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.
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.