Crimson In The Very Wrong Fairy Tale

Crimson In The Very Wrong Fairy Tale

by Liz Jasper

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Overview

From the award-winning author of the UNDERDEAD books...

Crimson has a strategy for surviving high school. Blend in. Don't cause trouble.It works pretty well-until her sixteenth birthday when her long-lost father shows up and all hell breaks loose.Literally.It turns out that he is a demon king, which makes Crimson...a princess. Of Darkness.

Her castle is a sulfur-reeking cavern underground. Her Princess Training has nothing to do with tea and crumpets. Prince Charming isn't rushing in to save her. And, to top it off, she still has to go to high school.

She can't tell anyone the truth, not even her best friends. To survive, she will have to risk everything and use a cunning she didn't know she possessed. And even then there's no guarantee she or anyone she cares about will be alive tomorrow-for neither Hell nor high school comes with a manual.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478292104
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Liz Jasper's first novel, UNDERDEAD, won the 2008 EPPIE Award for Best Mystery. The sequel, UNDERDEAD IN DENIAL, was published the following year to critical acclaim. She took a brief break from humorous vampire mysteries to write the first novel in the Crimson trilogy, CRIMSON IN THE VERY WRONG FAIRY TALE Liz is hard at work on the next book in both series.

Liz's first job out of college was teaching middle school science. Apparently jealous of all the work her students got to do, she eventually went back to school to earn a couple of master's degrees and now works as a financial advisor. With this career path, writing paranormal novels is not only natural-it is necessary.

Liz lives in California near hiking trails and good public libraries, in a house where chocolate is welcome and the resident cat gets fatter and lazier every year. She loves hearing from fans. If you enjoyed this novel, please write a review.

Visit Liz at her website where you can find links to all her books and everywhere else she hangs out online: http::/lizjasper.com.

