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Beauty and the Beast (Faerie Tale Collection Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jenni James
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Beauty and the Beast is the first in a new series of fairy tales for young adult readers. Fans of Disney, fairy tales, and fantasy will love the Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James.

BOOK DESCRIPTION
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.

REVIEWS FOR NORTHANGER ALIBI (THE JANE AUSTEN DIARIES), ALSO BY JENNI JAMES:

"Twilight obsessed teens (and their moms) will relate to Claire's longing for the fantastical but will be surprised when they find the hero is even better than a vampire or werewolf. Hilarious, fun and romantic!"
-TwilightMOMS.com

“Stephenie Meyer meets Jane Austen in this humorous, romantic tale of a girl on a mission to find her very own Edward Cullen. I didn't want it to end!"
--Mandy Hubbard, author of Prada & Prejudice

"We often speak of Jane Austen's satiric wit, her social commentary, her invention of the domestic novel. But Jenni James, in this delicious retelling of Northanger Abbey, casts new light on Austen's genius in portraying relationships and the foibles of human nature--in this case, the projection of our literary fantasies onto our daily experience."
--M.M. Bennetts, author of May 1812.

ABOUT AUTHOR JENNI JAMES
Jenni James is the happy mother of seven boisterous children and the author of several book babies that include: Pride & Popularity, Northanger Alibi and Persuaded from The Jane Austen Diaries for teens and Prince Tennyson an inspirational novel. She enjoys writing clean literature for children, teens and adults. Look out for more of her Faerie Tale Collection; Sleeping Beauty and Rumplestiltskin are coming soon!


Product Details

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 2 edition (May 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008940W3Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,194 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast July 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Prince Alexander used to constantly poke fun at people until he made fun of an older woman, who just happened to be a witch. She cursed him to transform into a wolf every night. He would have a year to find someone to love him as a beast or he'd be stuck like that forever.

Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe has been talking to Lord Willington and believes he is going to propose to her when he takes her on an open carriage ride. Lord Willington has other news...he's proposed to someone else. Cecelia's distraught. Her mother has been telling all of the village of his intentions to marry her daughter.

All of the friends Cecelia thought she knew only talks to her to find out so they can gossip. As a wolf, Alexander sees Cecelia at a brook crying. After Cecelia knocks him in the head, Cecelia eventually warms up to the wolf, having no idea that it's really Alexander.
Whenever Alexander tries to talk to her in human form, she wants nothing to do with him because of his constantly demeaning her...but not so much anymore. Can Alexander convince Cecelia that he deserves a second chance?

I've always loved Beauty and the Beast as a child. For a while I thought about getting an e-book by Jenni James, but I hadn't yet. Once I saw this story, I just knew I had to give it a try, and this certainly did not disappoint.

I felt so bad for Cecelia. First, the guy you love proposing to someone else, then your so-called friends are just trying to find any information so they can gossip. I did feel too bad for Alexander at first, but it was funny how Cecelia tried to avoid him and quit conversing with him as a human.

I liked Alexander's journey onto becoming a better person, and Cecelia's finding a true friend.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Classic Poorly Executed November 26, 2012
By FunK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was so excited to read this book because Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favorite story of all time. I was disappointed throughout the entire reading process and it did not leave me wanting more like other renditions I've read. There were very minor grammar problems, which I could've dealt with because the book was cheap. But the writing was just sad. There wasn't much depth, the random kissing scenes destroyed the Belle's image. Despite the plot and famous lesson of the story, Cecilia was pretty shallow as the main character. The fairytale was suppose to be about how she fell in love with a beast after getting to know him for a while. The very foundation of their relationship was built on that. But here she barely met with him and decidedly loved him unconditionally. And is there a chapter where giggling WASN'T described as one of her actions??? She got really annoying. It was like a book written for preteens. The only reason why it's 2 stars instead of one is because it's a Beauty and the Beast story.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get into this book February 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm really disappointed I didn't like this book because, based on all of the good reviews, I had the impression going in that it would be a nice read. I've read multiple Beauty and Beast retellings in the past, so maybe I'm just picky because I've been over-exposed to this particular tale. I've read Beastly (which I liked) and two books by Robin McKinley (which I thought were just OK.)

What I did not enjoy about this book: Overall, it struck me as very unpolished. The story had potential, in my opinion, but there were many aspects of it that seemed underdeveloped and lacking in scope/detail/depth. Further, I did not enjoy the writing style. I thought it was rather contrived and juvenile. I realize that this is the first book in the fairy tale collection, so I'm sure the author's writing and story-telling ability has evolved (as everyone's does when they continue to write.) Even though I didn't enjoy this book, I would definitely give this author another chance. So if you're a fan of this author and have a book you would like to recommend, please feel free to share.

