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A Beauty and the Beast Retelling Librarian's Note: an alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here. A beastly fae king with a deadly curse. A devious bargain to break it… All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself A Beauty and the Beast Retelling Librarian's Note: an alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here. A beastly fae king with a deadly curse. A devious bargain to break it… All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again. Unless… Plagued by a curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself. And if Gemma can use that to her advantage, she might be able to bargain her way to freedom. All she has to do is help him break his curse. There’s just one hitch—to do so, they’ll have to trick someone into falling in love with the beastly, brooding Elliot. With a devious alliance made, their scheme begins, bringing Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. Soon, an unexpected desire stirs where once there was only hate. But Gemma must fight it. For when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form—a wolf—and be lost to her for good. Can Gemma sacrifice her budding feelings to save the king’s life? Or will love force her to give up something even greater...her heart? *NOTE this book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations and some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam. Curse of the Wolf King is a complete stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy. Journey back to Faerwyvae or begin your adventure for the first time with this enchanting tale. Each book in the Entangled with Fae series can be read on its own and in any order. Happily ever after guaranteed!


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A Beauty and the Beast Retelling Librarian's Note: an alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here. A beastly fae king with a deadly curse. A devious bargain to break it… All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself A Beauty and the Beast Retelling Librarian's Note: an alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here. A beastly fae king with a deadly curse. A devious bargain to break it… All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again. Unless… Plagued by a curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself. And if Gemma can use that to her advantage, she might be able to bargain her way to freedom. All she has to do is help him break his curse. There’s just one hitch—to do so, they’ll have to trick someone into falling in love with the beastly, brooding Elliot. With a devious alliance made, their scheme begins, bringing Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. Soon, an unexpected desire stirs where once there was only hate. But Gemma must fight it. For when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form—a wolf—and be lost to her for good. Can Gemma sacrifice her budding feelings to save the king’s life? Or will love force her to give up something even greater...her heart? *NOTE this book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations and some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam. Curse of the Wolf King is a complete stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy. Journey back to Faerwyvae or begin your adventure for the first time with this enchanting tale. Each book in the Entangled with Fae series can be read on its own and in any order. Happily ever after guaranteed!

30 review for Curse of the Wolf King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah ◇ReaderintheRough◇

    "Yes, it's worth it. To feel nothing is not a life worth living. Yes, it hurts to return to the mundane after being swept away in a beautiful fantasy, but at least for a time, that fantasy was mine. It doesn't matter that it wasn't real, nor could ever be." I LOVE a main character who is intelligent, I love a tale inspired by Beauty and the Beast, and love that I want Gemma as a friend after reading her story. This was little bits of everything wonderful about fairy tales. "Yes, it's worth it. To feel nothing is not a life worth living. Yes, it hurts to return to the mundane after being swept away in a beautiful fantasy, but at least for a time, that fantasy was mine. It doesn't matter that it wasn't real, nor could ever be." I LOVE a main character who is intelligent, I love a tale inspired by Beauty and the Beast, and love that I want Gemma as a friend after reading her story. This was little bits of everything wonderful about fairy tales.

  2. 4 out of 5

    *❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*

    Received an ARC copy via Booksprout for an honest review and this does not affect my review or rating of the book, thank you! Lifting my chin, I press my lips into a haughty smile, the first ingredient that makes up the mask I must wear. The persona I present to the world. The kind that keeps me strong. Confident. Impervious to pain. A lie, yes. But one that I, Gemma Bellefluer, wear so well. 5 Well-Deserved Stars!!! Wow, my heart is bleeding and pounding in all the good ways. I love Beauty an Received an ARC copy via Booksprout for an honest review and this does not affect my review or rating of the book, thank you! Lifting my chin, I press my lips into a haughty smile, the first ingredient that makes up the mask I must wear. The persona I present to the world. The kind that keeps me strong. Confident. Impervious to pain. A lie, yes. But one that I, Gemma Bellefluer, wear so well. 5 Well-Deserved Stars!!! Wow, my heart is bleeding and pounding in all the good ways. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings, and I love reading stories about supernatural beings, particularly about werewolves and faes. So when I read about this book which merges both of my favourite elements in stories? You bet I was all over it! I loved this book, the world building, the storyline, to idea that a royal fae is cursed and seeks to break it before it dooms not only him but his people as well. Elliot Rochester was one sly royal from the start and I loved it. You can see a great character development and transformation from when we meet him to when we all love him in the end. Definitely one of my all time favourite male characters in a book. I run my fingers along the spines of the books, reading each title with care as if greeting a dear friend. I am, in truth. For here I am amongst my true peers... Perhaps that's why I choose to disappear into books. It's a place where I can feel seen for who I am and everything I've been through. Gemma Bellefleur. Now this is a female we should all want to be. Confident, sassy, honest, sympathetic, loving and kind (plus she is bookworm like us!). She was definitely a different kind of woman for her society and I loved that about her. While she had made mistakes, in the end she learnt from them and learnt to embrace her life in the present and not the past. I loved how she stood up to Elliot during the beginning stages when he was very arrogant and stubborn. I loved her character and her development as well. Recalling the story through her eyes was mesmerizing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved this story, I loved the little twists of supernatural elements that was added to this fairytale and I can’t wait to read more of this author’s work and read more of this series! Yes, it's worth it. The good and the bad. It's the story as a whole that matters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hanna Sandvig

    I was lucky enough beta read this and the Bridgerton meets Beauty and the Beast meets ACOTAR vibes are to die for. All the swooning! Add this to your TBR immediately.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Regsly

