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Beauty & the Beast meets Robin Hood
on December 18, 2012
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.