Book Review: The Four Clever Brothers

Updated on March 27, 2018
The Four Clever Brothers is in the reverse harem boxed set, Falling for Them.
The Four Clever Brothers is in the reverse harem boxed set, Falling for Them.

Genre: Fairy-tale, Reverse Harem, Romance

My rating: 3 stars

A retelling of the Grimm brothers' fairytale, The Four Brothers is about how a deal with a mermaid led to four magical and immortal brothers and the woman they fell in love with after they rescue her from a Dragon shifter prince.

I wish this story was longer. I love fairytale retellings, even for fairytales I don't know that well. And this one could have been so great because it was already a cool story.

But as good as this story was, it could have been better. At the beginning, there was a lot of summarizing from Addy, the heroine, to get us up to speed, which was a little frustrating. Actually, a lot frustrating. It was two chapters before we even got to the main story. And while retellings are an excellent chance to expand on characters, the author failed to do so.

I kept getting the brothers confused right up until the last chapter. I really would have liked to see more of their time on the ship, right after they rescue her. That is when they get to know each other, and fall in love, but that time is glossed over.

What the story lacked in character development, it tried to make up in sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, I love some good sex scenes, and these were particularly hot. But sex scenes are a poor excuse for a story. What's the use of them when I still have difficulty remembering which brother does what? I could have done with less sex scenes if it meant more character development.

It wasn't a bad story, not really, but because I know it could have been so much better, I'm giving this story 3 out of 5 stars.

Questions & Answers


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Kara Skinner profile imageAUTHOR

        Kara Skinner 

        22 months ago from Maine

        Thank you, Dora!

      • MsDora profile image

        Dora Weithers 

        22 months ago from The Caribbean

        You covered all the main points in a brief article. Thanks for such a good sampling of a book review.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)