    (...) it carries everything I’ve given up on—the belief that romance is true and men’s hearts aren’t fickle. A world where I’m not scorned by friends, and the people I love stand by my side. A life where I’m seen for who I am, not for who society wants me to be. The chance to be free. Curse of the Wolf King is a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in Tessonja Odette's isle of Faerwyvae, which means this is not only a fairytale retelling, it has a fae twist. Gemma Bellefleur is disillusioned with l (...) it carries everything I’ve given up on—the belief that romance is true and men’s hearts aren’t fickle. A world where I’m not scorned by friends, and the people I love stand by my side. A life where I’m seen for who I am, not for who society wants me to be. The chance to be free. Curse of the Wolf King is a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in Tessonja Odette's isle of Faerwyvae, which means this is not only a fairytale retelling, it has a fae twist. Gemma Bellefleur is disillusioned with love and people. More than disillusioned, you could say she's lost her innocence and willingness to love, having experienced betrayal, heartbreak and society's harsh expectations and judgements towards women. She's new to Faerwyvae, and still inexperienced with its fae population, but that's okay, she's not planning to stay in cold Vernon with its old fashioned townsfolk. She's going to be free. Enter the Wolf King who's plagued, along his remaining pack, by a deadly curse and in need of a human to break it. Tuns out Gemma wasn't the right human to attempt tricking into helping him. Or was she? Gemma sees potential in the situation and devises a bargain that will hopefully benefit both her and the fae king, renamed Elliot, so both of them will get what they most desire: freedom. Plan to break his curse in motion, Gemma must help Elliot court a frivolous human, while fighting off the unexpected feelings she seems to be developing towards the beast king (he'd love me calling him that, okay?). She can't love him, you see, even if she really wants his curse to break, for her sacrifice would be too great: her freedom. Such a precious thing, beyond material possessions. This is a stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy, which you don't need to read in order to understand this book. In fact, each book in the Entangled with Fae series can be read on its own and in any order. Isn't that great? I do recommend The Fair Isle Trilogy, it was my highlight of 2020, and I read over 200 books. Now that that's out of the way, let me tell you all the refreshing ways this retelling works, and all the fun things you can expect: - Fan of fantasy romance? Fan of fae? And romancing fae? Gather round! - Two jaded, kind of unlikeable, people meet under unusual circumstances, find a mutual understanding, grow closer and allow themselves the vulnerability and openness to change with the other's influence - The curse turns unseelie fae into seelie, aka human form. So we are cheering for intense unrefined King "Elliot" to recuperate his beast form, instead of being free from it. If you've read the Fair Isle Trilogy you know who he is (hit me up), we want his wolfsona and wolfy grin back. Partly. Less murderous 😅 - Beauty aka Gemma isn't a prisoner, actually she is fully aware of the curse early on, and knowingly gets involved. She has an active role in her situation, and much more agenda than the original one. Also makes for a less moraly ambiguous romance - Gemma Bellefleur, an unapologetic romance devourer. Mind you, I almost want to call her a smutt reader, for these are not innocent love stories. They are adult novels with handsome heroes, swooning heroines, heart pounding "forbidden" romance and steamy love scenes. Go Gemma, you're doing great sweetie! - The previous point brings me to unapologetic non-chaste woman, owning her body, instead of reclusive unexperienced bookworm. Gemma has had her share of bad experiences, with love, friends, family, society. She looks in books for the escapism many of us do, but more than that, she looks for the fulfillment and happy ending she never got - The way Gemma prepares herself before going out and dealing with the crowd, the anxiety she feels as she's triggered by past memories and they mix with the present felt very relatable - I understand the Wolf King is prejudiced towards humans (can you blame him, they're so prejudiced and judgemental, awful to both human and fae kind), but for him to identify with his unseelie form, and not with his seelie one is completely valid. And it was important to me to see the wolves hold on to that identity, despite the deadly cost, even if Gemma doesn't completely get it. Would she willingly give up her female body and identity as a woman for eternity, just so she could live? - Happily ever after guaranteed! - Adorable pups - Gavin Aston is a hilarious take on the name Gaston, in my opinion 😹 He's also a book snob, instead of an illiterate buffoon - For those who know Faerwyvae, we get treats! Seeing some old friends, and some old non-friends, if you ever wondered what happened to them. Also, the Wolf King hasn't completely lost his habit of mockingly repeating what people say at the beginning of the book hahaha  - Doilies - Tomato sauce and bad acting!!! 😹😹 - The ending was fun (view spoiler)[I love how the fae found a balance between enjoying both their forms, and Gemma doesn't blink an eye at the wolves eating their fresh kills alongside those eating warm meals in the dining hall. It seems she stopped projecting human concepts on the fae, which she did frequently during the rest of the story (hide spoiler)] - Is Ember Cinderella? I can't be the only one who thought of this. At the end of the book: The next book in the Entangled with Fae series will be a Cinderella retelling that follows Ember’s love story. Stay tuned for Heart of the Raven Prince releasing July 2021! Me: I KNEW IT! This is an easy soft quick read meant to be enjoyable and a feel good experience. I personally couldn't rate the book higher, because I felt like I needed more interactions between Elliot and Gemma for their connection to solidify, as well as more fleshed out characterisation and character development. *NOTE this book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations and some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alison (theemptybookshelves)

    *This review may contain some MINOR spoilers* I was so lucky to get the arc of this book! And I love beauty and the beast retellings so much❤️ I dived in this without reading any synopsis or reviews, as you will get to know in my review. I can say that this book means everything to me!! I got tortured with alot of twist and emotions. The first sentences were quite grabbing and then I encountered the sentence "I despise snow". For someone who loves snow, I really wanted to know what kind of charact *This review may contain some MINOR spoilers* I was so lucky to get the arc of this book! And I love beauty and the beast retellings so much❤️ I dived in this without reading any synopsis or reviews, as you will get to know in my review. I can say that this book means everything to me!! I got tortured with alot of twist and emotions. The first sentences were quite grabbing and then I encountered the sentence "I despise snow". For someone who loves snow, I really wanted to know what kind of character this will actually lead to. So slowly it reveals that it is a girl that loves reading and ofcourse has all the mutual reading problems or must I say pleasures! I loved how her name was revealed at the end of chapter one. Soon, it reveales that her past caused her problems (a scandal). Which caused her family and her to live in another place called Faerwyvae. Emma basically wants to live independent life with all the freedoms. But her father wants her to get married. So Emma started to secretly search for a job to achieve her greatest desire (freedom). She finally gets an interview invitation or must I say disaster invitation. The invitation leads to a bargain with the "wolf". Of course there is a whole drama in between the interview and bargain. But the real wonderful and hilarious moments start after the bargain. I can't explain without revealing too much!! Like a few reader already mentioned it has bridgerton vibes and I also see some me before you vibes in it. So quickly read this book and have the greatest reading time. It is honestly a quick read and I can't recommend it enough.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dani Clark - Clark Book Reviews

