Here is the review! See you later this week with my next book box and tea!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Cursed Beauty by M. Lynn
Synopsis From The Book
A girl running out of time. A prince determined to give her more.
When Aurora finds an injured man on the battlefield of Bela, she takes him to her hidden cottage to keep him alive. It’s her last good deed before the curse she’s known was coming sends her into a thousand year slumber.
Aurora is ready. She has nothing, no one to miss.
Learning this man is the prince isn’t Aurora’s biggest problem, not when his touch is the first thing to bring her to life in years.
Now, when she thinks of missing the next thousand years on this earth, she wants to fight. Because, this time, she has someone to leave behind.
The epic conclusion to the Fantasy and Fairytales series, this book takes place hundreds of years before the birth of Etta Basile. See how the Basile curse came to be in this page turning adventure.
Fantasy | YA – E | War, NDE, Torture, Parental Negligence, Pregnancy | True Love, Sacrifice, Secrets
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
And here I am, on the last retelling.
I thought before picking this up, that it came after the books that I had read before. I WAS WRONG. This is the origin story that sets up for Etta’s story many, many years later. This is the story that began the war with La Dame. I know how it will end simply because of having read Etta’s story. Does that make me any less inclined to squeal as I read a romance that brew generations of power? I sure am. Let’s go!!
200 years into the past. I’m ready!!
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
And there we go. I have completed this series. I’m not sure I liked it as much as I have liked the others but I did like it for what it was worth. I liked learning of what happened.
But dang do they all fall in love relatively quickly, my lord. Lol
Prince Phillip of Bela fights a war against Gaule. He hates them but his army is losing. Without the king, his father, they do not have the magic support to win. He ends up dying in the forest found by two women and saved by a girl. The girl’s name is Aurora. La Dame has claimed her, and she tries to heal Prince Phillip but he refuses at the behest of Aurora. The two grow closer over the weeks he is there until they are certain they are in love and Phillip has past the worst of his injuries.
They kiss once and Aurora tells him of her curse and how she’ll be put to sleep for a hundred years. Her mother had been dying and her father asked La Dame for assistance. She healed the mother but took Aurora’s life past 18. Prince Phillip tries to convince her to leave with him and she refuses. They sleep together.
Philip goes home with Aurora and everyone is a happy he’s alive. He introduces Aurora and marries her the next day. They celebrate but the King dies and Philip inherits the Bela magic. He tries to fix Aurora and realizes she pregnant. She still falls asleep.
Eighteen years later, La Dame is torturing Rapunzel. She loves Rapunzel like a daughter, which naturally means making the most dangerous person through trauma. Ric, the son of Aurora and Philip, has dreams of his mother and then later Rapunzel. He convinces his father that saving Rapunzel will save Aurora. They travel into Dracon and Ric let’s himself be captured.
Ric meets Renuld Durand and Rapunzel. They talk and La Dame appears. She harassed them before leaving. Rapunzel breaks their curses by killing them and healing them back. La Dame explodes about it and goes back to Bela with them to not heal Aurora. Rapunzel tells Ric about True Loves kiss- the process of giving all of ones magic to another. Philip does it and wake Aurora and almost dies but Rapunzel heals him. They go to war and La Dame is forced to flee. Rapunzel and Ric agree to be with each other. La Dame cursed the Basils and they and put into the curse of serving the Durand.
What I Liked:
Rapunzel; What a sweet girl. I want so much more of her, but this book transversed decades all in one go, so it wasn’t possible. I want to know more of how she met Renuld and her relationship with him.
Aurora; What a sweet girl, and her plot of falling in love in thirty days made me laugh but also sob. Man it must have been so painful for her to fall in love. I’m so happy that her curse was broken.
Philip; This man almost died, found the love of his life, watched her essentially die, and then gave his life to bring her back.
Ric; This sweet child. Or should I call him daring? I’m not sure, but he succeeded, only yo fail but ultimately tying himself to the Durands. What a terrible situation, he deserves better.
Time jump; The time skip from Philip to Ria caught me off guard, but it was necessary to tell the whole tale. I ended up appreciating it more, as I thought about it, because it kept the book moving in pacing.
Set up for other novels; I won’t lie, I was asking how Aurora and Rapunzel both became the parents to the Baisle line. Seeing how it went down is another think lol. Seeing how love can be so twisted to create the curse that Etta had to deal with, was sad.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
“Death cares little if you’re the prince.” – pg13