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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!
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!
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!