Review: Cursed Beauty (A Fairy Retelling #1) by Dorian Tsukioka


Goodreads Summary:

A pair of glass slippers that can change her life? When something is too good to be true, it usually is… 

Adelaide has lived her entire life cursed with a birthmark that makes people shy away. When an invitation to the Elder Prince’s ball falls in her lap, she knows attending would only cause people to shun her more. 

A fairy godmother feels her pain and offers her a pair of glass slippers that not only transform her ragged dress to an elegant gown, but also removes the mark that covers her face. However, Adelaide soon learns that the beautiful slippers can steal away more than just her birthmark, leaving her cursed in a far worse way. 

This retelling of the classic Cinderella story will resound with readers of young adult fiction who love paranormal fantasy, fairy tales, and a splash of romance.

My Review

Cursed Beauty brought forth a dark and twisted version of what we know as Cinderella. In this tale, the heroin is known as Adelaide (which btw is one of my fav names ever so props to Dorian Tsukioka), a girl with fiery red hair who has an unfortunate birthmark covering one side of her face. Her father passes away not at a young age but during the story and her stepmother is not exactly who she seems. Oh and her relationship with the prince is far from picture perfect.

After the death of her father, things start to go downhill fast for Adelaide leaving her in need of a fairy godmother who is the farthest thing from “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.” Adelaide quickly becomes enthralled by the magic that comes from not the fairy godmother, but from the glass slippers themselves, and in doing so, she begins to realize her true feelings toward the Prince, Julian. The plot quickly thickened as Adelaide learns of the true intentions behind the fairy godmothers slippers and she must hurry to save those she holds most dear as well as her very life.

Cursed Beauty kept me interested and intrigued by the unique telling of a classic fairytale throughout. The characters were detailed, the brewing romance was charming, and the plot movement was swift and to the point. Though the story wasn’t without its few cheesy moments, I found myself enjoying every minute of it, and wishing that it wasn’t a novella so that I might get more time to see the characters’ story continue! However, by the time the ending rolled around, I was eager to see how the events would play out, and was completely satisfied with the outcome, if not a little surprised by the hero who saved the day.

Overall, Cursed Beauty was a lovely tale of princes and magic, foolish choices and happy endings! And I commend Dorian Tsukioka for thinking outside of the box and taking such a different turn with a classic fairytale.

You can buy Cursed Beauty on Amazon here!




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