Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: retold fairy tale
What did you like about the book? Everyone knows the story of Beauty and the Beast- but in this story, we learn the history and past of the Beast. In this retelling, Belle’s mother is the one who puts the curse on the Beast. Belle breaks the beast’s curse, not by loving him, but by touching the rose and unlocking all its secrets.
This was a well-written alternative story to the classic we all know and love, with lots of detail and emotion. It follows the original story line, but has its own twists and turns.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this to anyone who loves Disney, Beauty and the Beast, and retellings of fairy tales. Some read-a-likes are Braswells other retellings: “A Whole New World” and “Once Upon a Dream.” Also, “Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch” and “Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen” by Serena Valentino.
Who should buy this book? High schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA
Date of review: December 13, 2016