The Better to See You

The Better to See You

by Kate Serine
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The Better to See You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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This book is only 282 pages. Good book, but I liked the first one better. Not a lot of bang for your bucks. Mad Cricket
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Very quirky and fun
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I really enjoyed the second installment of this series the authors sense of humor shines I can hardly wait for the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stumbled on this series by accident and I wasn't disappointed!! What an awesome way to let us dig into the lives of the fairytales we grew up with!! I love this series so far and can't say enough great things about it!! I only wish the books would come out faster!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters Cant wait for the next book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book two in the Transplanted Tales series does not disappoint! (If you've not read book one, Red, I suggest getting it first!) Following Seth Wolf after our glimpse of him in Red was a wonderful choice and it couldn't have played out better! The twists and turns left me guessing until the end. Very well thought out and written perfectly! Now I find myself wishing Trish Muffet's story was already out! Come on, August!
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Lavender watches the Charmings's, of whom she's served as fairy godmother for what feels as forever, house burn. James threatens her as he's pulled away by the Authorities. Lavender's been sober since her promise to Red, in Red, and her magics been harder to control since then too. James being as powerful as he is and the crooks in his pocket, Red figures it's best to send Lavender away to safety. Lavender wants a place to be save but to start over as well. Red suggests The Refuge in Seattle. However, The Refuge is full of Tales having a rough time cooping with the Here and Now, which are here due to Lavender's mistake. Going to a friend Red has there that could help protect her, Lavender has a run-in with a dark creature and finds herself in the hands of a dangerous man known to the Tales, and hell hounds hunting her and him. Along with gruesome deaths of Ordinaries carved with symbols. Magic is involved and it could lead straight to Lavender with what she knows. Seth helps Lavender, but then there is something more to his story as well...what trouble has he got himself into? And Lavender is determined to save him as their friendship grows. Again I LOVE! the Prologue. Such a personal feeling of Lavender with a quick reminder of how the Tales from Make Believe came to the real world along with who Lavender Seelie is. I REALLY like that Kate eases us in with Lavenders POV but we are in the presence of Red and Nate, the main POV of Red was Red. We are little over a year after Red solves the murder mystery of Red, where she found Nate. In that book I fell in love with them and to start with them right here with Lavender so very pleased me. And the little things we learn about them as they do show up again later in the book as well. Awww, I still do love them! And now I love Lavender and Seth too! Lavender made me smile. Not only from the magic she worked on James before the fire, *giggle* but her personality is fun. Also when she takes in the sights...of Seth. She finally gets to step out from her enslaved stature with the Charmings and learns to stand strong again...and maybe with the help of another. We get to see the strong Seth! Ooh, that man... Not only do we get to learn Lavender's story, but we learn Seth's as well. Nothing like you would have thought. Loved it. Both Lavender and Seth are ones that people fear and/or hate ~ prejudice. Both are in need of a friend. They are both a bit stubborn and speak up, which leads to great banter between the two, even flirting. Questions and Mysteries grow! Hellhound attacks on Lavender and Seth A dead Ordinary body all carved and covered in symbols There's a D (fairy dust) addiction in The Refuge A mysterious little boy who's to be Bo Peeps 'son' and was never pregnant nor came over with her. He just showed up 1 year ago. And his essence feels different from other Tales. Amazing story with everything in one place. Once again Kate has given me a tale I couldn't put down! Fairy tale character remix with loads of mystery building to solve and love to bloom. Yep, a MUST read. And a MUST series on my list.
