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. Could have been better, but hey, good nonetheless. View all 9 comments. Another Beauty and the Beast retelling, of which there are myriad.
This one has a few interesting twists, but -- reality check time here -- several major weaknesses as well, most of which are probably because this is an indie author who didn't get some editing help that she really could have used. It's a nice try, though, and the author has potential. It was okay for a Kindle freebie, but I came thisclose to skipping the longwinded, rather boring middle section of the book and jumping to the end Another Beauty and the Beast retelling, of which there are myriad.
It was okay for a Kindle freebie, but I came thisclose to skipping the longwinded, rather boring middle section of the book and jumping to the end. Elle for reasons that the author coyly hides for most of the story falls through a stained glass panel in the roof of a country chateau, wherein lives Prince Severin, who has been cursed to live as a beast, along with his servants, who are under a curse as well: Severin is understandably a very grumpy character, and wants Elle sent on her way yesterday, if not sooner.
But Elle broke her leg badly in the fall, and Severin's on-staff doctor insists that she stay there for weeks, if not months, to heal. The servants all know that love will break the curse, so they'll do whatever it takes to keep throwing Elle and Severin together. Too bad Elle and Severin despise each other so deeply! So we all know where this is going, eventually, but is the ride worth it? Well, Severin who is considered a prince even though he was illegitimate has an interesting relationship with his brother, the ruler of their country.
There are some nice allusions to roses and to some elements of the original fairy tale, without being heavy-handed. The servants have some character, though the enchantress character didn't really fit in well for me. Elle has a very different backstory that comes out in the end. I thought the story was a little deliberately misleading on why she was there at the chateau in the first place, but I enjoyed the twist.
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I did have issues with the rather boring, interminable middle part where Severin grouches, servants connive, Elle frets about her duties that she can't fulfill because of her injury, and tries to get back on her feet as soon as possible. Not a whole lot else happens for about half the book, other than them gradually getting to know and like each other, and it wasn't compelling enough for me. It was kind of strange, since there were a few other more exciting events in the story that were given short shrift view spoiler [Elle's adventures with the assassins at the end hide spoiler ]. Romantic tension between Severin and Elle was almost non-existent.
Other problems were that Severin's and the servants' reactions, when they finally find out who Elle is, were overblown, way out of proportion to Elle's partial misleading them as to her past. I never bought that, nor did I buy Elle's quick forgiveness of Severin's long-past mistreatment of her, which was the reason for all of her initial hatred of him. He was all, sorry, that was cruel and unfair, I won't do it again, and that was it. They pretty much handwaved the problem away. If you have a major fondness for fairy tale retellings, this isn't bad, but its indie roots show a bit too much.
I wouldn't recommend it to more critical readers. View all 7 comments. Reading this book gives me the coziest feeling ever. We still have the grumpy beast, the servants who cheer on the heroine, and the curse about falling in love with the beauty within. These are the only resemblances we have between this version and the others.
The difference is that we also find a true steady growth of a friendship and understanding between Elle and Severin. The author has done a great job establishing that these flawed individuals stand on equal footing. They are both impeccably smart, capable, and compassionate. I love not only seeing their relationship develop, but also seeing them as individual people.
They are lovable, sweet characters who are also stubborn. I relish in seeing how their views on each other gradually change from distaste to respect to genuine affection to love.
I am truly intrigued by these characters. In addition, the servants are now masked, voiceless people. I love how they interact with Elle and are continuously trying to matchmake her with Severin. They are so, so, so adorable and funny. I am left feeling all warm and cozy from this fun-loving household. I love the emphasis on brotherly love and loyalty. I also love the plot twist at the end.
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Love this development too because Elle is pretty badass. Like just one more chapter would have been nice. Such a lovely read, and now, I am entirely looking forward to reading the next in the series and reading more from this author. I love the story of Elle, Severin, and the masked servants. This is a perfect, cozy read. This one, however, manages to bring new, delightful things to the story without marring the original idea. When the household meddles. When Elle realizes that Severin truly would protect and care for her.
When Severin saves Elle from a squirrel. When Emele tells Elle about her past and how she fell in love with Marc. When Emele bosses around Elle. When Elle spends time with Severin in his study room. When they have food together at the dining room. Super excited for this.
View all 12 comments. I can't really identify anything that I didn't like about this story, but I guess I didn't connect with it very well because I only finished it an hour ago and already forgot most of it. It was fine, though! It stayed pretty true to the original, so it did get somewhat predictable. I've read more creative takes like Cruel Beauty , but at the same time the writing was better here.
