Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 2 edition (20 May 2013)
  • A prince by day and a wolf by night—

    Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.

    Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?

    Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he's changed right before her eyes. He's not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now... but then again, so is the beast.
  • Cover: I love this cover.  I love the medieval feel it has, the dress, rose and what looks like castle walls.
Like many of you, I grew up with fairy tales and Disney movies, and to this day love them.  So I'm always on the look out for re-tellings.
Particularly of Beauty and the Beast, because it's my favourite.
I really enjoyed this one.  It's a quick, cute read.  Reading it in just a day.
I loved the premise of the prince being cursed to turn into a wolf each night, and his interactions with Cecelia were really interesting.
I did think it read a little young, and some of the flowery dialogue was a tad cringey at times.  I think the fast pace was detrimental to the romance side of it- it resulted in it being unbelievable.  I wish it was slowed down and we got to see the relationship develop a little more.
I liked the protagonists.  The prince more so as I felt Cecelia came across as superficial for the first three quarters.
I also I didn't get a feel for the setting, it was never really mentioned, just 'a village'.
Over all I really enjoyed reading it, a perfect light, fluffy read and I will definitely continue with the series.
3.5/5 stars.

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