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Crimson In The Very Wrong Fairy Tale 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
Peeps, check this book out! I have to admit it was highly original:) I really enjoyed the storyline. I wasn't super excited that this wasn't a paranormal romance, but it held my interest. I almost never read something without a romantic element to it, so this was an exception. I enjoyed the main character Crimson and her name was very fitting given the situation. The book showed her transformation but kept her morals in tact. Brock was an interesting character as well. This book is geared towards the teens/ high school aged group. I would reccommend it as a great read. I give this book four glittery stars just because it rocks!!
Wildfantasy More than 1 year ago
I got this book as an R2R last year and after technical difficulties I was unaware of, here is the long awaited review:  Crimson Day is the wall flower with the totally unaware of how popular he is best friend named Todd and a female squealer named Hayley. As her 16th birthday approaches, Crimson's mom, Miranda begins acting crazy, insisting Crimson wear various crystals and covering every available surface with as many crystals as humanly possible. As it turns out she's actually kidnapped (using the term very loosely) Crimson and is trying to prevent the King of Darkness, aka Crimsons Dad, from getting to her. Dirk Death is 21st in line for the throne of hell and his daughter, Crimson Death is actually a princess. Now she has to live in between the world of High School and the equally tortured world of the dead.  I love fairy tales and all the 'make your dreams come true' implications. Though I'm not sure if 'Fairy tale' would be the right way to describe Crimson in the Very Wrong Fairy-Tale . It did, however, make for a light and overall engaging YA read.  The thing that bothered me the most was the protagonist, Crimson. There were some kickass moments (Hint: Fireballs) but otherwise she whined (a lot) and after a couple chapters her pessimistic views were getting tiring. It would have made some sense if she was  bemoaning the completely out of the blue father figure who happens to be the king of darkness (well she did kinda bemoan about this)  but mostly it was about high school. Plus she was judgmental, quickly jumping to conclusions about others while wallowing in self-pity about how other judged her. Overall, not very likable. I liked Todd, he was easy going and honest and his description of  Crimson was spot on (How she lets people walk all over her). Hayley was a much more annoying version of Crimson. The other  characters played up to their stereotypical cliches with no moments of depth in their characters except at the very end.  It was pretty fast paced with fluid descriptions. The dialogue was dry in some places and unrealistic in others but mostly it was easy  and fun to read.
mbopp More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun read. It sets up a nice basis for further books, but still has enough plot to make it a full story itself. And I definitely want to read the sequel! Crimson was an interesting character - someone who tries to be good all the time, but can't quite make it work. And with the introduction of her father, and the truth about her past and parentage, we get to find out why. I really liked how there wasn't any romance in it (a rarity for YA novels nowadays), and it didn't feel lacking. The story was good, the characters were interesting, and the reader wants more - what not to enjoy?
ZoeyZK More than 1 year ago
Good Day, Firstly, i got the book for free in exchange for my review. I have to admit it was highly original, from your typical YA paranormal romance, but it held my interest. I almost never read something without a romantic element to it. So the fact i read the whole book, i stunned myself completely. The were chapters i did skip because i felt they were not that important, or they were repeated. I enjoyed the main character Crimson and her name was very fitting given the situation. The book showed her transformation but kept her morals in tact. I was not sure about the other character, but they did fit the book. I would say this book is for teens/high school aged group. It was Ok. am i excited for the next one? Yes, but i would not lose sleep not reading it. It was ok book to pass time. 2.5 out 5
AnonymousReader-K More than 1 year ago
First and foremost I must say that this book is really good. If I could I would actually give it 4.5 stars (and I am generally somewhat pessimistic when it comes to rating books). Liz Jasper does a very good job of writing a this unique story. One of my favorite things about this book was that it was not overly predictable. I loved the interesting situations the main character, Crimson ends up in. Also, the writing technique was really good. Liz Jasper wove many colorful imaged with her words. Furthermore, there were a number of nice funny lines mixed in. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the characters. Don't get me wrong, I truly liked the characters, but I cannot say that I really loved any of them. Overall, I think the book is wonderful and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something a little different or someone who loves to have to wonder what will happen next. Note: I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
ECapo More than 1 year ago
This book was refreshing from the other books that I have read. I enjoyed it. Crimson played the part of evil and yet good prevailed. At first she whined but then she realized that she needed to stop and she did a complete 180. Crimson is awesome. She cared for her friends and she stood up to her family. She believed along that her mother was still around and is finding a way to get back to her. I love Crimson and Todd and can't wait for them to admit to each other that they love each other. I can see it. I recommend this book to those who love to read. It has a good pace and it was an easy read.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting new story about demons. Crimson has lived her life thinking she is a normal human girl, only to find out on her sixteenth birthday that she is a demon princess.her mom has taught her all her life to do good, had her do yoga to stay calm, and she always avoided confrontaion. Now she is thrown into this demon world where they expect her to fight with her fire powers and to lead the humans on a path of destruction. Crimson has to learn who she is and learn to fight her own battles, with the lack of help from her conspiring relatives, Brock, Uncle Eblis, and Aunt Lucinda. The only one who seems to believe in her and stick by her is her friend Todd. I really enjoyed how this book made me laugh outloud with Crimson's funny thoughts and ideas. She did kind of annoy me, but she turns into a stronger young woman as the book progresses. I really liked Todd, and there may have been a slight beginning of a romance going on there, but I will need the next book to see. Someone can do away with her evil aunt and uncle, though. I liked how the book ended with a big explosion! Great read for teenagers.