Once Upon A [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan (Goodreads Author)

Once Upon A [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan


All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.

Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.

For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.

ARC Received from Author on GR for honest opinion

According to me a Prologue or the 1st Chapter of a book is THE reflection – SO it must capture my attention from page 1 I will continue a few more chapters to give the Book a fair chance to change my mind!

My review!

Oh Shit Myra is just like me!
See →
Mom knew I had many book boyfriends. I had fallen in love with so many men from the books I had read.


Laura Pausini – Looking for an angel

This book is almost 2 dimensional, do you believe in Destiny – or reincarnation< I do?

Present 2015, and past 1415
This book is very difficult to do a review on – so Alas I am quoting the book – so if my review confuses you read the book to understand it! *wink*



Once upon a time, in a distant land, there lived a beast that imprisoned his prey outside of time. He captured her, unraveled her, destroyed her and never let her go.

Love entrapped his heart; lust stole his soul—leaving nothing but a terrible beast. He was supposed to hunt his prey to sate his appetite, but ultimately fell in love—to remain hungry for eternity.

She swore to tear down all his defenses and break the tomb he had built around his heart, to make him fall apart, but ultimately she was the one who split her existence into past and present.

Led Zeppelin- Stairway to Heaven with Lyrics

Type of Characters and my choices according to pictures :



Chapter Development


April 2015


There are certain moments in your life when you start questioning your existence.
Who are you?
What’s your aim in life?
What are you doing here?
Do you really belong here?
Are you going to make a difference, or just waste your life in ignorance like everyone else?
When you die, who will remember you?

MAY 2015

Time had split me into two.
I didn’t know which world I belonged to.

He held my face in his hands. “Do you know you’ve forgotten to smile?” I looked down, feeling ashamed.

“Do you remember the last time these beautiful lips turned upward?” I still stayed quiet, not willing to answer him.

“It was before you read his book.” He added assertively,

“If taking you back to Hue castle will bring back that smile to your pretty face—then let’s resume our game tomorrow.” He smiled.

I held my breath tightly. What was he saying? Was I dreaming, or was he actually agreeing to take me back to the castle? But who would convince my parents to let me go?

He wiped my tears with his thumb. “Now show me that charming smile of yours,” he said politely, and I giggled at his innocent gesture. “That’s my girl.” He kissed my forehead.

With no one to remember your name other than your immediate family, when they die, your name will disappear from history.

She is standing in my courtyard. Everything in nature surrounds her—hugs her and is dazzled by her…including me.

Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne – Close Your Eyes Forever

She is standing in my courtyard. Everything in nature surrounds her—hugs her and is dazzled by her…including me.

She was a beautiful tender rose—I stole her fragrance, crushed her petals and burned her in hell. If I knew the fire with which I was conflagration her would come to engulf me—I swear I wouldn’t have done it. Her spell is too strong for me not to fall; her curse is too mighty for me to run away.
Despite being her captor, I am still her captive.

He put another piece of bread in his mouth and started chewing. “What else is the purpose of a woman in your life, other than giving you an heir?”
Love you.
Touch you.
Hug you.
Affect you.
Kiss you.
Entice you.
Ignite you.
Excite you.
Thrill you.
Captivate you.
Shatter you.
Burn you.
Complete you.

There were so many things I’d want from my wife. I wanted her to be my lover first.

Someone would have touched my face and told me how I looked.
I wished I could see my face in her eyes.
I wished I could see myself in the mirror.
I wished I could turn the pages.
I wished I could be free.

A few quotes I loved


“Love isn’t something you find.
Love is something that finds you.”
-Loretta Young

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.”

“Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.”
-Mason Cooley

“The most powerful weapon on earth
is the human soul on fire.”
-Ferdinand Foch

“Keep love in your heart.
A life without it is like a sunless
garden when the flowers are dead.”
-Oscar Wilde

“Seduction is always more singular
and sublime than sex and
it commands the higher price.”
-Jean Baudrillard

“I have found the paradox,
that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt,
only more love.”
-Mother Teresa

“We are never so defenseless against
suffering as when we love.”
-Sigmund Freud

Epilogue! →


Cinderella had left me not with one shoe, but both her shoes. She hadn’t left me any clue for me to find her.

Recommend to the following type of readers: →
Over 12 etc.

Why my rating?→


Will I read it again?→

My feelings while reading this: →


To the Author

I highlighted your whole book and placed it in my review!

But luckily for you and me – nobody will understand it if they did not read your book!

This book is a piece of ART – well done – you blew my mind with this fantastic novel!


P&M Blog = Book Monsters:

Time to put on my reading glasses


A BIG Thank you from me to the author for trusting me with your work! 😀

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