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This book can be read as a standalone. Aurora Rose Brynhild is out of time. For eighteen years she’s been allowed to live as a free woman in anticipation of a century long slumber. Now, the dark sorceress of Dracon is coming for her, and she doesn’t like to lose. But Aurora is ready. She has nothing, no one to miss. Until him. When she finds the Belaen prince wounded in th This book can be read as a standalone. Aurora Rose Brynhild is out of time. For eighteen years she’s been allowed to live as a free woman in anticipation of a century long slumber. Now, the dark sorceress of Dracon is coming for her, and she doesn’t like to lose. But Aurora is ready. She has nothing, no one to miss. Until him. When she finds the Belaen prince wounded in the forest, she takes him home, wanting to do one good thing before the curse takes her, needing to save his life. As she heals the prince, she comes to know fear for the first time in her life. Because now, when the slumber comes for her, she has something to leave behind. Prince Phillip Basile never gives up. The “General Prince” as they call him, is used to battling for everything he has. And now, he will fight for her. Aurora tells him she can’t stay, that there’s no way to break her curse. But he will do anything to prove her wrong, to save her no matter the cost. Inspired by the Sleeping Beauty story, this is the cursed princess as you’ve never seen her before.


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This book can be read as a standalone. Aurora Rose Brynhild is out of time. For eighteen years she’s been allowed to live as a free woman in anticipation of a century long slumber. Now, the dark sorceress of Dracon is coming for her, and she doesn’t like to lose. But Aurora is ready. She has nothing, no one to miss. Until him. When she finds the Belaen prince wounded in th This book can be read as a standalone. Aurora Rose Brynhild is out of time. For eighteen years she’s been allowed to live as a free woman in anticipation of a century long slumber. Now, the dark sorceress of Dracon is coming for her, and she doesn’t like to lose. But Aurora is ready. She has nothing, no one to miss. Until him. When she finds the Belaen prince wounded in the forest, she takes him home, wanting to do one good thing before the curse takes her, needing to save his life. As she heals the prince, she comes to know fear for the first time in her life. Because now, when the slumber comes for her, she has something to leave behind. Prince Phillip Basile never gives up. The “General Prince” as they call him, is used to battling for everything he has. And now, he will fight for her. Aurora tells him she can’t stay, that there’s no way to break her curse. But he will do anything to prove her wrong, to save her no matter the cost. Inspired by the Sleeping Beauty story, this is the cursed princess as you’ve never seen her before.

30 review for Cursed Beauty

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Loved reading Aurora and Philip's story, which is a beautiful 'Sleeping Beauty' retelling, drawing inspiration from 'Rapunzel'. Their tale sets everything in motion for La Dame's curse in which Etta and Alex find themselves entangled, in 'Golden Curse'.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin Gossman

