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A Beautiful Curse

(Entwined Tales #4)

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  777 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Follow your heart…
But you might just end up snacking on flies.

When a bumbling fairy godfather gifts a humble woodcutter’s fourth child with extraordinary beauty, she spends the next eighteen years trying to hide it—behind a book. Now, Elisette is ready to follow her dreams and become a scholar, but her admirers keep getting in the way of her ambitions. Ellie knows bette
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Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published February 26th 2018 by Page Nine Press (first published February 24th 2018)
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Amy
Quite a fun novella that explores the curse of fairy-endowed beauty. As a retelling of the Princess and the Frog, I liked it. Of all the Entwined Tales I've read so far, however, I think I will forget this one the fastest. It gives the main couple more development-which I loved- but also lacked the overarching adventure narrative.
And also the heroine annoyed me. I would prefer to follow the adventures of her twin.
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Darque  Dreamer
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads
A Beautiful Curse will speak to your soul. It is is full of beauty and emotion! Faerie tale lovers rejoice, for this one sparkles with love, laughter, and life lessons!

I've probably said this with each book in this series, but each one has gotten better and better, and I now have a new favorite! I loved this one so much! I smiled, I laughed, and I teared up at the end.

This one was so incredibly beautiful! I loved how it fit seamlessly with the rest of the books in the series, but I also loved ho
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Shruti
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
( I received a digital copy of the book. Thanks to Kenley Davidson!!! )

“My brother Dauntry believes in the greater good, and sacrificing himself for his kingdom, and I suppose that’s all very well, but it doesn’t do much for me. My mother always said you had to see people one at a time, or you would begin to treat them as a herd, rather like sheep, and forget how important and beautiful each one really is. Whether a person is a prince, or a merchant, or a librarian, or a frog, they deserve their
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Carina Shephard
A fresh and fun read. This is the first book I’ve read in the series, and although there were allusions to other characters, it worked great as a stand-alone. Significantly shorter than what I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing.

Content:
Language: None.
Violence: None.
Sensuality: None/Mild. The prince carries a certain frog under his shirt for a short length of time. One guy swims around shirtless in Elisette’s pond.
Lynn
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new to me author in this multi author series of Entwined tales. I liked her characters and the way she developed them in this fairytale retelling. There were some really small things that I might have changed but I would really like to try another book by this author. She might be another one I really enjoy.
Raquel Evans
This book just feels like a feminist rant. Maybe not an angry feminist, but at least a seriously irritated feminist, and it's just not fun. And since fun, fluffy reading was the only reason I was reading this book: meh, I'm moving on. ...more
Donna
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rrrridip

The best frog/prince story written. Looks vs character is not a challenge when true character is what looks best. ...but I think it takes exceptional characters to see it.
Raechelle Jones
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary tale. Highly recommend. Worth reading again.
Ru4repeat
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a sweet twist on the Frog Prince story. I really enjoyed that the romance between the characters really had a chance to grow and develop before they were declaring their undying love got each other. This is a cool PG on a steaminess level. Truly great for any age.
As a fellow logophile I loved the vocabulary that had me looking up new words and smiling at one I already knew!

The only pet peeve I had while reading occurred with switching between calling her Ellie or Elisette some
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Shasha
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: clean, hea
Sweet

