Once upon a time, a beautiful queen was cursed by a dark faery.
That curse, inherited by twin princesses, Aura and Luna, binds their lives in the strangest of ways. At an early age, the girls were more than sisters. They were the strongest of allies until a combination of jealousy, anger and dark magic tore their relationship to shreds.
Aura took everything from Luna:
her home, her family, and her love by murdering the prince who’d chosen her instead of Aura.
Luna wants revenge, but she’s running out of time. She must sever the magical bond tying her to Aura’s before their eighteenth birthday or be bound to her forever. In desperation, she seeks help from a dark fae prince, but the price is steep — a piece of her soul.
Fate is a real witch. Luna was willing to give up anything to stop her sister, until Prince Phillip of Grithim, the brother of the only man she’s ever loved, falls into her life.
Neither of them can fight their attraction, despite their guilt.
With Aura hell-bent on destroying everything she holds dear, Luna must decide whether she wants revenge or Phillip. She can’t have both, and in the end, this may be a battle both sisters lose.
About the Author
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.
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Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Title: Savage Beauty
Author: Casey L. Bond
Editor: Stacy Sanford/The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/The Illustrated Author Design Services
Source: Lady Amber’s PR
The blurb makes this sound a little too cliche (but now that I look back, it’s almost like they’d done this on purpose) but I really enjoyed the author’s last fairy tale retelling, so I bypassed the good twin/evil twin thing and dove in, unsure of what I should expect. And. I. Am. So. Happy. You will regret not reading this.
Aura and Luna are daughters of the sun and moon. Where Aura is an optimistic ray of sunshine and petals, Luna is a jaded pessimist, though for good reason. Though Luna is the heroine in this novel, it’s actually Aura’s character that really got to me. I loved her views, her drive. I can’t say anymore without spoiling but keep in mind that she was one of the better people I found myself easily loving. But then again I have a weakness for the complex, so keep that in mind, as well.
This is an overall great fantasy read. I especially love that this is a retelling because Bond takes little details of the original and makes it her own. You wouldn’t even know this was a retelling unless you knew what to look out for, but even then, it’ll be a surprise. The world building was alright, but as long as the characters and plot are great, I’m great. It’s a definite recommend if you love fantasy, the fae, awesome witches, and a twist you won’t see coming (until all the players are in sight, if you’re like me).
I sincerely hope there’s a second book to come out of this!
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