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Beauty and the Beast is the first in a new series of fairy tales for young adult readers. Fans of Disney, fairy tales, and fantasy will love the Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James. A prince by day and a wolf by night—Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He hBeauty and the Beast is the first in a new series of fairy tales for young adult readers. Fans of Disney, fairy tales, and fantasy will love the Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James. A prince by day and a wolf by night—Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he's changed right before her eyes. He's not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now... but then again, so is the beast....

Title : Beauty and the Beast
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ISBN : 13570639
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Number of Pages : 142 Pages
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Beauty and the Beast Reviews

  • Allison
    2019-04-25 18:56

    Rarely am I disappointed by a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It is my favorite fairy tale and I tend to view even problematic retellings with rose-colored glasses.This is one of those rare times. And it is so sad because it starts out with such an interesting idea.The idea of the "Beast" character being a werewolf instead of an animal full-time is not a new one. What is new here is Beauty (Cecelia) being courted simultaneously by both prince and wolf, but because the prince mistreated her in the past it is the talking wolf she trusts more. The dilemma the prince faces here is interesting, because he needs her to love the wolf to break the spell, but if the spell is broken she will get the prince (the one she doesn't trust or love) full-time. By structuring her story with Cecelia being courted in this way, James neatly sidesteps certain problematic things about the original: the Beast threatening death on Beauty's father unless she takes his place, but Beauty eventually coming to sympathize with the one who is essentially her captor.All of these good intentions by the author are sabotaged by the mess that is the rest of the story. James' worldbuilding is confused at best. Distances between places are not fixed and seem to fluctuate as is convenient to the story. Cecelia, the daughter of parents who seem to be quite wealthy even though they are categorized as "villagers", berates herself for believing a lord would stoop to marry her, yet it seems she grew up with the prince on nearly equal terms and is not unduly shocked when he begins to court her, at least not on the grounds of his exalted station in life. If she shouldn't expect to marry a mere lord because her own birth is too lowly, why is it OK for her to consider marrying the prince of the realm? How exactly does rank work as it relates to marriage in this universe? Is it just that the prince can pretty much do what he wants in picking a bride, while everyone else is bound to considerations of rank and wealth? Possible, but never addressed.Other problems with the characters and storytelling abound. The villain is completely unfocused and the things he does make no sense with what his (loosely) stated motives are. Cecelia is heartbroken after being jilted and longs only for a friend, not a love, but within a chapter or two of this short book she is flirting with both prince and wolf not knowing they are the same person. Other reviewers have complained the pair fall in love way too fast even for how short the story is, and I would tend to agree.It also really bothers me that what Cecelia says is often inconsistent with her actions. She tells the prince to go away and leave her alone multiple times with legitimate reason, all while snuggling up to him or crying on his shoulder. I get that with the wolf, when she calls him "cruel" while snuggling, she's teasing and they're both aware of it, but not with the prince, who she legitimately dislikes for bullying her for years on end. Stuff like this is why guys believe when a woman says "no", she really means "yes, I'm secretly into you and if you forcibly kiss me I'll melt in your arms". Really, really problematic message about consent being given here and it rubs me completely the wrong way.The dialogue feels like the way a high schooler would attempt to write in "old timey" language. Sometimes too casual, sometimes too formal, it never settles into a comfortable rhythm that actually feels like real speech.Overall, a disappointing read.

  • Zyra
    2019-05-21 13:52

    3.5 stars

  • Ymryson
    2019-05-06 16:08

    I really wanted to like this book. Fairy tale retellings always have great potential. Unfortunately, this one does not live up to the original. It's stuffed with stilted conversations and awkward and unrealistic situations. Melodramatic language compounds the other issues. "She snuggled in closer, her other hand playing with the smooth fabric of his tied cravat. “You are simply the most horrid man in the world. I cannot stand the sight of you.”"Also, "gel". Not gel, like shower gel, but gel as in girl. Because all royalty talks like that. Add to that the fact that Cecelia is a frustrating protagonist who causes most of her own problems and then either waits to be rescued or locks herself in her room and it's easy to conclude that this was not the book for me.

