Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.
I am so grateful to have received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to Book of Matchs Media and the author for the opportunity! This standalone fantasy was a great ride and though there were some parts where it kind of dragged, I really enjoyed the ride.
This read is a retelling, but I can’t really tell which one it is because it had so many familiar elements. It had a vibe from Cinderella because the main character had an evil stepmom and stepsister and I dug the rebellion that the main character showed towards them. There was also a Beauty in the Beast vibe with the way that the mysterious Lord Fenwood acted towards the main character at the beginning and how he conducted his household. There was also a Hades and Persephone vibe because of a forced marriage to a dark and dangerous lord in an estate surrounded by evil and creepy woods. It was all very meshed together and I liked that the author took elements of so many wonderful stories and made them into a mish mash all her own.
I found the plot to be interesting and very unique from anything I’ve read and I honestly didn’t know what to expect until the end. I did guess the twist at the end and that was sort of disappointing, but I got over it quickly because I got the happy ending I wanted. The plot starts with Katria fighting for her freedom, but being taken away from her by her stepmother and her greed. We didn’t get to see much of the stepmother, but we found out more about her later and I liked that secret being slowly unraveled over time. She then is whisked away to this mysterious mansion and I thought this was just so unpredictable and exciting. I didn’t know what to expect and then what we got was pure awesomeness. The main character is then whisked into a world full of color, life, and very fun and lovable characters that really grew on me…. Maybe a little bit more than the actual main couple…. (Sasha is my girl!)
I liked Katria, but I wasn’t in love with her. Sometimes I would cheer her and her rebellious self on and other times I would shake my head at some of her antics. I; however, was in love with the times that she performed because I honestly thought that was her best self. It was so fun to read. But, I was straight up in LURVE with her mysterious lord and their steam wassssss off the charts. It had a forbidden and hopeless quality to it and I was soooo here for it!
Overall this read was a magical and fun ride and I am so grateful to Book of Matchs Media and the author for the chance to read this fantastical book.
My Book Rating
4/5 Book World
A Dance with the Fae Prince by Elise Kova
Published on August 19, 2021 by Silver Wing Press
Copy Read: ebook ARC (Kindle)