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Entangled with Fae #2

Heart of the Raven Prince

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A Cinderella Retelling

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.

*NOTE this book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations and some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam.

Heart of the Raven Prince is a complete stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy. Journey back to Faerwyvae or begin your adventure for the first time with this enchanting tale. Each book in the Entangled with Fae series can be read on its own and in any order. Happily ever after guaranteed!

506 pages, Kindle Edition

Published August 13, 2021

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142 reviews11.9k followers
January 12, 2023
4.25 stars! I love that this book is a Cinderella retelling that takes place in a fantasy world. Getting to read references to the og cinderella story while also learning about a whole new world and whole new plot was really cool. I LOVE the chemistry and banter between the two main characters. And I'm really excited to read the rest of the series. My only complaint is almost the whole book takes place in a two week period. I wish the characters had more time to really fall in love and get to know each other but other than that I loved it.
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185 reviews389 followers
March 6, 2022
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Tropes: Cinderella retelling, humans and fae, fake relationship, hate to love, slow burn
Series: Entangled with Fae #2
Cliffhanger: No
Rating: 4.75 ⭐
Spice: 0.5/5 🌶
Set in the same world as: The Fair Isle Trilogy

This was a great Cinderella retelling,  set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy, the action happening 21 years later. It's part of Entangled with Fae, a series of stand-alones with crossovers between characters and happy endings. My favorite part was obviously the chance to see Franco (whom we've met in the second book of the Fair Isle trilogy) getting his happy ending, since he was one of the characters I liked the most.
It was cute, sweet and funny, totally catchy and very easy to read and enjoy. I loved it and I am, once again, impressed with Tessonja Odette's work.

Credit and more Franco and Ember aesthetic here

》》The Plot《《

Ember is half-fae and lives with her step-mother and two stepsisters after a bargain she made, which stated she will have to live and obey them until she turns 19. Being bound by her bargain and forced to act as a maid and do everything her step family wants, her life is anything but easy and all she wants is to escape. But when her stepmother sets her eye on Franco, the Lunar prince, and wants to use the Social Season as a means to marry off her eldest daughter, Imogen, Ember finds herself even more entangled in her stepmother's schemes. Especially when, desperate to elude a forced marriage, she ends up agreeing to a new bargain with Maisie, the youngest princess of the Sea Court, which leads to her parading as Franco's new love interest. But when he discovers she's an impostor and still allows her to play her part, pretense and honesty mingle with a long awaited result: happiness for both of them, whatever that may mean for each.

"He’s letting me fulfill my bargain with Maisie because he…wants me to play the part. Continue to court him—or pretend to, at least.
That is my punishment."

The chapters are alternative, written either from Ember's POV or Franco's and they both offer a chance to see things through different perspectives, making it easier to love Franco (even more than I already did!) and Ember. Introducing Maisie was a great move to set the scene for the third book in this series: Kiss of the Selkie, and the ending was sweet, giving a conclusion to Franco and Ember's story, offering an update on Gemma and Elliot's and also making us curious about what's coming next for the Sea princess.

》》Characters and Relationships《《

👗 Ember Montgomery

“Just because your namesake places you amongst ash and cinders, doesn’t mean you should seek cosmetics from a chimney.”
“At least an ember still burns,” I say under my breath.

First of all, can we appreciate how nicely she chose the name? Since Cinderella would have been too obvious, Ember was such a great choice and definitely perfect for this MC.
She was delightful, not at all a damsel in distress but not a warrior either. She had her own strength and her character was beautifully written and developed. I loved her connection with the music and her sharp retorts, which made the banter more enjoyable.

🦅 Prince Franco

"I had a horde of women waiting to jump me outside.”
“To…hurt you?”
“No, not to hurt me. They wanted to waltz, I’m sure. Horizontally. Followed by a marriage proposal.”

If I wouldn’t have already been in love with Franco, this book would have taken care of that. He was sweet, funny and caring, while also being really sensitive and vulnerable in a way not many male MCs are portrayed. He was such a powerful and impressive Fae that no one really tried to see beneath the facade he had created and I think it was wonderful to see how much emotion he actually had and how big his heart was.

