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Title: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
Author: Robin McKinley
Synopsis: 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?”
My Thoughts: The best part of this book is that over halfway through I figured out I had read this like, fifteen odd years ago… Yeah, something was so familiar I just couldn’t quite put my finger on it… Anywho… It’s a cute retelling where the beast actively tries to fall in love with her, his life is not based on a flower dying, the servants are invisible, and Beauty isn’t an only child. I really liked that Beast could control the magic to an extent and that he flat out told Beauty not to let the invisible servants bully her around. He felt more real and had a more active role than in the Disney version so many people are use to. And his library! It wasn’t just huge with tons of books! It had books that had yet to be! How cool is that? If you hate a book you could just kill off the author before they wrote it or talked them into changing it or something! I like this! My other favorite part was the invisible servants who were always fighting with Beauty on what she would wear to dinner. They were hell bent on her looking nice! For being incorporeal the two maids have a ton of character and I think the book would have been lacking without them being so devious. Speaking of devious, Beast was always very kind even when the father stole the rose from his garden. Steal my stuff? Here, have some more. Crazy guy, who was a haughty jerk in the past, but I was glad that he wanted Beauty, or any daughter, to come of her own free will. Had she not, he would have sent her away, no harm no foul, even Steven. He wasn’t a cruel captor, he was kind to those who needed it, and he was incredibly kind to those he truly cared about. Altogether a much better, more well rounded character than we usually see.
The reason for the four paws instead of five is that the end is so completely rushed! Curse broken? Bam everything happens at once in a split second! Okay then… Still a good retelling if you are into that sort of thing or just like Beauty and the Beast.
Who else has read this? What were you thoughts? Any other Beauty and the Beast retellings I should know about?