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The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.
This was McKinley's first book, written almost 20 years ago. Since that time she has been awarded the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and has delighted her fans with another retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fable, Rose Daughter. Still, McKinley's first novel has a special place in the hearts of her devoted readers, many of whom attest to relishing Beauty time and again. (Ages 11 to Adult) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
What it is--a wonderful romantic retelling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
Also I feel the reader really gets a look at Beauty ~ in fact she seems just like me ~ she always has her nose in a book!
There's a depth and a richness to the story and characterizations, as well as a beauty of atmosphere and writing.
Very good read. Not as engaging as McKindly's original stories, like Sunshine, but still wonderfully written.
I highly enjoyed it.
This is the first book I ever read by Robin McKinley. She is so great at creating female characters who have flaws and warts and self-doubt while still making the reader believe... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nana
Wonderfully written and we'll thought out, this book picks up the small details like no other books have in this aspect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Loryn Utech
I finished this book in just over a day. I should say it is more of a short story than an actual book but it was beautifully written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Isa
I enjoyed reading McKinley's twist on this timeless beloved tale.Published 2 months ago by Emandylyn Scott
She loved this book and said it was much better than the movie, Beauty and the Beast. She truly enjoyed it and wished for more books following the characters exploits.Published 2 months ago by Marcia Sterling
This is a good adaptation of the original fairy tale, if not a great one. I found the happily ever after ending not up to the more complex moods hinted at in the rest of the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy K. Dunscomb
This main character of this story is nicknamed Beauty, but for my money the beauty is the writing and coherent, compassionate story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Algonquin F R Gazette