    This tale was gripping, just as the others from the series that I have read. I love reading a good series that comes full circle, they aren’t all pulled off well, and certainly not all retelling are done well, which again, I believe Lynn has done. The passion she poured into Aurora, Philip, & Ric’s words speaks for itself. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This tale was gripping, just as the others from the series that I have read. I love reading a good series that comes full circle, they aren’t all pulled off well, and certainly not all retelling are done well, which again, I believe Lynn has done. The passion she poured into Aurora, Philip, & Ric’s words speaks for itself. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. One thing I love about this series is how quickly you can read them. I read this book in just a couple hours and I loved every minute of it. I always become attached to M. Lynn's character's so quickly. Phillips and Aurora however have become a quick favorite of mine. It's funny how I actually hate instalove in books but in this one I was already jumping the gun and wanting them to be together. But my mi Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. One thing I love about this series is how quickly you can read them. I read this book in just a couple hours and I loved every minute of it. I always become attached to M. Lynn's character's so quickly. Phillips and Aurora however have become a quick favorite of mine. It's funny how I actually hate instalove in books but in this one I was already jumping the gun and wanting them to be together. But my mind did kick back in and start thinking how I wish things went by a little slower. I understand why their relationship went by so fast because of the curse but I wish they had some more time getting to know each other a bit more. It felt a bit too rushed. Like knew they had limited about of time but I wanted to have them have longer days or longer scenes together. I love the plot of this book it always kept me wanting to read more and before I knew it I had finished the whole book. There was a few things I didn't like, I didn't like how there was a time jump in the book but I understand that it was needed for the story to move forward but I'm just not a fan of time jumps in the middle of a book. I also didn't like how we did't get to see Rics powers come to be it left me with a lot of questions and his own romance seemed to be just as quick as his parents. I think all the characters as much as I loved them and wanted them to be together, needed to slow down. I also really really wish these books had a family tree of all the characters. It would be so helpful because as I go along I'm getting confused on who's with who and where their family comes from or who their parents are. I will most definitely will suggest this idea to the author. I feel like it would help the readers so much even if it's not in the books but just online for them to look at if needed. Another thing I loved besides how fast of a read these books are is how they all connect to each other in some way or another. I'm not for sure if this is the last book in the series or not but I hope its not because I have loved reading all of theses retelling of my favorite fairy tales. I wish she would do a mulan one soon or a little red riding hood one maybe. I'm sure she's got plenty of books in the works and I cant wait to read more of them. I think this is where I'll end my review because I don't want to spoil too much of the book for anyone. I recommend this series and this book to anyone who loves fantasy books that are a quick read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    I received a free copy for an honest review. Good golly! While it was nice to know how it all began, it sure did put my heart in quite a tailspin. I loved every minute of it. I feel like I've waited so long for it to come out and it didn't disappoint. Philip, Aurora, Ric, and Rapunzel are amazing but do have moments of slight brave stupidity. I knew because it was a prequel that the ending wouldn't be all unicorns and rainbows, but somehow I still managed to forget it and was shocked by how it e I received a free copy for an honest review. Good golly! While it was nice to know how it all began, it sure did put my heart in quite a tailspin. I loved every minute of it. I feel like I've waited so long for it to come out and it didn't disappoint. Philip, Aurora, Ric, and Rapunzel are amazing but do have moments of slight brave stupidity. I knew because it was a prequel that the ending wouldn't be all unicorns and rainbows, but somehow I still managed to forget it and was shocked by how it ended. I would recommend this book and this series to anyone!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terry Juell

    BOOK!!!!! It is classic worthy! I loved every minute of it right from the start. The characters were so easy to fall in love with or hate depending on who it was of course. This book felt like home and I could have gotten lost in it for the rest of time! It was also good to see where things started since this was a prequel, although there is a large gap, two hundred years, which could very well be filled in with more stories by the author! Hint, hint!!! Anyway, this is a 5 star read for me, I ho BOOK!!!!! It is classic worthy! I loved every minute of it right from the start. The characters were so easy to fall in love with or hate depending on who it was of course. This book felt like home and I could have gotten lost in it for the rest of time! It was also good to see where things started since this was a prequel, although there is a large gap, two hundred years, which could very well be filled in with more stories by the author! Hint, hint!!! Anyway, this is a 5 star read for me, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    At first, I was quite sad because I wouldn’t be able to follow the characters I’ve grown so fond of from the other six books of the series on their journey this time. This final instalment of the Fantasy and Fairytales series goes way back to a time where the curse Etta and Alex had to suffer from does not yet exist. We get to know in more detail how La Dame came to cast the curse in the first place. So, those people who have already read Etta’s story in the first three books of the series will At first, I was quite sad because I wouldn’t be able to follow the characters I’ve grown so fond of from the other six books of the series on their journey this time. This final instalment of the Fantasy and Fairytales series goes way back to a time where the curse Etta and Alex had to suffer from does not yet exist. We get to know in more detail how La Dame came to cast the curse in the first place. So, those people who have already read Etta’s story in the first three books of the series will pretty much know how Cursed Beauty is going to end. The sadness didn’t stay long with me though because Philipp and Aurora, and later their son Ric as well, made me fall in love with them just as quickly as Etta, Alex, Edmund, Tyson and all the others have managed to do. Aurora’s habit of talking to herself is very adorable and Philipp’s devotion to her is portrayed in a way that moved me to tears. They know each other barely a month and Philipp has to recover from his injuries most of that time. Still, it felt so natural that they fell so deeply in love with each other in such a short space of time. La Dame, with her curses, acts as the main evil again. I liked that we get more insight into her past and therefore an explanation why she does the nefarious things she does. As I’ve mentioned before, the ending does not come as a surprise. This doesn’t mean that the book is boring in any way or capacity though as I, for one thing, hold the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty very dear and, for another, I couldn’t resist Aurora and Philipp. I couldn’t help myself but to hope that they would get their happily ever after no matter how many things stood in the way of it. The epilogue closes the circle and made me want to re-read the entire series. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to those who want to know more about La Dame herself, how her curses work and to those who just want to enjoy a lovely retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    This story was so good! I received an advance copy from the author, this does not affect my review. While I'm not normally a 'Sleeping Beauty' fan, I found myself quickly falling for these characters and their story. I've enjoyed the others in the series, so this new series/stand-alone set in the same worlds as the others was exciting and a fun twist on both the Aurora story, and the series itself.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Hawley

