Saturday, May 11, 2013

ARC BOOK REVIEW...Marina Myles- Beauty and the Wolf (The Cursed Princes)

“Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read.” —Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight’s Warrior

Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again.” —Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love

A Union Of Curses

Isabella Farrington’s marriage was hasty. For all her new husband’s riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven’s dark good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble…

But when Isabella returns to Draven’s remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother’s scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own…
Expected publication: June 6th 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

I actually surprised myself with how much I liked "Beauty and the Wolf."  It kind of reminded me of an even more dark twist on the classic tale, "Beauty and the Beast," with a mix of historical and paranormal romance and of course A WOLF.

Draven and Isabella are a newly wedded couple that both bestow some kind of curse hexed upon them: Draven, punished by a gypsy with the rauna curse for an accidental crime he committed which turns him into a bloodthirsty werewolf.  And Isabella, cursed with killing her true love and herself by an amulet she wears.  Sounds romantic eh?

Draken and Isabella's marriage is not an easy one with both curses foreshadowing deadly consequences and secrets surrounding Draken's birth arise.  How will it all turn out for them?  Will Draven be able to break the curse the gypsy bestowed upon him and fix his ways?  And will Isabella be forced to take Draken and her own life?

Both characterizations of Draven and Isabella I liked which is a rare thing for me since normally I favor one character over the other or I simply don't like a major character.  However, in this case, it was a side character that annoyed me *cough cough* like Draven's "mom" Helena.  She was a cold, frigid bi*& towards Draven and even Isabella.  I wanted her out of the novel. lol.

As for the plot and it's pacing, the plot was wonderful but could have sped up a little more at times since I felt at certain parts it lagged.

My only complaint is for Draven: why would you hastily marry a girl knowing that you are both cursed and hope for her to be the one that ends your curse even if it means you die?  I know you readers are thinking, "what is she talking about?" but you will know once you read "Beauty and the Wolf."  Other than that, no complaints about this novel from me!

Readers pick up "Beauty and the Wolf" on June 6th!!

My Rating:

-Overall : 9
-Plot : 8.5
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 8.5
-Cover : 8.5

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