My rating: 4 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: eBook
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Dark Valentine Press
Point of View: 1st Person Heroine
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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This was a charming read, and just what I was looking for as I finished up my Beauty and the Beast month.
WHAT I LOVED
The mystery of this story was excellent. What with this book being the final in a series of Beauty and the Beast reads this month, I worried that it would suffer from predictability. But not so! Christine Pope came up with a dynamic mystery surrounding the curse of the "beast" character, and I wasn't able to guess where she was taking it. The reveal was satisfying--enough explanation to make the story feel complete, but not so much that the story lost its magical edge.
The chemistry between the heroine, Rhianne, and her beast was well done. I loved how the author handled their situation so that you didn't feel like her love for him was the result of Stockholm syndrome. I don't want to say too much for fear of giving away storylines, but it was smart and allowed for some honest to goodness romance between the two leads.
Rhianne made for an appealing protagonist. Her love of painting was endearing, and I liked how it ended up working into the overall plot and resolution and wasn't simply a plot gimmick to give her more personality.
Christine Pope did an excellent job of making the original fairytale her own. It was DEFINITELY a Beauty and the Beast story, but she twisted it in all the right places that the story wasn't predictable.
All things considered, a fun read!
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH
This was a quick, sweet, romantic read. It wasn't exactly deep. I don't think that's a fair reason to critique the book though . . . it wasn't meant to be deep. But there were a few places where I felt the story line was a little bit underdeveloped. For instance, when Rhianne arrives at the Dragon's house, she honestly believes she will die that night . . . only, I never got a strong sense of her fear. It was so glossed over that I didn't even realize she WAS afraid for her life. She was just SO calm and zen about it all.
So, yeah. Little things like that struck me as not quite developed enough. But again, I kind of hate to critique the story. It was good, and it was, for the most part, the right amount of development for the type of story it was. The writing was good, the story was intriguing . . . and it was just FUN. I read this while on vacation in a little cottage in the mountains, without internet access or other conveniences, and it was just the right kind of relaxing story for that setting.
So that, my friends, is the end of Beauty and the Beast month! Some amazing reads this month. Some not-so amazing as well, but ultimately I would call this a huge success.
Be watching for my Cover of the Month and Book of the Month posts! I will be announcing my favorites from this set and offering a print book giveaway for one lucky mailing list subscriber. I'm giving away FOUR books this month, so don't miss out on this giveaway!