    Another beautiful book, with another beautiful cover, but so nerve wracking, as prequels tend to be. (You know the iceberg is coming, but no one on the Titanic can hear you.) I also adored the epilogue.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Turk

    Where It All Began!!💘⚡💥💔 This twist on Sleeping Beauty brings us full circle, to the tale of how, why and when La Damme put the curse on the Basile Heirs!!😔 How, once the Basile heir turns 18 years, they share a bond with the Gaulean heir - they're cursed to share pain, injuries even death, generation after generation!!😱😭 We meet Prince Phillip Basile 👑 & Aurora Rose 🌹as they fall in love 🙏💘 they have just weeks before her sleeping curse starts on her 18th birthday & they'll be separated forever b Where It All Began!!💘⚡💥💔 This twist on Sleeping Beauty brings us full circle, to the tale of how, why and when La Damme put the curse on the Basile Heirs!!😔 How, once the Basile heir turns 18 years, they share a bond with the Gaulean heir - they're cursed to share pain, injuries even death, generation after generation!!😱😭 We meet Prince Phillip Basile 👑 & Aurora Rose 🌹as they fall in love 🙏💘 they have just weeks before her sleeping curse starts on her 18th birthday & they'll be separated forever by time!😢🕛💤 La Damme takes a child from a battle torn village, she claims her as her own daughter - Rapunzel!!🌟 A future Basile Prince 👑 will free & love her 💘 The curse will be born from La Damme's anger, jealousy & feelings of betrayal!💔😡💥 This was a good way to round out these wonderful Fairytale re-imaginings!!😍 I do wish there had been a foreword to state this was a prequel, of sorts, as I spent much of the book trying to figure out who all of these new people were!!🙈😂 Debbie, 1970, UK

  10. 5 out of 5

    Coral Chanel (Reading Starlight)

    Spoiler free review A unique take on the classic sleeping beauty, this book is a wonderful read. It's beautifully written and gives amazing insights and backgrounds to the characters and the world building in the book gives so much more for the books that came before it in this series. Would definitely recommend as well as the other books in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Lee Zonneveld

    Cursed Beauty by M. Lynn is a Sleeping Beauty retelling. I really liked the book. It's very well written. I loved the characters, they were so well developed. Can't wait to read more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Marin