So if you're into retellings, check this one out. Otherwise there are more entertaining books out there. Aug 21, Treece rated it it was amazing Shelves: The servants echoed hints of Disney and Cocteau but with refreshing originality. There's court intrigue, beautiful architecture, elaborate rooms and rich food, all set inside a French chateau with a gorgeous backdrop of lush countryside. Severin and Elle are wonderful together and apart. I would recommend this author --whose fairytales are amazing reworkings!
View all 5 comments. I think the author needs polish or maybe this is an earlier work. Her plot twists, dialogue, pov inner dialogue need work. First half was just okay, the supporting cast was better drawn out than the MCs.
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The second half was written better with the h turning out kickass which I loved but the H pulled d! Plus she didn't even let him grovel, that made me mad! Safe romance but jerk H, Okay fantasy read. Safe romance but jerk H, the h was too good for him. I especially liked the attention given to the secondary characters and how the author was able to give a fresh face to both Beauty and The Beast. Here, Beauty, a girl named Elle, literally comes crashing into the Beast's palace. There's a secret surrounding her This is mostly a character driven story because not much happens in here.
Despite that, I did kept reading because I do like snark And English is not even my first language So yes, this story needs urgent proofreading skills Which brings me to the last part of the story right after Severine gets turned into a man once more, because that part was bad. Up until then, we had somewhat intelligent characters, and after the transformation, the thing was like, "oops, there's goes ninety percent of my cerebral activity alongside with my no longer needed fur!
In a few pages! Also the whole Enchantress plot was kind of weird Feb 22, Lili Marcus rated it really liked it Shelves: Elle, due to a small miscalculation, fell through the roof of a chateau. The accident broke her leg and so she has no choice but to stay in the chateau even if its owner isn't very happy about it. Prince Severin, the chateau owner, illegitimate prince, commanding general of the Crown Prince's army, is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him.
But he'd already given up after several painful attempts in the matter. But his servants don't. And their hope ignited because of Elle, due to a small miscalculation, fell through the roof of a chateau. And their hope ignited because of Elle. But Elle isn't what she seems to be and Severin has no tine for romance, especially if it's a romance with little hope. I don't know how many retellings of Beauty and the Beast have I already read but this one is the simplest of them all.
Yeah that sounds negative but like I said, I needed something lighter. Ahm have I said before that I'm a moody reader? Some other time, the simplest of the plot might've discouraged me to read this but thankfully last night was not that time. For me, this one's an okay retelling. There are little twists that I liked and though they were slightly predictable, I still enjoyed them. I also enjoyed Elle and Severin's moments. They're so sweet and fun to read.
The servants are all interesting characters too. Only, I think the plot resembles the original a little too much and so I can't give it higher than my rating.ania.userengage.io/the-ten-things-we-wished.php
Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales, #1) by K.M. Shea
I know this is a retelling but still. But like I said I liked the little twists that seemed original and the characters made up for it. Overall, I still recommend this one to anyone who's looking for a light, fun read. This is a short book too. Jul 30, Darque Dreamer rated it really liked it Shelves: Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale that has been re-written with enchantment and elegance.
Kitty has done a fabulous job with keeping the faerie tale feel in her retelling, along with adding her own entertaining twists. Her take on this classic tale is rich and satisfying! I loved the slower pace of this one. It allowed the story, and the love connection, to really flourish and grow, along with the whimsical characters. I fell in Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale that has been re-written with enchantment and elegance. I fell in love with Emele, Bernadine, Duval and Oliver. Each character had a part to play, and each character just fit with their own quirky personalities.
The story twists were enjoyable and had a bit of unpredictability to them.
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Potts, Lumiere, or Gaston. But there was an evil witch, and an enchantress. I loved how the story somewhat followed what is known from the tale, but also had whimsical changes that fit quite nicely. The story had humor, friendship, danger, intrigue, and a satisfyingly happy ending! Kitty has an exceptional way of writing with beauty and poise. She also finds elegant ways to incorporate touching morals in to her stories.
This one shimmered with hope and the importance of inner beauty. It was magical and beautiful. It spoke of friendship and true love. I didn't expect much from this book, It was in my kindle list, and I have no idea when I added it. Needing a book to pass the time, I opened this one, and was quickly hooked! Despite "knowing" the general story, I found myself holding my breath and rooting for the characters. Elle beauty was an endearing character, strong and smart. I opened this book knowing nothing about the author or her style, but couldn't put it down!
Nov 14, J. Garrett rated it really liked it Shelves: We now have the formula for another version of our classic tale Beauty and the Beast. Our prince was cursed and condemned to live as a beast both in body and mind. However, an Enchantress came along and tweaked the evil curse enough that it cleared the mind of our hero so that he was now human in thought and mind. Now that just might be a problem… especially when you have the body and features of a beast.