👗🦅 Ember and Franco

“I’ve never known anyone who had to tell others how funny and clever he is. Usually, it’s a lot more obvious. You know, from their personalities.”
“Do you take pleasure in insulting me?”
“I must take some pleasure from your company if I’ll be forced to endure your presence for the foreseeable future.”

Their relationship was slow burn, going from hate to friendship and then to love, offering us delicious banter, touching confessions, sweet scenes and a little bit of steam. I think they brought the best in each other and they both had much more to gain than a mate; Franco found love but also the strength to stop hiding his real self, to live up to his worth and to become someone great, while Ember finally managed to accept and actually love her power and discover a place where she belonged.

“I…I think I love you, Em. I don’t think. That’s me still being afraid.” He closes the distance between us and rests his hands softly on my shoulders. His eyes lock on mine. “I love you. I know you’re leaving and that’s all right if that’s what you feel you must do. I just want you to know that you are loved. That you are beautiful. That your magic is beautiful.”
“You don’t even know what I look like,” I whisper.
“Why does it matter what you look like? Your face could be hideous by traditional standards, and it wouldn’t diminish your beauty, for I’ve seen the tapestry of your emotions. I’ve felt what you’ve felt, I’ve witnessed the kind of person you are."

They had their insecurities and doubts, but, through each other, they could accept or overcome them, in a way that shows how any real relationship should be: full of mutual support and encouragements.

》》Favorite Scenes《《

🦅👗 Franco and Ember's first meeting

Credit and more Franco and Ember aesthetic here

✉ The letter from Gemma

"If you are left behind or without the gown I’ve gifted you, the tickets will turn to ice and shatter, rendering them useless. So don’t even think about trying anything clever, Mrs. Coleman. Not that you could ever be clever, but I understand one must always try one’s best. Have a wonderful time at the ball, Ember.
Kindest regards,
Gemma Bellefleur"

🔥🔥🔥 The three wisps
🧚🏿‍♀️🌙 Lorelei and Nyxia together and in love
🧚🏿‍♀️🦅 Lorelei's discussion with Franco

“But…it’s not like you set out to break hearts.”
“How do you know?”
“Because I know you. I know you deserve love. I also know you haven’t seriously courted anyone in years. You’ve given up.”

👗🦅 Ember's flirt with the Fat Raven
👗🧜🏼‍♀️ Ember's deal with Maisie
👗🦅 Franco figuring out the impostor
👗🦅 The carriage ride
🦅👗 Franco helping Em get dressed

“I’m indecent.” With hurried motions, I gather the clothing from the bed and rush behind the dressing screen.
“The first step is admitting it,” comes his taunting voice. “Now we have something in common.”

🎭 The night at the opera
👩🏻‍🦰🦌 Evelyn and Aspen being mentioned

“The last person I gave any serious thought to…was Queen Evelyn.”
I cock my head. “The Unseelie Queen of Fire?”
“The very one. I never stood a chance with Evelyn, and it’s obvious why. Have you seen King Aspen’s antlers?” He sighs. “I suppose I had a crush on them both for a time, but Evelyn was someone I think I could have been happy with. I never felt anything close to love for her, but still…I must admit, it was quite embarrassing.”

🛶 The boat scene
🎉 Imogen being dismissed from her position
👩 Clara asking for help
🎹 The piano innuendo

"Plus, I have exactly what you need to make it worth your while.”
She raises a brow. “Is that so?”
“I just so happen to be in possession of a marvelous instrument you can play.”
“An instrument?”
“Yes. It’s massive. Gargantuan, even. With one look, you’ll be begging me to let you put your hands all over it.”
Her expression hardens into a glower, and I sense annoyance rippling off her.
“I’m being completely serious,” I say with a laugh.
“About my big, smooth—”
“Franco,” she says through her teeth.

👗 Ember discovering how powerful she actually is
👩🏽🐺 Gemma and Elliot making an appearance


It was the perfect read at the perfect moment. I went through it in less than a day, that's how catchy I found it. Definitely a page-turner, good plot and adorable characters. Recommending this with all my heart. If you want a lovely fairytale retelling, pick this up. If you've read the Fair Isle trilogy and want to know more about Franco, pick this up. If you're in the mood for some fantasy romance, pick this up.

