Star-Crossed Tales by J.M. Page



What an amazing collection of traditional fairy tales re-told in a fresh, modern way, with an interstellar twist and strong, independent, capable female characters, which have detached from the stigma of damsel in distress and became pilots, mechanical engineers, leaders of rebellion, and adventurers. Anything is possible in J.M. Page’s Universe.

The Prince and the Cyborg (Star-Crossed Tales #1)

This book was re-published as the sixth book The Little Cyborg: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales #6) see below

Beauty and the Space Beast: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales #2) available for purchase on Amazon

This is a completely different approach to the story. Focus is shifted from the physical appearance of the “Beast” to his transformation as a person. Captain Torak is a descendant of the infamous people of Basniel and has given up trying to be different, in other words a good person. Regardless of how his innate goodness prevails at times, he is oblivious to it until he meets Mara, a daughter of a man who owes him a debt, and who agrees to work on the ship to pay it off.

I have had some mixed feelings about this story for two reasons. Firstly, Mara’s father strikes me as an utter ignorant fool, keeping his daughter practically sequestered on a small asteroid, keeping secrets and not giving her any information, borrowing large sums of money and thinking that he is not obligated to return it, all to protect Mara. However, he keeps Mara completely ignorant and away from any human contact or information. Obviously, a very annoying character. Secondly, there is Mara, who starts quite open-minded and then for a while converts into an incredibly judgemental person, for no reason whatsoever. Fortunately, she comes to her senses towards the end.

The encounter between Torak and Mara and the development of their relationship is quite interesting, but maybe a bit rushed towards the end of the book. Or maybe I just liked them so much I wanted to read a bout them a bit longer.

In this book, as well as the next one, the focus is on the strong female character who can take care of herself. She is independent, smart and a mechanical engineer. I loved it! There were some moments in the book where her genius engineering skills shine like a star. It was a pleasure to read.

Alien Frog Prince: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales, #3) available for purchase on Amazon

This was the first book I read from this author and I have to say I was so amazed, I immediately read another one and bought the remaining four.

I know, it sounds weird considering the paradoxical title and the cover which does not really show a frog-man, but keep in mind that here we have some of the traditional fairy tales re-told in futuristic, Sci Fi fashion.

The author took the main plot from the original fairy tale and translated it into interstellar world with the main female character Jennifer, Jen, being from the future Earth and the Prince Zakrom, Zak, from a far away planet. The romance is beautiful and the chemistry between the characters is undeniable. The author managed to preserve the clean nature of the story so it reads well for all ages.

Just like the original story, the world is just there and the that is where the story starts. Normally the lack of world building would bother me, but not here, because all I needed to know was there. The character development was really good as was the romantic build-up. I am curious though, whether the stories overlap and whether they are situated in the same universe. I guess I will find out soon enough.

What I need to mention is the modern twist the author added here, and I hope it is the same twist I will see in the rest of the books in the series, the female lead is a strong, capable, independent modern woman who does not need a handsome rich knight or prince to save her. She may be clumsy at times, but she is more than capable of taking care of herself. My favourite detail of the story was not how the Prince looked but how he made her feel. And that is something that will leave a very positive message once you finish the book. Unlike the traditional fairy tales, it does not encourage helpless incapable women, sitting and waiting for Prince Charming, but independent, self-sufficient, hard working women who are not afraid to take action. In my opinion, the author managed to take the best part of the original story and correct all that was wrong with the perception of women.

Cinderstellar: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales #4) available for purchase on Amazon

What an amazing read this was! And what an amazingly fresh and inventive approach to the traditional story of Cinderella.

The story is set off Earth, in the interstellar flight academy, where the Federation pilots are trained. The main female character Stella is the daughter of the Academy Commander and her mother was the legendary Federation pilot who was killed in battle a decade before the story starts. Her life is heard, she works as a janitor at the academy, as her father will not allow her to enroll and become a pilot. Stella is an amazingly strong character who overcomes all the obstacles and bravely moves on to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She is strong, hardworking, and a very talented pilot. And although she is independent, she allows her friend to see her vulnerabilities and accepts help they offer.

Dax is the latest in the long line of brave Federation pilots and is expected to follow the family trade. On the surface he is arrogant, self-centered and shallow, but as we get to know him, he becomes something completely different. The character development in this story good is also amazing, as is the detailed description of the simulators and the battles. I almost felt like I was there.  And villains… there are several, some of them meaner than others. Of course, there is a mention of all important persons, items and events, but the way the author transformed those is incredibly original.

Lady and the Space Tramp: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales #5) available for purchase on Amazon

To be read.

The Little Cyborg: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales #6), which is the first story The Prince and The Cyborg re-published, available for purchase on Amazon

To be read.

Planet Neverland: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales #7) available for purchase on Amazon

To be read. I am not a huge fan of Peter Pan, so I am hoping for significant improvements.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarf Planets: A Space Age Fairy Tale (Star-Crossed Tales #8) available for purchase on Amazon as a freebie

This is another great book for all ages. What an amazing re-telling of Snow White!
Here, we are not talking about helpless girl who cooks and cleans for seven dwarfs in exchange for their protection. Here, we are talking about a strong independent woman, who is a fighter and a leader of a rebellion, who can shoot and never miss her target. Charismatic leader who moves the masses.

Hunter is an interesting character, and the chemistry between them is great. This story is a bit darker that the others, which should be expected, considering the original story. The evil queen is awful, horrible and even worse than the original.

The author did a fantastic job with the world building and the character development as well as the ever present special twist.

Thumbelalien: A Space Age Fairy Tale available for purchase on Amazon

This story was somewhat different than the previous ones, mainly due to the main character Lina and her character flaws. Like author’s previous characters, Lina is strong-willed, capable, and a kind of engineering prodigy who can fix anything, however, all her qualities and skills gets overshadowed by her flaws at times. Lina can be careless, reckless, stubborn, self-centred and quite inconsiderate. She also refuses to see the big picture quite often, or most of the time.

I have to admit that I am not a fan of original Thumbelina, or Hans Christian Anderson, for many reasons. That said, it must be noted that the author here did the best she possibly could to correct the mistakes inherent to the original story.

The author’s version of the story is interesting and surprising at times, the descriptions are detailed and vivid, especially when it comes to beautiful Mabnoa. The characters are well developed and I love the author’s writing style, especially the sci fi approach.

More about J.M. Page and Star-Crossed Tales is available on Goodreads and the author’s website.

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