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Monster Among the Roses: A Beauty and the Beast Story (Fairy Tale Quartet) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 11, 2017
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First, let me tell you about this cover. I wasn't 100% sure about this cover because it wasn't as "gotta read this now" as some of her others and the only thing I saw related was the rose.... But now I've read the book... and the cover makes sense! And IT. IS. PERFECT! It actually maybe one of my favorites, especially in relation to the story. You have to read the story to love the title as much as I do! :)
Now, onto the story! Ahh, what can I say about this story? It was heartbreaking and beautiful and then more heartbreaking and more beautiful. It was everything you want in a story. Things weren't perfect and you knew that from the start and I think that is what was so alluring about the whole story. You knew something bad had to have happened, but what? And why? The story had questions of all kinds popping through my head, along with wonderings and thoughts of what could happen or what I wanted to happen.
Let's be real, our favorite stories are the ones we get lost in and our imagination just runs wild with all of the possibilities and outcomes. We know what we want, but then there's a twist and we try to figure out how to get it. That is what makes us fall in love with a story, because we put ourselves in the story. We feel it to our bones; the heartbreak, the joy, the sadness, the love, the eternal happiness.
I truly loved this story because I felt so much during it all. A simple, modern day retelling of a classic fairy tale, but to me it was so much more. I hope Kage continues to bring us these beautiful retellings because they will always be bumped up on my reading list.
OMG…ya’ll this is one of my favorite books of 2017 and really one of my favorites EVER! It’s a book that transported me to another place, a place of magic, not fantasy, but the magic of finding your soulmate in someplace you never expected to.
In the opening of the book, Shaw has gone to wealthy Mr. Nash to beg forgiveness of his mother’s debts, and in exchange, he will do whatever Mr. Nash wants him to do. Much to his relief, Mr. Nash just wants him to befriend his daughter, Isobel. It won’t be easy to be her friend. She is the master of shutting herself off from others, but she felt like she had to because of the scarring on her body from a fire.
Isobel was one of the bravest fictional characters I’ve ever come across! She was a smaller woman, but her personality and demeanor made her appear “big and vibrant.” (Shaw’s words). Underneath her toughness, she was fragile. As Shaw pointed out, people judge others, often mistakenly, by their outward appearances, and that shaped how you felt about that person. With Isobel, her face was the first thing people saw, that was her vulnerable spot. So, she held her trust and the best parts of herself from others for her own self-preservation.
I fell so hard for Shaw, I mean, who wouldn’t? He definitely was easy on the eyes, and from the very first moment he laid eyes on Isobel, he was a goner. His job as her friend became so much more. From the very beginning, he wanted her to like him. He was captivated by her, and he always challenged her and kept her on her toes. There was a deep goodness in him, down to his very soul. He was able to see the very best and beautiful parts of Isobel.
Not only were the characters fabulous, but the story was as well. I loved the slow pace of their relationship. They both discovered different parts of themselves through each other. Some of their early conversations were done through notes and books, which was AWESOME! The slow burn between them was part of the magic of their story. The setting was so well-described that I was there walking the long, beautiful hallways with them and smelling Isobel’s precious roses. Books that truly take me out of my reality for just a little bit are some of the best books, and as I said early, this is one of the best books I’ve read!
I loved that this was based on Beauty and the Beast, but the writer made this one ALL HER OWN. I can always tell when a writer enjoyed writing his or her book. That was obvious in this book. One of my favorite things was the “Behind Monster Among the Roses.” She included her inspiration for different characters and aspects of the story. I loved that! It made the story complete. It gave me a little insight to how her mind works, and I really want to live in Linda Kage’s mind for just a little while! The epilogue was epic as she sets us up for her next book in the series! I cannot wait! But, be warned, don’t plan on doing anything else until you read the last page!!!! Truly magical, beautiful book!
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