“I’m dangerous,” I say. “Deadly.”
He holds my gaze without waver. “So am I.”
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130 reviews72 followers
March 12, 2023

This was everything. Absolutely EVERYTHING!! When I say I love fantasy romance books, this book is exactly what I’m talking about!! It gave everything it needed to give. A beautiful faerie universe, an amazing magic system, fun and interesting characters, an intriguing plot and a romance that is to die for!!!

I absolutely devoured that book.
The romance was just so freaking good and I can’t describe it other than perfect! It had everything in it! Banter, tension, pining, sososososo much chemistry, cute and adorable moments, a deep connection between the characters and a perfect outcome!!
I also adore the tropes that the author included!! Some of my favourites to be exact!
Fake dating, enemies to lovers, forced proximity and secret identity??? I mean what more can you want?? It’s literally the perfect combination and the execution did NOT disappoint whatsoever!

I also love that Ember isn’t a damsel in distress or weak whatsoever! She’s smart, witty, fun and strong! I absolutely adore her and even through this book is only 490 pages long, we really got know her as a person and I loved that!!
Same with Franco!! He is way more than just a Prince and the way we get into depth with his character, his backstory and his issues made me love him even more.
And don’t get me started on the chemistry these two have!! It’s so freaking well written and I loved the pacing of it! It wasn’t too abrupt nor too slow. It was just perfect (at least imo).

The plot also didn’t lack for such a short fantasy book. Quite the opposite! I personally believe that it gave what it needed to give! It was fun, intriguing and there was never a boring moment.
It was honestly so well done that I just can’t help myself but give it 5 stars. It was just perfect in every single way!

Overall, I really really enjoyed this book! This was one of the best fairy tale retellings I’ve ever read so far and I’m definitely not exaggerating!
If you love the Disney version of Cinderella but with a more fascinating plot, interesting characters and a gorgeous universe then you will definitely enjoy this book! It’s just so good and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves romancy books, because this is the perfect combination of romance and fantasy!
Can’t wait to read more books of Tessonja Odette and this series!
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Author 24 books1,402 followers
August 13, 2021
AUTHORS NOTE: Heart of the Raven Prince is now released into the wild! I'm so excited for everyone to fall in love with Ember and Franco! Ember was originally introduced in Curse of the Wolf King as a side character, while Franco gathered some diehard fans in To Wear a Fae Crown (The Fair Isle Trilogy, set twenty years before the Entangled with Fae series). Now these two have their own love stories and I'm so thrilled with how this book turned out. It was very hard to write at times, but the end result was so worth it.

Even though Heart of the Raven Prince is the second book in the Entangled with Fae series, it is a complete standalone story that can be read without reading any of the related books. But if you would like to read all books set in Faerwyvae, be sure to check out The Fair Isle Trilogy and Curse of the Wolf King. Next up, we dive into Maisie's story, whom you briefly get to meet in Heart of the Raven Prince. Her story will be my Little Mermaid retelling!

Thanks so much for reading! I am so grateful and lucky to have such wonderful readers who make all my launches purely magical.

Happy reading!

P.S. Here's a peek at the hardcover edition of HOTRP. It includes character art of Ember and Franco on the naked hardcover! (And yes, all hardcover editions will have this art under the dust jacket no matter where you get them!)

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545 reviews217 followers
January 28, 2022

First off, I wrote a wonderful review for Heart of the Raven Prince and now I can’t find it and genuinely want to cry. This is why you don’t postpone work, kids. I will honestly say I didn't even subtilize when I went into this book with this phrase “ACOTAR meets Bridgerton in this standalone fairytale retelling of Cinderella“. I’m 0% ashamed of making a blind judgement and I regret it not at all.

The personalities for the protagonists were a breath of fresh air. During a time where we’re used to aloof, oh-so-mysterious heroes with their hearts tucked behind brambles and thorns, it was such a relief to see the male protagonist of this story being vulnerable, suffering and being honest about this to the best of their ability to their loved ones. Franco was exactly that. Wanting past the bluster and sparkle and having been wounded by the past and being very wary of the future. He was well scripted and his personality reflected the nature of his power well.

