Wednesday, April 10, 2024

*Review* Wings Once Cursed and Bound by Piper J. Drake


Genre: Romantasy
Published: April 11, 2023
Pages: 306

My wings unbound, I am the Thai bird princess, the kinnaree, and no matter the cost, I will be free.

Peeraphan Rahttana lives her life in Seattle, unaware of the complicated magical world spinning just beyond the shadows and mist…until a violent clash outside her dance rehearsal has her literally whisked off her feet. Her darkly brooding rescuer, vampire Bennett Andrews, claims to represent a secret organization dedicated to locating objects of myth and magic, tucking them safely away where they can do no harm—but he's too late to save Peeraphan from a deadly curse.

Yet Peeraphan isn't what she seems. Wings unbound, she's a Thai bird princess of legend...and while the curse won't kill her outright, it's only a matter of time. Determined, Bennett sweeps Peeraphan deeper into a supernatural world far beyond anything she ever imagined in a desperate bid to find a solution...and an explanation for the powers even she doesn't know how to define.

Her world may have changed overnight, but Peeraphan knows one thing for certain: she can't go back to living as a human anymore. Not when she's felt what it's like to fly with Bennett by her side. She's determined to keep her wings and her freedom…and defy anyone who would try to take them from her again.

What would you save if the world you knew disappeared and you could open your eyes to what exists just beyond?

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This book started off strong, but about a third of the way through I started to lose interest. I don't think it was the story itself, but more a matter of my brain rebelling against reading on a deadline. However I'm not entirely sure the story had nothing to do with it, as a story that had me fully engaged should have been no problem to continue reading. 

Aspects of the story that I enjoyed include the unfamiliar to me mythology, the main character is a legendary Thai bird princess; the entire secret organization and how it's composed of such a wide variety of mythical creatures; and the fact that although Peeraphan is extraordinary and can do many things us mere mortals cannot, she still needed help from others to solve her problem. I was also very intrigued by the pocket realm and may have struggled less with staying engaged if it were introduced earlier in the story as it sucked me right back in to wanting to know what would happen next. 

Overall I give Wings Once Cursed and Bound 3.842 out of 5 stars because I struggled to stay engaged, but overall enjoyed the story. - Katie 

Bestselling author Piper J. Drake is best known for her romantic suspense series, the True Heroes. Piper is also the author of the Triton Experiment series (science fiction romance) and the London Shifters series (paranormal romance). Her new contemporary fantasy series, Mythwoven, launches in April 2023 with Wings Once Cursed & Bound.

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