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Bryony and Roses

Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher

A Beauty and the Beast retelling, with twists, most of which worked well.

It starts with Bryony herself getting lost in the forest during a snowstorm and stumbling on the house. (The merchant father was murdered by bandits.) She enjoys the hospitality, wants to take the rose, and discovers that it traps her.

The rest involves her planting a garden, reading poetry, talking to the Beast in code, dreaming (in a way reminiscent of the original Beauty and the Beast, but don't trust it), wardrobes with opinions of dresses, and more.
Tags: author: k, genre: fantasy, review

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