Definitely a softer read than I would’ve expected, but it was a read that brought me happy surprises and while there is steam it is very mild and mostly emotional more than anything else. this series of retellings is becoming my favorite. Happy reading! Five stars!

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107 reviews1,332 followers
May 21, 2023
DNF 50% : Vraiment sympa ! Retelling de Cendrillon. Bien pour commencer la Romantasy.
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115 reviews42 followers
February 5, 2023
I hate that he's become a complex mystery I want to both solve and flee from. I hate that his last words echo through my ears. My mind. My heart.

Cover: 7/10
Title: 6/10
Genre: Fantasy Retelling (Subplot open door romance)
Trope: Enemies to Lovers
Writing style: 8/10
Character development: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
POV: Dual

It doesn't matter how brightly one burns if no one cares to look.

Following the classic Cinderella Fairytale, the story revolves around Ember who is coerced into a bargain that binds her to seek shelter under her stepmother's roof and obey every order till she turns ninteen.


Our other main character is a badly reputed nonchalant prince named Franco. Of course, Franco and Ember crossing their paths for the first time doesn't go quite well, igniting a spark of hate in Ember's heart for the Prince.


On the other hand, Franco's sister decides the take her brother's love life in her hands and persuades her brother to court the princess of Sea land. Circumstances strengthen the string of fate and Ember finds herself in yet again another bargain where she has to pretend to be the royal princess and court Franco. Just for two weeks. After two weeks she will be free from all bargains. After two weeks, she will disappear and no one would know her whereabouts or who she really was.
But those two weeks change everything.

He never said I look beautiful, I note. He said I am beautiful

I think this book was pretty great! And definitely deserves more hype. I knew what was coming and yet the heartache was real. Whenever I thought, that's it, it's all over...another twists came up. Although I wish there was a little more depth to the characters. The 'enemies to lovers' banter felt pretty lame when they fell so deeply in love in just the span of 14 days.
Although the ending was amazing, I have to give you that.

"You mistake me" I say, my voice low, cold. Shadows seep from my fingertips and write around my shoulders. "When I said there was one monster here, I meant...me."

Go ahead. Pick it up. You won't regret it.
A real page turner and I flied through this.
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386 reviews50 followers
July 31, 2021
Okey, AMÉ TOTALMENTE LA HISTORIA🥺✨, es un bello retelling, me encantó el libro, es demasiado hermoso, muy ligero, muy entretenido, los personajes son hermosos (hay una trilogía que se puede leer antes de estos libros para mejor entendimiento de los personajes que aparecen aquí, se llama “The Fair Isle Trilogy” pronto lo leeré) pero aún así no pasa nada, se disfruta de igual manera, dios lo que disfruté éste libro💓 en serio me encantó, Ember y Franco son demasiado hermosos💓🥺, me divertí leyéndolos, si quieren algo lindo, cute, ligero y rápido de leer, éste es el libro💙

(Necesito el libro de Maisie!!! Omg)

Muchas gracias a la autora por proporcionar un ARC a cambio de una revisión honesta ✨
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14 reviews
January 19, 2023

Cinderella re-telling and a sarcastic prince what else do you need?

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429 reviews206 followers
August 17, 2021
I just discovered this book today and I’m obsessed. I loved it so much y’all go read it rn

Also I just found out that this is technically a sequel book to a trilogy?? I’ve never heard of the trilogy this is connected to but I still loved it so 💁🏻‍♀️
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402 reviews58 followers
August 1, 2021
I loved this retelling of a classic book. It was a great book and I enjoyed reading it. I loved the overall storyline and the characters.
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330 reviews41 followers
October 20, 2021
ꜱᴏ ᴛʜɪꜱ ɪꜱ ʟᴏᴠᴇ, ꜱᴏ ᴛʜɪꜱ ɪꜱ ʟᴏᴠᴇ.

