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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2012
I read this yesterday. In one day. I read the two-chapter teaser here on Amazon & was like "What? that's all I get? Noo!" and immediately bought it for my Android. I sat in the middle of my living room, ignoring my new baby nieces I'd come to visit (sorta... sometimes I held one of them while I was reading with the other hand), family, and the first episode of Start Trek: TNG on the giant teevee in the room.

This is a super-cute re-telling of the Beauty & the Beast, set in some non-medieval era in some Western European fictional land. The characters are multi-faceted, the women are strong and talented, the men are sensitive and heroic... It made me laugh (in a good way) on several occasions & even gave me the sniffles once or twice. It kept a lot of the "traditional" elements of the Beauty & the Beast story, but without being a re-hash. Really. :)

Now I'm going back & reading the first book in the series (which isn't necessary to understand this book, but it seems there are some crossover characters), Before the Midnight Bells.

Awesome!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A creative re-imagining of the Beauty & Beast fairy tale, with elements of Robin Hood thrown in.

So, why only three stars? Mostly because the characters were straight out of Romance Novel central casting--the gorgeous "feisty" princess who is by turns reckless, hot-tempered, sassy, seductive and frequently a little too unaware of her predicament; the tall, muscular, brooding hero with a heart of mush who blusters and yells a lot and never really carries through on any of his threats.

Also, the story presents a number of dire jeopardies, which the author quickly either defuses, or never carries through. Pack of ravening wolves chasing the heroine through a snowstorm? Well, they're actually mostly friendly wolves! Castle full of dangerous outlaws? Not to worry--our heroine determines almost immediately that 99% of these guys have hearts of gold. And so forth...

All in all, I enjoyed this book--it was a fast read on a day when I wanted something escapist--but it never really rose above average for me.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
This was a nice telling of Beauty and the Beast--very different from the fairly-tale versions you've heard or seen, although it did have a little bit of fairy magic woven in. It was well-written and kept my attention throughout. The only things that bothered me were the multiple "spa cing" errors and the one sex scene. I realize that this wasn't written for little kids, but this would have been a perfect YA novel without it. Fairy tales and sex just don't seem to go together, in my opinion. It was a nice story, I enjoyed reading it, the freebie price was great, but it will probably be one I quickly forget, as there was nothing utterly outstanding about it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
Book one was charming and tongue in cheek. This take on beauty and the beast was over done with fairies and mists and time lapses, magic mushrooms, dragon blood and talking foxes. I loved the characters and the first half of the book was very good. Then it veered off into unbelievable and needlessly silly. The ending was unsatisfying as it just ends and teases into book 3, which I will NOT be buying or reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Clever retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Dragged towards the end, and could have been at least 50 pages shorter.
Enjoyable hero and heroine- both like able and funny.
Quick way to pass the time on a long airplane ride or a lazy afternoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
I have to say when I read the synopsis I almost didn't buy the book! I was afraid it was going to be just like Disney's Beauty and The Beast. It was nothing of the sort. It was fun exhilarating and kept the pages turning I didn't want to put it down! WONDERFUL READ!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
This was a terrific story! I rooted for Fain and Vivi from the beginning and throughout the book as I got to know them better I liked them even more. There were nice traditional fantasy elements as well as the expected romantic elements. As one of the other reviewers mentioned, there are some editing errors (mostly strange word breaks), but they don't take away from the story. I loved this book so much I came back to Amazon to buy her first novel, Before the Midnight Bells. If you are a fan of fantasy, try As the Last Petal Falls!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
As far as the elements that make a book a book a classic , this only rates a 3, For entertainment purposes I feel it rates a 4.5 I didn't care for the ending because it infers the story will continue. I hate cliffhangers. The story carried the characteristics of a fairy tale but the writer wrote it more steamy than a regular fairy tale. It was easy reading without being too explicit like some romances are written
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
I am just loving this series. The spin on classic fairy tales is so fun!. Can not wait for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2012
Enchanting. I love the author's take on the traditional fairy tale; she's rejuvenated it and made it fun again. This second book of the series is even better than her first outing, and I'm anxious to see where Ms. Woodard takes us with her version of Snow White.
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