I got some real Sleeping Beauty/Disney princess vibes from this one but tailored for a more, eh, mature audience. Lol. Cora wakes up in a true fairytale land full of bright color, sweet talking birds, and a handsome prince sworn to protect her, but it all comes crashing down as she unwittingly unleashes a cataclysmic curse leading to the kidnapping of her sister, the evil cackling of a powerful witch, and a prince who wants nothing to do with her. All of this is made worse by the fact that Cora is not in fact the cold-hearted, lazy, manipulative girl they think she is, in fact she's an innocent snatched out of her world and dropped into one that makes her eyes wide as she takes in the enchanting beauty around her even while the people in her path make her gnash her teeth angrily at the injustice of being treated as someone she isn't. But how can she convince them she's a doppelgänger from another world and innocent of the other Cora's crimes?
Honestly if you've been enjoying this series so far then you'll love this book too. Not as violent and rough to read as book 2/The Golden Dynasty (for those of you who did not enjoy that one) but still just as swoony as the others while following the enemies-to-lovers theme. This one though has the bonus of witnessing a fairytale prince having to absorb our world for a time and that was just as much fun to read!