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Brutal Curse

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Prince Carden of Tierney lost his home, family, and claim to the throne in one fell swoop when he rebelled against his father for a cause he knew was right. Instead of wallowing in despair, he embarks on a new journey, starting a new life on the Southern Isle. When he finds himself caught in a web woven by the famously ruthless fae queen, Coeur, he insults her and she vows ...more
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Darque  Dreamer
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brutal Curse is gloriously dark and enchanting. It's a unique twist on two beloved, classic tales that will leave you breathless. If you love fae, magic, and and a little bit of mayhem, you will enjoy this one!

I could not put this one down. I read it in one sitting and adored every minute of it. It was daring and alluring and oh so exciting!

I loved the twist on two classic faerie tales (yes, I consider Alice a faerie tale), and I loved how it still felt like its own faerie tale. It had everythin
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-ebook, 2019-read

I received a free copy from the author through YA Book Stop on Facebook in exchange for a honest review.

What an interesting fairytale retelling. This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast mashed with Alice in Wonderland. There were clear elements from each fairytale present. After a chance meeting outside her village, Arabella is whisked away to play Queen Coeur's deadly game with Carden, the runaway prince from the neighboring realm. Both want to hide secrets from their past and th
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
"Growing up, my brother had often reminded me that not all poisions taste bitter. Queen Coeur was a bitter person, one that everyone knew was deadly, which must be avoided at all costs.
I had to be the sweet poison no one expected or could even detect, especially her."


The best way to explain BRUTAL CURSE by Casey L. Bond is that it has loose refrains of Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast running through its heart, with a villain who could take on Amarantha in her lair Unde
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just randomly stumbled upon this book in the app i use for audio- and ebooks. I wouldn't say that it is a bad book but it just didn't really engage me.
Jessica Belmont
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an interesting twist on a fairytale loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. This is my first Casey L Bond novel, and it surely wont be my last. I’m thoroughly impressed with her ability to remind me of Alice in Wonderland while creating a new story full of fantastic characters and a unique world.

The pace of the story was great, and I didn’t wanted to put it down. I really loved Carden and Arabella. This novel has mystery and action, with a splash of romance. My kind of story.

I highly recommen
Amanda Evans
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read Savage Beauty by this author, I automatically pre-ordered Brutal Curse and I wasn’t disappointed. This was a beautifully written, dark twist on Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast. The focus of the story is on Queen Coeur and her dark twisted game that lasts over five days.

Our two main characters Arabella and Prince Carden must band together to play the game and try to beat Queen Coeur. We also have Prince Rule who may or may not be one to trust.

Arabella and Carden are hea
Blaire Hammond
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brutal Curse by Casey L. Bond Spoiler Free Review.

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.*

I really enjoyed this book. This was an interesting, exciting, fast paced and emotional story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I couldn't help but give it a 4 out of 5 stars. The writing was excellent and the characters were well developed throughout the novel.

I adored the world building and the adventures throughout the book. It had me gripped and I was unable to put t
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
"Hearts are beastly things."

I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on this book because I am a sucker for a fairy tale retelling. So without further review.

OMG. This is for sure not your classic children's fairy tale. It's more twisted and has more turns than anything I have read in a while. I actually couldn't put this book down.

The characters were phenomenal. I loved reading about Carden, Arabella, Rule and Queen Coeur. Each of these characters were such an amazing part of
Kalli Bunch
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of Brutal Curse is aptly named because this book is effing BRUTAL!!! Eyes bugging out, nail biting, edge-of-your-seat, yelling HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER!!! I felt like Mel B half the time from AGT yelling WHAT JUST HAPPENED!??!?!??! So many twists...It was epic. It was a major twist on Alice in Wonderland, but you could kind of see a little beauty and the beast in there. I'm not sure if that was intentional or not, but I saw it. And the ending was so so good!!! I can't wait to read the ne ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brutal Curse is a genius retelling of my two favorite stories Alice and wonderland and Beauty and the beast. I was sucked into the storyline from the moment i started reading it. I really enjoyed the relationship that Arabella and Carden developed. There were so many twisted twists and turns and I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to read more books by Casey L. Bond. She can definitely keep my attention.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I love everything Casey Bond writes! This was a good twist on the queen of hearts story from Alice in wonderland.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at 33%