  • Maddie D
    2019-05-05 19:05

    Typically speaking, I like to read fairy tale classics told in a new light. When I was given this to read...I was decently happy about it, granted Beauty and the Beast is not my favorite.To start with, the book was not just an easy read....it was overly easy. The book is for young adults and yet reads like it should be for a younger generation. The only thing that could be argued for young adults is that the vocabulary is a bit more advanced than a childrens novel. I will say though that the cover art...great.Next...the characters weren't very believable. I understand that the book itself is not very young therefore for it to be a love story...the characters fall in love very quickly...but this.....this is a bit much. I have never been one for the love at first site and def did not like that within a one chapter time span...the two main characters went from completely hating and loathing one-another to complete devotion and love. It was a bit much. Not to mention that the only "danger" in the book is brushed over and practically non-essential to the book's function. Cecelia cries her heart out because the prince's cousin tells her that the prince Alexander killed the wolf she loved.....then all of a sudden she is in his arms. Not to mention that he was stabbed..but yeah whatever....that doesn't matter in the book.I would recommend this book to my little sisters in grade school. Its cute...safe...completely censored and unbelievably mushy...they will love it. As for its intended audience...I say no go. Don't even bother. Just stick with the Disney classic. It has more drama..danger..and a more believable love story than this. The only thing I will say is that if you have a decent lunch break at work..you can read the whole book..

  • C.P. Cabaniss
    2019-05-06 18:04

    This was a rather ridiculous fairy tale based around Beauty and the Beast. And by ridiculous, I mostly mean that it was cheesy. But it was also a lot of fun to read. The story itself could have used some more development. The characters were just kind of thrown at you and I wasn't very inclined to like either of them at first. They grew on quickly though. And they were really cute and funny together. It was fun to read their silly banter.I wasn't too into the fact that the "Beast" was only a wolf at night. During the day he was human. I also found it kind of creepy to read about the girl falling in love with a wolf. I know that's how the story goes, but it was still creepy to me here. Overall this was a fun read. Not brilliant, but enjoyable.

  • Meret Punk
    2019-04-26 17:04

    2.5 stars(:A cute re-telling..A little weird, but cute..I felt like the events were really rushed though..I like stories that take their time xDA nice read :D

  • Ceri
    2019-05-08 15:51

    Author Jenni James has interpreted a number of fairy tales and this is the first of them I've read. The story begins with Prince Alexander being turned into a beast by an old lady. The curse can only be broken once he finds somebody that can love him for the beast that he truly is. Luckily for him, he only turns into a beast at night, but unluckily, he only has a year to find this lady before he is unable to transform back to human form.We also meet Cecelia, who is in love with a Lord, and certain he's going to propose. He arrives to take her out for a ride in his carriage and to tell her that he's going to marry somebody else more fitted to his station in life. Poor Cecelia is heartbroken and goes to her special spot, out by the brook where she bumps into Alexander. They have met before and he was impolite and boorish, as per his usual behaviour to everybody, and she is usually rude right back so he is intrigued to see her so obviously upset. He goes back in his beast form in the night and meets her again. Cecelia's romantic disppointment has given excellent fodder for gossip to her neighbours and people she thought were friends. She feels so alone, and comes to trust the Beast, though she has a low opinion of the Prince. Getting to know Cecelia better, Alexander gets to understand how he made others feel through his behaviour and how to be a better man, but he fears that the curse will never be broken.The setting appears to be mostly historical, and the language mostly formal but with some modern phrases but it's not clear when or where it's set aside from the fact that it's in a world where curses can come true! I thought this was a fun, whimsical story and I'd certainly read others in the series.

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    2019-05-21 12:52

    I really enjoyed Jenni James new series The Jane Austen Diaries (especially Pride & Popularity), and was excited to see she is coming out with a new Faerie Tale collection. I just have to say, I was a tad disappointed the faerie tales didn’t have tweaked titles, I liked how she played with the Austen titles and thought it would have been cute if she had done the same for the faerie tale collection. Anyway, Beauty and the Beast was a cute story. While reading I kept thinking it would be a fun story for my daughter to read one day. It is a retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast; in this case the beast is a prince who turns into a wolf each night. If he is not able to find someone to love his beastly form in a year it will be a permanent change. Cecelia is our leading lady, who happens to dislike the prince very much. It was fun seeing the interactions between the wolf and Cecelia, knowing that all along it was actually the prince she was confiding in. Like I said, it was a cute story. I enjoyed the characters and the fairy tale feel. Content: Clean.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-04 16:45

