By Heather Walter
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.
Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either. Until I met her. Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins.
Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though a power like mine was responsible for her curse. But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps together we could forge a new world.
Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—
I am the villain.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of retellings, some are pretty good and others destroy the original story. Malice is a Snow White retelling that I absolutely loved! It was different enough that you had no clue as to what was going to happen, but still carried the undertone of the original. The characters are all phenomenal, each one having their own key role – no extra fluff. This is a really fast read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
This is the first book I’ve read by Heather Walter and I’m definitely a fan now.
About The Author
Heather Walter is a native Southerner who hates the heat. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she is both a former English teacher and a current librarian. Perhaps it is because she’s surrounded by stories that she began writing them. At any given moment, you can find her plotting. This is her first novel.
I want to thank Netgalley and the Random House for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. This book comes out April 13th so be on the lookout, you’re not going to want to miss it. If you click on the book below you can go ahead and pre-order.
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