Once Upon a Time is a series of novels published by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon Golden, and Wild Orchid. Kissed An omnibus edition featuring three of Cameron Dokey’s novels: Belle, Sunlight and Shadow, and Winter’s Child. Cameron Dokey is the author of nearly thirty young adult novels. Her other fairy tales include, The Storyteller’s Daughter, Sunlight and Shadow, and Golden. : Before Midnight: A Retelling of “Cinderella” (Once upon a Time) ( ): Cameron Dokey, Mahlon F. Craft: Books.

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In this value-priced bind-up of three beloved retellings, readers will journey to faraway fairy tale lands. With so m Read happily ever after with this magical repackage that includes three enchanting, retold fairy tales. 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. PaperbackOmnibuspages. Once Upon a Time. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Onceplease sign up. I am not a huge romance fan, but I like certain romantic fairy-tale retellings. Would I like this book? Vivian Chen Vivian’s Book Pavilion yes, it’s quite an unique fairytale one. Lists with This Book.

Apr 29, Melissa rated it it was ok. I cameeron 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. 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.

Not I wish I had read these stories when I was younger.

Nothing is fleshed out properly. For example, Anastasia is a horrible, selfish little brat. Then she finds out that Cendrillon is not a servant, and she is nicer to her? That means that suddenly we’re supposed to like her and view spoiler [ understand why Raoul is in love with her? Not a sudden– oh, so I can’t treat you like a servant anymore?

She’s still the same awful person, isn’t she? We just aren’t seeing it anymore. I would not want to be anywhere near someone who would treat others the way she treated ANY of them.


THAT’S what sparks her to be kept from the public? 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? It’s all tied up in a pretty bow, and we’re told that it all works out. It all works out because 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.

Once (Once Upon a Time) by Cameron Dokey

I think I would have actually liked these books a lot if they had just skipped the romance altogether. Each of these three books cost 7 bucks on its own. But all three in one book cost 9.

Dec 01, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Feb 27, Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was my introduction to Cameron Dokey’s writing! If I could give it six stars I would!

Aug 22, cyborgcinderella rated it it was amazing. 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 I LOVED these stories.


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.

Once Upon a Time (novel series)

Noce 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!

Once Upon a Time Series

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. 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.

But hey, Mulan is my favorite fairytale anyway Jun 27, Jennifer DigiWrit rated it it was ok Shelves: After Golden, I blanked out. I’m giving up on Dokey. It’s a shame; I love the legend of Mulan. Apr 22, Charity U rated it really liked it. First story was my favorite; third was my least favorite. I do enjoy a good fairy-tale retelling, and this included three!

Feb 28, Katie Sullivan rated it it was amazing.