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Savage Beauty – Casey L. Bond

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 life 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.
**Savage Beauty is a fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty… with fae witches.

I’d like to thank Lady Amber Tours for sending me an e-arc of this book! I have read from this author before I read Riches to Rags which was the Cinderella retelling so when I saw she was doing a sleeping beauty one. I was straight there. I knew I was going to be in for one hell of a ride. And boy was I in for a ride!

It was very interesting to read both sister’s point of view, I don’t know who I loved reading more from Luna or Aura, they were both very interesting and they were most definitely unreliable narrators, but each of the girls brought a part of the story and by the end of the story we did have the full story.

Through the start of the book, I had more sympathy towards Luna then I did Aura, I mean that changed when it got to the end then it all made sense but Aura was made to seem very unlikeable by the author until a certain point. I think it’s safe to say though I didn’t like either of the girls, just something about them I couldn’t connect to them.

The story has so much mindfuckery in it, so many times through the story I thought I had it all figured out there would be another twist or turn that throws me completely off guard and then I still don’t know where I stand with this book. It was one of the things I loved about it though. The story had me so confused and conflicted about who I was with and who I wanted to believe.

One thing was for sure in this story, I did not like Malex I thought he was dodgy from the start and I was glad it did, in fact, turn out true that he was dodgy. I loved that Aura protected her sister from the last moment even when she was mad at her, she was still willing to sacrifice herself for her. I loved that about Aura, it was nice to see by the end that both of these sisters had redeeming features about them.

I really loved this story and I loved the writing, if Casey L. Bond does any more fairy tale retellings, I shall for sure be picking them up. 

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