- File Size: 950 KB
- Print Length: 41 pages
- Publisher: Sarah Holman; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0189Q2CLG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Quest for the Beast: A Beauty and the Beast Story Kindle Edition
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I liked the beginning incorporating a blip from Waltz into the Waves. :)
I have been similar to Adara and her struggle with choosing books over her family. However, I just couldn't quite "click" with the quest (probably because my mind was trying to wrap around the question of how something like the quest could be legal?)--though I did like the way the story resolved. The story is definitely not completed until you read the author's note--it helps to explain the message of the story better.
Younger readers may want to know: there are arguments, name-calling, and a very brief mention of a man trying to take advantage of Adara.
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A fantastic modern re-envisioning of The Beauty and the Beast.
Reasons I liked it:
*The story is taken completely out of a fairytale context and given a modern-day setting. I like it that way! I'd rather read a fairytale retelling that has a few small resemblances to the original, while not allowing you to figure out what will happen in advance.
*I also like it because the spiritual/Christian angle is IMPACTING. I think redemption and other good character qualities truly shine in Sarah's story.
*The characters are real and relatable in this one. For a short book, it's important that the reader connects well with the characters and Sarah pulled this off well. She allows you insight into each character's strengths, weaknesses, and how they can change -- being human.
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"Had she become so obsessed with her books that she hadn't been there for her brother? Had her treasure become the fairy stories instead of God and the people he had placed in her life?"
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Quest for the Beast is a good, solid story. Recommended especially for kids and young teens.
2. Quest for a Beast is a modern tale about a girl and her brother and some other teens who go on a slightly perilous trek through some woods (most of the story) to find a criminal (known as the Beast) and bring him in for the reward. Whether or not they succeed... well, you’ll just have to read it to find out. ;) I don’t read a lot of straight-up modern fiction, so it was a little different for me, but I was super absorbed as I read, and curious how it would turn out and what would happen. I did guess a couple of things (and kind of hoped for them) which made me super happy! :D
3. There were a couple different Christian messages in here and I really liked the redemption one, being a common Beauty and the Beast theme. :)
4. The characters were all individual, and I liked Adara okay and Nelson definitely grew on me. :) I was a little disappointed that Adara’s brother, Jasper’s, story-arc wasn’t addressed, even when another character’s was. I guess it’s a short story so there wasn’t room, but I still would have liked some sort of improvement from him. :( So that was a little sad. There’s still time, but still.
5. Ooh! I loved a certain reference at the beginning! :D I think Adara was reading a Cindrella retelling, also by this author (Waltz into the Waves) and that bit of meta-ness made me super happy as well! :D Overall, it was an original and interesting short story, which, aside from a couple quibbles, I really enjoyed! ^_^
Never much of a 'fairy-tale kind of girl', I'm really enjoying the Christian retellings I'm seeing around these days. This story vividly shows God's power of redemption and forgiveness. In that way it reminded me of the movie, "Beyond the Mask". Just modern day instead of 1775-6. ;)
Adara was nice and, being very much like myself, I could easily relate to her. Jasper was rude to her at times, but... ;-) Chris was sweet and I loved how Adara took up for him. Wolf's actions and language, towards Chris and Adara, made me cringe and blow and want to slap him. And don't even get me started in Nelson... :)
I kinda had a feeling as to how it would turn out, but I couldn't figure out how it would all fall into place. ;) My goodness, that ending was so super sweet!
This was the first book I've read by Sarah Holman and it will definitely NOT be the last!! :D
I thought the characterization was handled well for such a short space of time. At the beginning, some of the characters seemed a bit young for the ages they were supposed to be, but that didn't nag me through the rest of the story. Things did seem to happen rather quickly at times, and some of the resolution seemed a bit rushed, but I really liked the redemptive storyline and message.
The only thing that pulled me out of the story was some of the dialogue; probably just a personal preference, but I thought that a few more contractions might have helped it to sound less stiff and more like a group of teenagers.
Content: name-calling/insults (including "retarded" for a Down syndrome boy), an attempted assault on a girl
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I really enjoy Sarah Holman's stories. This was a unique look at the Beauty and the Beast story.Read more