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Wow, for the love of chocolate, this book was fantastic! This Beauty and the Beast retelling had the essence of the original story, but Chanda Hahn's version delivered a very different and enthralling tale of beastly wrath and blooming love. Rosalie and Xander's path to love and acceptance was a wild ride that did not disappoint.
What I love most about Chanda's retellings are the little details that connect readers to the original story and yet are vastly different. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and I have read quite a few books inspired by the idea of someone learning to look deeper than perceptions. But this was the first story where I wasn't quite sure if the Beast was Rose or Xander or both. Rose wrestled with using her magic for good and everyone's perception that magic wielders were evil. She was thrust into an impossible situation, hated for her magic and heritage, and given no chance to prove the kind of person she intrinsically was. Xander was caged in the role as prince and ensnared in a marriage to someone who others claimed to be evil incarnate. Both had to battle to overcome their pasts and the expectations of others.
This story was so powerful because in the end, both main characters were beastly and beautiful. Xander and rose were outwardly attractive and had good hearts despite the circumstances that led them to harden and become cynical. But both dealt with inner demons that made them beastly as well. I loved how it showed everyone has flaws and insecurities and hurts that can make it seem like they are more beastly than beauty. But Xander and Rose both looked past the other person's flaws to the person inside and became the character of Beauty, too. It's not just the girl looking at the flawed man and seeing worth; they had to look through the beast in each other to find the beauty and worth within.
I am so excited for this new series of retellings and I cannot wait for Eden's story!
Just finished the book and it left me feeling like there should have been more. Honestly speaking, I don't see how Rosalie could have fallen in love with the prince. He treats her like total sh*t half the time and quite frankly I felt he could have done a ton of groveling towards the end. Maybe if the story had the prince's pov, I wouldn't be so on the fence about the book. Rosalie's character was a strong female character but frustrating, half the time, I'm like "Go Girl!!!" and the other times, "WTH is wrong with you?!" A lot of the plot was pretty easy to guess and the ending was rushed, in my opinion. Overall, the story was interesting enough that I finished it but not sure if I want to keep it. I'll probably buy the second book just to see where the overall story arc goes and hope that I'll actually love it. **spoilers** She decides she's going to save Baist for the people she loves but other then her maid, there wasn't anyone that had been genuinely kind to her. The prince, (and I've already forgotten his name hah) is finally somewhat nice to her once he sees her without the veil (probably because he wants to get her into bed), but is still crappy to her. At the very end when they're reunited, he says her maid is the one that tells him Rosalie isn't the murderer when he should have already known that after fighting off Gavin! Like really?! And he ignores the fact that his own solder lied to him? And after all that time emphasizing that the people of Baist were afraid of magic, they accept her as a hedge witch right away and don't try to run her off? SMH. Maybe I'm just too bloodthirsty but I wish she could have gotten a little revenge on those small minded ignorant people.
I wanted to love this. I really, really did! I love fairy tale retellings, but this one fell a little short. I loved the world that Chanda has created! The different abilities of the “daughters”, the way magic has been incorporated (or not incorporated) into the world is fascinating. The story line kept my interest, but didn’t leave me begging for more. I felt like the characters were lacking..... something. I didn’t understand most of their reasons for doing what they did-why is Rosalie so angry all the time, or why does she even like the prince (see I can’t even remember his name)? Maybe some different POV would have helped, maybe just a little more detail. Again, I loved the world.... but just wanted more, I guess.
I love retold fairy tales and devoured this book in a day. Chanda Hahn weaves a new version of Beauty and the Beast that leaves you impatiently waiting for the next book to come out so you can continue to follow the story of the Daughters of Eville. The beastly thing about this book is that you can't put it down. If you are a fan of fairy tales with new twists, this is the book for you. While I wasn't surprised by any of the twists in the story, as the author hints to them if you're paying attention, that doesn't bother me because the story and writing are so enjoyable! This book is a beauty in the genre of fairy tales and I am eagerly waiting for book two and the rest of the series! Thanks for another fun read, Chanda!
I’ve enjoyed other works by this author but I did not like this book at all. The plot was very convoluted for me. The characters, especially the prince, had very little growth. In fact, over the course of the book I began to hate the prince and the way he treated the main character. I just didn’t enjoy this read at all and can’t recommend it. Try this authors Iron Butterfly series instead!
Loved loved loved this book! Chanda has a powerful gift of story telling complete with beautiful imagery, fun characters and unexpected twists. Although this story is a creative spin on Beauty and the Beast, it definitely has it's own unique story that only hints at the original classic with its incorporated details such as the imperial rose, a beast that hunts the citizens and the communicative mirrors. Rosalie was a true lady and heroine inspite of the cards she had been dealt in life. Forced into a marriage she didn't want, she rose to the challenge of protecting her new kingdom, even though she was mistreated and misunderstood. I admired her strength. She was magically gifted and powerful. There were several instances of humor with her goblin pet and her magical abilities. I can't wait to read about all the sisters and their magical backgrounds and original families. The next 6 books can't come out soon enough! I also need answers on the story behind the adoptive mother, Lady Eville and the evil sorcerer too!