    Aurora Rose Brynhild is running out of time. She's been allowed to live her life in freedom, knowing full well that she'll fall into a deep sleep for one hundred years the day she turns eighteen. But, she's never been afraid before, because she's never had anyone to lose. When she finds the Belaen Prince in her woods, wounded, she takes him home with her, intent on healing him and sending him on his way before she falls into her slumber. She doesn't plan on falling in love with him. But, the mor Aurora Rose Brynhild is running out of time. She's been allowed to live her life in freedom, knowing full well that she'll fall into a deep sleep for one hundred years the day she turns eighteen. But, she's never been afraid before, because she's never had anyone to lose. When she finds the Belaen Prince in her woods, wounded, she takes him home with her, intent on healing him and sending him on his way before she falls into her slumber. She doesn't plan on falling in love with him. But, the more time she spends with Phillip, the more afraid she becomes, because now she has something to leave behind. Prince Phillip's nickname is "the General Prince". He never gives up on those he loves or what he believes is right. Aurora tells him that there's no way to break her curse, that she can't stay. He refuses to believe that there's nothing he can do to fix things. He'll do anything to prove her wrong, no matter what the cost is. Cursed Beauty is the prequel to the Fantasy and Fairytales series and a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, my all-time favorite fairytale. When I heard M. Lynn was writing a retelling of this story, I was both excited and apprehensive. I was excited because I've loved this series, all the way through and she's a talented writer. I was looking forward to seeing her bring new characters to life because she does such a great job at creating characters that are imperfectly perfect. I was apprehensive because it's my favorite fairytale. The bar is pretty high on this one. All I can say is she knocked it out of the park...total homerun! Phillip and Aurora are definitely high on the list of my favorite characters from the series. I can easily see how Etta could come from such a strong family history. So many lingering questions about the histories of Bela, Gaule, and Dracon were answered in this prequel. Thank you, M. Lynn for doing right by "my" Princess.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Florentyna Kerkmeer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received a copy from the author to review. So where to start for this one because I liked the book but there were good things and things to improve on. Let's start with my biggest comment: This should have been two books. The outline of the story has so many great things in it, that also go beyond the traditional tale we know and will really add to the story and make it richer. However, at points it felt rushed. I'm not against instalove, but with Philip and Aurora it felt like a switch was fl I received a copy from the author to review. So where to start for this one because I liked the book but there were good things and things to improve on. Let's start with my biggest comment: This should have been two books. The outline of the story has so many great things in it, that also go beyond the traditional tale we know and will really add to the story and make it richer. However, at points it felt rushed. I'm not against instalove, but with Philip and Aurora it felt like a switch was flipped and they were madly in love and couldn't be apart. I just wasn't there emotionally. I got left behind somehow. Also there are some really big time jumps at some points and there were moments when it seemed like chapters had been removed. For me, you can't have Aurora fall asleep at the end of one chapter, and have her deliver her child and have it grow up to eighteen years old in the next. It's too fast. So my biggest advice would be: if you have all these amazing story ideas, use them well. Really go into them because they are good ideas and they deserve to be explored more. Apart from the flipswitch love and time jumps, I thought the writing was really good. Especially in the second part of the book I enjoyed it when they went on a sort of quest and I thought the writing was very engaging. So if this story had gone more into detail and we would have had two books, maybe with one finishing when Aurora falls asleep and then all the rest in the second book, I think it would have been amazing. I haven't read the previous books and I am now very interested in those, especially because I believe there are two trilogies and I'm curious to see if I'll like it better when one story is three books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dee King

    Eh. Thought I’d enjoy that more. But honestly, the actual explanation of the curse took too long to get too. And while I understand how and why, I’m still a bit confused. Oh well, doesn’t matter. The series is over so whatever.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mayara Arend

    Not bad but.. meh

  16. 4 out of 5

    Candice Allen

    I absolutely adored this story by M. Lynn, I have never read her fantasy genre books but have read her writing under her contemporary fiction pen name before and both styles are fantastic.     I love the world building and descriptions the help put you right into the story, you can almost hear, the battles or smell the white lilies in the garden. I could imagine myself going still as Aurora fell under the curse and I felt the joys and sadness of each character as I read. I love the character deve I absolutely adored this story by M. Lynn, I have never read her fantasy genre books but have read her writing under her contemporary fiction pen name before and both styles are fantastic.     I love the world building and descriptions the help put you right into the story, you can almost hear, the battles or smell the white lilies in the garden. I could imagine myself going still as Aurora fell under the curse and I felt the joys and sadness of each character as I read. I love the character development where you get to know each character's thoughts and feelings by the author telling the story from each one's perspective. I fell in love with Aurora’s quirky personality and habit of talking to herself, I delighted in Philip’s growth through the challenges he faced and choosing to not give into the evil around him. I cheered when the curse was broken and cried when the next twists and turns came into play. Sweet Wolfric aka “Ric” falling for Rapunzel in his dreams first and then in real life was a joy to read and be a part of and I could feel the struggle Rapunzel had in loving her mother “La Dame” but not wanting to be like her in her evil ways. This story is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel combined with the interesting twist of La Dame who casts all the curses.I loved the references to the well beloved tales with the unique twists that let you feel like it is something completely brand new. The different countries with and without magic and how that played a part in the history of the people and their battles and the motive for La Dame doing what she does kept me fascinated throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to all ages, teen and above.There is kissing and love discussed but it is kept clean. I received an ARC for an honest review and I am grateful I got to experience this book and I am excited to read more as I realized I have the book that is referenced in the epilogue.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review. This is simply my opinion on the book and is not influenced by any external factor. I remember watching the Sleeping Beauty Disney adaptation as a young kid, so I vaguely remember the story, but I do recall that I was not that impressed with it compared to other Disney Princess movies. Going into this book, I thought it was going to be based on that, with the pricking of her finger on the spinning wheel and the three fairies. I can hones I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review. This is simply my opinion on the book and is not influenced by any external factor. I remember watching the Sleeping Beauty Disney adaptation as a young kid, so I vaguely remember the story, but I do recall that I was not that impressed with it compared to other Disney Princess movies. Going into this book, I thought it was going to be based on that, with the pricking of her finger on the spinning wheel and the three fairies. I can honestly say that this retelling was much, MUCH better and made me appreciate the tale more than I had in my childhood. Yes, we do have Aurora and Prince Phillip, we have the curse that will take her into a hundred years of slumber on her eighteenth birthday and we have true love’s kiss; but this story was much more exciting and memorable than what I remember. The author has re-spun the tale more creatively and effectively to create an enthralling version of the story. And true love’s kiss does not mean what you think it does; I won’t say anything as it would spoil the surprise. I read this after Noble Thief, so I was already used to some of the terms used regarding the geography and certain characters. However, I have not read the others in this series, and I think it might have been more symbolic if I had read these prior to this as I might have ‘put more pieces together’. Despite this, it still reads well as a standalone. The romance I found heavy at times, but this is a clean read with only minimal language. That ending wasn’t what I expected; however, this is a prequel to the main books in the series. Overall, I can honestly say that this was an excellent story I will definitely read again in the future. Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy and retellings. To the author, keep up the great work! Rating 4/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Saundra Wright

