Curse Undone

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Curse Undone
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Publisher Name
CamCat Books
Age Range
13+
Release Date
October 04, 2022
ISBN13
9780744306224
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Two crowns. Two kingdoms. One chance to rule. Nor and King Casper are captured by the fay army and forced to face the indomitable Faerie Queen, Marasina. At her command, Casper is thrown into a mysterious prison while an even sinister fate is in store for Nor—a deadly fay poison that reveals Nor’s true nature. She’s not only half-fay. She is Queen Marasina’s heir. Revealed to be like the very creatures she despises, Nor must not only find a way to free Casper but also navigate a court that is as deadly as it is beautiful. Her allies are few, and though Pel claims to want friendship, Nor finds she cannot forgive his betrayal. As tensions mount and war looms between the kingdoms, Nor must choose a side, before it’s too late. In this epic conclusion to the Gold Spun duology, Nor discovers that a glamour and a curse may be two sides of the same coin.

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Rumpelstiltskin And Fae
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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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What I liked:
Curse Undone is the sequel to Gold Spun, an excellent Rumpelstiltskin retelling that introduced us to Nor and Casper. They are an unlikely duo who will go through thick and thin in this tale. The creative imagining of adding Fae into the mix and how it is revealed in this second book is fantastic. The emotion pours from these characters as Nor battles the heartbreaking truths about her family and her origins. Nor must she decide how much she will sacrifice for the family she now has and the man she is falling in love with.
Final Verdict:
The plot for Curse Undone is unrelenting in its pace, so much so that it is hard to put it down; you want to gobble the whole story up in one sitting. However, fans of Ya Fantasy and retelling will delight in this unique spin on the Rumpelstiltskin retelling.
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Amazing Conclusion to this Rumpelstiltskin Retelling
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Amazing conclusion to the series! CURSE UNDONE by Brandie June is the final book in the Gold Spun duology, a YA fantasy that takes the Rumpelstiltskin classic and turns it on its head. *Please note that this review may have spoilers to the first book in the series. Read at your own risk.* CURSE UNDONE picks up where book one left off with Casper and Nor running from their fae captors. Casper no longer knows if he can trust Nor, but he is left with little choice as they run for freedom. However their freedom is brief, and they find themselves in even dire straits than they began with.

The events of this book are breathtaking. I loved the world building in book one and the subtle foreshadowing to what was coming in this book. It is well done, fully integrated into the plot without having large info-dumps. Nor is faced with heartbreaking truths about her family and their origins. These truths affect how she views herself and all she’s ever known. Now in the heart of the fae court she finds herself in more danger than she realizes and family she never knew she had. With hard choices to make, Nor must decide what she will do for those she loves.

I do not envy Nor and the position she is placed in. I loved seeing the story unfold from her perspective. It added urgency to her plight. I found myself rooting for her and even disappointed at times with her choices. As cunning as Nor is, she is also too trusting. This trust gets her in SO much trouble.

As much as I like Nor, I love the new characters as well. Lorella is a fae princess who cares for Nor as she recovers in the court. She is a wonderful addition to the cast, providing a fae character that you can like and grow to love. Pel is also back, and I loved seeing him here. While he didn’t know much about him in book one, we learn more about his choices and feelings for Nor.

Overall, I really enjoyed CURSE UNDONE. The pace of the plot is unrelenting which means I read this one in almost one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed Nor’s adventure as well as how she handles all that she learns about herself and her family. Fans of YA fantasy and retellings will delight in this unique spin on the Rumpelstiltskin classic.
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