Sleeping Beauty Retelling
SAVAGE BEAUTY is a dark twist on the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Aura and Luna are sisters, but they're the complete opposite if each other. Luna is cursed to sleep all day, can control air and fire, and is strongest during the night. Aura is cursed to sleep all night, can control water and earth, and is strongest during the day.
Their sisterly bond has been fractured because Aura has taken so much from Luna, including William, a prince Luna loved. For this, Luna wants to sever the bond that connects them so she can finally remove her sister from the picture. Permanently. She must trust the words of a fae prince Malex who knows of a spell that can help her.
Luna is focused and won't be deterred from her goal. But when William's brother Phillip appears, Luna finds her heart stuttering in response. There's something completely about Phillip when compared to William. As the two spend more and more time together, Phillip finds himself wanting to help Luna however he can, but is destroying Aura really the answer to all of their problems?
SAVAGE BEAUTY is enchantingly written and the dark element is so alluring that I wanted to devour it in one sitting. Luna gave me a Maleficent feel which I absolutely love since she's one of my favorite characters. SAVAGE BEAUTY as it all: betrayal, love, magic, fae, princesses, princes, and curses. This is the first book I've read from Casey L. Bond and it certainly won't be the last.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty, magic, curses, royalty, fae, and fairytale retellings.