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The Beauty Thief (Chronicles of the Twelve Realms) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 27, 2015
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Writer from Spokane, WA. Craves adventure. Has eclectic taste in music. Addicted to dark chocolate. Goofball extraordinaire. Serious as all get out. Driven and focused. When she begins a project, whatever it might be, she finds it difficult to stop in the middle. Even though she might often be a procrastinator, she's definitely still a finisher. Runs on coffee, love, imagination, and a bit of sleep. She’s definitely dreaming about adventure . . .
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It was great to go along the journey with the characters as they deal with the horrible crime that happened to the princess having her beauty stolen. The heroes go on a quest to get her beauty back. I thought it was really cool the way the author made the magic work. Her outward physical beauty wasn't the only thing stolen. It affected her inner beauty too. So instead of the traditional character arc where the character starts out with some flaws we start out with an almost perfect princess. She's beautiful on the inside and out. But then her beauty is stolen from her and she not only looks different but becomes a different person entirely. Her loved ones almost don't recognize her not only from the physical change but from the way she speaks and acts. So that part was interesting and great.
I really liked the last part of the book too. It was a fun rescue adventure that took some interesting turns. I really felt for the character who gets put in a really bad position. I'm not going into detail because I don't want to spoil anything.
So if you or your child is looking for an awesome fairy tale with magic, a dark villain with a cool evil lair and magical powers and an awesome rescue quest give this book a try.
I felt enthralled by this new world and the colorful characters found within. The Beauty Thief (the character) was an amorphous, dark abyss to me, and I believe that made him even more of a captivating villain. Theiander and Idra were two of my favorites and of course Caityn. The journey she goes through in this book is paced well and I love each and every little transformation she goes through. Her and Theiander’s love had a timeless, fantastical feel to it. Caityn and Idra’s interactions were always sharp and witty, full of snappy dialogue, and Ritchey did an excellent job of showing their relationship and changes throughout the story.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Beauty Thief to anyone who enjoys Young Adult, fantasy, fiction, or the chance to be taken to a world outside his or her own. This book gave me a wondrous look into what it means to love and be loved, and what it truly means to be beautiful inside and out.
I think Ritchey told a story that is so very difficult to describe in words. Her dialogue was real and humorous, her vocabulary extensive and witty, and her storytelling succinct and fresh. I greatly enjoyed reading this and taking this journey with these very real, unique characters.
I am looking forward to Book 2 in the series: Captive Hope!
I liked the plot. It was very original and refreshing. It moved along very quickly and had several twists. Best suited I think for younger girls, but still enjoyable as an adult.
Recommended for anyone who likes adventure, romance, and fairy tale stories. :)