl who lives with a sorcress in a place far away from her birth home. When the sorcress explains that she has a daughter with long luscious blond hair who needs to find true love, Rapunzel needs to help. My Opinion: I really also loved Rapunzel. She was really caring, that she wanted to help Rue. I kinda thought that Rue would end up with Harry and that Rapunzel herself would end up with Alex, SPOILER ALERT, it went the other way around! At the beginning, I thought that Rue would be a brat, just like her mother, but she ended up surprising me, being a sweet girl. Wild Orchid: Mulan hasn't seen her father since birth, so when he finally comes home with a new wife who is suddenly pregnant, Mulan decides to join the military and disguises as a boy to serve the country. My Opinion: Mulan was a very good character. She was fearless and would do anything for her family. I fell in love with Prince Jian when they first mentioned him in the book. I was so happy when they ended up being together in the end!Overall Opinion: This book was amazing! It was full of thrill, romance and more. I almost bit my nails out to the skin! Every page I turned, the stories got better and better. I cannot wait until Kissed, another by Cameron full of more stories, comes out in 2013! Amazing job Dokey!

  • Jingle ❀彡
    2019-05-23 14:49

    ╔❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿╗Rating: 4.5 StarsI love love loved this book. Containing the re-told stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Mulan, what makes it so worth reading is the fact the characters have depth and yet it still has a sort of dreamy, fairytale-ish voice to it.In Before Midnight, Cendrillion's stepmother and stepsisters are nice. No, not a joke. While unhappy to be sent to Cendrillion's home due to a forced marriage, they are not difficult in the way you see in Disney movies where's there's no good reason to. Rich city girls sent to the country, they can't get used to it and are thus sometimes difficult and ignorant of servants. However, as they get to know Cendrillion they soften up too. And Cendrillon is no pushover; she argues and battles with Anastasia, tries to comfort her stepmother even though she has mistaken her for a servant which should be seen and not heard. She is not in need of rescue or finding either, in the end she solves the problem herself, bringing back the lesson that you cannot shut out your feelings, but learn to mourn.In Golden, Rapunzel is bald. Also, she is raised lovingly by the sorceress and doesn't marry a handsome prince. Instead, it is she who helps someone else to do it, and she ends up with a common person who loves her for who she is, having seen her as she was but loving her anyway. It made me go awww because it shows how it wasn't Rapunzel's hair that got her a happy ending; it was her heart, and should be that way for all of us. And you don't need a prince either.Finally, Wild Orchid. Mulan has a distinctly different voice, saying from the start she is different and how she's not afraid to speak out. While I could go with this though, sometimes I wondered, "Really? Are you sure you're the only tomboy in China?" But who am I to say? She saved China. The names irked me though-I feel like whenever I read something that's stipulated around Chinese culture they never give sane names, or they are super stereotypical (e.g Old Lao(老): 'Lao' means old. So you're calling him 'Old Old', unless you're telling me it's something else.) a little research would have made this less grating. But all in all, Cameron Dovey is a great author and this book is highly recommended.╚❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿❀✿╝

  • Amy Holcomb
    2019-06-15 17:36

    I'll admit that these 3 books were no literary masterpiece, however, I liked the fact that they attempted to recreate 3 popular fairy tales to give them a new twist. Before Midnight: A twist of a tale about Cinderella. She's French and called Cenderillon. She lives in a small cottage with her nurse and never sees her father because he has too much anger in his heart over the fact that her mother died when she was born. Also, a young boy lives with them who was dropped off by her father on the night Cenderillon was born--no one knows who his parents are or why he was dropped off.Golden: Rapunzel lives with a sorceress because her father stole rapunzel (the plant) from the sorceress for her mother to eat when she was pregnant with her. The sorceress said that if she doesn't love her baby when she is born, then she'll take her. Rapunzel's vain mother saw that her baby was born to never have hair, and she couldn't love her. So, Rapunzel was loved by the sorceress. (I loved this book the most, especially after reading the author's note saying that she wrote this book for her niece who was born with a condition to have no or little hair, so that she would have a fairy tale character to look up to.)Wild Orchid: A new tale of Mulan...although, I haven't really read the story of Mulan before, so I can't really tell you what is the twist of this one. Maybe it is the fact that she had a friend named Li Po who was a boy who taught her everything he was learning so that she could know how to read, write, shoot a bow and arrow, and ride a horse. (Maybe? I don't know...) I think all three of these books have great heroines for young adults to read about and look up to.

  • Monica Anne
    2019-05-24 13:36

    ✴ Before Midnight ✴Cendrillon, what a lovely name for a girl who grew up being cursed by her father, blaming her for the lost of his wife. I like how the author put a twist in plot especially to Raoul's part! I didn't thought about it at first that he'll turn out to be oh well can't say. I kinda enjoyed that he's a horsemen and a dearest friend to Cendrillon. They've been together since they're 2 weeks old. However, all I can say is that THE STORY IS AMAZING! Especially having Old Mathilde and her stepmother (Don't worry, her stepmother is kind and lovely just like her)! especially Amelie and oh well, the annoying girl yet turns out to be her amazing sister, Anastasia. Lastly, Prince Pascal oh my loveydovey he's a real boyfriend and THE KISS!!! AKDNSKSMALAP I'll give this one a 4.9 ⭐✴Golden✴Okay, I like how Cameron change the story, I mean we all know Rapunzel as the girl who has a very very long golden hair and lives in the tower but yet, here in Golden she's bald and came out to be a savior of Rue, the sorceress' daughter who has the longest golden hair and lives in the tower. Oh my dear HARRY! Such a sweet and annoying teenage boy, the only boy who doesn't see Rapunzel as a cursed young girl. He loves her very much, I KNOW! I'm freaking idiot okay? It's just I imagined Harry as a very fine young lover of Parsely, well he call her like that because of some herb. And again, the twist in plot which is Mr. Jones...shhhhh let the reader find out. All I can say about the story is, OH MY GHAD I LOVE IT ESPECIALLY THE ENDING /Flips everything/ It's cool. I swear I'll give this one a 4.5 ⭐ I will give it a 5 but some chapters are a bit boring so, but still everything is amazing.I'm not yet done with Wild Orchid so...processing

