*This review is on Goodreads too. 🙂
BY: Meagan Spooner
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Romance
PUBLICATION: March 14th 2017
I might be in minority giving this book a low rating. But this is all I can give- three stars. I love Beauty and the Beast, it’s one of my favorite Tale along with Alice in Wonderland. And so I was excited to read this retelling. Maybe I was overly excited, that’s why I didn’t like it as much as I should.
The whole premise of the story was actually good. Yeva, who sometimes called Beauty, prefers to hunt in the woods than to act like a proper lady in the city. Blame it to her father who maybe the best hunter alive. When her father lost their family’s fortune and they were forced to move back to the old cabin where her father used to take her with to hunt, Yeva was somehow happy.
She found herself, familiarizing the woods once again. And when her father goes missing in the woods, she, of course set out to find him. But instead she found herself face to face with the Beast. The Goodreads synopsis wasn’t lying when it said a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales.
Sounds intriguing and exciting, isn’t it? But then everything is just too slow for me. From the beginning to the last quarter of the novel, I was waiting for something. But that something didn’t come.
The fantasy world was great, really if only it was built earlier than it did. So that also means, the interactions between the fantasy characters and the others were late and too few. Okay, forget the other characters, even the two main characters lack the connection. Like, ahm, okay? Needless to say, the character developments are very slow too. And the beast should’ve been alpha-like or something like that.
And it was sad because I really think/thought that the entire plot was amazing. It was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and there’s even a tale inside this tale. And that tale has something to do with what’s going on in the book. It was good. I’m sure you guys have somehow stumbled on a plot like this. But it was too slow.
And let me just say that this must be one of the most predictable stories I’ve ever read. But maybe that’s just me. Oh I must mention that I love Yeva’s relationship with her family/sisters.
Hope you guys find this a better read than I did. 🙂
Happy reading. 🙂
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