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While this loony witch doesn't have a lot of "screen" time, her presence is felt throughout this nifty little book.
Belle...I mean, Beauty (freaking guest song is in my head now...must.not.kill.self.) has amazing snarky lines, and Will isn't too far behind her. These two despise each other at first. So naturally they're meant to live happily ever after (oh come on, anyone who doesn't live in a subway tunnel...sorry Vincent...knows how this story turns out, and if you have been living in a whole in the ground, you probably deserve to see the movie first...song is in head again...aaaaaargh!)
I really liked that the "Beast" was innocent this time - he didn't deserve the curse, he just kind of got it by accident. So he didn't have to make amends for anything. And seriously, if you were trapped in a house with talking walls and rooms that roam and a rose bush for a sister for 90 years, you might be in a bad mood, too.
Father? Evil. Should be beaten and fed to beast - he can make an exception to the "no eating humans" rule once.
Step-Mom? Hope it turns out OK for her (well that's a switch). She needs a new husband. He might offer her up as a sacrifice next.
Violet? Well, we never actually meet you, so we hope you get some "stage" time if there's a sequel. Or a re-boot.
Seriously, a really cool take on Beauty and the Beast. One afternoon was all it took.
But honestly - what the heck does the cover have to do with the
Will isn't looking forward to having a human in the house but doesn't have a choice. Beauty gets under his skin and he finds it hard to be nice to her when having to deal with his predicament. Will is cursed and he's about to find out that Beauty isn't what he makes her out to be.
Will Beauty ever be able to leave the house or be a prisoner forever? Will she be able to save Will?
The Curse Girl is a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast so I was excited to delve into it. Bee is your typical innocent girl who doesn't want to leave her life behind. She's upset and looking for a way out of the hell her father put her in. Will is an arrogant jerk and his sister is always playing referring between the two. As Will and Beauty are forced to work together they slowly grow attached to each other which makes the relationship believable.
Why the 3.5 Stars? I felt the story was rushed and that at times the characters were boring to read about. The story had a lot of potential and I wished that there were more action and less of Bee's inner ramblings. Although the book provided a twist to the fairytale it was still bland. My rating was more because of the spunk in Bea and the sweet/mean parts in Will.
If you want a quick light fairytale retelling you just might enjoy this.
What I didn't like:
-Didn't get much time spent in the magical world. There were lots of interesting things that I would have liked to see more of.
-Some characters didn't really get much development, like the "normal" guy in the MC's love triangle life (which wasn't really much of a love triangle since the third wheel appeared for maybe five pages max) and like the MC's family.
-The main love interest (main male character) was...you guessed it, kind of a jerk to the MC at first. Of course. It's like a YA requirement nowadays. Ah well, it didn't bother me anymore than usual, so it's cool.
-That darned consistency error I mentioned. It has to do with the main male character's scar. In short, halfway through, the MC asks him about it, and then a few chapters after that, she's looking at it and thinking to herself how she never asked him about it. Unless I missed something?
-It took me a while to sort of figure out what time period/world it was taking place in. Sort of hard to explain. For some reason, I kept picturing it taking place in maybe a different world or a time several decades previous to the present day. But it wasn't ever really finalized (if I remember correctly...I'm writing this several months after I read this). There were many questions in the story left unanswered, and I'm pretty fine with that, but some details I'd like a definitive grasp on, and there were just a few that fell a little flat for me.
What I did like:
-I really enjoyed Ellison's writing. It's brisk and fast and just...works for me. I read this in one sitting. Granted, it's not very long, but I've had trouble getting through shorter books due to the writing. It's the reason I eagerly went and snatched up whatever other books were under her name.
-It was a fun take on Beauty and the Beast, which is such an overdone story already.
-I loved the origami part and other little details that made the story and characters come to life.
Overall, it's a good, quick read by a great writer.