    This writer writes books that touch your heart and even your life. Don’t think for a minute that this is some tired old fairy tale retelling! It is fresh and new with characters you will fall in love with, cry with and experience their joy. The one thing you won’t be is unmoved. If you haven’t found this writer, under any or all her names, do it today! Aurora has spent her entire life preparing for the curse that will befall her on her eighteenth birthday. She lost her mother when she was a very This writer writes books that touch your heart and even your life. Don’t think for a minute that this is some tired old fairy tale retelling! It is fresh and new with characters you will fall in love with, cry with and experience their joy. The one thing you won’t be is unmoved. If you haven’t found this writer, under any or all her names, do it today! Aurora has spent her entire life preparing for the curse that will befall her on her eighteenth birthday. She lost her mother when she was a very young child. For a while it was just herself, her father and her grandmother in their small cottage in the woods. No one else dared live so close to the walls of Dracon. Then one day her father just didn’t come home. Aurora was used to his extended absences, but he always came back. When he didn’t, she was sure the fault lay with Dracon’s queen, La Dame. Now her grandmother was gone as well, taken by old age. Aurora had been alone for two years aside from La Dame’s visits. La Dame was like a vulture, not waiting for her to die, but for the time the full measure of the curse she put on Aurora would unfold. Never has Bela’s battle come so near Aurora’s home. She new her kingdom battled with Gaule, but she had never seen the repercussions until today. Aurora is perched in the trees when two soldiers hide another, severely wounded, in the safety of the forest before returning to the fight. She can hardly be expected to leave the young man there to die. Thus, not only the fate of one girl, but that of a kingdom is sealed. Start this epic journey with author M. Lynn now! I was gifted a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Topsues

    Michelle Lynn has a Striking, Distinctive and Superiority in her re-telling of Fairytales. In my opinion they are unprecedented. She can totally ensnare you with her first words and Cursed Beauty definitely enhances The Fantasy & Fairytales series. This is a stand alone book, that gives you a significant change, but distinguishing re-make of the Sleeping Beauty Story we all know. Nonetheless if you have read the whole series like I have, this book gives you answers to questions you didn’t know y Michelle Lynn has a Striking, Distinctive and Superiority in her re-telling of Fairytales. In my opinion they are unprecedented. She can totally ensnare you with her first words and Cursed Beauty definitely enhances The Fantasy & Fairytales series. This is a stand alone book, that gives you a significant change, but distinguishing re-make of the Sleeping Beauty Story we all know. Nonetheless if you have read the whole series like I have, this book gives you answers to questions you didn’t know you wanted. The characters are introduced in a slow burn way, before the heat is turned up as they take over your imagination and you dissolve and re-appear in the world they live, one, that’s full of magic. Everything flows easily Enabling you to grasp and understand the battles ahead of the characters. If you could pick up arms and fight beside then you would, because this is a world, where our favourite characters are the origin of Golden Curse Book.1. We discover the reason of a curse and who and what was the source of the curse that starts the series. You are introduced to a bitter woman La Dame who created the Hatred & Domination that could destroy their world, not only now but centuries on. The dedication M.Lynn puts into her characters enables you to experience their hearts and souls, add in a fresh and inventive storyline and your heart will be ripped out of your chest and slowly the pieces are whipped around in a whirlwind, not knowing if they are pieced together again or will forever remain rapidly rotating. This whole Series is finest Re-telling of Fairytales I’ve ever read