    I adore this author. I think she really had something with this book, but just missed the mark. The love story was too fast and therefore not believable. As I was reading this story I also came to the conclusion that I don't love Beauty and the Beast stories where there is actually an animal of some sort involved. I know sounds weird right? Hear me out...I love the idea of someone who is egotisical and so in love with themselves that they are humbled to see the other side. I love it when someone becomes more "human." I however don't love it when they are actually an animal. For some reason I found it weird to hear that this girl was falling in love with a wolf. I just thought it was kind of "off." I think in fantasy stories, if she is falling in love with the man and know he's a wolf, it's more believable to me. Over-all though this is a clean book, with of course the fairy tale element which is always one of my favorites!

  • Julie
    2019-05-05 13:12

    There were things new to me in this retelling I had never encountered before and I thought they were an interesting idea. The first was the beast wasn't an animal all the time. During the day he was human and still able to go about his daily life as he had before. I thought the book taking place in a normal regency courtship setting. The other thing was they knew each other before he was cursed. They did not have a good relationship from before, in fact he had been intentionally mean to her.I did wonder why the girl didn't have a problem dealing with a talking wolf and I thought their friendship developed rather quickly. Her feelings toward the prince also do an abrupt about face. I would have liked to see more depth. I was a little confused by the prince's inability to see the villain's motivations and his possible actions to get what he wanted.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-09 19:00

    This was a cute and fun fairytale! Different enough from the original Beauty and the Beast story to be unique and yet also staying true to the main story. I enjoyed it!

  • Calamus
    2019-05-02 12:57

    I’ve been in a reading slump lately. My attention span has been short; I will open up a book, just to close it a few pages later after realizing that I am daydreaming instead of following the story. Searching through my Kindle for something that will get me past the slump, I found Jenni James’s Beauty and the Beast, a retelling of the well-known fairy tale. I’ve always enjoyed reading different fairy tale interpretations and at 142 pages, I figured this would be a fun and fast read to stop the reading doldrums. I was right.In this story, Beauty is Cecilia and the Beast is a prince by day and a beast at night. The backstory of Beauty’s father is gone, and Cecilia and the prince already know each other. Cecilia is fully aware of the prince’s monstrous behavior before the curse and she detests him. However, she meets the prince when he is disguised as the wolf and, after she realizes that he wants to change his behavior, they become friends.While Cecilia is pretty and nice, her character is more fleshed out and she is certainly more headstrong than the original fairytale. There is a small backstory with the prince and his cousin. The prince (when not the beast) is rarely treated as a real character in the original story so it was a welcome relief to see him have a personality in James’s version.I really enjoyed this version. The writing is solid and the story flowed well. Really, the only criticism that I have is James’s use of the word “gel” to mean “girl.” I assume that it is to create an idea of a period and an accent, but it was more distracting than helpful since there are no other signs of accents or descriptions of specific settings.Jenni James has written an entire collection of fairy tale retellings as well as a series called the Jane Austen Diaries. You can find Beauty and the Beast on Amazon and Goodreads. You can read more about Jenni James at her website and blog or follow her on Twitter (@Jenni_James).Visit us at www.calamusworks.com

  • Katie W
    2019-05-10 17:45

    I love the story of Beauty and the Beast--you know, getting to know the inside/character of a person instead of focusing on the outward appearance. This was a fun re-telling with a bit of a twist.Cecelia was being courted...so she thought. With the whole village gossiping about her situation, she isn't sure how to respond to Prince Alexander's sudden interest in her. He hasn't exactly been kind in the past. The only thing that bothered me was how quickly Cecelia was to believe that slimy cousin. I can understand how she wouldn't want to get her hopes up, but that guy was slime.Content: clean.

  • Deborah Andreasen
    2019-04-29 15:46

    Sweet retellingThis was a sweet retelling of the classic tale. I loved that "beauty" and the "beast" knew each other before his enchantment. That being said, I felt like a mere three days in the presence of the wolf want really enough time to justify a romantic relationship, let alone a declaration of love. Aside from that, this was a great story that I highly recommend.

