Friday, June 22, 2018

Cursed Bones by Kelly Apple

Title: Cursed Bones 
Author: Kelly Apple
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Grimwood #3
Main Characters: Isobel and Cade
Release Date: September 2016
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Once upon a time, Isobel Grimm had been the favored daughter of one of the oldest families in Grimwood. Prideful, arrogant, and vain, she found out the hard way that not all those she saw as beneath her are weak. Fleeing to her family manor hidden in the depths of the great forest seemed her only option when a powerful curse stole her looks and made her a monster in the eyes of most.

When an intruder invades her sanctuary, Isobel is forced to face some painful truths—she’s lived in solitude far longer than she realized and her problems are only the precursor for something far more deadly. For the trees in the forest are dying, stricken by a mysterious disease rotting them slowly from the inside.

In the manor hidden away from prying eyes, a pact has fallen and the entire forest is paying the price. As a Grimm, it’s Isobel’s duty to right this wrong and reverse the curse spreading across the land.

If she can’t, all of Grimwood may fall.

My Review:
I've read and enjoyed several of Kelly Apple's books, but this is by far my favorite of hers that I've read so far. This story is part of her series that's based on twisted fairy tales and since this one is based on my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, then it seems appropriate that it's my favorite story. I love the way Ms. Apple twisted the fairy tale to truly make the story her own. 

In this version of the well-known story, the heroine is the beast. Instead of being a monstrous animal, she has black lines under her skin. Imagining them, I saw them like her entire body is covered by tattoos. For the hero, Cade, he never thought of her lines as something hideous. He sees Isobel as a beautiful and slightly sad woman, especially as more and more of her story is revealed. 

And I don't want to say anymore, because I don't want to spoil the story any. But I will say that I love the brilliant twists on the original story. All the details of the original story are there, but twisted into a new version of the same story. I loved it so, so much. 

Cade is a true hero in every sense of the word. He's brilliantly loyal, but he also has other obligations beyond Isobel. There's the whole Grimm family and their effect on the Grimwood Forest is fascinating and I loved the fix that occurred in the story. It will be interesting to see the way it plays out in the rest of the series. 

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