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Miles and the Magic Flute - Heidi Cullinan This looks like another one where I'm going to be in the minority opinion.There were aspects of this story I really liked, and then there were parts that just didn't work for me. I have always been a sucker for a good fairy tale, and this story did a good job delving into the darker, more traditional aspects of the genre. For all his faults, I even liked Miles. I understand how frustrated his must feel by the direction his life took. Being set back to the place he desperately wanted to escape from was his worst nightmare. I think his growth over the course of the book was a little too forced, and something about the progression felt off to me. I liked most of the arc with the Lord of Dreams, but Harry's part didn't work for me. I didn't feel the connection between he and Miles like I was supposed to. The scene in the circle struck me as unnecessary, and didn't add anything to their relationship for me. Then when I found out about Harry's nature from what I understand part of his curse was that he falls in love with any living man who he sees made that aspect even less believable. I think if they had more time to get to know each other, or understand each other it wouldn't have bothered me. I actually liked that Miles wasn’t his one true love or anything like that, but in spite of that it still felt very much like insta-love, and I never felt the deeper love Miles insisted he felt.The ending also didn't really work for me. The final battle felt anti-climatic, and the resolution with Harry felt like an excuse for some pretty heavy smut rather than a natural part of the story. I also felt like she tried a little too hard not to have a perfect happy ending, but the obstacles she talks about seem small in light of the magic that was worked.