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsy

    I gave this 3 stars but I'm leaning more towards 3.5 stars. It took me much longer to read this one than it did Noble Thief. I'm glad I was able to read this as a standalone again. I felt that this one was a little predictable and it just wasn't really keeping my attention. Since it's a Sleeping Beauty retelling; it wasn't really hard to guess what may happen at the end. I kinda wondered if the son would have something to do with it but that's not the part I thought he would play. I liked the cha I gave this 3 stars but I'm leaning more towards 3.5 stars. It took me much longer to read this one than it did Noble Thief. I'm glad I was able to read this as a standalone again. I felt that this one was a little predictable and it just wasn't really keeping my attention. Since it's a Sleeping Beauty retelling; it wasn't really hard to guess what may happen at the end. I kinda wondered if the son would have something to do with it but that's not the part I thought he would play. I liked the characters though and could understand Aurora and why she would just want to hide out in the cottage by herself. I was a bit lost on how she had a son during this and how all that worked but apparently she wasn't in that deep of a sleep. I liked Phillip and Wulfric as characters also and the rest of the group. I'm glad everyone stuck by him and Aurora and watched over them. It was interesting to see Wulfric's magic and how his magic was different but still super useful. I really do not like La Dame and her magic. I kinda wish she wasn't so involved or could just leave things alone. I didn't really except something else to happen at the end but La Dame can't leave things in peace. I also kinda wondered why they had kids if they knew about what was going to happen but they needs heirs at the same time. I'm honestly not sure if I am going to go back and read this series from the beginning.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Teralyn Mitchell

    *I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. * 3.5 Stars The first half of this book moved very slowly and it was hard getting through that part. I liked Aurora and Phillip but because of the impending curse hanging over their heads I didn't invest myself in their relationship and I was just waiting for it to happen. The way it took so long to happened made me a bit anxious and made the story seem to drag. I enjoyed the second part a lot more. I loved Ric and how sensitiv *I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. * 3.5 Stars The first half of this book moved very slowly and it was hard getting through that part. I liked Aurora and Phillip but because of the impending curse hanging over their heads I didn't invest myself in their relationship and I was just waiting for it to happen. The way it took so long to happened made me a bit anxious and made the story seem to drag. I enjoyed the second part a lot more. I loved Ric and how sensitive yet strong and courageous he was. I enjoyed seeing Phillip as an older man and father and king to his people. I liked Travis, Chandler, and Alfred and the queen mother. I had mixed feelings about Rapunzel only because Michelle did such a good job of not making her motives clear. I couldn't tell if she was on the Basile's side or her La Dame's side. It was hard to tell when certain things happened but that was good and added some intrigue to the story. I did like how the story ended up playing out and learning more about the curse that ruled the first three books. It was nice learning about Etta's and Alex's ancestors as well as getting more insight about La Dame. Overall it was a good book with a great cast of characters but did drag a lot the beginning but ended strong.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Reena

    Just... WOW!!! Saying this was a page turner will be an understatement! I love fairytale retellings and this was one of the best I've read so far. The storyline grabbed me right from the start and I couldn't stop reading. It's one of those books you just can't stop at reading just one chapter. The characters were so well described, I could feel what they felt, empathize with them. The heroes were heroes and the villains were villains. And of course there was action, suspense, intrigue, sacrifice Just... WOW!!! Saying this was a page turner will be an understatement! I love fairytale retellings and this was one of the best I've read so far. The storyline grabbed me right from the start and I couldn't stop reading. It's one of those books you just can't stop at reading just one chapter. The characters were so well described, I could feel what they felt, empathize with them. The heroes were heroes and the villains were villains. And of course there was action, suspense, intrigue, sacrifice and true love that kept me at the edge of my seat till the last word. M. Lynn has taken a classic fairytale and delivered an explosive story! Or should I say two classic fairytales? The book comprises of two parts, and although this is Aurora's story -aka the sleeping beauty- the second part features Rapunzel as well. And for a reason. Although "Cursed Beauty" is the seventh book in the "Fantasy and Fairytales" Series, it serves as a prequel to Rapunzel's true story featured in the first three books of the series. This was my first book by M. Lynn but it won't be the last. I'll definitely read more of her "Fantasy and Fairytales" series!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Blaire Hammond