    "Yes, it's worth it. The good and the bad. It's the story as a whole that matters." Tessonja Odette wove a beautiful fairy tale in Curse of the Wolf King. She intertwined retellings, Fae, curses, bargains, scheming, magic and a beautiful world into a masterpiece. Curse of the Wolf King was hands down one of my favorite reads this year. I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, but I'm always nervous that they'll end up not being able to spark the same joy within me as the originals did. All Gemma "Yes, it's worth it. The good and the bad. It's the story as a whole that matters." Tessonja Odette wove a beautiful fairy tale in Curse of the Wolf King. She intertwined retellings, Fae, curses, bargains, scheming, magic and a beautiful world into a masterpiece. Curse of the Wolf King was hands down one of my favorite reads this year. I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, but I'm always nervous that they'll end up not being able to spark the same joy within me as the originals did. All Gemma Bellefleur wants to be is free. Free from her past rumors. Free from a world where a woman can't be on her own. A world where it is considered a scandal for a woman to hold a job. A world where she is to be "A daughter. A woman. A wife-in-training. Quiet. Demure. Chaste." What kind of life is that? While Gemma is pursuing her goal in life, she stumbled upon a Fae King set to trick her into a bargain. When Gemma realizes there is a curse in play, she bargains with the Fae herself, let her help him in exchange for her freedom. Gemma must help an innocent fall in love with the curse King, Elliot Rochester. Can they work together to have the scheme fall into place? Will the curse finally be lifted before time runs out? The characters are brilliant. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales, so I was very excited to see how the characters would be portrayed. Gemma Bellefleur is a smart, intelligent and witty young woman who will do anything to be free of her father. Elliot is the ever brooding, sly and cunning King. The arcs for both of these characters are a beautiful thing to watch unfold. Seeing Elliot slowly starting to smile and Gemma loosen up, allows their friendship to blossom. There are plenty of side characters throughout who help to shape the book. I saw who Ember was right away and I can't wait to see her in the next book! I'm hoping that Gemma and Ember's friendship continues into Heart of the Raven Prince. Curse of the Wolf King sparked so much emotion. Because of this, I was able to completely devour the book. Curse of the Wolf King is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. While reading this, I got so excited when I saw little Easter Eggs here and there! Not only is it a Beauty and the Beast retelling, there are FAE in it! I am a sucker for Fae tales, and this one didn't disappoint. I can not wait to see what the other parts of Odettee's take on Faerie, Faerwyvae. Heart of the Raven Prince is the next standalone novel in the Entangled with Fae series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rose Williams

    Power through the first 30% and you’ll be rewarded! I need to preface that when I finished, Goodreads gave me a notification of my notes, and I have to share them with you because they’re making me laugh. 2% eye roll 4% this is so cringey lol 34% please stop the puns I was not a fan of the first 30% of the book. HOWEVER, it was well worth it to power through. For some reason, Gemma (our protag) was so unenjoyable to read at first. You know that scene in Beauty and the Beast where Belle goes around sin Power through the first 30% and you’ll be rewarded! I need to preface that when I finished, Goodreads gave me a notification of my notes, and I have to share them with you because they’re making me laugh. 2% eye roll 4% this is so cringey lol 34% please stop the puns I was not a fan of the first 30% of the book. HOWEVER, it was well worth it to power through. For some reason, Gemma (our protag) was so unenjoyable to read at first. You know that scene in Beauty and the Beast where Belle goes around singing about how simple and boring the other villagers are? Gemma does this, but so much more judgemental lol. And I get it, we’re supposed to hate basically everyone else except a few people. And she has been Scarlet Letter’d so like that sucks too. It really did feel though like the author was trying to say “LOOK HOW NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS MY PROTAGONIST IS!! She wants to work! And doesn’t gossip! And doesn’t wanna get married!” Like once we hit the point where she was no longer in the village, Gemma was actually really enjoyable to read. She went from being like “I am so smart, everyone listen to how smart I am” to “I’m actually gonna show you some really clever and strategic decisions and you can decide for yourself if i am smart” There was a point in the beginning where she started crying as she walked into a bookstore because books are just so moving lol. Felt a little like overkill. NOW THAT I HAVE AIRED MY GRIEVANCES, I can move forward to the stuff I liked. The love interest that we aren’t supposed to like, Gavin, is an absolutely hilarious fedora tipper. From his “I see that you have intellect and are therefore worth my time” to his “Women should TOTALLY have jobs to occupy themselves before they get married!” I was rolling laughing at this perfect example of Peak White Male Feminism. I really really appreciated that he wasn’t just a normal misogynist, he was an Advanced Misogynist, and therefore much less predictable. Moving on to the Wolf King- his first scene was... different. With the Fae being masters of deception, it was so cringey to read his first lines. It was like.. “You’re really grateful, huh? I bet you want to buy me a hot dog right now, huh? Yes I did you a huge favor, one worth buying me a hot dog.” And because the beginning of the book was so heavy on showing us how smart Gemma is compared to less intelligent characters, she was like “Oh this is obviously FAE DECEPTION and I will not fall for it because I am SMART!” Once we’re in the manor, everyone changes. We get real, genuine interactions. A great love story. Some surprises. AND we get female friendship (kind of) which is a huge plus for me. I honestly don’t want to write too much and spoil the good parts lol. BUT TRUST ME. Maybe my only complaint in the rest of the book would be the use of the word “freezing”- we get it- they’re in the winter court lol. Ugh I wish I could write more about how much I enjoyed the rest of the book without giving away the story! GO READ IT.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Maria Subroto

    That is why fiction exists. It takes us to places we'll never go in real life, allows us to feel emotions and experiences we might not get the chance to have ourselves. It isn't something to be afraid of. It's a shame you don't see fiction as the blessing it can be. Experiencing pain that is not your own. Feeling joy and love and a happy ending that's over as soon as you close the book. Is it worth it ? Or does it only make reality colder when you're forced to return to it ? Would it not be be That is why fiction exists. It takes us to places we'll never go in real life, allows us to feel emotions and experiences we might not get the chance to have ourselves. It isn't something to be afraid of. It's a shame you don't see fiction as the blessing it can be. Experiencing pain that is not your own. Feeling joy and love and a happy ending that's over as soon as you close the book. Is it worth it ? Or does it only make reality colder when you're forced to return to it ? Would it not be better to feel nothing at all ? Yes, it's worth it. To feel nothing is not a life worth living. Yes, it hurts to return to the mundane after being swept away in a beautiful fantasy, but at least for a time, that fantasy was mine. It doesn't matter that it wasn't real, not could ever be. This book definitely just describe every reasons I had for reading fictions in the first place. To escape reality :) I can't help but need to share that quote with others. I really love this retelling, I've read a lot of beauty and beast retelling and this one was one of my favorites! Not too mention the cover is lovely as well :) The plot was more or less the same as the original one where the girl needs to break the curse of the prince (in this case the wolf king) but there are some different aspects which makes it more interesting like the girl knew about the curse and even bargained to help him broken the curse in the process. The pacing was great and keep me entertained from the beginning until the end. I loved all the characters and I thought they're all equally developed. I was surprised we get a glimpse of a few character from the Fair Isle trilogy. I remembered wishing for more information on Amelie after the second war and let's just say right now she's having the time of her life happily. I was so surprised it takes me half of the book to recognize that Maddie Coleman was the one who married Aspen's brother! I also can't believe even her daughters act the same way she does ughh I noticed at some point in the story that Ember might get her own story as a Cinderella retelling. Imagine my surprised when I found out at the end of the book that Heart of the Raven Prince will be released this July and it was a Cinderella retelling about Ember! Overall, it was enjoyable and entertaining, I had a great time reading this especially with that satisfying ending. It was nice to be back in Faerwyvae after reading the last book in January I was hoping for more. Can't wait to be back in July with Ember's story!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Joyeux