  • Valerie Waters
    2019-05-02 15:02

    This book was probably a 3.5. It was cute but a little too quick to be believable. I didn't like how they were madly in love after the first or second meeting.

  • Jilly
    2019-04-23 16:56

    Very sweet, cute, and light short book that focuses on "Beauty" and "Beast's" feelings. It wasn't highly inventive or groundbreaking, but it was a nice little book.

  • Libby
    2019-05-17 15:11

    I don’t like giving two star reviews. I really don’t, especially when I really wanted to like this book, but alas two stars is the most I can give and here are the main reasons why.1. Descriptions. The entire time I read this story I struggled to imagine what the characters looked like because none of them were fully described. It was mentioned that Cecelia had black hair, and her outfits were frequently described, but Cecelia herself was never described. The same goes for Alexander, Cecelia’s mother, etc. The setting was also unclear apart from the brook. We are only told there’s a castle, a village, a manor, and the reader is left to fill in the blanks. I think some more description would have helped ground the reader in Cecelia’s world a little better. 2. Character arc. If I’m honest I felt the characters lacked depth. I would have liked to see more of a gradual transformation on Alexander’s side. We are told that he was cruel to nearly everyone he considered inferior to himself, but after he’s changed into a wolf he undergoes a complete change of heart and is sorry for what he has done. Alexander’s rapid change of heart just felt a little unrealistic to me. On another note, Cecelia. Her relationship with the prince was very confusing. I think what bothered me most was her indecisiveness. One minute she would be saying how much she hated him until he kissed her and suddenly she forgot all about hating him. I would have liked to see her stick to her guns more, fight the prince until he convinced her over time that he really had changed and his love was sincere. They fell in love in a very short amount of time.3. Frederick. This character also confused me. I couldn’t tell whether this guy was the antagonist or just another obstacle to get in between the lovers. What bugged me most was he had so many opportunities to ruin Alexander’s existence and take the throne...and he didn’t. He spread some gossip and lies about his cousin, but nothing more. Overall, Beauty and the Beast was a little bit of a let down for me. It had an intriguing premise and potential for putting a fun spin on the classic fairytale, but in the end I think it could have been developed more.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-10 14:01

    The most bipolar retelling of Beauty and the Beast I've ever seen. The changing moods of the characters gave me whiplash. Cecilia HATES the prince and swears to hate him forever, and then talks to him and suddenly he's charming and handsome. She trusts a magical talking wolf with no hesitation. She believes everything the prince's cousin says and hates the prince again. Then she sees how handsome he is and likes him again. She gets mad at the wolf and forgives the wolf all in the space of 5 minutes. Her emotions were all over the place, and none of them seemed to be real. Prince Alexander was all over the place too. He switches from hating Cecilia to finding her the most beautiful woman he ever beheld practically overnight. See what I mean by whiplash??? Also - the number of comma mistakes in this was absolutely unforgivable. It was filled with run on sentences and awkwardness like this: "the moment Alexander had become unconscious; his fingers had loosened their grip, allowing Frederick to breath." What does this sentence even mean??? And what's with the random semicolon??! Or what about this: "Though, the thorns of the rose are prickly and hard to bear - as all great trials are - the delicate petals are velvety smooth and glorious unlike any description, and worth all the thorns it took to create them."I didn't know the thorn itself created the rose petal...The idea of the retelling was clever but the execution was poor.