The fantasy retelling was sweet. The heroine works hard. The royal challenges were unpredictable. The Prince and the heroine become good friends that leads to more.
A thought provoking story about appearances and friendship.
Bethany
I was pleasantly surprised. I think I read this one almost as fast if not faster than Goose girl which was my favorite of the series. To be honest I didn't think any of hte other stories would really come close but this one did.
First the characters. well character. I connected with Elisette right away. Honestly I rarely truly connect to a character but I could feel her pain in the beginning. (view spoiler)
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Lisa Dawn
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Beautiful Curse tells the story of Elisette, the middle child of the fairy godfather-cursed family from the series. When they were born, their bumbling fairy godfather, Mortimer, gave her and her twin brother, Martin, the gift of beauty. Unfortunately, he could not have picked a worse set of twins to grant it to. Martin, who is seen briefly in a A Little Mermaid, hates being beautiful because it causes people to think that he's a girl. Elisette, on the other hand, grows up with absolutely no i ...more
Amanda
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Elisette wants nothing more than to lose herself in the world of books. She dreams of being a librarian. Unfortunately, her joke of a fairy godfather has gifted/cursed her with an otherworldly beauty. But when she finally manages to lose her looks, will she lose everything else she worked so hard for or will she finally find herself and even a friend who truly sees her? This is a retelling of the frog princess and I was provided an ARC by the author in exchange for my honest review, which follow ...more
Jassa
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Davidson is someone I found shortly before learning about this series coming out. Like literally, I read a few of her books almost a month before. I'm glad I did, but even if I hadn't, reading this would have made me want to go pick up something she had written.

Now, at this point, we have gotten to the first set of twins. A boy and girl who were blessed cursed with being beautiful when they were born. Well, this probably would have been okay if they had been royalty or even nobles. Otherwise, it
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Ananya
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my absolute favourite book of the series! I just can't stop gushing about it. The beautiful Elisette seems timid at the beginning of the book, but the unexpected spunk she shows as a frog is just a delight to read.

First off, I really liked the idea that the heroine's beauty is a curse for her rather than a blessing, and that "True love's kiss" isn't what makes her human again. (I'm not familiar with the traditional Frog Bride fairytale, though). I also love how Kenley Davidson manages t
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Gary Holt
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is far and away the best in the "Entwined Tales" series. The others are just so-so. This one stands out.

This book has a number of things going for it:
- It's well written. Davidson is very good with words, more so than the other authors in this series.
- It's hilariously funny. Not so much at the beginning, but toward the climax--wow. The banter between the characters is fantastic. (You'd think, because the premise of this whole series is a grumpy, not-too-competent fairy godfather is dr
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Kim  Gregory
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a change from the original! The original isn't a fairy tale that I cared for, but i enjoyed this version. Eli, or Elisette, had a very snarky attitude throughout the story. She hated the gift that Mortimer gave her as a baby - great beauty. We know the routine, do they love me for me or for my beauty? Eli's a scholar. She wants to learn in a time when that wasn't something women were supposed to want. No one could understand why she hated her beauty or the attention she received from all of ...more
Debbie
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This short book is a twist on a fairytale. Elisette was given a fairy gift of extreme beauty. When she travels to another kingdom to become an apprentice at a library, not only is she fighting the prejudice of a woman taking such a job but she disrupts the library because so many people come there only interested in looking at her. When she complains to her fairy godfather, he makes her into a talking frog. A sympathetic prince vows to help her break the curse, but he has problems of his own. He ...more
Leah
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to say that I loved this book. I’ll admit Ellie annoyed me a bit at the beginning, but as the story progressed I grew to enjoy her points of view. As another female who loves learning and who works in a library, I grew to feel a connection with her. I liked how the author gave each prince a background and made it so we could really understand each character’s motives. The pacing of the story was perfect I thought.
Although not one of the most adventurous fairytales, the two tales th
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Anna Marie
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful retelling of the 'Frog Princess'. It's one of a series, and of course it's NOT a stand-alone. You read this, and you'll be grasping at names/previous events you're not privy to. Made it a little hard to read the story.

But basically, a young princess wants to be a librarian in a time when only young men are scribes/book-keepers. So she forces the hands of the Powers that Be, and ends up in the position, but in a bad place (discrimination). On top of that, her fairy God-father (who's...
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Nicole
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! Kenley Davidson has a knack for writing fun and unique stories, and A Beautiful Curse did not disappoint. I haven't had a ton of luck reading short stories because they seem to be difficult for authors to sufficiently pull together in such a short amount of writing space. I usually find certain elements that I wanted to be developed more, etc. But Kenley did a great job of developing the world, rounding out the story, creating memorable characters, and she brought it all t ...more
Kendra Parker
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite novella from the series so far. The role reversal made this a fun retelling of the Frog Prince. I really appreciated the emphasis on friendship that made its way through the story.

