Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
About the book:
A strange imprisonment
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.
When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"
Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple: Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty was a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The book had a different feel than most books I read and parts of the book (especially the beginning) seemed to tell the story instead of taking the reader to the actual scenes. While normally I think I wouldn't like that, Beauty pulled it off wonderfully and it added to the fairy-tale feel. :)
After the Beast was introduced, I started to love the story even more! The way he acted towards Beauty was just so sweet. He was probably my favorite character in the book.
There were also quite a few scenes I found very funny (the dress scene foremost). Lydia and Bessie's interactions were just so humorous! :)
Overall, a lovely read. Beauty was very clean and I recommend it you enjoy fairy-tales/retellings. It is now a favorite of mine.
*I borrowed this book from the library. I was not required to write a review, but chose to. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*