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Craving Beauty (Wylder Tales) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 22, 2015
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About the Author
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.
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Craving Beauty is a haunting, dark and twisty retelling that will hold you captive from the first chapter. Can't wait for book two!
Main character sleeps constantly. Transition from night to day is too often. Too many references to a beast without clarification of who or what it is. Terrible ending.
Author: Jennifer Silverwood
Publisher: SilverWoodSketches, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales
**I received a copy of this book free from Book Enthusiast Promotions and the Author in exchange for an honest review**
This review can be found on teacherofya dot Wordpress dot com, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, and my Goodreads page
Beautiful cover, is t it?
So I thought, hey, this sounds good...and I love fairy tale retellings...
I don't even need to summarize, because the blurb explains it all. Vynasha cares for her nephew, Wyll, after they both were in a fire that killed her three sisters. The two of them badly burned, Will has taken the brunt and is very ill. Vynasha will do anything she can to help her nephew, and when a beggar tells her where to find the Source, a way to heal Wyll, she packs him up and heads to a forbidden area. Once she gets close, a mountain man warns her of the dangers to Wyll, and volunteers to watch him while Vynasha goes on searching. When she stumbles upon a castle, she becomes a prisoner of a princely beast who wants her hand in marriage.
It wasn't at ALL what I expected, and though that can be good, I was lost throughout the whole thing. We meet the staff of the castle, and there are wild beasts roaming that can kill Vynasha...she keeps putting herself in danger after repeated warnings...she befriends the staff and learns that their fate rests in her hands. These are things I understood.
What I didn't understand? Everything else. Silverwood has a talent for the pen, but she writes almost like an Old English prosewriter. The sentences are long and winding, and though it is written in active voice, it felt passive. It seemed like everything had happened already, and I kept falling asleep. It was a driving force inside me that kept me going, waiting to find out who the prince is, and what the curse is (something to do with a previous woman from a mirror world), and even after the end I have no idea what is going on. Yes, it ends on a major cliffhanger, and that means there is more to the story, but throw me a bone here.
★★★☆☆. According to my rating system on my home page, three stars means: "Readable book. Might forget it at some point, but I was able to read to the end, and it kept my interest. (Most books receive this as the lowest rating)." It DID keep my interest, but only because I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.
Would I pick up the next book? If it was free. Because I hate not knowing what's going on in a book. It frustrates me.
Thanks again to Debra Presley for her 30 Day Indie Reading Challenge, and I am a big fan of Book Enthusiast Promotions.
I will be looking to read the next book since there are so many questions yet to be answered. This story didn't run like I thought it would and its refreshing. cudos to the writer!
I didn’t read the synopsis for this book, because I wanted to be surprised by her writing. And boy, did she surprise me. At first I was extremely confused with the pace of the story. We follow Vynasha, where she delivers roses to a family member in the small village. The story jumps seamlessly between the present and past, injecting a clear background upon which to build.
Then Vynasha and her nephew, Wyll, goes on an adventure which might present a cure for Wyll’s deteriorating body. After Vynasha leaves Wyll with two people in the woods for his safety, her story truly begins.
This is a wonderful, and gripping retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Expect to be confused, infuriated, miserable… Expect to yell at the pages of the book and to be transported to an enchanted realm like nothing else before…