[Book Review] Heart of the Raven Prince by Tessonja Odette


A playboy prince in want of a decoy bride.
A servant girl desperate for a disguise…

Raven shifter Prince Franco is every social climbing debutante’s dream. He’s handsome, heir to the Lunar Court throne, and deliciously single. Every young woman wants to bed him, wed him, or steal a moment of his time. Except, of course, for Ember Montgomery.

Half fae Ember craves freedom from her conniving stepfamily. As if they weren’t enough to deal with, a chance encounter with the arrogant Prince Franco leaves her humiliated and in a fiery rage. Nothing could convince her the prince is anything but a rake. But when the opportunity to evade her scheming stepmother falls into her lap, she’ll pay the price—even if it means impersonating the prince’s newest flame…

To prove himself a worthy heir, Prince Franco must marry a princess. But after far too many unsatisfying trysts, he’s given up on love. With the social season in full swing, and bringing with it a horde of husband-hungry socialites, he’ll do anything to delay the pressures of both marriage and the crown. And what better solution than an alliance with a desperate servant girl glamoured as his false future bride?

Locked in a bargain, Ember must pose as a princess until midnight at the full moon ball. Until then, all she has to do is wear the glamour, pretend to court the prince, and above all else, not fall in love. But when feelings emerge on both sides, she starts to wonder if there’s more to their contrived courtship than either of them planned…

Can Ember and Franco find love when the masks come off? Or will illusions and lies prove stronger than their hearts?

ACOTAR meets Bridgerton in this standalone fairytale retelling of Cinderella. If you like slow burn romance, fake engagements, and snarky fae royals, then you’ll love this swoon-worthy story in the Entangled with Fae series.

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Book Facts

Published: August 2021
Genre: Romance/Retelling
Format: e-book                                                             

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I found this one whilst browsing kindle unlimited, I desperately wanted something a bit different to what I had been reading this recently and this really hit the spot. Plus if you know me, I’m a sucker for a fairytale retelling – especially a Cinderella one. 

Ember’s story, is basically the same as most Cinderella story just with ton of Fae magic thrown in. There’s the evil stepmother and stepsister and of course Prince Charming of is Fae Prince. I mean what better combination could you ask for? 

It was highly enjoyable and loved all the references to the original story, but what I liked even more was all the new bits to the story which made it different from other Cinderella retellings that I have read before. 

Now this book is marketed as ACOTAR meets Bridgerton…the Bridgerton part – I totally get as it features a social season in which all young women are trying to find a husband. But the ACOTAR part not so much the only thing they have in common is the Fae. I just felt like I needed to address that. 

Overall this was a great read and I think I’ve found an Author whose other books I must really look into as this book is the second in a series of retellings. 

  My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Tessonja Odette is a YA fantasy author. She’s a multi-passionate creative and lover all things mystical, magical, and inspired. When she isn’t writing, she’s watching dog videos or having dance parties in the kitchen with her daughter.

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