The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf
From Publishers Weekly:
“Blunt and insightful, the narrative offers a few more twists and much more humanity than Snow White’s tale ever did. While the romantic elements are low-key, Gretchen’s matter-of-fact willingness to forgo love if she can have security adds an intriguing Austenian note, and Ange is a splendidly active, vivacious heroine who refuses to be trapped in the role of victim.”
From The Daily Prophecy:
I liked the way these two stories came together. The plot was interesting and there is a constant pace. Everything happened in the right time and I was never bored. The writing-style was quick, easy and had that old fairytalish feeling.
The Magic Mirror is a lovely, unusual romance loosely based on the fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. It is creative, tender, and lyrical. What it lacks in grand passion it makes up for in the maturity displayed by its characters.
From Fantasy Literature:
When Gretchen, Prince Richard, and Angelika meet, they all learn a lot about beauty, vanity, and love. The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf is definitely a romance novel, but Tia’s attention to each character’s psychological growth and the formation of healthy romantic relationships distinguishes her work from the types of romance novels that I hate.
From The Turn of the Page:
Tia Nevitt weaves it all together in a refreshing and surprising way and I was never once bored (like I always am with the original story – even the Disney film). Now, this is a fairy tale and that does of course mean we all know how it’s going to end. But the journey towards that ending is quite different from what you’d expect and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
From Book Chick City:
The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf is the quaint retelling of the original Brothers’ Grimm tale of a beautiful princess, a handsome prince, an evil queen and a adorable, forthright dwarf on a mission to find herself a husband. This story is told largely through Gretchen as she starts a new life on the Little Farm. The story is quite readable and the focus on Gretchen was a great way to re-tell this fairy tale. A quick and easy read which is perfect for a holiday or long commute.
From Buckeye Girl:
I’m just going to say it: I adored this novella. This book was a perfect blend of fantasy, paranormal romance and all around goodness. … This book is really two love stories in one, and one of the more unique fairy tale retellings that I have read. I read this book in one sitting, and just loved how unique this book was. This is one book you’ll want to take a chance on!
From Poisoned Rationality:
One of the best things I want to call out about both books is that Nevitt takes well known fairy tales and gives them an uplift. The Sevenfold Spell was Sleeping Beauty, while The Magic Mirror is Snow White…but neither is really focused on the ‘Princess’. The Magic Mirror focuses instead on the ‘Mirror’, or rather the man in the mirror and one of the infamous dwarves from the tale. Nevitt also gives us two romances rolled into one, neither panning out quite like you’d expect, but both still resolving in a manner reminiscent of the original tale.
The Sevenfold Spell
From Night Owl Reviews:
an amazing, imaginative tale that enraptures the reader and tells the intriguing story of what happens to all the other people in a fairy tale. It is a novella that is well worth the read.
From RT Book Reviews:
Readers will definitely want more stories in a similar vein from the quick mind of author Tia Nevitt!
From The Romance Reviews:
Tia Nevitt makes an amazing retelling of the famous story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of one of the common people in the kingdom–a spinster who owns the spinning wheel.
Urban fantasy author Jennifer Estep:
Talia definitely made the story for me. It was nice to see such a strong character, especially in a fairy tale. As much as I like fairy tales, let’s face it — most of the female characters in the traditional stories are only there to be kissed/rescued. And it was great to see how Talia got her happily ever after at the end. That was very satisfying.
From Kay’s Bookshelf:
The very reason why I picked this book up, and the thing that I enjoyed most, was the whole idea behind the book, about what happens to the ordinary girls in the kingdom when someone sets a curse on the princess. A novel perspective if there ever was one, I think.
From Buckeye Girl:
What I liked best about this book was that Talia was no woe is me type of heroine. She was strong, tough and independent. Others might have tried to put her down, but she would not have it. She knew that she worth something, and wouldn’t let anyone tell her otherwise.
From Stella Matutina:
Even though Nevitt focuses in on Talia’s story, she doesn’t ignore Princess Aurora or the prince who’s destined to marry her. They both play key roles, and I’m sure their inclusion will thrill fans of the original fairy tale. I thought Nevitt did a lovely job of showing how Talia’s story is intimately connected with theirs, without letting it overpower the tale she wanted to tell.
From It’s My Genre, Baby:
Purity and perfection are for princesses, pragmatism and persistence are traits that serve peasants well. This is a fun novella with some unexpected depth. Definitely worth the money and further proof that Carina Press was a great idea.
From Book Goggles:
Many readers will love that the focus falls on a heroine who isn’t perfection itself & that doesn’t decide to sit & pine away for one person. Talia’s actions aren’t always the best but she doesn’t sit & mope or wait for someone to sweep her off her feet. Nevitt also tackles the story with a sense of humor that many (myself included) will appreciate & find themselves laughin