TITLE - Unlocked
AUTHOR - Casey L Bond
Princess Raya of Paruth lived alone on a deserted island in a towering lighthouse, forgotten by time. With only a loyal albatross as a friend, she had little hope or joy in her life until he washed up on her shore in the middle of a raging winter storm.
Prince Trevor of Galder left his father and kingdom behind to travel north in search of a wife. It was time to settle down and forget Ella Carina, the woman who chose to love a peasant and follow her heart instead of choosing Trevor and fulfilling her duty to her people. He didn’t heed the warnings about the North Sea in winter, and his ship, crew, and captain paid the price.
Raya and Trevor must work together to find a way off the island, or risk being trapped there for the rest of their lives. But sometimes the simplest lessons are the hardest, and each will have to learn that the only thing that can truly set you free is love.
Perfect for fans of Holly Black and C.J. Redwine, Unlocked is a unique and imaginative retelling of Rapunzel, set in the world of The Seven Kingdoms as seen in Riches to Rags (Cinderella) and Savage Beauty (Sleeping Beauty) also by Casey L. Bond.
Escape into the world of fairytales and adventure. Unlocked is the second book in an interconnected series by Casey L Bond. While I enjoyed the first book, Rags to Riches, I loved Unlocked even better. This story has just as much adventure, a touch of classic fairytales, and a bit of romance. I cannot wait to read the next in this interconnected series.
The plot of this book loosely follows the old fairytale Rapunzel. I was drawn in from the very first chapter. This plot takes you on a journey into a world way different than our own. A world of magic and endless possibilities. The theme of this book is way more than just love conquers all. It is also that friendship can transcend the tests of time. Things aren’t always as they seem. Finally, things happen the way they are supposed to.
Raya is such a gem. She is such a strong character that really grew up into an amazing woman. The trials and tribulations that she had to survive? They would have broken most. I love how that shaped her. Then you have Trevor. I loved him from the very first book. He was my favorite character because of how kind and considerate he is. He has such a huge heart and has really taken to carving a path out for his own life. He is such an important character to me.
This book has some low-key heat. These two characters start in such a unique way that it adds a depth to the story. I loved reading how each character felt about each other from their point of views. Even more, I loved how their interactions revealed more than their thoughts or words could ever express.
Casey L Bond has a unique way of bringing this story to the readers. I really felt like I was transported into a different world. A world I imagine all fairytales come from. I love how she bases each book loosely on a different fairytale then adds her own twist to the story to keep it fresh. Even more, I love how she writes characters that readers really invest in and want to see prosper and grow.
In conclusion, Unlocked is such a wonderful story. I loved this one even more than the last. I can’t wait to read the next story and can only hope it will follow Carden. He grew on me within this story and I would love to see him find his little piece of happiness in this wonderful world that Casey has created. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to others.
Writing Style: 5/5