    Cursed Beauty by M. Lynn Spoiler Free Review. *I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.* I truly adore M. Lynn's books. I've had such fun reading them and revisiting old fairytales but seeing them in new lights it's been incredibly enjoyable and such a ride. And this book was no exception! Based on sleeping beauty, it was filled to the brim with mystery and twists. Action and turns. I adored every moment of it. I had to give this a 5 out of 5 stars. As always, the wr Cursed Beauty by M. Lynn Spoiler Free Review. *I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.* I truly adore M. Lynn's books. I've had such fun reading them and revisiting old fairytales but seeing them in new lights it's been incredibly enjoyable and such a ride. And this book was no exception! Based on sleeping beauty, it was filled to the brim with mystery and twists. Action and turns. I adored every moment of it. I had to give this a 5 out of 5 stars. As always, the writing had me hooked. The world was intriguing. The characters continued to draw me in, and the story itself was both similar to that with which we already know yet different with a new spin on it. I truly loved seeing what comes next. I definitely recommend picking up this authors books. They're fantastic and so worth the read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Clark-French

    I really liked this book despite it being somewhat predictable. The characters and the overall storyline made it worthwhile. The writing gave it this sort of beautiful darkness but still had the little bit of bubble-gum sweetness that's typical of a fairy tale style book. One of my biggest dislikes is that we really don't get many physical descriptors, especially of Phillip, and those little desciptive moments that add depth and a realistic dynamic to the best books. Because it doesn't have thos I really liked this book despite it being somewhat predictable. The characters and the overall storyline made it worthwhile. The writing gave it this sort of beautiful darkness but still had the little bit of bubble-gum sweetness that's typical of a fairy tale style book. One of my biggest dislikes is that we really don't get many physical descriptors, especially of Phillip, and those little desciptive moments that add depth and a realistic dynamic to the best books. Because it doesn't have those important moments the book has a very "indie author" feel and while I enjoy reading indie authors I prefer the authors who can write books that make me wonder why they aren't on store shelves. It's pretty clear why this book isn't being sold in any of the bookstores we can walk into. I am glad I read it though. It was just what I needed. I probably won't read it again, however.

  25. 5 out of 5

    MeaQC

    I received and ARC of this book and have since purchased it. I believe I have my new favorite retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I could not put the book down, but I also didnt want it to end. Nicholas Sparks needs to move on over. This love story.... WOW!!! I was blown away by the story between Aurora and Phillip. Ms. Lynn did a great job developing this story, full of love, loss, adventure and a little magic. I enjoyed learning some of the back story of Golden Curse. I found myself laughin, cheering I received and ARC of this book and have since purchased it. I believe I have my new favorite retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I could not put the book down, but I also didnt want it to end. Nicholas Sparks needs to move on over. This love story.... WOW!!! I was blown away by the story between Aurora and Phillip. Ms. Lynn did a great job developing this story, full of love, loss, adventure and a little magic. I enjoyed learning some of the back story of Golden Curse. I found myself laughin, cheering, and even crying (break out the tissues!). You don't have to read any of the other books first to understand or follow along with the story line. I have fallen in love with this family. Their loyalty and devotion to each other is the stuff of legends. My fingers are crossed that their is more to come.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brittney's Review

    This book has it all. The classic aspects of a well loved childhood story with all the romance, plot building and twists that you would expect to find in a YA book. Definitely be warned that it is a hard read to put down! Since the story is so well known you think you know where the storyline is heading when suddenly the plot line shifts and leaves you having to know where the story is heading. I love that this is a stand alone and you don't have to have read the previous books but I also love t This book has it all. The classic aspects of a well loved childhood story with all the romance, plot building and twists that you would expect to find in a YA book. Definitely be warned that it is a hard read to put down! Since the story is so well known you think you know where the storyline is heading when suddenly the plot line shifts and leaves you having to know where the story is heading. I love that this is a stand alone and you don't have to have read the previous books but I also love that if you have read the other books you gain such an understanding of the back story to the beginning books in the series. I highly recommend this book. It is a perfect way to indulge in the nostalgia of the childhood classics while having everything to appeal and capture the attention of a YA reader