I've grown to like Cinderella's story because of this book. 💙
My frustration when Ember was backed into a corner only enhanced my feelings and attachments towards the story and characters. I was completely immersed in the world.

Heart Of The Raven Prince had one of the sweetest slow burns I've read in a while, and with a hint of enemies to lovers, this was right up my alley.
Also the ending was kinda unexpected but totally satisfying and well-done.

It needs to be said that I liked this one much more than the previous book and that's saying something cuz the latter was a beauty and the beast retelling. Do yourself a favour and read this remarkable retelling. 💙
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130 reviews5 followers
September 6, 2022
Oh my god. This cute little fantasy had me kicking my feet, blushing, giggling to myself, and consuming all five hundred pages in 12 hours. 12 hours. I clung to this book like it was my A/C in a Vancouver heatwave. When I tell you I could not get enough of it, I mean it.

The Entangled with the Fae series continues onto it’s next retelling, bringing Cinderella to life in all of its Fae glory. This book was the first Cinderella retelling that I actually loved. The plot was so much fun, the scheming was hilarious, the romance was *chefs kiss* and the characters were by far my favourite heroine and hero to be introduced in the entire two series that make up this world. Their banter and sass alone made the book worth the read. There were so many elements to this story that it nearly should have felt cramped or overwhelming, but it just worked. Every character had a role to play, each plot point weaves its way subtly into the over-arching story, the book leaves everything with a perfect pay-off.

It is going to be hard to top this one for me as my favourite in the series.
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Author 1 book62 followers
December 14, 2021
Well, this was highly predictable. But, in all honestly, it was a feel-good story.

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but this is a fae retelling, which is fine....well, not really, but a cool concept, sure.

Supernatural Imagines, One Shots, & More — With a Side of Chips

Yes, the ending was predictable, and yes, I had a cheesy grin on the entire time, but I enjoyed it - liked, even, but it wasn't that new

And Franco reminded me a little too much of Rhys (ACoTaR) but every dark-haired, tattooed, fae-male, with black wings reminds me of Rhys.

ANyway, good story, and now I'm probably going to ruin my social life (again) by reading the other two books in this not-series.
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445 reviews26 followers
August 19, 2021

I liked 3/4 of this book very much, the main character did something I didn’t like and then a side character did something stupid. Luckily it all turned alright but it made me decide to give this book 3,5* instead of 4*
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172 reviews46 followers
August 15, 2021
I've got this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is getting 4.8 stars!

Yesterday I finished one book and I opened this one thinking that I'll just read a few lines, get a little into the story and go to bed at approximately 10:30pm. BUT NO!!! Tessonja had to come in, mesmerising me and made it 1 am! I was turning page after page, thinking "just one more chapter...just one more", but we all know how that goes, right? And not soon after the book is finished! Aah, the agony and the pleasure that she just knows how to satisfy my "needs".

Tessonja Odette is truly by TOP 5 authors!!!

Every freaking book I'be read by Tessonja Odette has been my absolute favourite so far! At first it was The Isle Trilogy and I wanted to be Evie because DUH! she's awesome! But then I read Curse of the Wolf King and I wanted to be Gemma, because of what she did...but Now? I want to be Ember!!! The stuff she endorsed through those 3 years and how much she suffered? She is one tough and strong woman!!! Who wouldn't want to be her?

This story is a Cinderella retelling, in case you didn't know. Follows a life of Prince Franco (Raven Prince) and Ember (a servant for her stepfamily). Em made a bargain with her stepmother unknowingly after her father died and has to fulfil it every single day until she turns 19 years old. She's waiting the last days to go by and she could finally be free, but something doesn't go as planned.
Our Prince Franco doesn't like humans or just interaction with a bigger crowds of people/fae. He also has a reputation that proceeds him, so every woman or mother is throwing themselves or their daughters at him. Let's just say he dislikes it!
What happens when their paths cross? Will it be as easy as Cinderella story or more intricate? I think the latter...