    I've got this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Curse of the Wolf King tells us a kind of retelling of Beauty and the Beast but with a twist. If thought you kind of know how to book will end you still want and need to read it to see why and what and when. This book is in the same "universe" as To Carve a Fae Heart trilogy, but 20 years later. You'd recognise a character or three or even more in the book, which makes it pleasurable to read because since you know them you can see how I've got this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Curse of the Wolf King tells us a kind of retelling of Beauty and the Beast but with a twist. If thought you kind of know how to book will end you still want and need to read it to see why and what and when. This book is in the same "universe" as To Carve a Fae Heart trilogy, but 20 years later. You'd recognise a character or three or even more in the book, which makes it pleasurable to read because since you know them you can see how their story continues later on. I can happily say that within the first five chapters I was captivated and I couldn't put the book down. The story was amazing, the characters were strong and intriguing. Each of the main characters had their own struggles they needed to face and get through, which made the book so relatable to me as a reader and as the human being. I have to say that my favourite character was Gemma, because she was kind of like me. I believe that we would've been best friends since I hate marriage or just being forced into it and I believe that if I were in the ages where this was a necessity, I would feel like her and also she seeks freedom, which I am looking for. Freedom and independence which are so hard to find it these days within yourself as within everything around you. I know that somewhere between 50-70% of the book my heart was squeezing and hurting and in pain for these characters. My stomach was recoiling because of what I was reading (in a good way). I truly loved this book by the author. This is my 4th book I've read by the author so far and she never disappoints me! Considering I don't read fantasy books much (in the last year I've read only 3 which were all author's work!) I really can't wait to read more from this world and where it leads us! I don't know if I should mention this, but since I loved it I think I will. I loved how older looking the language was? I don't know the appropriate name for it, I know it wasn't old English but here and there a few words were replaced. For example instead of using because there was for. I really freaking loved that! It made ME feel royal. I will leave this book with 4.4 stars as it was amazing, but my 5 stars need a tad of something else (please read my info) if you want to know more, haha.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    If Jane Austen and Beauty and the Beast had a fae baby, this would be it! One of the things I love about Beauty and the Beast retellings is it’s so easy to relate to a book-loving girl. Curse of the Wolf Fae was full of quotes book devourers like us will love and relate to. Gemma (Our Beauty) uses fiction to escape reality. A reality that is full of social anxiety, unrequited love, and social scandal. She was seriously hurt by a scandal in her past. Not only by her ex-lover but by her family who If Jane Austen and Beauty and the Beast had a fae baby, this would be it! One of the things I love about Beauty and the Beast retellings is it’s so easy to relate to a book-loving girl. Curse of the Wolf Fae was full of quotes book devourers like us will love and relate to. Gemma (Our Beauty) uses fiction to escape reality. A reality that is full of social anxiety, unrequited love, and social scandal. She was seriously hurt by a scandal in her past. Not only by her ex-lover but by her family who placed the blame solely on her shoulders. Like in most recency books men are forgiven for their indiscretion but women are held to a much higher standard. I liked Gemma a lot. She isn’t a badass female warrior but instead is a different kind of survivor. One who uses her smile like armor for protection. I also liked how analytically she thinks. Our Beast is a Fae king with his own treacherous past. He is angry and prejudice against humans, not wholly without reason. He made some very poor decisions in his life. To teach him a lesson he is forced to live in his Seelie (Human) form. When his greatest want is the freedom his Unseelie wolf form gives him. I was asked if this book is similar to ACOTAR. It is not. The only parallel I see is that they are both outlines of the B&TB story. I guess both men have wolf forms but even that is different. One thing I really like about this book is how our Beauty is fully aware of the curse and is actively working with the Beast to break the curse. It gave a really nice change from the original coerced imprisonment. I really liked the progression of Gemma and Elliot’s relationship. I felt like they grew together as people as their attraction to each other grew. I did feel like Elliot was a little more of a puppy than a wolf at times. He seemed to express his insecurities much quicker than Gemma was. He was shyer than her a few times when I would have liked to see him more dominant. I wanted a little more of the predator alpha male possessiveness in his passions. Overall This was a really light, fun, comfort read and I think if you love regency, B&TB, and fae this is definitely a book for you!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anais (atrailofpages)

    I love to read Beauty and the Beast retellings, and it’s always refreshing to get to read one that has a unique take to the story. In this retelling, we follow Gemma who is trapped by the winter Fae king who hates humans and he needs her to break his curse. Well, Gemma instead makes a bargain with him to help him break his curse by getting a female human to fall in love with him. If the curse is not broken, then the king and his wolf kin will die. It has a lot of the same elements as Beauty and I love to read Beauty and the Beast retellings, and it’s always refreshing to get to read one that has a unique take to the story. In this retelling, we follow Gemma who is trapped by the winter Fae king who hates humans and he needs her to break his curse. Well, Gemma instead makes a bargain with him to help him break his curse by getting a female human to fall in love with him. If the curse is not broken, then the king and his wolf kin will die. It has a lot of the same elements as Beauty and the Beast, with the girl who loves books(and like me rereads her books over and over again!) and who also has a backbone and sticks up for herself in the face of the beast, then of course the beast or wolf in this case who reminded me a lot of the beast in Disney Beauty and the Beast, there’s also the rose, or roses, the curse, and enemy to lover romance. I love Gemma! She is one the greatest characters I’ve ever read! She is very insecure due to a scandal that ruined her life and her family’s life, and yet she holds her head up high and puts on her “persona”(as she calls it) and becomes this aloof and strong woman despite what people say about her. She’s independent, looking for a job to take care of herself so that she can get away from her family. She never backs down around the wolf king. She tells him like it is and does not mind voicing her opinion and thoughts around him. She reminds me of myself in thinking she may never find true love, and instead looks to books to experience that life in the eyes of the heroines of her books. It’s sad, but true, and sometimes we need to get away from reality, and what better way than through books? I loved how her and Elliot interacted. They both butt heads a lot since they’re both stubborn, and yet learn how to be more teasing instead. I loved the romance. Very much an enemy to lovers romance with a bit of slow burn for sure! I highly recommend this book if you love retellings(especially Beauty and the Beast retellings). I can hardly wait for the next book which is supposed to be a Cinderella retelling!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Fritz PA

