Review: BANDITS AND BALL GOWNS by Christina Bauer

Bandits and Ball Gowns
Christina Bauer
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, #5)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 10th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

One Prince Finds True Love… And Risks It All

Elle Cynder has fallen hard for Alec, the ‘prince’ of Le Charme Jewelers. Time for somehappilyin their ever after, right?

Not so much.

While the new couple shares joyful moments–and sizzling kisses–serious trouble is brewing. Elle’s evil stepmother, Marchesa, schemes with none other than Alec’s twisted father, Legend. Their plan? Destroy Elle and Alec, along with everything the young lovers hold dear, including Bry, Knox, and Wilhelm.

Another Royal Freezes His Heart …But For How Long?

As a prince of the dark fae, Jacoby focuses on one goal: avoid assassination. Marrying Elle would certainly aid in that cause, considering how she’s both a Cinderella life template and a powerful fae warden. Even better, Jacoby doesn’t truly love Elle. In court life, deep romantic attachments only mean certain death.

Then Jacoby notices Elle’s youngest stepsister, Agatha.

For the first time in his life, Jacoby’s cold heart warms with true affection. The elven prince struggles to ignore his feelings, but it might be a losing battle. And what would the prince’s newfound emotions mean for Elle and Alec? Could Jacoby really stand by and watch another’s true love be destroyed?

Buckle up for a wild ride as Cinderella’s time-honored story gets some all-new twists.


A new take on the Cinderella story, more to the brother Grimm than to the Disney story… yet completely funny. I really liked the way the author writes!!!

This is the 5th instalment in the series.. I did not read the previous books, but I find myself looking forward to reading them. Even though this is a series, you can actually understand the book with no problems. I just think that as always, if you read the previous ones, it will enrich the experience.

The funny thing about it, is that the characters know they have a “life template”, meaning that they have a “sort” of idea about what to expect.. you know, meet the prince, get married, live happily ever after… but not really.

Elle is the equivalent of  Cindirella in love with the new modern prince Alec. She is feisty and spunky, which i like about her.

Alec on the other hand, is still young but now he is the ceo of a biiiig jewelery company and has besides his studies the responsabilities of the jewleres.  And yet, has the time and the heart to love Elle.

In comes Jacoby, a cold  elven prince that findes Elle’s sister to his liking. But their lives are very complicated, because people from the Magicorum don’t want them to end up togethe, better yet, they don’t even want them to exists. Starting with  Elle’s stepmother and Alec’s loonie dad.

I really liked this story, It was a cross between the same story and a new one, a twist here a twist there and puff a very entertaining read!!!!

My suggestion is.. yep, go read this story.

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Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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