It is the second Spotlight Thursday! WOOHOO I managed to keep up with it!
So if you haven’t seen this before I am going to be highlighting a new release (that I am aware of) that has come out this week in the UK/US. I am trying to be diverse with the books I pick but so please drop some comments on books that are coming out in the upcoming weeks so I can feature them. If you have read and loved them I would love to link your review posts to this one!
So this week it is for a debut author, I was lucky enough to get a proof of this book and read it very quickly. It was a great Sapphic Retelling and I highly recommend it.
The book is..
Malice by Heather Walter
Released 13th April 2021 with DelRey UK
A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is more than a simple fairy tale.
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 it was a power like mine that 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.