    Surprising twists on a classic fairytale that will leave you applauding and begging for more! What's more captivating than an old favorite reimagined but told around a curse in the Winter Court in Faerwyvae!? There is just something so spectacular about selfless love and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end, to see if these vastly different characters could make the ultimate sacrifice. Gemma is stuck in her life. She desperately wants to move forward and leave her heartaching past beh Surprising twists on a classic fairytale that will leave you applauding and begging for more! What's more captivating than an old favorite reimagined but told around a curse in the Winter Court in Faerwyvae!? There is just something so spectacular about selfless love and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end, to see if these vastly different characters could make the ultimate sacrifice. Gemma is stuck in her life. She desperately wants to move forward and leave her heartaching past behind her. But it seems as if she's determined to never achieve that happily ever after. In much of this Gemma dwells in her mind, in her anxiety and watching her let it go, well it's truly amazing! Her choosing her own path with selfless love, it's an incredible feat that I wasn't sure she could reach. Understandably, she guarded her heart and while there's nothing wrong with that, she lost so much of her own coveted freedom because of it. Elliot, he's truly one grumbley dude who is both hilarious and possess one tortured soul. He is haunted by a past he can't quite recall and sets out to break his curse but not in a practical manner. He doesn't understand humanity and needs Gemma to pave his path forward. He doesn't want the help, but accepts the bargain Gemma offers nonetheless. Along the way, his heart softens and he lives and loves and changes. This is a beautiful standalone about self discovery and finding the joy in life when everything has been stripped from you. It's a love story not only between two engaging characters, but the love they discover for others. The understanding and acceptance that loving with their whole being makes you vulnerable, but also brings fulfillment and purpose that only loving can bring. Bravo to Ms. Odette for writing this unputdownable retelling that will leave you clutching this beautiful book to your heart and wiping away a happy tear or two.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kreela

    The Beauty and the Beast have endless retellings, but in this case Gemma is the little Red Riding Hood who visits the wolf's home...and discovers a rude and undignified gang that appallingly, tries to trick her. How undignified! Gemma is a lady, although her fellow citizens consider her sullied and unladylike. Her fondest wish is to have the freedom any man has, to work, and she was recently hired as a house steward. No brigands are going to stop her from attaining her fondest wishes. No trick w The Beauty and the Beast have endless retellings, but in this case Gemma is the little Red Riding Hood who visits the wolf's home...and discovers a rude and undignified gang that appallingly, tries to trick her. How undignified! Gemma is a lady, although her fellow citizens consider her sullied and unladylike. Her fondest wish is to have the freedom any man has, to work, and she was recently hired as a house steward. No brigands are going to stop her from attaining her fondest wishes. No trick will release her from her well-fought freedom, even if her reputation is harmed. What a dilemma when she finds her employer is cursed, and his estate is in utter disrepair. Neither he nor she are willing to give up their heart's desire to stop the curse, so they both decide upon a scheme to con some other hapless fool out of their fondest desire. What could be wrong with that, hum? Can you tell this is a Victorian tale, with a main character, Gemma, who wants to buck the Victorian social mores and become a modern woman? With all due respect, I believe the theme is nuanced and much more than a tale about women's rights. I had to think about what freedom ultimately means, and would you die just to have that choice? Would you opt for life if you started having symptoms of dementia or Alzheimers? I was touched. You will find complex characters, too. Imagene is her frenemy, and her motivations left me soooo sympathetic. You will also like Micah, that bread fiend. LOL. Anyways, it is rated R for Randy and Entertaining. This is a true romantic fairy retelling with little action and beautiful scenery. “My dreams are laced with vicious, falling rose petals” Excerpt From Curse of the Wolf King Tessonja Odette This material may be protected by copyright. I received an ARC to review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Devika

    Note: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a voluntarily and honest review. Original review on my blog Boekensteeg Curse of the Wolf King is the first installment in a series full of fairy tale retellings. In this first part of the Entangled with Fae series, the retelling will be of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Since the big scandal, Gemma Bellefleur wants nothing more than to stand on her own two feet, and against her father's will, she goes looking for a job. When Note: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a voluntarily and honest review. Original review on my blog Boekensteeg Curse of the Wolf King is the first installment in a series full of fairy tale retellings. In this first part of the Entangled with Fae series, the retelling will be of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Since the big scandal, Gemma Bellefleur wants nothing more than to stand on her own two feet, and against her father's will, she goes looking for a job. When one day she gets a letter in response to her application, she can't be happier. But once arrived at the address, she is attacked by a pack of wolves. However, there is a wolf named Elliot who appears to be protecting her. She soon finds out that these wolves are actually cursed fae. And with a little bit of time left on the clock, Gemma takes on the challenge of breaking the curse. But what will she have to do for this? Will Gemma be able to break the curse? Although The curse of the Wolf King is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the wolves sometimes reminded me of Little Red Riding Hood. However, you can recognize the story of Beauty and the Beast very well in this book. By example, you have the rose and wolf fae as the beast appear in this book. I think many readers can identify with Gemma because of her love for books. For example, while reading I came across the following quote that seemed very recognizable to me. "As much as I love my book, I've already read it three times. I want something new. Need something new." Tessonja Odette has worked out the main characters very well, and you will encounter both their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, she introduces a number of secondary characters who will also make their entrance again in the following parts. The book has an uplifting romance throughout the story. And while this didn't come as a surprise, it was a very nice addition to the story. Tessonja Odette has a fine writing style, so I quickly flew through the story. I am very curious what else this series will bring and I am looking forward to the next part in the series called Heart of the Raven Prince . This story will be a retelling of Cinderella and this part will focus on one of the secondary characters. Heart of the Raven Prince will be released on July 14th.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anca Antoci

    A well-done Beauty and the Beast retelling where the Beauty, in this story Gemma, is human and the Beast is a Fae King. They each struggle to escape a curse. The Fae King was cursed because of his past transgressions and his prejudice against humans. His curse can only be lifted if a human feels so grateful to the Fae King that they would sacrifice their greatest treasure. If the curse isn't lifted in 3 months, he dies. Gemma, on the other hand, isn't under a curse in the literal sense of the wo A well-done Beauty and the Beast retelling where the Beauty, in this story Gemma, is human and the Beast is a Fae King. They each struggle to escape a curse. The Fae King was cursed because of his past transgressions and his prejudice against humans. His curse can only be lifted if a human feels so grateful to the Fae King that they would sacrifice their greatest treasure. If the curse isn't lifted in 3 months, he dies. Gemma, on the other hand, isn't under a curse in the literal sense of the words, but because of a past scandal with a viscount that deceived her and ruined her reputation, she is looked down on by society. In a patriarchal society where women don't work (it's not forbidden, just shameful), unless she can find a rich husband, her future is bleak. So Gemma and The Fae King strike a bargain. She will trick her nemesis into falling in love with him under false pretenses, hoping that Imogen will give up her greatest treasure (which Gemma thinks might be a dress or something just as trivial) to lift the curse. In return, The Fae King will make her wealthy enough to have the freedom she's always wanted. Needless to say, things don't go as planned. The prose is fun and light, the characters are endearing. Well, some of them anyway. Imogen is obnoxious, as is Gemma's father. The first few chapters are a bit slow, and the first encounter with the Fae King is ridiculous at best, but if you move past that, you get a delightful story and a happy ending. I noticed a strong Sarah J. Maas influence. The story is set in the Winter Court.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess Rineer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. WARNING: possible mild spoilers. I was fortunate enough to read the book before release, in exchange for a review. I was drawn into this book by the description. Beauty and the beast was always one of my favorite stories so the idea of a beauty and the beast retelling was super exciting. The author’s ability to paint with words is astounding. Took every ounce of me to put it down. I saw someone say it’s Beauty & the Beast meets Bridgerton and that’s a fairly accurate comparison in my opinion. It WARNING: possible mild spoilers. I was fortunate enough to read the book before release, in exchange for a review. I was drawn into this book by the description. Beauty and the beast was always one of my favorite stories so the idea of a beauty and the beast retelling was super exciting. The author’s ability to paint with words is astounding. Took every ounce of me to put it down. I saw someone say it’s Beauty & the Beast meets Bridgerton and that’s a fairly accurate comparison in my opinion. It’s very well written and I could create fairly vivid conceptions of each character just by the author’s writing. I particularly like Gemma and her fiery attitude, and the assholeish nature of the king. Truth be told I was definitely rooting for there to be a Gemma and “Elliot” as soon as she agreed to help him break the curse and by the end of chapter 18 I was sure it would happen. By chapter 21 I was swooning. Come chapter 25 I was fully hooked on the potential of a “Mrs. Gemma Rochester.” By chapter 33 I was almost in tears because I wanted so badly for them to be. it’s a whirlwind of emotion and excitement and hope. And then you hit chapter 36 and everything turns upside down. Part of me was afraid that the story would end without a happy ending. I finished the book in tears - you’ll have to read it to find out why that is. I love this book and fully intend to purchase it as soon as I can, for it is one I will definitely read again. And again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Naylor

