Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley


Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
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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.


My rating:
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My thoughts:

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.*

12 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to have read it with you. It ranks up there with Ella Enchanted for some of my favorite fairy tale retellings.

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    1. It was really fun to buddy read Beauty with you! :)

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  2. Beauty by Robin McKinley is by far my favorite fairytale retelling! Not only clean and humorous, I was entertained and left sleep deprived, which is very nice (except for the latter part). I'm so happy people are still reading it :)

    Great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

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    1. I only recently discovered this book - so glad I took the time to read it! :) Great read! =)

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  3. I have been meaning to try McKinley's retellings! :D

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    1. You should read Beauty! I haven't read her other books, yet, but I plan on looking them up. :)

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  4. Yay! So glad you liked it! As I remember, I recommended this one to you at some point... It has a permanent place on my shelf. :)

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    1. You did. :) Thanks for recommending it! So good! :)

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  5. I really enjoyed this book in my tweens :D I've always loved Beauty & The Beast and this was the first retelling I read of it. I thought it was really well done and have always smiled when I see it on my shelf. Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

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    1. It was really well done. :) Thanks for commenting! :)

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  6. Wow! Okay,a favorite of your should be a pretty good book. I have not heard of this before so I am glad you liked it
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hope you enjoy it if/when you read it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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