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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique & Satisfying Newness to Beauty & The Beast, May 28, 2011
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This review is from: The Curse Girl (Kindle Edition)
I was immediately curious about this story because it is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast. I'm not a huge fan of retellings, but I am a huge fan of Beauty and The Beast.

The Curse Girl was faithful enough to the original storyline to show proper respect but at the same time offered a unique and satisfying newness so as not to waste your reading time. The story opens right at the crucial point where Beauty is heading toward the curse house. We only learn as the story unfolds why she is there and what it means to her, which helps to keep the reader engaged and the story moving forward. I enjoyed Beauty's internal monologue, like when she scolds herself for feeling an attraction to the Beast Boy. I also really loved the use of the origami. Very clever.

I mentioned I don't consider myself a fan of retellings and it is because you know where the story is going and how it is going to get there. I think Ms. Ellison did a great job in tweaking the path enough to keep a nay-sayer like me fully engaged. As an example, I was surprised when Beauty returned to the house and it was dead and empty.

If you do enjoy retellings, then you'll really enjoy this one. If, like me, you just love the Beauty and The Beast storyline, you too will be pleased. Overall, if you just hanker for a good love story, this is a fun and fast read that will not disappoint.
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