If you enjoy fantasy or fairy tales, you might really enjoy this one. The humorous fairy godfather makes for a fun plot twist later in the book than I expected. The heroine learns both humility and the value of true friendship. Likewise, the hero discovers his own value along with the value of
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Kira Assad
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this book! The Entwined Tales series has been an incredible group of books by some amazing authors. A Beautiful Curse was one of my favorites from the series. Ellie is an adorable character, and the fact she loves books makes me adore her even more! Prince Cambren is not your typical prince, but he has more heart than any character I have ever read in a story and by far one of my favorite princes of the series. I cannot recommend this book, series and all the authors doin ...more
Pris
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, ipfi, favorites
It took me a while to get past the first chapter and the half of the second, but after Ellie's meeting with the Princes of Anura, I was completely hooked. The book only got better from there :) The retelling of this fairytale was unique and beautifully done. And Prince Cambren? *dreamy sigh* It's been so long since I've felt the need to gush about the male character more than the female MC. But, he deserves: adorable, thoughtful, kind, compassionate, a true friend, and so many more well-deserved ...more
Renee Marski
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Happy ending abound

This story doesnt just give ellie a happy ending but eldrick gets one too. Ellie leaves home to follow her dream of being a scholar but finds that hard to do when people are only coming to the library to see her face. After demanding mortimer make her ugly she is turned into a frog. Cam saves her and becomes her friend. After he completes his fathers challenges he is relieved to find eldrick will accept the title of king and he can just be him.

Ellie is funny and smart mouthed
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Kimberly Kaplan
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Frogs & Where to Find Them...

Well, in the library of course! Another excellently, extraordinary, entwined adventure! I loved this book! The characters were definitely extraordinary. Especially, Ellie! I figured alliteration was the best way to review a book with a librarian as the main character. Both Ellie and Cam were simply adorable. Their story touched my heart and made me cry with joy. I loved that they were best friends. The King's test to find the best heir was so beautiful. Lad
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Billie Flaming
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute. The story is at its best when Cam and Ellie are talking, so that’s definitely good. And these two make such phenomenal friends, that by the time they get together, it feels gloriously natural.
I liked the trials the princes had, and was so gloriously satisfied with how it turned out.
I didn’t love Ellie character at times, because she’s incredibly abrasive, but she’s not when someone takes the time to listen to her, so I’m happy with Cam.
Cam’s the best and I love that we get inside h
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C.M.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not certain now whether this book or Unnatural Beanstalk is now my favorite of the series. Elisette has a bit of an attitude, but I love her snark. She had me chuckling more than once throughout the story. And Cam was just such sweet hearted guy who shows Elisette the true meaning of friendship.
Beautiful curse is definitely one of the stronger books in the series. Plot and characterization were both strong, and the ending was solid. Though I do wish it had gone on longer - simply because I w
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Kerri
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this story. It has a lot of similarities to a favorite fairytale of mine called The White Cat. I liked Cam, he was well-written, and relatable. Elisette was a bit harder to peg, but I liked that she was tough. In the version I've read, the challenges have nothing to do with what sort of king the prince might make, and are for much more shallow reasons. I like that the king in this story has a purpose behind each, and uses it to discover what sort of man each of his sons are. A good addit ...more
Megan
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute and fun. As anticipated! The tests were a good idea and I liked how everything turned out. I do wonder what happened after with Dauntry. I wish there was more justice in regards to Lady Caro. Doesn’t sound like she tried to do anything to dissuade the insincere patrons, and blamed Elisette even though she made a point to say it didn’t matter what other people did so long as Ellie wasn’t acting inappropriately. And if she knew her other apprentices were making things up, she really should ha ...more
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Kenley Davidson is a fantasy and science fiction author who loves to write clean romance, complex characters, and surprising plot twists. Her worlds (both real and imagined) are largely fueled by coffee, more coffee, and books (plus the occasional cup of tea). She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband, two kids and two dogs, and believes everything is better with dragons.

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