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4 stars An e-copy of this book was provided for purpose of honest review by the author. I was not compensated for this review, and conclusions are honestly given and entirely my responsibility. Review for Lovers of Paranormal, a Goodreads Group. “It's the choices you make that determine who you are." Nature versus nurture, a debate for the ages. I applaud the author for taking on the debate in a direct attack, even if many of the references are peppered with Disney-esque characters. The promise that this book held was the real draw for me. I adore fairy tales, the moral tone, the direct repercussions, the integration of fantastical characters and scenarios. While the original tales are far darker and used mainly to teach or warn off children from dangerous acts, much of the “Disney Sanitation” and rewrites for sensibilities of today have removed that edge. Crimson in the Very Wrong Fairy Tale tries to restore some of that edge for the modern day, and is moderately successful in the attempt. We meet Crimson Day, a soon to be 16 year old girl, who has spent the majority of her life trying to be “invisible”: no small feat for a girl who is tall, lean, ivory skinned and black haired. Afraid of standing out, not wanting to be bullied or noticed, she is a character that rails against her self-chosen ‘unpopularity’ while demeaning and degrading those she admires: even if she can’t bring herself to admit admiration. Her mother, Miranda, is very “new age hippy dippy”, a yoga instructor with an always joyful demeanor, as different in appearance and attitude from Crimson as possible, being tiny and blonde. Of course, there must be a twist: Crimson doesn’t remember her father. In fact, she has been told by her mother that her father died in a fire when she was just one year old. As in all fairy tales, the main character is clueless with no idea that the day of reckoning is coming. And come it does: just shortly before the start of her sweet sixteen party, we meet Crimson’s father, Dirk Death, King of the Northern Deaths, 21st in line for the throne as the king of hell. Crimson Day is actually Crimson Death VI, Princess of Darkness, daughter of a demon. And there the story begins to take shape – will Crimson go along to get along with this new dark side, or will the years of her mother’s calmness, niceness and parenting , as well as her own history of being a “good girl”, override the encouragement of her father’s family: to be bad? And here is where I stop in describing the story to avoid spoilers. This story has some great potential – sadly just enough things were unsatisfactory to stop it short of achieving it fully. Characters: the characters are fairly well defined, at least the main characters. Crimson is an overly whinging teen girl, prone to long periods of self-pity and overly critical impressions of others. Miranda is always lightness and sunshine - and while we are never told just ‘what’ she is, I suspect fairy – and think even fairies have ‘blue’ moments. We are introduced to two of Crimson’s friends: Todd and Hayley. Only Todd is flushed out as a character to any satisfying degree, Hayley is rather ‘hanging on’ in the plot – much like she is in life. The other students are rather typically stereotypical, the jocks and cheerleaders are self-absorbed, self-important and selectively cruel. The “nerds” are often defined as needing a shower, or droning on and on. It is near the end of the book when Crimson sees that the “facades” are often just that – facades, yet the attitude in her interior dialogue barely registers that fact. I don’t expect a 16 year old to have great powers of discernment, but after overhearing the displeasure of her discovery expressed by ALL of her newfound relations except her father, she is then apparently clueless as to their intentions: her uncle is “training” her to use her powers – and it is weeks before she realizes he may not be following his orders. She is traveling between the “human” and her father’s worlds, yet the transitions are relatively seamless between school life and her newfound powers. But, she is completely aware of the newfound interest in her stemming from the cheerleaders interest in her cousin and bodyguard/watcher. Still – this was a fun read despite the issues. Written primarily for the YA market – I can see the emo rambles of Crimson being familiar and relatable to that market – and who hasn’t wanted to toss a fireball or two at someone particularly annoying? The story left enough holes open in the ending to open room for a sequel, Crimson has just started to integrate the two very conflicting approaches to life and problems, and hasn’t really mastered either approach. Will her mother’s continued recurrent voice continue to tell Crimson that she needs to listen to her heart and it is her choices that decide who she is, or will she allow the demonic side of her nature take control?
LinkzillaMom More than 1 year ago
Crimson Day is an awkward, unassuming wallflower-type who above all else, desires to fade into the background and not be noticed. Her mother is beautiful, light, calming - and absolutely nothing like Crimson herself. Right before Crimson’s 16th birthday, her mom starts acting weird…well, weirder than usual. In addition to wondering why in the world her mother is going off the deep end, Crimson wonders how she could possibly belong to this woman who she loves, but is well, TOTALLY not like herself. Well, maybe she really doesn’t. Belong with her mother, that is. Enter long-lost daddy, who just happens to be a King in Hell. Come again? Crimson in the Very Wrong Fairytale is a story about a girl who enters a fascinating, magical world…but one that just happens to reside ‘south of the border’. Told in a witty, cheeky fashion, Liz Jasper captures the snarkiness of high school cheerleaders, the buffoonery of demon minions, and the charm of a 16 year old girl who really just wants to fit in somewhere. I thought the story was fast-paced and entertaining, and I really did enjoy it! Looking forward to the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.  I really couldn't get into this book. The first few chapters could of been left out entirely in my opinion. They didn't lend anything to the story and the little background they give could of been put into a couple paragraphs. So I skip over a few chapters, attempting to find something interesting only to land on a chapter that spends way too much time talking about what Crimson will wear to school before she and her cousin tear off in a Porsche. More of the same. I gave up after that. The book could of been ok of it were written better and had any kind of substance. But, it didn't.