  • Ruth
    2019-05-21 13:56

    When Prince Alexander, the spoiled, handsome ruler of the land directs one of his famous insults at an ugly old woman, the last thing he expects is retaliation. But retaliate she does, cursing him to live each night in the form of a beast unless he can find a woman to love him in his beastly form within a year, thereby breaking the spell. Losing hope that anyone could look beyond his beastly form, Alexander concentrates his efforts on a succession plan, determined to leave his kingdom in better hands than his own. But when he crosses paths with the brokenhearted Miss Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, he begins to hope for a future free of his cursed form. For Cecelia, once mocked by Alexander for her kind heart and rejected by another suitor, sees a goodness in Alexander the beast that he never knew existed, making him long to be a man and ruler worthy of her regard. But just as Alexander begins to hope that Cecelia's love might break the spell, another force rises to threaten his hopes -- one determined so determined to steal Alexander's throne he'd do anything to ensure the prince remains a beast forever.Being an absolute SUCKER for all things fairy tale related, when I stumbled upon Jenni James' series of fairy tale retellings I knew I had to give them a try. James clearly has a passion for fairy tales and her spin on the tropes of the Beauty and the Beast tale possesses some interesting twists. But any charm these sparks of creativity lend the story is overwhelmed by plodding prose, clunky dialogue, and uneven pacing.James sets her tale in what I can only assume is the Regency time period due to repeated references to cravats and over-use of "gel" for "girl." It's an interesting concept, setting what is essentially a werewolf story in this time frame. While I liked the idea of the prince as a beast only half the time, allowing readers to see Cecelia interact with his human and beastly selves, the conceit falters due to a lack of context. With no set ground rules for the time period or the use of magic within this world, the novelty of this twist quickly fades due to the lack of world-building. And while the basic idea of the "Beauty" character as a somewhat shy, socially awkward society miss is novel, there is never the sense of true peril or sacrifice on Cecelia's part that makes the traditional story -- and more polished retellings -- so timeless.I have to give the author credit for her passion for these timeless stories, and there are indeed the seeds of unique ideas within this novella that only faltered for a lack of development and polish. That said, the book kept me sufficiently interested to read in one afternoon, if for no other reason than a sense of nostalgia that my childhood self would've appreciated James' romantic bent. Those seeking more substantive, powerful retellings of the Beauty and the Beast story should check out Robin McKinley's classics -- for here is a featherweight, fluffy effort that will leave you craving the transformative power of the source material.

  • Stacey
    2019-05-22 15:09

    Honesty time.I am trying so terribly hard to understand why this book was rated so highly. Perhaps it was just the Kindle version I read that was poorly written? In any case...Story time!Now, don't get me wrong, I can get past terrible writing if the story is good, and vice versa. But this story was just not good. As far as re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast goes, this is by far my least favorite.From the first chapter of the book, continuity and time-lines were such a confusion, as they seemed nonexistent. Then, trying to decipher what time period this was supposed to take place in was impossible. And by the end of the book, the time-lines still make no sense. Was it a year or six months? The world may never know!Now moving on to characters:You will never, at one point in this book, wonder what the main character's full name is, because for some reason, every single time the narrator or a character refers to her, her full name it written out. And what a mouthful it is! Talk about pompous names. I thought hers was bad, and then we learned the Prince's.Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe (yes, that's actually her name, which is written out hundreds of times), is the most bi-polar character to ever bi-polar. I could almost swear I got whiplash just from reading her emotions. As far as fickle goes, this girl takes the trophy for the most fickle of fickle to ever be fickle.Alexander (and a whole cache of other names, too) was less annoying of the two as the beast, but alas, he was almost just as obnoxious. At least, though, he had character growth.And finally Lord Bellemont, the saving grace of this story.After a long, drawn out beginning and middle, drama ensues. Then things happen. And after...Everything is tied up with a neat little bow.If you're looking for a quick read with lots of reasons to make faces and laugh hysterically, this is the book for you! If you're looking for a great re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, please feel free to look elsewhere.

  • Jayne
    2019-04-25 14:08

    Being familiar with the Beauty and the Beast tale, I'm sure everyone's aware of what happens. But just in case, careful! There are spoilers here. This certainly was more entertaining than the other Jenni James novel I read (Prom & Prejudice). But the story seemed to move along too quickly. It seems right when you're introduced to the characters they've already started falling in love. Doesn't sound so strange, right? However, in the moment you first see them interact with each other, they supposedly hate each other. The story itself is cute. My main issues are pacing and characterization. The story moved too quickly to see any feelings develop. It happened so quickly that it felt a little odd when the climax hit and all the professions of love came pouring out.I suppose the issue with characterization is tied in with the pacing. Cecelia is generally likable, right? But she's also very idealistic, and doesn't show much growth by the end. Also, Alexander's growth happened so rapidly that I never really did get a good grasp on him. So... he liked her, but was mean to her 'cause that's how he (apparently) got girls. Then he hated her for being nosy AKA a helpful do-gooder, then he was attracted to her again because she was beautiful and crying, and finally fell in love with her because she liked him as a wolf. That's all well and good, but again the pacing was a bit too fast. And it might've helped if he was still something of a jerk in the beginning so as to appreciate his changes more later.Another character that felt strange was his cousin (can't remember his name right now). He was the villain, but he seemed too silly a character for such a role. He came across more as a prankster than any dastardly villain. His ambitions were strong, but his actions were rather light. And his end was quite extreme.Overall, an okay read. If ever there's a special, extended version, I would read it.