  27. 5 out of 5

    A.Female.Bibliophile's

    3.5 Stars *Read via Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Program & Rating is Subject to Change* What I liked:-Twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale & Rapunzel (big fan of retellings) -Beautiful cover -Liked most of the characters enough (didn't get emotionally attached to any of them though) Cons/What I wasn't the biggest fan of: -Would've liked more detail (i.e. more description), just to add more depth -Kind of predictable -Slow to get started -Felt more like a prologue Note:I haven't read any of the other books 3.5 Stars *Read via Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Program & Rating is Subject to Change* What I liked:-Twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale & Rapunzel (big fan of retellings) -Beautiful cover -Liked most of the characters enough (didn't get emotionally attached to any of them though) Cons/What I wasn't the biggest fan of: -Would've liked more detail (i.e. more description), just to add more depth -Kind of predictable -Slow to get started -Felt more like a prologue Note:I haven't read any of the other books in the series, and despite being able to read this as a standalone, I feel it would of been better for me to have read the other books in the series before this one (Completely my fault). Also, I may reread the book because I flew through it the first time; therefore, my rating is subject to change.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Vanadia Davis

    The latest book in the Fantasy & Fairytales is really a prequel to the series. It shows how the entire curse started. It was a great read even though you knew how the ending would play out. It was neat seeing how exactly it would play out with the characters and how it would affect them and the future generations. I really enjoyed reading about the people who we barely caught a glimpse of during the first books. I hated La Dame just as much (if not more) in this book. The "theft" of Rapunzel was The latest book in the Fantasy & Fairytales is really a prequel to the series. It shows how the entire curse started. It was a great read even though you knew how the ending would play out. It was neat seeing how exactly it would play out with the characters and how it would affect them and the future generations. I really enjoyed reading about the people who we barely caught a glimpse of during the first books. I hated La Dame just as much (if not more) in this book. The "theft" of Rapunzel was about how I imagined but how the Durand's mixed into the curse was very interesting. Phillip and Aurora were a great couple and overcame so much just to lose it all in the end. At least we know there is a happy ending in the future. Highly recommend the book and this series especially if you enjoy Fairytale retellings. This book can be read first or last in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    LooseBoots

    I understand what other reviewers meant now when they say this book explains everything and is a completion of the story between the Basiles and the Durands. If ever a book prompted you to re-read a series, this is it. Once again Michelle’s book takes over and draws you in to the story and won’t let go till you’ve finished. It is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but is worthy of a read in its own right. Full of passion, magic, truth , all of the emotions but most importantly, Love. Don’t be put off I understand what other reviewers meant now when they say this book explains everything and is a completion of the story between the Basiles and the Durands. If ever a book prompted you to re-read a series, this is it. Once again Michelle’s book takes over and draws you in to the story and won’t let go till you’ve finished. It is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but is worthy of a read in its own right. Full of passion, magic, truth , all of the emotions but most importantly, Love. Don’t be put off by that statement. You’re in for a roller coaster ride of excitement and will escape to another world of wonder. One day I’ll find time to read again all the books in this series. They are so worth it. Thank you Michelle for sharing your imagination with us. 5 stars is not nearly enough .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This seventh and final book in M. Lynn's fairytales series is 'The True Story of Sleeping Beauty', and is tells the origin story of the curse that destroyed the kingdom of Bela, set events into motion in Gaule that we read about in the other books in the series, and built La Dame into the feared figure we see her as in those books. A standalone book with events taking place 200 years earlier than the others, it was really interesting to read what happened, and is another excellent story. The onl This seventh and final book in M. Lynn's fairytales series is 'The True Story of Sleeping Beauty', and is tells the origin story of the curse that destroyed the kingdom of Bela, set events into motion in Gaule that we read about in the other books in the series, and built La Dame into the feared figure we see her as in those books. A standalone book with events taking place 200 years earlier than the others, it was really interesting to read what happened, and is another excellent story. The only negative for me? It's the last book in the series! I just hope the author decides to write more stories - there's so many potential fairytales out there after all! So if you love fairytales as much as I do, you'll love this series. For me, it's up there with Demelza Carlton and Melanie Karsak!

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