I loved this story. Each story I get to read by this amazing author, the more I fall in love with her and her writing! You know the best thing? It isn't boring! I have yet to read a book by her when I would go "Oh, I think this will take me a week to read" or "I'm not in a mood to continue reading, but have to push myself". Her writing is that kind that pulls you in with the first line you read and lets you out only after you are broken, satisfied and a mess! I mean that in the best way possible!
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1,691 reviews1 follower
April 11, 2022
"I am an untamed creature. And I’m getting out of this cage if it’s the last thing I do."

This was a pretty cute Cinderella retelling with fae, humans, romance, and some fun magic moments!

I also liked that the Prince had a playboy exterior but on the inside he is just a soft shy boy-which was fun to read in a ML. I also enjoyed that although this is stand alone the story and romance felt well rounded and complete at the end.
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Author 4 books160 followers
September 17, 2021
Bridgerton meets Ella Enchanted in this lovely Cinderella tale!

I've already loved this world for some time now, but the characters, reveals, personal growth and HEA ending were my favorite parts.

This was a fresh and very satisfying Cinderella story complete with hot fae, magical twists and a beautiful love story.

I was immediately caught up in Ember and Franco's enemies to lovers romance and I didn't want it to end. ♥️
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6,313 reviews215 followers
March 14, 2022

Just like the first book in this series, I really enjoyed the Heart of the Raven Prince. My inner Disney heart is filled with so much happiness right now. I don't know if I should dive into the next book of this series or stop what I'm doing and watch some Disney movies. Either way, I think I'd be content.

In this, you will meet Ember and Franco. After making a horrible bargain, Ember lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. What is the bargain? Well, she has to live and obey them until she reaches the age of 19. This deal alone made me think of the movie Ella Enchanted. With each new scheme thrown at her by her stepmother, Ember yearns for her freedom and a chance to leave her family behind.

Along the way, she has to pretend to be a princess and become the Prince Franco's new love interest. She didn't think he would start to fall in love with her along the way. Nor did she expect to develop real feelings for him either. So, I just sat back and watched it all happen with a giant smile on my face.

I seriously loved these two together. They had great chemistry and their love seemed real. Especially after he figured out who she really was. It didn't matter what her status was. He just loved her and vice versa.

In the end, I can't wait to jump in the next book. It's a freaking little mermaid retelling and I'm freaking out!
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235 reviews5 followers
November 24, 2022
these books are okay! just so long, and such a slow burn. what really turned me off is the multiple short chapters
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520 reviews22 followers
December 29, 2021
“Why does it matter what you look like? Your face could be hideous by traditional standards, and it wouldn’t diminish your beauty, for I’ve seen the tapestry of your emotions.”

This book might be called Heart of the Raven Prince but could have been named Heart of Jess because it has it fully. What a beautiful retelling, what an incredible story! 🖤 Franco and Ember were the perfect pair. I loved their journey and how they came to get to know not only each other but themselves too. Can I also praise Tessonja Odette for not giving us the cliche “he only finds how she’s lying almost at the end and gets all mad.” Truly, thank you! Having them together in this deceit was so godd@mn perfect! 5 stars ⭐️
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926 reviews52 followers
July 16, 2022
"Every human on the isle of Faerwyvae is taught never to bargain with the fae(...) And yet, no one ever tells a fae—or a half fae like me—never to bargain with a human."

Written in 1st person, present tense. Dual pov

This is a standalone fairytale retelling of Cinderella set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy. Quite a different take on Cinderella at that.

If you loved Franco in The Fair Isle Trilogy, this is a chance to get a closer look at him.

I have read and enjoyed every book this autor has ever written. Tessonja Odette is really good at writing drama and tension, at coming up with angsty scenarios. The situation Ember finds herself in and the cruel schemes of her stepmother are anxiety inducing.

I think the author still needs to grow at writing romance, tho. At least romance that works for me. There is only so many times you can write the "angry judgy woman who hates the man and gives him lip, but he likes it", before it gets tiring. She's written it 3 times now, there are other dynamics! I've seen her grow as a writer, so I'm hoping one day she'll write romance that will give me fuzzy feelings, and make me cheer for the relationship, more than wanting the romantic leads to have their HEA so the bad twists stop coming.

Also, Ember was quite demure in Curse of the Wolf King and now she has a quick smart tongue like Gemma?