  • Maria
    2019-04-23 13:01

    My scoring star scale:5 - Absolutely loved it and would read it more than once (if I have it on my Kindle, I would also go out and by a hard copy of the book to share with others)4 - I really liked it. The story stayed with me; it surprised me in a good way; it made me want to read the story in one sitting; high possibility of being read again3 - Average rating. There were parts of the story that I loved and other parts that I did not; the story kept my interest but did not grab me (to the point where I could not set the book down)2 - I had a hard time getting to the end, but I did reach it; I would not read it again 1 - I could not bring myself to finish it or I absolutely hated it Ways to lose stars - underdeveloped character(s)/one-dimensional, out of character scenarios (feelings or actions), far-fetched plots or reasoning, many grammatically errors (usually for self-publishing authors. I am lenient to a point on this), unable to "end" the story (cliffhangers for a series is fine, but the main conflicts of the current book should be resolved); hurried endings...some of my bias ways of losing stars: a historical fiction novel that is way out of its era in actions or thoughts, a weak hero/heroine by the end of the book (doesn't grow or goes from strong to weak), abusive relationships that are written to be taken as "romantic" and "a sign of love" ~This was a quick clean fantasy romance novel. It's a new twist on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast (in case you couldn't gather that from the title.) Being an adult, I gave this story a 3/5 star rating, but if I were younger, I would probably give it a 4/5. I always loved fairytales and Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite. If you want a quick easy read about an old childhood favorite, you would probably enjoy this book.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-23 15:04

    I'll admit, I didn't have the highest expectations going into this book. I saw the reviews were mixed but, being someone who can be picky about fairytale re-tellings, I understood. Still, I figured I'd walk away reading something I at least liked and move on. What I wound up reading still has me confused and laughing at the same time.Miss Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, our Beauty of the book and her Beast, Prince Alexander (don't worry if you forget their names, they are mentioned every two seconds and in full), are two of the most contradictory characters I have ever read. Each word seems to convey a different attitude. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm sure it sucks when you have been cursed to live as a beast unless you find true love and I'm sure it sucks to be laughing stock of your town (a plot that is never explored since we never meet the townspeople), but there is really no character development in regards to either of these things. I'm sure some would argue that there is considering (big spoiler-y surprise) Alexander has the curse broken, but I feel like he was always that nice guy, he just chose to be a dick. Suddenly deciding to be a nice person doesn't count as growth. Character inconsistencies aren't the only issue. The plot timeline changes every chapter and characters and sub-plots are abandoned. The story is central to Cecelia and Alexander and, quite frankly, it's boring. Page after page has them whining and pining. This was written as if it was made up on the spot and then never edited to make sure the plot and characters were solid. It was a very big disappointment as far as fairytale retellings go. So much potential was wasted.

  • Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
    2019-05-14 12:59

    This one is the most paranormal of the series so far, since it features a werewolf of sorts. Only...the Beast character isn't really a werewolf, but cursed to take on the shape unless someone can fall in love with him in that form before his thirtieth birthday. When I first heard that he was a werewolf, I groaned, too, but it really isn't like that. I enjoyed seeing the dynamic between Cecelia (Beauty) and Prince Alexander (Beast) as it shaped and developed. The new twist here is the fact that Cecelia and Alexander already know one another--and they mutually dislike one another, too. Alexander comes across Cecelia in wolf form during a rough patch in her life and begins sympathizing with her. The two begin to meet and become friends. Cecelia doesn't realize that he's Alexander in disguise, and when Alexander becomes nicer to her, she's confused as her affections split between two different beings. I admit that I have a soft spot for this element in fiction; you often see it in superhero stories, etc. I liked the additional element here and feel that I haven't seen this take on Beauty and the Beast before.

