Review: The Better To See You by Kate SeRine (Transplanted Tales #2)
February 7 2013
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Seth Wolf
Kick Ass Chick – Lavender Seelie
From Goodreads –
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…
The Better to See You is the second book in Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series and boy, was I ever impressed with this book. Actually, I’m super impressed with this entire series. Yes, it is a series whose characters are fairy tale / literary creatures but they are written unlike anything you have ever read. Kate takes typical fairy tale folk and gives them a whole new persona. A good example is Red. We meet her in the first book, (she’s Little Red Riding Hood) and she is an Enforcer now (law enforcement).
You see, Tales have been transplanted from Make Believe to our world thanks to a spell gone awry. And who cast the spell? Lavender Seelie. Also known as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. Well, she used to be a fairy godmother until that day. Let’s just say that Tales were a little p*ssed over what happened so Lavender lost many of her titles and powers. She also lost much of the control over her magic.
Lavender is the main heroine in The Better to See You. She was introduced in the first book and honestly, I didn’t know what to think of her then. She was a drunk, depressed and not overly likable, understandably so. But there is a huge transformation in this book. Her character’s growth is beautifully written. She really is just a lost soul. She feels terribly for what she caused to happen. She knows how much it has affected her fellow Tales and she’s lost most of her confidence. Her magic is really wonky too. She needs a fresh start and, thanks to Red’s suggestion, Lavender decides to go to The Refuge, a place where Tales who may not be the most accepted in the community can go and find home. There she hopes to find peace and happiness. What she actually finds is Seth Wolf.
Seth. *dreamy sigh* We meet Seth in book one where he is wanted for questioning in a series of murders. He is THE Big Bad Wolf and Red’s former lover. He’s always being blamed when people go missing or when people get hurt or when people get…well, die. Tired of this and wanting a fresh start, Seth heads to The Refuge. He’s been there a little over a year at the beginning of this book and is surprised when Lavender shows up in the woods near his house. He is immediately taken with her and feels the need to help and protect her. All together now… *awww*. Seth is a man who is full of emotion. He comes across as a bit stand-offish and who can blame him. But really, he’s a big ol’ teddy bear. Or fluffy wolf if you prefer *grin*. He has done some pretty horrific stuff in his life and he truly feels terrible for it all. He’s torn between feeling he deserves it and wanting it to all go away. Kate wrote him so well, every emotion Seth felt you felt. And he is so damned sexy!
Seth and Lavender are cute together. I wasn’t sure how they would work out but turns out they work out very well. Both are misunderstood people who need a place to belong. And they find that together and in each other. Also, they are so hot together. I mean…who’d have thunk that washing dishes could be go HOT? Seriously!
We see more of Red and Nate (H/h from book one) than I expected. And their scenes…wow. Seeing them this time reminded me how much I loved reading their book. Red is such a firecracker! She is pure awesome. Trish (Little Miss Muffett) is head of forensics and she’s in this book too. I liked her as soon as I met her in Red and still like her. That’s a good thing seeing her book, Along Came a Spider is next and due out August 2013.
The prologue is perfect. It even includes the phrase “once upon a time”. It did a perfect job setting things up and introducing us to the heroine as she is now. I don’t usually get excited about a prologue but this one deserves a mention.
The story itself revolves around some pretty gruesome killings that are occurring around The Refuge and the townspeople trying to figure out the why and the who behind them. I was at a total loss the entire time. I had no idea who was responsible. And when the ultimate villain is revealed along with his cohorts…whoa. I never saw that coming. Never. The final fight scene was really well done. It kept me on the edge of my seat. There are even a few twists thrown in during the final fight scene. Because the twists before it weren’t enough apparently, Kate needed to blow our minds just a few times more.
As you can tell, I absolutely loved this book. The Better To See You rivals if not surpasses the first book in the series. The pace is perfect and the story riveting. The main couple has wonderful chemistry and are tons of fun to read. Kate’s voice is wonderful and her ideas are exceptional. Fans or romance or urban fantasy books who are looking for something different and awesome NEED to read this series. It’s simply amazing.
Giggle worthy quote
“He glanced around at us, looking a little cornered, but then he squared his shoulders and pegged Red with a pained look. ‘I’ve missed you, Tess,’ he started out in a harsh whisper as he stepped closer to her. ‘Everything I am, everything I have – none of it means anything without you.’
She rolled her eyes. ‘So help me God, Nate, if you say ‘You complete me’, I’m shoving my fist down your throat.’”
Books in the Transplanted Tales series –
The Better To See You
Along Came a Spider (August 2013)