    Curse of the Wolf King is a fabulous, imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast. On a personal note, I am not usually a fantasy reader, but picked this up because Beauty and the Beast is a favourite of mine. This was a it was a GREAT way to dip my toe in to the YA fae world. Odette toes the line between the fantastic and the realistic in such a way that her world feels completely immersive, but definitely rooted in some kind of Victorian society. I can honestly say that despite being worried Curse of the Wolf King is a fabulous, imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast. On a personal note, I am not usually a fantasy reader, but picked this up because Beauty and the Beast is a favourite of mine. This was a it was a GREAT way to dip my toe in to the YA fae world. Odette toes the line between the fantastic and the realistic in such a way that her world feels completely immersive, but definitely rooted in some kind of Victorian society. I can honestly say that despite being worried that a retelling might feel a bit over-familiar, there were twists and turns that I absolutely did not anticipate. Odette’s strength lies in the way that she writes her characters; Gemma Bellefleur is exactly what a YA heroine needs to be. Followed around by scandal, she is an independent, intelligent character who is not afraid to work hard to get what she wants. Her romance is written beautifully and has just the right amount of steam. Even the antagonists here – particularly Imogen and Gavin – are characters that a reader just cannot help to love to hate. It would have been so easy for them to be two-dimensional villains given the basis of their characters, but Odette successfully plays with tradition to make them less pantomime villain-like. This is a heart-warming tale about love, women’s rights, and the true meaning of freedom. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who loves a good love story. [I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nkisu

    4.5! I love retellings but sometimes they don’t always quite hit the mark, that was not the case with this book! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this and I highly recommend it! A Beauty and the Beast retelling + fae + an independent bookworm?! I was sold from the beginning! I absolutely loved the story and I’m definitely a Tessonja Odette fangirl now :) Gemma (our protagonist), her father and younger sister, have recently moved to a new to new isle in the Winter Court which is ruled by th 4.5! I love retellings but sometimes they don’t always quite hit the mark, that was not the case with this book! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this and I highly recommend it! A Beauty and the Beast retelling + fae + an independent bookworm?! I was sold from the beginning! I absolutely loved the story and I’m definitely a Tessonja Odette fangirl now :) Gemma (our protagonist), her father and younger sister, have recently moved to a new to new isle in the Winter Court which is ruled by the fae, after Gemma was caught in a scandal in their hometown. Her reputation is in shambles and all Gemma wants is to be independent and have the freedom that comes with it, so she begins searching for a job. It seems like things are finally starting to look up when she receives an invite for an interview as a house steward! Cue King Elliot, the broody, human-hating Unseelie King who strikes up a bargain with Gemma in order for her to help him break his curse! I loved the banter between Gemma and Elliot and just their whole dynamic! I loved watching their relationship progress. The side characters were all really loveable—well apart from Imogen and Gemma’s Dad ha! I wish we could’ve gotten a little bit more into Elliot’s character, but overall, I was satisfied. This was such a great, easy read and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Enikő Bódi

    Curse of the Wolf King is a standalone novel set in the world of the Fair Isle trilogy, but it can be read before the trilogy. It is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, about vulnerability, forgiveness, embracing change and giving yourself the freedom for second chances. Both Gemma and Elliot are complex characters with tragic pasts, who become unlikely allies in order to reach their own goals. Of course, life isn't all that simple, and soon their relationship develops into more than just a bargain. Curse of the Wolf King is a standalone novel set in the world of the Fair Isle trilogy, but it can be read before the trilogy. It is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, about vulnerability, forgiveness, embracing change and giving yourself the freedom for second chances. Both Gemma and Elliot are complex characters with tragic pasts, who become unlikely allies in order to reach their own goals. Of course, life isn't all that simple, and soon their relationship develops into more than just a bargain. Gemma is awesome, very likable and a proactive main character, who's not afraid of working for what she wants. She is headstrong and sly, but is too afraid to risk her heart again. Elliot struggles with his identity. The memories of his past self are rapidly fading, thanks to his curse, and he fights tooth and nail to go back to that old self, or die trying. When their paths intercept, wounds are reopened and outlandish possibilities become the new hopes. This book makes you think about how your priorities and your biggest treasures change as you grow and experience life, and how you can always come back from the lowest of points as a newer and wiser version of yourself. This was one of the best stories I've read this year (and my book count is already 40+). I was given an arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    If I had to sum up Curse of the Wolf King it would be a mashup of the magic elements of curses and lessons learned from the Beauty and the Beast fairytale meets the subterfuge and plotting of secret identities of The Count of Monte Cristo. I picked this book up because I adored The Fair Isle Trilogy from the author which I read last year and I am a sucker for anything beauty and the beast/fairytale so I was 100% onboard with this reading experience. I will say that I had a slow start with this bo If I had to sum up Curse of the Wolf King it would be a mashup of the magic elements of curses and lessons learned from the Beauty and the Beast fairytale meets the subterfuge and plotting of secret identities of The Count of Monte Cristo. I picked this book up because I adored The Fair Isle Trilogy from the author which I read last year and I am a sucker for anything beauty and the beast/fairytale so I was 100% onboard with this reading experience. I will say that I had a slow start with this book, it took me about 7 chapters before I was fully invested in the plight of Gemma and the mysterious (yet terrible actor) winter king. Once I was able to get into the story I blew through the tale, completely engaged in the emotional, romantic journey Gemma underwent. Curse of the Wolf King is it's own story and a standalone, but it was really exciting to see Foxglove and Amelie show up in this book. I adored Foxglove and had a love-hate thing going with Amelie (who I really liked in her small cameo here to be fair) but it was nice to see how they have fared in the last 20 years between books. Overall I found this to be a really sweet and magical fairytale-esque book perfect for readers who enjoy curses and grumpy untamed men with secret hearts of gold and strong heroines who are not afraid to let their passions out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kerstin

