- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Corgyn Publishing (May 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996036865
- ISBN-13: 978-0996036863
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,289,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beast That Never Was Paperback – May 22, 2016
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The "beast" is a beautiful woman named Senna, who has been enchanted by an angry witch. The curse is that Senna - seemingly a psychic empath - transforms into whatever the humans or domestic animals who encounter her most fear.This transformation is especially horrifying to those whose fears are accompanied by guilt for such things as cowardice or perceived failure. Lise is the only one who sees Senna as she is immediately - perhaps because what SHE fears is, in fact, her attraction to beautiful women.
In any event, while this story is not as profound as the preceding Werlinger books I've reviewed, it is fun, fast-moving, and an intriguing twist on a traditional story line.
The leads spent most of their time apart and, though likable, there wasn't much beyond their relationship other than curiosity and mutual attraction. Lise and Senna's scenes together were just too quick and needed more substance. Because of this, when they finally came together it felt jarring and empty.
The middle section of the book also seemed to drag, with a lot of repetition of events...a new person sees the beast followed by village freakout + Lise pushing off the advances of a marriage + Lise sneaking off to see Senna x 10. Over and over.
The fairy tale aspect was really intriguing and unique. The writing was also decent and it felt vivid enough. It's because the story had a lot of good in it that made it all the more frustrating for its shortcomings.
On the whole, "The Beast That Never Was" ended up being an okay read.
I will read Werlinger again but I'm curious if her other books have the same issue.
There's only one intimate scene, which totally floated my boat, despite it not being overly explicit. To me, the author proved an erotic scene can be just that, erotic, without all the mechanics being spelled out. Not that I mind that kind of thing either ;)
I'll most definitely being checking out more book by this, no longer new to me, author.
It was a cute story, one that can use a good beefing up with worldly history and a great deal of more imagery. But, alas, I recommend it for a good "happy ever after" feeling.
The writing was straight forward which was nice but i did find transitions to be a little confusing at times. All in all, i thought this was a solid book. 4/5 ☆