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Review #11: Beauty

Book: Beauty by Robin McKinley
Pages: 325 (paperback)
Genre: Fantasy

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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.

Review: While some of the concepts were extremely beautiful to experience (the castle and the ending, especially), the novel itself was a bit...flat. At times I adored McKinley's genius work on Beauty as a character, yet at others she seemed completely unremarkable. The way everything within was described was often unique, but the images I got in my head were excessively plain. I think that, of all, would be the word to describe BEAUTY's flaws.The story was enchanting, however. Romance between Beauty and the Beast was borderline credible; I think since we didn't see much into their interaction with each other as in other books it was something hazy and a bit distant. Looking back, I was eager to keep reading and thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout.
Rating: 4/5 Stars


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