Readers-Confession More than 1 year ago
It should be no surprise to you all that I loved The Better to See You, as much as I gushed about Kate SeRine and he wonderful imagination. If you didn't see my review of her debut novel, Red be sure to check it out here. Lavender and Seth's stories are very similar. They both have just about EVERY tale hating them. Seth because their scared of him, since he's a werewolf he's accused of everything bad that happens and Lavender because she's the nut who make them all the way that they are now. Stuck in the Here and Now. Both of them are fighting their way back, wanting to be accepted just for who they are, faults and all. I will admit I loved the badassness of Red more than Lavender. Lavender was badass too, but it seemed like it was forced for her. She has a lot of insecurities and those insecurities rear their head up at the wrong times, making her magic seem a little on the fritz. I did enjoy that she was able to overcome those insecurities, put them behind her and do what she had to do. She wanted to be a damsel in distress a time or two but refused to allow herself to be that way. I commend her for that. Seth, ohhh that sexy Seth! I mean come on look at that cover. And the man has stamina...whew! LOL! Anyways...Seth is the Big Bad Wolf and surprise surprise he's a chef! Yum! Seth is dealing with a lot of problems in his past. His previous relationships have not ended well and he's almost to the point of giving up when Lavender comes along. They are instantly attracted to each other and I will say almost instantly in love. Ekk! I know, it's kind of borderline. But Seth has such a knight in shining armor instinct that it's hard for him not to fall in love so easily. And Lavender's a fairy godmother, I mean...come on! :-P This story was a nice easy read and I'm so glad I was able to read it. All in all I really enjoyed this book! I love SeRine's imagination and I can't wait to read more. 
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
"Seth aka the Big Bad Wolf hasn’t had it easy since the day he was cursed. Now he gets the job of looking after what, a fairy, the same kind of Tale that made him what he is. At first anger is the only thing he can feel toward Lavender but as the days go on his heart begins to feel something completely different. Now he is facing hell hounds, deadly wounds, and magic far beyond his understanding while trying to keep the women he loves out of danger. The problem, he has secrets of his own and the more he hides from her, the more she begins to search for answers. Now with the women he loves in danger he must once again step up and be the knight he used to be. Lavender didn’t mean to cause problems but with her magic not being what it once was, she does just that. Now she is hiding out in The Refuge hoping that she can finally make a new start. Of course things aren’t at all what they seem here and neither is the Big Bad Wolf she is staying with. When things begin to heat up with Seth and her magic starts coming back, it finally feels like things are going right. The only problem is somebody in town is killing ordinaries and using the very same magic she is sworn to protect. Now she is stuck with only two options, tell the man she loves and hope he will believer her innocence or do her own digging.  Seth couldn’t stand her at first and now he has absolutely no control over how much her wants to touch her. It seems every waking minute is a fight to keep his hands to himself and go to work like a good little wolf. Of course Lavender only makes it worse when she is having trouble with the same feelings. It seems the only thing able to keep these two at bay is the ongoing murders and ever growing secrets hiding within the Refuge. Now they are both on a mission to find out the truth and to keep each other safe. This series, so far, is wonderful although I will admit I loved the first book more. SeRine had a steady flow throughout the first book but it seems in this one, some things were rushed while others remained steady. The way she portrays the childhood tales we knew is both hilarious and intriguing. She shows a lot of creativity in the book and pairing Robin Goodfellow as the brother to Lavender was perfect. This book holds a little mischief, a fiery romance, and an intriguing mystery. All together an amazing book. I look forward to the next one.  Reviewed by Dani for Cocktails and Books
Sailon More than 1 year ago
A magical spell has gone awry bringing some of the inhabitants from the land of fairy crashing into the ordinary world. Poor Lavender Seelie, she has been blamed for it all and many of the transplanted make believe residents are not happy about their circumstances. A suggestion to move to the refuge, a town inhabited by misplaced Tales, gives Lavender a second chance at finding happiness. She never expected to be sent to the “big bad wolf”. She also didn’t expect the chemistry the sizzles between them. Quickly, things start going wrong in the refuge. Humans are being brutally murdered and ancient symbols only Lavender should know are appearing on the bodies. Lavender must discover who is killing the mortals before more lives are lost, maybe even her own... The Better To See You was a fast paced, adventurous story with a mind meandering mystery to boot. Although this is fairy tale characters based, the story is very adult. I didn’t read the first book in this series and was able to follow the story completely however it did make me want to revisit Red for the back story. Kate SeRine entwined the perfect mix of magic, mystery, funny and romance to make a truly enchanting adventure, 4 stars. This ARC copy of The Better To See You was given to me by Netgalley and Kensington Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 7, 2013.