    I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review. "You see, I want love from someone who knows me inside and out. Not someone who sees my past as a string of follies, but as building blocks that have made me who I am now." I enjoyed this! The love story was sweet and definitely took some time to build up. Although it has been a bit of time since I first read the original trilogy, it was nice to see our wolf in a different light (although it did take me a little bit to remember I knew h I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review. "You see, I want love from someone who knows me inside and out. Not someone who sees my past as a string of follies, but as building blocks that have made me who I am now." I enjoyed this! The love story was sweet and definitely took some time to build up. Although it has been a bit of time since I first read the original trilogy, it was nice to see our wolf in a different light (although it did take me a little bit to remember I knew him... Was the curse at play here too? Lol) Gemma was a surprise. Although she is likened to Belle, their only similarities seem to be their love for books and the Beast. Gemma is surprisingly strong. It takes a while for Tessonja to share the details of Gemma's big scandal, but we see her adapt and survive even before this, despite the cruelty of people. Speaking of cruelty, I like the way this book approaches it. There are definitely quite a few morally gray individuals here and Tessonja gives us a good look at them all. I enjoyed seeing some of the characters that appeared in the original trilogy. I am extremely excited to read about Ember's story next! I would gave liked to see more of Evelyn and Aspen! Maybe next story 😉

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Wilson

    This book was absolutely amazing and exactly what I needed. A standalone, easy to read novel. It was light, yet enthralling and captivated me with every new page. Gemma and Elliott. Oh my. Gemma's growth is amazing. Her past is devastating and I loved how the book adopted an archaic view of the world. From clothing to how women are supposed to act. Obviously I hated all of that, seeing as I (as a woman) want to get a job and don't want to play housewife to a husband. But it worked so well in thi This book was absolutely amazing and exactly what I needed. A standalone, easy to read novel. It was light, yet enthralling and captivated me with every new page. Gemma and Elliott. Oh my. Gemma's growth is amazing. Her past is devastating and I loved how the book adopted an archaic view of the world. From clothing to how women are supposed to act. Obviously I hated all of that, seeing as I (as a woman) want to get a job and don't want to play housewife to a husband. But it worked so well in this book. The way Odette incorporated modern things with Fae ways of living and with archaic ways of the world, was brilliant. Elliott grew so much as well, and it was amazing to see. The slow burn romance of this beauty and the beast retelling was agonising, but worked very well. It followed the traditional beauty and the beast retelling staples. Pretty girl who reads, temperamental man/animal. However the twist with the addition of the Fae made it all the much better. The ending is a twist you won't expect, even knowing it's a beauty and the beast retelling. Which is where I also say, that having an epilogue in a standalone is the BEST idea ever!! Authors need to do it so much more! I recommend for all readers, preferably YA readers as there are some mature scenes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved this Beauty and the Beast retelling! Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy tale so I’m always excited to read retellings and I can tell you that this book did not disappoint. It has all the main elements of the original tale but is also completely unique and it’s own story. Plus it takes place in Faerwyvae so how could I pass up this book? Gemma has a very tragic past and just wants to move on with her life as a free and independent woman, so she has to find a job to support herself I loved this Beauty and the Beast retelling! Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy tale so I’m always excited to read retellings and I can tell you that this book did not disappoint. It has all the main elements of the original tale but is also completely unique and it’s own story. Plus it takes place in Faerwyvae so how could I pass up this book? Gemma has a very tragic past and just wants to move on with her life as a free and independent woman, so she has to find a job to support herself, otherwise she’ll be forced to marry which is the last thing she wants to do. I love how independent she is and how she wants the freedom to be herself despite not fitting in with society’s constraints. I loved watching her relationship with Elliot grow. They both grow so much as characters in this story. The side characters are fantastic as well. Micah and the other kids are adorable and I also loved Ember. On the other hand, Imogen is completely detestable. Tessonja does such a wonderful job of writing compelling characters and fantastic worlds! This book is so emotional with ups and downs and the ending is so worth it! I can’t recommend this book enough! I received an ARC from the author and I’m voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    Curse of the Wolf King is your perfect happily ever after fairytale retelling! Tessonja Odette has thrown in the perfect fae elements into this story that truly made it magical. Gemma wants nothing more than to be in charge of her own life and escape her past. She spends her time lost in books and has no taste for being apart of high society life. Gemma is witty, independent and not afraid to speak her mind or do what she needs to do to gain her independence. Due to this there were a few moments Curse of the Wolf King is your perfect happily ever after fairytale retelling! Tessonja Odette has thrown in the perfect fae elements into this story that truly made it magical. Gemma wants nothing more than to be in charge of her own life and escape her past. She spends her time lost in books and has no taste for being apart of high society life. Gemma is witty, independent and not afraid to speak her mind or do what she needs to do to gain her independence. Due to this there were a few moments in this book where I questioned just how far she would go and who she would hurt in the process to achieve her goal. Elliott is your typical brooding fae royal who says what is on his mind. He is trying desperately to break the curse that has been placed on him and those in his small court. The banter between Gemma and Elliot was phenomenal and there were moments that had me chuckling. Curse of the Wolf King moves pretty quickly and was easy to get swept into. I loved the subtle nods to the Beauty and Beast fairytale because they are not thrown in your face obvious. This is your typical happily ever after retelling so if you are looking for a sweet ending with things neatly tied up then this book is for you. Overall a really fun and magical read, 4/5 stars for me!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tessonja Odette

