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The Prince's Prisoner by Isla Jones & Klarissa King - Book Review

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The Prince’s Prisoner
by Isla Jones & Klarissa King
(Feared Fables #2)
Publication date: February 15th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling

A dark fae prince. A stolen human girl.
And an unwanted marriage.
Not all beasts can be redeemed…
Callie doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Too bad they believe in her.
The fae whisk Callie and her friend off to be prisoners of an eternal dance. But Callie is stolen again.
Maybe the eternal dance wasn’t so bad after all…
A lethal fae has taken her as his unwilling bride, and she has to balance between life and death in his castle, while finding a way out of the dangerous fae realm. Only, she’s playing games with the Prince of War.
The Prince learns just how far Callie will go to save her friend from a lifetime of torture—and just what she will do to save herself from his clutches.
Callie must escape the wicked prince before she turns from prisoner to prey. But as the prince himself tells her, ‘Sacrifice is no noble thing in the fae realm.
Everything in the fae realm comes at a price…
The Prince’s Prisoner is a Dark Fae Retelling of the original Beauty and the Beast, and is the second book in the anthology series, Feared Fables. Can be read as a stand-alone. Please be aware of themes.
Purchase Links
Goodreads / Amazon

My Review
 The Prince's Prisoner is a considered a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but the similarities are few and far between. It's more of an adult paranormal fantasy involving a cold, dark-hearted fae prince who claims a human woman as his bride (without her consent, technically, even though she agrees to anything if he promises to remove the curse she's under). She, however, isn't keen on being his bride, and she'll do whatever it takes to save her friend (who is also stuck in the eternal dance) and return to the human world. Does she succeed?
I found this story to be a little rushed in terms of plot, but also slow in spots. I didn't really care for Callie at all. She was just kind of annoying most of the time. I did give her kudos for trying to save her friend and all, but she just didn't seem to have the right sort of gumption to take on an evil fae prince.
The world building was decent. When Callie ends up in the fae realm, you can sort of imagine what it looks like based on the descriptions of what Callie is seeing and dealing with. Sometimes it's a bit graphic (in terms of seeing people dancing; think blood and stuff), but nothing too bad.
The only noticeable similarities between this story and Beauty and the Beast were the enchanted rose that shows up, the prince being "beastly" in his ways, and the library in the castle. Nothing else was even really close to being the same.
Overall, it wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. It was a little too slow for me at times, and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. But anyone who is a fan of stories about fae may enjoy this.
I'm giving it 3 stars.

Author Bio
When not writing, Klarissa can be found in bed poring over a great new release, or reluctantly walking her demanding dogs who pretty much run the house.

She is not-so-secretly the writer, Isla Jones. Isla uses the pen-name Klarissa for fantasy and writing, while using Isla Jones for her darker, grittier horror works.

To contact Klarissa King, find her here:

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Keep an eye out for giveaways and freebies, which Isla/Klarissa is fond of!

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