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Really enchanting story. The characters were interesting and Rose was such a strong lead. My only problem was that at about 60% (I read it on Kindle) the author either lost interest or realised they were nearing the end but it became very rushed and very tell not show.....scenes that should have been a chapter long were a page and lots of things were glossed over. It felt more like reading an overview than the actual story. Was really disappointed because it started really well. I'm not sure I'd suggest reading it because as an avid reader myself the rushed ending ruined the overall story for me. Would have been better if it was a duo or even a 600pg book.
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.
Liked the premise. (fairy tale, 7 sisters, magic) Usually like this author. I love fairy tales, but prefer them not to have the death of characters that have no need to die. Is it a crutch to kill off a character rather than continue with them in the story? As someone wrote (spoiler), i was shocked to read she was pregnant. I almost went back to see if i could find a trace for what happened/when and decided it wasn't worth it. Wasn't sure about Gobber. He "died" twice. Wasn't sure how Rose felt about him. Giving 3 stars as I read the whole book and bought book 2. Still, not sure I recommend. I am just SEARCHING for a wonderful, loving, Fairy Tale...Happy Ever After. So hard to find!
I liked this story but it left me feeling like I missed something, lots of somethings. We are constantly told that Rosealie was evil and cold yet her actions were the complete opposite. All she did was save people how is that evil? Even her mother wasnt that evil in the end she had valid reasons for what she did. Spolier... I think I must of missed one heck of a scene because when did Rose find the time to get pregnant!? I was so confused she just all the sudden was pregnant.
This was a fun quick retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Very loosely following the fairytale but a great adventure. The passing went a little to quickly and I wasn’t a big fan of how easily Rosalie changed moods but I did enjoy the mystery and the fantasy and the Goblin is by far my favorite side character.
This was a little too gory for me. I also didn't like the prince through the whole thing... so the romantic parts were icky to me. I read it all in one sitting because it is an intriguing novel, but could have been better.