Once upon a time, Isobel Grimm had been the favored daughter of one of the oldest families in Grimwood. Prideful, arrogant, and vain, she found out the hard way that not all those she saw as beneath her are weak. Fleeing to her family manor hidden in the depths of the great forest seemed her only option when a powerful curse stole her looks and made her a monster in the eyes of most.
When an intruder invades her sanctuary, Isobel is forced to face some painful truths—she’s lived in solitude far longer than she realized and her problems are only the precursor for something far more deadly. For the trees in the forest are dying, stricken by a mysterious disease rotting them slowly from the inside.
In the manor hidden away from prying eyes, a pact has fallen and the entire forest is paying the price. As a Grimm, it’s Isobel’s duty to right this wrong and reverse the curse spreading across the land.
If she can’t, all of Grimwood may fall.
Yikes! I can’t believe how long I’ve let this go without posting a review. That’s so not like me… well, actually, lately it is totally like me and I need to put a stop to it. Especially since Kelly Apple is one of my favorite authors when it comes to twisting fairy tales. In Cursed Bones, the third book in her Grimwood series, readers are treated to the author’s twisted version of Beauty and the Beast. As with the rest of her Grimwood tales, the Beast in this story is portrayed by the main female character, Isobel. Which would make the Cade the Beauty… kinda… but I’m sure you get the picture.
Isobel can’t stand to see herself because she knows how grotesque she truly is, both inside and out. Cade never sees her that way. In fact, he’s intrigued. Of course there’s a lot more to the story and Cursed Bones takes a bit longer to get the the smexiness that we all know and love from Kelly Apple, but the build up is totally worth it. Plus, not everything is exactly as it seems and there are a couple of twists thrown into the mix that make things even more interesting and not just for Cade and Isobel. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next Grimwood couple in Cursed Touch. 😉