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. :)
Genre: Another-World, Faeries, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Witches--
Luna and her twin sister Aura have been in a feud for almost their whole lives, the sisters polar opposites, light and darkness, but both full of fey magic. Luna wants to get revenge on her sister for the horrorific death of William, the prince that she loved. Aura just wants to control her sister and gather more power, but Luna just won't cooperate! When William's brother finds his way to their kingdom, Luna vows to help him survive and return home. But she has no idea what she is really facing.
This is not your Disney fairytale, full of happiness and love, where goodness triumphs- instead, Savage Beauty is more like the original fairytales, like Grimm, with terror death and hard lessons to pave the way. I will admit that I was a little surprised at how dark I found the story to be, which I guess I should not have been. The book starts with a backstory of desperation and rape and quickly transitions to ripping people in half and a dangerous game of power struggle. Yep, beware that this was not a light read but it was an interesting one. And, truth be told, the heart of this story was love- be it familial or romantic, love helped to motivate the characters and the plot in a surprisingly positive way.
I was surprised by the direction that the plot took, and I would almost say that this is a happily ever after (ha, high five Disney!), as happily ever after as this plot could be (spoiler- there is death and betrayal floating through the book). I really enjoyed how Casey created such a unique storyline, mixing fairytale elements, the Fey, witches with potions and animal familiars, dysfunctional family dynamics and love. This happens to be my first adventure with Casey but I loved how her minds creates so I would love to check out more books written by her.