Friday 27 October 2023

Review of Of Curses & Beauty by Elle Backenstoe

One curse to bring them together.

One kiss to tear them apart.

All her life, Alaine has suffered the weight of her beauty and she is tired of it. When an unexpected debt threatens her family, Alaine is urged to accept a lucrative marriage to her worst nightmare. She flees to the nearby forest and encounters a witch that offers to help her. The last thing Alaine expects is to be taken away, stripped of her beauty, and abandoned at a curious cottage with no way out.

Daric has been cursed for centuries when a strange young woman wanders into his secluded corner of the woods, claiming to be a lost beauty. For years, his only goal had been to escape the enchanted cottage and exact revenge against the witch that ensnared him. But sharing his curse with Alaine might not be so bad, especially if she’s the one that can break it.

Daric yearns to see them both free. Alaine knows her family is counting on her, but as her reluctant friendship with Daric blossoms into something more, she must decide if saving her parents is worth losing him and returning to the marriage she escape.

My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up looking for a nice fairytale retelling, and was not disappointed. While the story was known to me, this was a unique spin on it that allowed you to get lost in the pages, hoping for the ending you wanted. The characters were engaging and relatable and they allowed you to ease into the plot, while knowing that things would not go easily for these characters. I adored the world, adored the twists and turns the story took me down and ended up finishing it in one sitting because I had to know if there would be that happy ending. Very much recommended!

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