I've read and enjoyed a lot of fairy tale retellings, but this one has me bored. I don't feel connected to the characters at all and can't stomach the idea of listening to 7 more hours of it. Can't quite put my finger on what is missing...
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
The Seven Kingdoms - Author suggested reading order:
#1. Riches to Rags ★½
#2 Savage Beauty
#3 Unlocked
#4 Brutal Curse
Gemma McLaughlin
Beauty and the Beast meets Alice in Wonderland?! Of course I didn’t hesitate to pick this one up! And I’m so glad I did! A fantastically well thought out retelling with a dark twist, it had all the right enchanting pieces of both fairytales thrown into a mix of magical fae that just worked.
Each character represented a fairytale one in a unique way from the fae Queen of Hearts ruling her own little kingdom with an obsession of colour, a runaway Prince she curses to become a Beast, our main protag
Jasmyn Aurielle
Rating: 2.9 stars

(I don't even want to round up)


This book just messed me up on so many levels.

I liked the plot of the story and how it was a retelling of beauty and the beast mixed with Alice in Wonderland but there are so many things that took away from that.

But I'll get to that in a second.

Let's talk about the characters.

Cardon was the H in the story and the love interest of the h. In the book, there is a thing called a heart-mate which is kinda like a soulmate and Cardon was t
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
Prince Carden has left his kingdom behind in his search for a new life. While he isn’t sure exactly what he is looking for, he knows it is not to be stuck as a player in a deadly and ruthless game hosted by the infamous fae queen, Coeur. She’s out to prove to both Carden as well as her subjects that humans are incapable of love and that hearts cannot be trusted.

Arabella was barely surviving in a dreary existence. When she follows her brother into town in an attempt to escape her reality, she has
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Fall into this wonderland! Brutal Curse is a brilliant book. I really loved the fairytale feel with a unique twist. This story is loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. I really liked the connection there. This book has mystery, action, and just a touch of romance. This is the third book in a series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The plot of this book was great. I really liked the connection with Alice in Wonderland. The author gave us just enough to feel the resemblance, but then turned around
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmmm, not sure how to rate this book. So, I'm sorry, I might just be rambling left and right.

I loved Riches to rags and Unlocked but this one was quite different. Like the other two, I listened to this one, same narrators, I think they did a great job. I feel though, that I should have read this book instead of listening to it, which I might do in the future.

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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I put off reading this book for a few weeks but I wish I hadn't! I loved that this book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a little bit of Alice in Wonderland thrown in. I was also getting some ACOTAR vibes with this book and I loved it. This story may be a retelling but it is definitely it's own story as well. Arabella and Carden are the main characters in this story and the game. They come from different backgrounds and family dynamics but still end up getting chosen to play the queen's ...more
Emily Goodman
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Casey Bond wows readers with Brutal Curse. Bond creates a unique spin on a classic bringing new life and adventure to a childhood favorite. In Brutal Curse, we finally get to see what happens to Carden, Prince of Tierney. We’ve followed Carden since the beginning of Bond’s retellings and seen this character journey from a pompous prince to one of the most endearing of Bond’s characters. With that being said, Bond retells these stories in a way that they all can be read as standalones allowing yo ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable enough, but nothing amazing. I liked seeing more of Cardan and the struggles he faced, and Arabella was a great heroine that added life to this book. The queen was ruthless and vicious, but ended up falling a bit flat. This tale was mostly drawing off of Alice in Wonderland, with the tiniest splash of Beauty and the Beast.