Martin, A Storm of Swords This took me a while to get into as we join the story well into the life of the Prince as a beast. He is living in isolation with his cursed features and that of his cursed mute servants, who also have animalistic traits. Everything is peaceful and quiet, until, she falls through the skylight into his chateau. With a broken leg, Elle is stranded at the chateau and unable to leave. Why was she on the roof? Why was she even at the chateau? Why is she so angry at the crown and what secrets does she withhold from the prince?
There was only one little problem… there was not a lot of explanation regarding backstory. We are given information fait accompli. This had the feel of arriving at the cinema and taking a seat well after the movie has already started. So now, I am dependent on clues that will help me understand what the heck happened. The author did an excellent job of letting the relationship develop over time.
The evolution of understanding really drew me in. I had been so worried about who and what Elle really was, that I breathed a tremendous breath when the reveal came about. It was really well done by the author. There were so many possibilities. The author painted so many rabbit trails and false leads that it had me fearing for our heroine. This was the perfect ploy. The foreshadowing throughout the whole story was right there in front of me and I simply did not see it. Wow, it was so cute. This is book one of the Timeless Fairy Tales series.
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There are 9 books that follow the classic tales so far. This wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I appreciated that this tried to put a twist on the Disney version of this fairy tale which is unfortunately the only one this reader knows. The period when the MCs was getting to know each other i. I also enjoyed the fact that there was absolutely no OP drama and that it didn't seem like the H was a rake in his past. There weren't any mentions of his playboy ways, mistres 2. There weren't any mentions of his playboy ways, mistresses, or anything like that. This was a completely clean and safe read, which seem hard to find nowadays.
However something about this author's writing style failed to engage me. I suppose I like more subtle and nuanced writing, and this story was told in a rather straightforward manner. And the quick way in which all the bad feelings were resolved at the end made me mad. Honestly, where was the groveling? I didn't want the h to be a bitter shrew, but she deserved friends who didn't just abandon her the moment they thought she did something wrong. So overall, an ok read in the land of retellings. Mar 11, Rebekah rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't remember how I came across this book but because of it I am not on a Beauty and the Beast frenzy and then found and got like 15 other beauty and the beast retellings!
This was a fun twist and certain aspects were definitely unique to the story! I LOVED Elle the main character, I loved how strong she was as a character and I appreciated many aspects of her own story that you learn about later on in the book and how she came to be in the Chanceux Chateau the cursed castle. I loved the beast I don't remember how I came across this book but because of it I am not on a Beauty and the Beast frenzy and then found and got like 15 other beauty and the beast retellings! Nuttigste klantenrecensies op Amazon.
Professionally written, Jane Henry has penned an erotic masterpiece that grips the reader from the first page to the very last. By far, my favorite adult retelling of the classic tale! No Kindles were seriously harmed while reading this novel. Children 18 and over only! Fire retardant gloves highly recommended while reading. Their romance is deeply touching, sweet and steamy, with all the familiar elements in an updated, contemporary setting.
The author leaves no emotional stone unturned as the characters are stripped of all pretense and fitted together like missing halves of a whole. For her, this month would be a vacation, a step down from the responsibility she has towards her family, a break from all her worries. Oh, but little does she know that saying yes would open doors to new feelings, and new sensations!
Gryffin is one sweet Daddy Dom who will turn her world upside down. And, much to her surprise, she finds his rough, yet caring attitude very appealing. He, on the other hand, will fall in love with the little bratty woman he took to his house. And, as is the case with every good story, they get married and live happily ever after. I loved this book. The contrast between Sawyer's strict and demanding attitude - which, by the way, is very, very tempting to anyone craving some order in her or his life - and Annabelle's sometimes childish behaviour gives a delicious pace to the entire story.
It has the right amount of sensuality, paired up with action, and suspense. A modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a lot of romance and a touch of kink. Their interaction is delicious and delightful. I enjoyed every minute of this book.. Jane Henry gave the fairy tale about Beauty and the Beast a whole new meaning for me.
She made me long for me to find my own beast. A tormented beast who knows exactly how to treat a woman. Young innocent Annabelle Symphony is trying to support her sick mother and younger sister by working as a waitress at a diner. They are struggling to get food on the table and clothes on their bodies. One morning she bumps into a huge man on her way to work, and his coffee is spilled all over his expensive shirt. Later that morning her mother crashes into the man's expensive car, and Anabelle realizes who the man really is. Sawyer Gryffin is a beast. He is big, broody and very dark.