It is obvious that this book is self-published, and even though I think self-publishing is wonderful and has the potential to produce fresh and non-formulaic story lines/characters, self-publishing can also encourage authors to be lazy with editing and story/character development, so their book ends up reading more like a rough draft than something professional. As a writer myself, this makes no sense to me because I would think that authors would care more about how they present themselves to their readers.

This next reason may seem silly to some, but it has always been a pet peeve of mine with books. I absolutely despise the names the author chose for her characters, especially that of the heroine's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty December 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of the better re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast. No real point in going into the plot because anyone who doesn't live on Atlantis knows how this story goes (and who knows, maybe they have Amazon in Atlantis).

What is most fun about this book is the dialogue between Alexander / Apollo and Cecilia. It's very English, almost like bantering. She's a smart girl who vacillates between being snarky and being highly intuitive and intelligent (OK, she's both all the time). Alexander learns his lesson pretty quickly about why his previous actions have been so hurtful to others, especially Cecilia. What I really enjoyed was how he understood this, and tried - as both a wolf and a man - to make amends to her. They are actually two of the most appealing B and the B's I've read. Naturally, it all works out perfectly fine at the end and everyone lives happily ever after (don't read this if you live in Atlantis). Except those who don't (but they deserve it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rann's
I loved the way the story went
it had a great flow to it
with little twist which left wondering how
it would come together in the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick cute read
It was a cute read!
Published 1 day ago by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars ALRIGHT
IT WAS ALRIGHT
Published 3 days ago by CURTNWY
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful retelling
I love Beauty and the Beast retellings and this is one of the best I have read. I love the way the author showed how Cecelia (heroine) fell in love with the heart of the Beast... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cinderellaleah
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read...nothing special...2.5
Quite recently my inner child has resurfaced--thanks to the television show Once Upon A Time and the newest retelling of Cinderella, starring Lily James. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Beautiful love story. I know the story but this book kept me in suspense the whole time. Please read if you enjoy a good love story!
Published 6 days ago by Katie Hutton
5.0 out of 5 stars but no super short, clean read
It was short, but no super short, clean read, but is still romantic and passionate.
Published 7 days ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars a good remake
I like the way that the author wrote story of beauty and the beast. can't wait to read her other versions of classic fairytales.
Published 12 days ago by Lisa lane
4.0 out of 5 stars PG - a perfect fairy tale!
PG - a perfect fairy tale!
There is intrigue and a death, but it is clinical and is not dwelled on. The romance is clean and sweet. Some kissing, no sex. No swearing.
Published 15 days ago by P. Bothwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Personally Against
I, honestly, didn't read this for very long. I didn't enjoy it, but it was mostly a personal thing. I can't remember much of the story, but I know that it went against my personal... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kara Skinner
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More About the Author

The Jane Austen Diaries

Pride & Popularity (Aug 2011)
Northanger Alibi (Feb 2012)
Persuaded (2012)
Emmalee (2013)
Mansfield Ranch (2013)
Sensible & Sensational (2014)

Prince Tennyson (Inspirational middle grade chapter book May 2012)

Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection

Beauty and the Beast (2012)
Sleeping Beauty (2012)
Rumplestiltskin (2013)
Cinderella (March 2013)
Snow White (2013)
Hansel and Gretel (2013)
Frog Prince (2013)
Many more to come...

I never knew what I was missing when my mom first gave me a collection of Jane Austen's works for Christmas. I believe I was fourteen at the time. One glance at the title Pride and Prejudice and I vowed I would never read the book. But, to be nice I placed it on my 'favorites' shelf; and there it sat for approximately two and a half years. Every month or so Mom would ask me if I had read it yet, and guiltily I would reply, "No. One day I will."

Then low and behold, the summer I was sixteen I had completely exhausted EVERY book I owned and almost all of my siblings' books, as well. (There were 5 siblings--not an easy feat I tell you!) With a desperate case of boredom and hair-pulling-cabin-fever anxiety, I finally, grudgingly brought down the book. I went ahead and started with Pride and Prejudice, just to prove to myself it wasn't worth the time.

One and a half days later, I finished. Sleep deprived, hungry and exhausted, but I finished! It was officially the first book I couldn't put down! It was SO amazing! Afterwards, I devoured every one of Jane Austen's novels, and I haven't stopped since.

Now, as my own daughter gets closer to this wonderfully draining attempt at teenhood, I wanted to share the same stories with her, but in a way she can relate to. I began to rewrite (More like channel) Pride & Popularity in the middle of March and was finished in just 6 weeks! All 25 chapters. It was such an amazing experience. Before I had even begun the long editing process new characters started to talk to me and hound me into writing their stories too.

I have 7 rambunctious kiddos and live in sunny New Mexico. When I'm not chasing my kids around the house, I'm dreaming of new amazing stories to write!

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