Beauty, A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin Mckinley
Official Blurb: 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?”
Robin McKinley’s beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.
POV: First person from Beauty’s point of view. Main character is a little obsessive above her perceived ugliness, but other than her obsessive insecurity, she’s a great tom-boyish narrator.
Review: Another Beauty and the Beast retelling favorite to add to my growing list. What is it about the Beauty and the Beast story? Ever since I was six and sat awestruck in the theater watching Beauty and the Beast for the first time, I have loved this story with all my heart; this book made me feel like I was six and in that theater again.
Another retelling of this story: Hearts Blood by Juliet Marillier by one of my favoritest authors ever, Juliet Marillier, felt like a an LSD nightmare of Beauty and the Beast (in an one-hundred percent AWESOME way) compared to this book. Robin McKinley’s retelling was clean and true and faithful to the little girl inside, while also being captivating and impossible to put down to the adult. This book would be appropriate for preteens to adults.
It’s a little hard to track down, I got mine at the library because it’s not on ebook:( but I noticed you can get it on audiobook now from audible (haven’t listened to it yet though) also Amazon has cheap old paperbacks and more expensive new copies.
Five Stars *****