My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: December 12th 2013
Publisher: Take out the Trash
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Beauty and the Beast, Magic
Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.
Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. However, he has given up all hope of shattering the curse after several painful and failed attempts to break it. As such he has only disdain for Elle, leaving her to the devices of his bossy servants. This suits Elle perfectly as she dislikes the entire royal family, Severin included.
Unfortunately for the unsuspecting pair, the chateau servants are determined to break the curse and spend the majority of their time pushing Elle and Severin together. After bonding over gardens, animals, and terrifying squirrels Elle and Severin show signs of friendship, and perhaps something more…
But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country.
If they really want the love of a lifetime Elle, a loyal liar, and Severin, an indifferent beast, will have to use every trick they know to survive.
Ah… another sweet fairytale retelling. I don’t think I could ever tire of them. Especially not Beauty and the Beast retells. They’re my favourites and, from my reading experience and personal tastes, the best ones there are out there.
I liked this. It’s light, it’s lovely and shimmering with magic and hope. I especially enjoyed seeing the alterations to the classic and how those modifications made the story feel like a novelty and like reading Beauty and the Beast for the first time. It made me remember why this is my favorite princess story ever written.
But… it’s short. But… it’s extremely cheesy. But… there’s barely is any kind of plot. It felt like the whole book was in fact a long single chapter. I believe the problem stands in it not switching settings as often as needed. The match maker servants also really, really annoyed me. At first it was fun but it does get on your nerves after some time.
It makes of an enjoyable read if you’re into fairytale retellings or simply Beauty and Beast tales. Could have been better, but hey, good nonetheless.