The characters were definitely way better than the plot. They had complex histories and made morally gray decisions, making me unsure who to trust or who to like. The
Cristie Alleman
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another must read Fantasy by Casey L Bond!!
Your going to want to read this tale of Beauty and the Beast meets Alice in Wonderland!!
Are you ready to enter Queen Couer's Game? I know Carden and Arabella were certainly unprepared when they found themselves in the Queen Kingdom.. They were thrown into a game no one thought they would ever win.. Unknown to Queen Couer her players have some secret allies who will threaten the Queen's chances of winning her own game.. Carden and Arabella will have to
Angela *Whiskey Angel Life Blog*
I received a copy of Brutal Curse for my honest opinion.

At this point, I’m not even sure how many books I’ve devoured by Casey L. Bond, but I have yet to find one that isn’t spectacular.

She is a brilliant writer and her mind itself must be a magical, wonderous place to be. Ms. Bond brings those thoughts from her mind and brings them to life for the reader on every page, every chapter, every book. And there are not many authors in this genre that compare to Casey L Bond.

Brutal Curse, a loose rete
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Spoiler Free)

I always have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings, especially of Alice in Wonderland or Beauty and the Beast, and Brutal Curse is a little bit of both.

With a character or two that appear from Casey’s other books, it bring her whole world just a little bit closer together and colorful.

Brutal Curse features Arabella and Carden, two strangers who get roped into playing in playing in the fae games together, relying on one another for survival.

But as everyone knows, the fae play b
Brianna Belbin
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brutal Curse is a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast. I loved that Casey was able to make the two stories flow together to create a new and unique one. Characters from each story were represented in this alluring tale and I loved the twist that represented Beast’s cursed servants and the Mad Hatter. I liked that we got to see Queen Coeur in the begin of the book to see why she became the way she is now. Arabella, Carden, and Rule’s past also gets shown to us throughou ...more
Sarah Norton
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed Casey Bond's other books but this one fell a little flat. The premise is the fae Queen of Hearts has kidnapped a prince and a peasant who are "heart mates" though they had never met one another and force them to play a game. It's 5 days with different deadly trials. A great premise and idea, but the "deadly trials" are more emotional mind games that aren't likely to kill them. Casey Bond builds each day up like the are facing death and are in great danger, but they barley w ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m gonna be honest I do not love Alice in Wonderland. I did quite like this story which read a lot like that of an old brothers Grimm tale with trials and horror. However it was definitely more Alice in Wonderland than Beauty and the Beast in my opinion. I also hate an ending that just seems to wrap up everything with magic. While a lot of the other retelling Casey L Bond has written explain what happens after the main issue is resolved. This one like Alice in Wonderland keeps the reader guessi ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a faithful reader of all things Casey L. Bond, I can attest that each and every book I read draws me in even more than the last!
Each word and phrase is a new glimpse into her talent, with Brutal Curse seriously adding some emotion to the line up. All of Ms. Bond’s fairy tales are amazing, but she’s really outdone herself with Brutal Curse.
Right away we are hit with an emotional prelude of just what happened to the Queen, and it does not stop for one page! As the book progresses, we are allowe
Brittany Smith
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can never turn down a fairy tale retelling!!

This book has a great twist on Alice and wonderland and it’s really creative in its originality. Arabella has a chance encounter with Carden that changes both their lives. In
a mad moment of spite Queen Coeur lures Carden to her realm and decides that he’s going to play a game, and he won’t be alone.

I absolutely loved this story and highly recommend it! The world building is top notch as it’s always changing day by day. The characters are all richly
United Indie Book Blog
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brutal Curse is by far my favorite of the fairy tale retellings by Casey. I adore them all though! Loved hearing about favorite characters from the other stories. I enjoyed Arabella and her strong determination throughout the game, loved that nothing could really break her. I wasn’t quite sure if I liked Carden or Rule more and decided to just like them the same. I hope to get more about Rule! This is Alice in Wonderland meets Beauty and the Beast with more dark and twists thrown in! I loved it ...more
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Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fanta ...more

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