  • Erika
    2019-05-11 14:06

    I must be feeling generous because this really deserves two stars but I want to give it three. I loved the fluffy easy happy ending. I have not read a retelling of beauty and the beast with a werewolf. I was impressed with that concept. The falling in love happened much too fast and would have been interesting to watch develop at a more believable pace. I just wanted them to fall in love so it didn't irk me too much.I would have liked to see what experiences caused the prince to change, we hear him say he has changed after only four months of being a werewolf but why? How has being a werewolf really done that?I was surprised with how violent the villain got, that certainly wasn't expected. I didn't like how when the prince courted Cecilia as both the wolf and prince that he didn't see it as breaking her trust. And I am surprised that she wasn't more upset about thinking she was confiding in one person but really confiding in another. To me that made the prince untrustworthy.This isn't very well written but it was just what I was in the mood for: fluffy, happy, sappy and quick.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-20 18:07

    A charming, sweet, and enchanting read. From the first time we meet Cecelia, I totally got her spunky personality because I act like that. I just loved the interaction between her and the beast because the dialogue was so fun (it made me laugh at times) and sweet. Prince Alexander is a bit violent when he is angry at times but he learns that this can only get him in trouble. There were a couple of times I didn't buy the events in the story. SPOILER when Cecelia is told the prince made fun of her behind her back after she thought he changed, he visited and she was mad at first then just melted and kissed him END SPOILER. I think it made her a weak female character at times. besides a couple of spelling errors, there was one word that kept being used that didn't make sense which was "gel" where "girl" would have worked just fine. In fact, I had to go on the Oxford English Dictionary to discover it is a form of "girl." A bit confusing mixing modern language with old. Even with these errors scattered throughout, I think this was a great retelling which stuck to the original story and yet had a few unique qualities of its own to make it an enchanting read.

  • Leila
    2019-05-14 17:00

    The book wasn't bad. It starts out some what repetitive: same Beauty and Beast story, so for the first 50 pages or so, I was just kinda rolling my eyes, hoping something interesting would happen, half considering dropping the book and continuing onto my next one. After that, though, it gets more interesting. Jenni James adds a few twists into the story and writes a very strong connection between Cecelia and her Apollo (the beast). I enjoy the idea of Alexander being a beast at night and a human during the day time, and it was nice to see that explored. Cecelia was written very well and strongly and I felt her emotions perfect, not too overdone or annoying as one might expect. I don't think I'll read the whole series, but I would like to revisit some of my favorite fairy tales written by James.

  • Noella
    2019-05-10 16:56

    This retelling of Beauty and the Beast held my attention but the progression of the Prince Beast and Belle aka Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe was in my opinion too fast. Instead of being full beast, the Prince is destined to be half human half wolf for the rest of his life unless someone falls in love with him in his beast form within the year. The Prince approaches Cecelia (whom he has offended multiple times in the past) in beast form and she is neither repulsed nor scared, but rather, she befriends him quite quickly after a few encounters. I thought the whole ugliness was meant to be a deterrence but Cecelia seemed to look past that at first sight and so I felt the essence of Beauty and the Beast was lost (that gradual realisation that inside the horrifying exterior lies a gentle and repentant soul...). Overall, this retelling was quite good.

  • Anna Marie
    2019-05-18 13:55

    I like faerie tales. But this one? It was written with no 'flesh'. The descriptions of what people were doing and where they were and what was happening around them was non-existent. It's how my first drafts are when I write something, before I go back and add in the 'harmony'. If you don't mind that, it's a good telling of a were-wolf prince. Although... well, the girl is nothing special, just in the right place at the right time. And the reasoning for his treatment of her pre-curse is contrived, too. Maybe I just like faerie tales, and that's why this worked for me. In spite of the fact that the characters aren't great and the writing isn't great and the descriptions aren't great...

  • Kathy
    2019-05-23 19:46

    This was a cute, quick, clean retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Author Jenni James took a story that's been told multiple time in multiple ways and added her own unique spin to it.Robin McKinley's Beauty still remains in the top spot as my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling but this was a welcome addition to a genre I love.This will easily appeal to and be appropriate for readers from tween to adult. It's not my favorite book Jenni has written but was stillRating: 3.5 Stars - Good BookContent: CleanSource: Purchased for my KindleGenre/Age Level: Fairy tale retelling appropriate for ages 11+