Synopsis:

Something evil this way comes.
7 Vengeful Sisters
7 Fairytale Kingdoms
7 Daughters of Eville

Everyone dreams of marrying a prince—except for me. I am nothing more than a pawn in my adoptive mother’s diabolical plot against the seven kingdoms.I was the chosen tool, her sharpened blade that would cut the deepest into the heart of the Kingdom of Baist. But like all deadly weapons, my wedding is two-edged sword that could cost me my soul.

For I am Rosalie, one of the adopted daughters of Lady Eville, and it is my duty to enter into a loveless and hate-filled marriage with the narcissistic Crown Prince of Baist. My choices and heart are not my own to give. Yet even in the thick of dire situations, beastly vengeance can give way to beautiful attraction. 

Review:

Attention, small spoiler ahead – but I will give you a warning.

Well, I guess this is my unpopular opinion #193938488… I can see that this book has high ratings on Goodreads, but I can’t share the same feelings. 

The story is not really a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as there are very few elements from the original story. There is the curse and a beast in the story and that’s pretty much the extent this retelling goes to. Rosalie is forced to marry the Prince of Baist, Xander, by her mother who is trying to get her revenge on the seven kingdoms (what revenge, mmh, not sure). Xander was actually going to marry the love of his life, a marriage that would have brought stability to the kingdom. The marriage is cancelled on the day and he marries Rosalie instead as her mother Lady Eville makes a deal with the king. And so, Rosalie finds a very reluctant husband and a court who see her as an evil witch, and she has to endure abuse every day while trying to uncover the mystery of a terrifying beast that roams in the kingdom.

Let me say first that, unfortunately, I had a massive issue finding Rosalie relatable. She is constantly bullied and a victim of abusive behaviour. She keeps complaining about how everybody hates her and the nasty rumours about her being an evil witch, daughter of the devil and so on, but realistically she doesn’t do anything about it. I mean if you keep acting like a witch (and I didn’t mean witch), that’s what you get. All she does is keep deceiving people and throwing compelling spells whenever things don’t go her way. 

The other massive problem I had with this story is the depiction of a very unhealthy and abusive marriage between Xander and Rosalie. 

I do enjoy reading an enemies-to-lovers story but the development of this relationship was completely inexistent. It was more of an enemies-just-enemies thing.  And then in the end it was completely forced with very unexpected couple developments. The problem was that Xander acted like this massive offensive tool and a jerk to Rosalie for a big chunk of the story. There was never a hint of romance between them. —- SPOILERS STARTS HERE —- So when in the end they declared love to each other (and she was also pregnant), it just felt very wrong. —- END OF SPOILERS —- I initially thought that probably the writer didn’t intend to have a romance developed between the two main characters because nothing was happening, and I admit I thought about giving up halfway. 

Anyway, it’s not that type of marriage you want to promote

Overall, the plot was unnecessarily confusing, and, towards the end, too many things were happening, so I couldn’t follow what was happening. I didn’t fully understand why Rosalie was forced into this marriage and what her mother was trying to avenge. I couldn’t even understand the extent of her magic and why she seems to have all the powers in the world and at the same time be so useless to find the beast. 

It’s a massive shame because this book is part of a series where every daughter of Lady Evella will have a part in this plot of revenge, and every book will be a retelling, so I appreciate the original idea. However, because no explanation has been given in the story, I assume that you need to read all the books, so this is not really a standalone you can just pick up. This book was a flat read, with so many things dumped in the story, mostly in the last 10% of the story, for which we don’t get an explanation.

Sigh. This was one of the most disappointing retellings ever.