Hey all, Dani here.
I’m feeling like September is going to be a really good month for reading some great books. Actually I’ve already read a couple of amazing things so far this month, so it is making me even more excited, and it has increased my desire to read even more. Of course, the reality is that I also am neck deep in getting ready for my job interview Monday after work, and also on trying to get a bunch of posts prepped up so that I don’t have to stress as much while we are at Cincinnati Comic Expo next weekend. So I don’t know if I’ll get to read a lot more, but I’m still hoping to.
Anyway, let’s jump into today’s book review.
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
Rating: 3.5 stars
Okay, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t my absolute favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it wasn’t a bad one either. I guess I just have decently high standards for this tale.
To be completely honest, I didn’t really connect with the writing style/narration style. I felt very separate and removed from Yeva and it made it hard for me to really sink into the story the way I would have wanted to. Actually my favorite pages to read were the ones that were interludes between the chapters, the pages that were from the Beast’s perspective. Those had an intriguing voice to them and I wanted to keep reading to find out what the next interlude would contain.
It just took a fairly long while for me to be truly drawn into this story, and that made it a bit tedious for me to read.
I think it did a great job of following the basics of the standard Beauty and the Beast storyline while also having its own twists and unique elements to help it stand apart from the rest.
I’m glad I read this, and I will be checking out Meagan Spooner’s Sherwood in the near future (hopefully).
Where to Get a Copy
You can also check with your local library.