Mountains Made of Glass (Fairy Tale Retelling, #1) by Scarlett St. Clair

Mountains Made of Glass (Fairy Tale Retelling, #1) by Scarlett St. Clair

Title:  Mountains Made of Glass Series: Fairy Tale Retelling, #1
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Publisher:  Bloom Books
Genre:  Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  219
Date of US Publication:  7 March, 2023
My Rating:  3 Stars

My Thoughts 

I love a fairy tale retelling and read any interesting ones that I come across. This one is more of a fairy tale compilation which I found appealing and the darkness of the story is reminiscent of those old fairy tales. This is the first of a new series and author (for me) that I plan on reading more of. 

A novella, this maintained the appeal of a full story even though I found it too rushed in places. I read this in one afternoon, over two reading sessions. 

The spice level is around 2.5./5.

My issues -  

1) a kink - very briefly mentioned twice with zero trigger warnings

2) the more insta aspect of the relationship between the MC’s. As this is a novella, I understand but feel like the story would have been better with more details - the story really felt lacking in parts 

Beyond those, I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next titles.

Thank you to Bloom Books and NetGalley for the DRC!


"Could you love me?" he whispered. The question stole my breath and burned my lungs in the silence that followed. 

I wanted to answer, to whisper yes into the space between us, but I was afraid.

All Gesela's life, her home village of Elk has been cursed. And it isn't a single curse—it is one after another, each to be broken by a villager, each with devastating consequences. When Elk's well goes dry, it is Gesela's turn to save her town by killing the toad that lives at the bottom. Except…the toad is not a toad at all. He is an Elven prince under a curse of his own, and upon his death, his brothers come for Gesela, seeking retribution.

As punishment, the princes banish Gesela to live with their seventh brother, the one they call the beast. Gesela expects to be the prisoner of a hideous monster, but the beast turns out to be exquisitely beautiful, and rather than lock her in a cell, he offers Gesela a deal. If she can guess his true name in seven days, she can go free.

Gesela agrees, but there is a hidden catch—she must speak his name with love in order to free him, too.

But can either of them learn to love in time?


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