Another positive thing to take notice is the humans' desperation to marry into royalty/nobility, even genuinely swooning when faced with charming fae, while still despising magic, the fae and half-fae. Being prejudiced while still having relationships with those they stigmatise. This paradox, this duality exists in real life, unfortunately.

On the other hand, I hate that the fae are submitting too much to humans 20 years later. The unseelie took back the island to now be subservient to humans, who tried to colonise and massacre them?? What I liked about TFI was its unapologetic pro unseelie message.

If you like slow burn romance, fake engagements, and snarky fae royals, I'm sure lots of you will love this story in the Entangled with Fae series.

*NOTE this book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations & some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam.
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January 7, 2022
"You are what I want. Whom I love. Even if you remain determined to leave, wherever you go, my heart will follow. I'll keep away from you in body, if that is what you wish, but you have my heart now."

Tessonja done it again with another fantastic retelling in the Entangled with the Fae series!

Franco is one of the character I love in the first trilogy! So I am really excited to see his story with Emma in this Cinderella retelling!
I love the writing style of this story, we can easily envision the place and feel the characters emotion while reading this book.
The plot is well written and well paced. The characters are well developed and the world building is fascinating! It's so nice to be back into this magical land, Faerwyvae.

I really like reading about how Emma grew in this story trying to overcome her guilt and struggles. I'm really rooting for her to finally embrace herself.
Then, there's also this handsome brooding Fae, Franco. He also opens up another part of himself that I didn't expect before.
I also love seeing how their relationship grows from understanding each other to something more!

The ending was wrapped up nicely and happily for both of the main characters. We also get a glimpse of Gemma and Elliot and their nice little surprise at the end!

Overall, this story is highly enjoyable and entertaining!
This book has a great character and world building development. If you're looking for a fantasy romance retelling then you seriously need to check out this book!
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January 31, 2022
I am a sucker for fairytale retellings and from the several ones I have read, I can say that I loved this rendition for its original spin to the classic tale.

Whenever we have a Cinderella retelling, there are 3 classic elements that should be present: the glass slipper, the evil stepfamily, and our prince charming. The Heart of the Raven Prince was able to incorporate these three classic elements of the tale while also giving them a new spin. For one, the glass slipper wasn’t just a portion of the magical outfit for the ball, rather it was the main article of clothing that made this story unfold as it should be. The evil stepfamily is complete with the mother and two sisters yet there abuse and hate were amplified enough to warrant the reader to truly despise them for the hellish life they gave our protagonist. There is also the matter of making the stepmother connected to the original series, which I haven’t read, yet somehow adds depth to her character and a good rationale as to the vileness she possesses.

Then we have our prince charming who uses his charms to paint a rather unpleasant reputation with women across the land. I am a lover of hate-to-love relationships but I’m not particularly fond of them hating each other to the bone only to fall for each other once they are within close proximity. Hence, why I loved this book’s portrayal of our slow - burn romance. The author made Franco arrogant and cold yet not too harsh to Ember. Just enough for Ember to hate him for his arrogant attitude and narcissism. With such a shallow anchor, it felt natural for them to gradually lower their walls as they execute their said plans. It was easier for both the reader and Ember to peel off the layers of Franco’s personality and see beyond without it being too forgiving. Suffice to say, I loved their slow - burn romance and the drama behind their personal lives.

Other things I adore in this book was the magic system. For once, we get to see how bargains affect the fae. We also get to have a detailed categorization of the creatures that are known as “lesser fae” because most often than not, the lesser fae are just described to have animalistic and monstrous features. In this book, the author introduced us to the various kinds of them such as the slyphs, the selkies, the sirens, and the harpys.

The missing star from my rating was because of the slow start. I found it difficult to be engaged at the start because the main conflict didn’t introduce itself as quick as I wanted it. Perhaps, it is just me and my personal taste.

Putting this comment aside, I’d say that this was a wonderful standalone book. I’m sure that those who havw read the Fair Isle trilogy would also found this to be a great continuation of the story that they have come to know. As for me, I may not know the first trilogy but this book was able to enchant me and made me love the world of Faerwyvae even as a first time reader.
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