  • GM Oreiro
    2019-05-21 13:31

    (review on "Before Midnight")3.5/5"True love never dies" and "Never regret love" were the two obvious themes of this story. Although the story's pretty typical (happily ever after, as usual), something that makes you believe you know what's going to happen next, I was a bit misled by Raoul and Cendrillon's relationship as I read the first chapters of the story. It was like a tricky foreshadowing, not knowing that Cendrillon's love interest would only appear past half of the reading. The story was okay (it manifested a lot about the "love at first sight" idea and I'm not a full fan of that idea actually), the characters were okay (I would've liked it more if Old Mathilde had a pivotal revelation or whatever of which none of the sort was shown. She just played as the all-knowing guide), but the metaphors and nuggets of wisdom (especially on healing and love, etc) were wonderful. They're very poetic yet light. It did very much resemble the classic Cinderella tale but I was actually expecting more action from the story especially after the discovery of Raoul's past. All in all, it was OKAY. Not something that I'd be eager to reread though."I would trust you with my life. I may not know where you came from, but that'd not the same as not knowing who you are." ~Cendrillon to Raoul.(review on "Golden" will come soon...)

  • Madison
    2019-06-08 10:29

    If you want to find a great retelling, Cameron Dokey is the one to go to. When you read retelling of stories they are usually the same, but Cameron’s retellings, even though they can sound similar to other ones that you can find, are out of this world.People, specifically girls of all ages, look up to Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Mulan because of many things. Girls admire Rapunzel because of her hair and want locks just like her. Girls love Cinderella because she went from being a poor girl to marrying the prince because of shoes. Girls look up to Mulan because she stepped outside of the boundaries of what is right. In Once, Dokey’s words have a underlying message that we do not need to be just like a princess to find love or be happy. We do not need beautiful locks of hair to find true love.To me, this book would be great for all ages. A mother could read this to their little girl before she goes to sleep. A middle grade and high school student can read this to remember that they do not need to be perfect to be happy. Overall, they can read this for the pure enjoyment you will get from reading the book. Great imagery and suspense in every page, you will want to keep reading and reading further as you finish one story after another.

  • ♥iDevourBooks♥ ☆Sonic~Obsessed☆
    2019-06-01 10:50

    Writing a review on all three stories inside this book.Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella":Cendrillon first of all is the french name for Cinderella so don't be shocked to hear the name Cendrillon.So this retelling is quite different from the regular story about Cinderella, but I honestly like this version of Cinderella because the stepmother is actually NICE.So Cendrillon is, first of all, forbidden by her father to step outside of the house she was born in. So she cannot leave the house. Her father ends up eventually bringing a two-week-old boy in there, Raoul, who knows nothing about who he is or where he came from. He doesn't even know if his' parents abandoned him or died!As years go on, Cendrillon finally wishes for a mother who would love her and two stepsisters so at least one of her stepsisters would love her.Full review to come soon!

  • MaxwellBrunt
    2019-06-05 16:39

    I have to preface this by saying I have always been a sucker for a good fairy tale romance which makes me enjoy this author’s books to no end. Each book that she writes is really a collection of three separate fairy tales she decided to re tell with a unique plot twist for each. For example, in this book she writes about a Rapunzel who is as bald as an egg instead of having her famed hair and what happens to make the legend what it is. I really love the way she tells each story in a new and fresh way from what has been done before. Another one of my favorite things about it is the use of imagery which she always jam packs into her stories, making them really vivid to me. Her scenes stay with me a long time because of how masterfully she describes both her characters and setting. Once is the second one she published and I actually own the first one called Kiss (Kiss ranks among my top ten favorite reads) and I hope she will publish more in the future. I will probably go on to buy this one as well.

  • emily
    2019-05-26 13:28

    Rating: 4 emmysReview: Very surprised at these new versions of old stories. It was insightful and playful and kept you guessing until the end of each tale. The Fabulous: If you think you know the classic fairy tales, think again. I have been recently enamored with anything that reimagines the classic fairy tales. This book took three of them and put in huge twists. If you love being surprised, you’ll love this book. Think television show “Once Upon a Time”, another favorite. The Flaws: I want more of them. I haven’t had the time to look at Ms Dokey’s other books but I promise if my list ever thins out I will. Favorite Moments: Spoiler alert! Rapunzel is bald. Awesome. Best line: Before Midnight: “All of us begin somewhere.” Golden: “It began with a theft and ended with a gift.” “All I could hear was the sound my own heart made. Home, it said. Home.” Wild Orchid: “listening is a good habit to learn for its own sake, as in the art of looking closely.”

  • Claire
    2019-05-22 16:58

    I really enjoyed all three stories that were in this collection, but Wild Orchid was my favorite. I had never read a Mulan story before, but loved the way she was portrayed in this version. I thought the relationship with her father was well written and adored her friendship with Li Po. Before Midnight was next in line for me. I have read a few versions of this tale and was very impressed with this one. The relationship between Cendrillon and her step mother and sisters was different from many others and was done well. I enjoyed the introduction of a new character to the story as well (knew for me, maybe not to other versions, I really don't know).Golden was a nice story, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the other two. I found it read a little slow and it took me a while to get into it. It was written well, but I'm not sure if a bald Rapunzel is the best kind. I loved the author's note at the end, explaining the reasons for writing it though.