    AUTHOR'S NOTE: Curse of the Wolf King releases today! What a wild and wonderful journey. I had so much fun returning to the land of Faerwyvae to start a brand new book with both new and familiar characters. Bringing Gemma's story to life and expressing my book obsession through her character was quite satisfying. And Elliot just might be my favorite book boyfriend I've written yet. Thanks to all my amazing readers and book buddies who've supported this book! Next I'll be moving on to the second b AUTHOR'S NOTE: Curse of the Wolf King releases today! What a wild and wonderful journey. I had so much fun returning to the land of Faerwyvae to start a brand new book with both new and familiar characters. Bringing Gemma's story to life and expressing my book obsession through her character was quite satisfying. And Elliot just might be my favorite book boyfriend I've written yet. Thanks to all my amazing readers and book buddies who've supported this book! Next I'll be moving on to the second book in the Entangled with Fae series, which will be a Cinderella retelling that follows Ember's love story. And for all you Franco fans from The Fair Isle Trilogy, a certain feathered vampire prince will be getting his romance at last! Curse of the Wolf King is free in Kindle Unlimited and is available in paperback and hardcover. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08W787FG6 The hardcover features the following under-the-jacket artwork on the "naked book" that readers are loving.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Initial Thoughts I was super excited to read this book. First of all, the cover looks amazing. Second, and probably more importantly, it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I live for those. Some Things I Liked Retelling with a twist. I loved the way the "Beast" character was repulsed by his human form. I thought this gave the entire story an interesting perspective. It kind of reminded me of Shrek when he saw Fiona at night for the first time. The Shadows Between Us vibes. Seriously, loved the Initial Thoughts I was super excited to read this book. First of all, the cover looks amazing. Second, and probably more importantly, it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I live for those. Some Things I Liked Retelling with a twist. I loved the way the "Beast" character was repulsed by his human form. I thought this gave the entire story an interesting perspective. It kind of reminded me of Shrek when he saw Fiona at night for the first time. The Shadows Between Us vibes. Seriously, loved the darkness and plotting that Gemma and Elliot do. They're not evil but they're definitely questionable at times and I really enjoyed that. Historical fiction vibes. Again, I loved that this read like a regency romance with magic. Series Value I'd definitely read the next book in this series. I'd also read Tessonja's other series which is set in the same world, about twenty years prior to this book. While I'd love more about the characters we met in this book, I'm happy with the conclusion we got. Final Thoughts I loved this book. I was pretty confident I'd like it, but there was so much to enjoy about this story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommendations for Further Reading The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  27. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader's copy of this amazing book - and oh, I have completely fallen in love with it. Beauty and The Beast was always my favourite tale growing up, so this book, which is a retelling of the classic story, was immediately interesting to me - and it absolutely exceeded my expectations and more. I absolutely adored Tessonja Odette's spin on the story and whilst I tried to guess what would happen next as I read, it kept me on my toes and made me fall head o I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader's copy of this amazing book - and oh, I have completely fallen in love with it. Beauty and The Beast was always my favourite tale growing up, so this book, which is a retelling of the classic story, was immediately interesting to me - and it absolutely exceeded my expectations and more. I absolutely adored Tessonja Odette's spin on the story and whilst I tried to guess what would happen next as I read, it kept me on my toes and made me fall head over heels for it! This book left me laughing, gasping, squealing and begging for more as soon as I finished it - that twist ending took me by surprise and I was so happy and uplifted by the end of this book. Not only is this book a swoon worthy slow burn romance with great, lovable characters, it also expressed female empowerment which was so so so great to see. It isn't an exaggeration when I say Gemma and Elliot are some of my favourite literary characters now, and this book is definitely one of my top reads that I'll love and treasure! I desperately need to get myself a physical copy so I can admire it even more in my bookcase 🤩

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rohayna

    Fairy Tale retellings + Faeries?! I'm in! I was already both inclined to like but also be super judgy as while I love Beauty and the Beast, there needs to be delicate handling of the plot. I'm glad to inform you that this retelling does it well! Gemma instantly won me over with her need for new books versus having to interact with people. (I love you, ebooks!) I'm instantly drawn into her drama and wondering what happened to her to make her so anxious. Her need to find a new situation is heartbrea Fairy Tale retellings + Faeries?! I'm in! I was already both inclined to like but also be super judgy as while I love Beauty and the Beast, there needs to be delicate handling of the plot. I'm glad to inform you that this retelling does it well! Gemma instantly won me over with her need for new books versus having to interact with people. (I love you, ebooks!) I'm instantly drawn into her drama and wondering what happened to her to make her so anxious. Her need to find a new situation is heartbreaking and I love how she continues to apply for what jobs are "out of her league" knowing that she is good enough. Out first interaction with the hero had me chuckling. Tomato sauce for blood indeed. I love the bargain they struck and nothing gets people closer together than living together. This was the first book I've read by this author and I've really enjoyed it! I also appreciated the full ending and not an unnecessary cliffhanger to get people to buy the next book. I'm looking forward to the next one and will go back and read the series that takes place 20 years before. I'm interested in how the Wolf King was before he was tamed!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeaven

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m sure if I was in their shoes I would make the same misunderstandings that they did or wouldn’t understand the terms of the curse as they did.... but I’m not and I did understand and it frustrated me to no end that them not reading the fine print led to the relationship conflict they had. Also for a supposedly smart girl Gemma was surprisingly dumb and selfish. Even if you consider the fact she thought he wouldn’t give up his shifting for her instead of him not being willing to give her up... I’m sure if I was in their shoes I would make the same misunderstandings that they did or wouldn’t understand the terms of the curse as they did.... but I’m not and I did understand and it frustrated me to no end that them not reading the fine print led to the relationship conflict they had. Also for a supposedly smart girl Gemma was surprisingly dumb and selfish. Even if you consider the fact she thought he wouldn’t give up his shifting for her instead of him not being willing to give her up... she still assumed he’d be willing to sacrifice everyone’s ability to shift, not just his own, for her! Like if she sacrificed something it would only effect her but if he did it would effect his entire household how could she hate him for that??? And then she wished that the curse would take him... it would’ve taken everyone else too! just very daft. This is a 3 star instead of a 2 because I did like the first 80% of the book, it was just the annoying relationship conflict that kept it from being a 4 star read that I was considering. I thought it was realistic how she handled her situation and I liked her goals originally... the ending just wasn’t satisfying to me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Williams

    A series of fairy tale retellings set in a Fae world!!! Does it get any better? Gemma is sooo good I love her character and personality. The evolution of the relationship feels so good, it is totally organic and believable and I love Mr Rochester and Gemma. This is such a clever and gorgeous retelling for Beauty and the Beast. I was obsessed with The Fair Isle Trilogy so having that world connected to this series is so fun. Getting to see some of the og characters was a delight! Tessonja did an A series of fairy tale retellings set in a Fae world!!! Does it get any better? Gemma is sooo good I love her character and personality. The evolution of the relationship feels so good, it is totally organic and believable and I love Mr Rochester and Gemma. This is such a clever and gorgeous retelling for Beauty and the Beast. I was obsessed with The Fair Isle Trilogy so having that world connected to this series is so fun. Getting to see some of the og characters was a delight! Tessonja did an amazing job creating a vile and wretched gaggle of despicable humans to plague our girl Gemma. Imogen is disgusting personified. Ugh it was so easy to hate her, she is the worst. Oh dear Gemma, at 64% I was literally screaming at her “you wouldn’t have to!!!” The HEA happened in a very unexpected way that made it even better than I would have imagined. I am so exited that this is a full series and the next book,following my boo from The Fair Isle, will be out in July. This is a must read y’all get it!!!

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