January 28, 2013

Suped Up: The Better To See You by Kate SeRine

Series: Transplanted Tales 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: February 7, 2013

Publisher: eKensington
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Barnes & Noble

Once upon a time, a spell went awry and Make Believe characters were cast into the ordinary world. And the results aren’t always happily ever after.

Everyone thinks fairy godmothers can do no wrong. But if not for a certain spell mis-cast by Lavender Seelie, Cinderella’s former fairy godmother, the Tales would not be stuck in the Here and Now. Fortunately for Lavender, she’s about to get a second chance at a happy ending. 

The Refuge, a sanctuary for wayward Tales, seems like the perfect place for Lavender to start a new life—especially when she discovers an unexpected ally in Seth, the brooding werewolf who’s been typecast as a villain ever since his run in with Little Red Riding Hood. But when humans from nearby towns start turning up dead, their bodies mutilated with archaic Tale symbols, Lavender wonders if Seth’s deep sensuality has blinded her to the truth. And that distraction could put innocent lives in danger. Including her own.
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This is my story. I'm the fairy whose sucktacular judgment and giant ego got all us Tales into this freaking mess.
I have been eagerly anticipating this particular Transplanted Tale, THE BETTER TO SEE YOU, because it's the story of my girl, Lavender Seelie, and her long awaited and much deserved HEA. All the hype I imposed on myself was justified because Kate Serine NAILED IT! The way the story turned out is everything I expected it to be from the romance down to Lavender's epic redemption. There's so much to share I am brimming with giddyness over this book!

The story opens in a very hilarious situation where Lavender burned down James and Cinderella Charming's house after shrinking the former's penis. I nearly busted my seams from laughing too much over this scene, it's tragic but I can't find any sympathy in me for the Charmings. However not everyone is happy about the situation so Tess Little advised Lav to go on the DL and spend some time in The Refuge until things blow over. On her way there Lav ran across Tess' old flame and resident badwolf, Seth, and despite their bickering these two found love in each other. Aside from finally finding her one true mate, Lav also helped uncover and stop a brewing attack planned by some Tales against humans, redeeming herself and restoring her magic and rightful place in the Seelie Kingdom along the way.

When I first met Lav in Red I never imagined her to be this precocious little minx. I thought she'd be all vulnerable and broken but I'm glad I was wrong because I won't have her any other way! I always pictured fairy godmothers as matronly and Lavender is anything but. This chick is hilarious, naughty and a formidable bad girl. I'll take KSerine's version any day over the Disney version. Lav's backstory is one of a mighty Queen Bee's fall from grace. Aside from the consequences of her sucktacular judgment Lav's past romantic life is similar to Seth's. She too fell in love with a very good man unfortunately she wasn't a very good woman at that time. Her ex, Gideon, one of her father's guards, made an appearance in the story and it was a very poignant scene.
There was something in the way he'd looked at me while we made love that made me want to show him just how beautiful he was too.
Now I wasn't sold on her pairing with Seth when I found out: a fairy who's a recovering alcoholic and a notorious werewolf? Curious but I'm not sure if the pieces fit. Well KSerine banished whatever doubts I have about their romantic liaison because I won't have it any other way. Like Lav, when I met Seth in Red he looked so broken and distraught and as we dig deeper into Seth's past it seems Tess Little wasn't his first heartbreak. Their commonality lies on their resilience and their desire to make something good out of their personal tragedies. Their story is very romantic I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time. Seth is so dreamy and gorgeous plus the man can cook! I love guys who knows their way around the kitchen so that made Seth one very edible hero for me.

As Transplanted Tales is based on several folk tales and myths, expect to meet a lot of familiar faces. I like how KSerine put a twist on every one of them, making them the complete anti-thesis of their fairytale counterparts. A couple of them broke my heart a little bit because they can't adjust to the land of Here and Now and several of them were certainly amusing.

THE BETTER TO SEE YOU is a wonderful sequel to Red, it's so inspired no detail was spared. No plot holes, every character is distinct despite the large cast and since they're familiar it's quite easy to remember them all. I also love how KSerine portrayed James and Cindy Charming as a pair of a-holes, I'm not a big fan of their story to begin with but to turn them into something short of being villains is golden! KSerine has a wonderful imagination, her world is vivid without overwhelmingly detailed. Her uptakes on beloved classics are risky but it paid off really well. I've read a lot of reboots but Transplanted Tales is my favorite and whether or not you're into fairy tales, I'm sure you will LOVE this series, KSerine's brand of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance is very appealing and universal.


  1. This book sounds awesome! Definitely going to add this to my tbr, great review :)

    1. It is! I hope you got Red, it was free last week. This series is so amazing, if you're a PNR fan, you'll love this.

  2. I enjoyed Red and this is the first review I've seen for the sequel. Glad you enjoyed it, makes me want to snatch it up too!

    1. Thank you Ali. You will love this even more... well I'm biased because I love Lavender but it really is kick ass.

  3. What a great sneak peek at this story. It sounds wonderful!

    1. Thank you, I'm glad you think so. It's an amazing book to begin with so it was easy to gush about it.

  4. I love distinct and well written characters. Lavender sounds great and glad she is getting HEA.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. Kate SeRine's books are absolutely fabulous! I loved RED and I was lucky enough to get to read THE BETTER TO SEE YOU before it's release today and it was equally as fabulous! I can't recommend this series enough. Great review!

  6. This sounds like such a fun and funny book! Even the review had me laughing a bit that is until it got all, "Wonderful book," and "inspired" and "you'll love" on us. Wow. Great review, Kate. Congratulations.

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