Princess Raya of Paruth lived alone on a deserted island in a towering lighthouse, forgotten by time.
With only a loyal albatross as a friend, she had a little hope or joy in her life until he washed up on her shore in the middle of a raging winter storm.
Prince Trevor or Galder left his father and kingdom behind to travel north in search of a wife. It was time to settle down and forget Ella Carina, the woman who chose to love a peasant and follow her heart instead of choosing Trevor and fulfilling her duty to her people.
He didn’t heed the warnings about the North Sea in winter, and his ship, crew, and captain paid the price.
Raya and Trevor must work together to find a way off the island, or risk being trapped there for the rest of their lives. But sometimes the simplest lessons are the hardest, and each will have to learn that the only thing that can truly set you free is love.
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
Author: Casey L. Bond
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I was really excited to read this because I loved Tangled and I thought Rapunzel was a cool fairytale that didn’t get told enough, you know? And the last fairytale retelling by Bond was totally amazing so I got really pumped for this. To say that I was disappointed isn’t accurate, but I definitely expected something different.
Raya’s story was a sad one filled with a lot of hardships and afterward rewards. I was excited to see that this story took place in the same time zone as Riches to Rags, the first fairytale book Bond wrote. Six years have passed since the Cinderella retelling, if you’re wondering, and Raya’s a twenty-two-year-old young woman who’s spent half her life alone with no one but a loyal albatross for company. Raya was a cute character, really endearing and easy to relate to if you’ve ever felt that cool touch of abandonment. She’s had her struggles and has flaws, but she’s so likable because of how appreciative and quirky she is. She definitely found herself more when she was over at Trevor’s kingdom. I liked her more than Prince Trevor, but the guy was pretty cool, too. Determined, very
stubborn dedicated and loyal. I commend him for the patience he had for his control freak of a father, and I actually really appreciated this book because he was not my favorite person in RTR. Seeing him own up to his faults made him endearing.
Trevor and Ray are sweet, but because I was prepping myself for another exciting ‘epic adventure’ with a Rapunzel twist, I ended up ruining the beginning of the book for myself. I had different expectations of what I was about to read. This book was more of a romance read that just happened to be set in a very ‘epic-fantasy’ world. When I changed my mindset and started thinking of the story that way, things flowed more and seemed more appropriate. Thinking of it as an epic fantasy made the whole story seem slow and brief in some places, but when you look at it from a ‘romance’ POV, you really get to forget about everything else happening around them and enjoy the angst and drama that occurs when two people are in love. It certainly made up for the numerous miscommunications they both had. I will say that the writing style felt different from the rest of the books, but maybe it was just because of how different this story was compared to the others? The ending was totally boss and if you’re a fan of fairytale retellings, Bond is an author you should not skip out on. I love her writing, love her stories and the way she turns beloved legends and makes them her own, and if you’re just up for a great read, look no further than these tales.