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The Rose and the Balloon: A Beauty and the Beast Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I was delighted to have the chance to read it for review, and I'm glad to report: I. LOVED. IT. I can't think of a single thing I disliked about it! This novella was a simply marvelous quick read which I so enjoyed. <3
The story and writing were charmingly witty, crisp and fast-paced, yet flowing with an easy, natural feeling, so that it did not seem too quick at all. It was adventurous, amusing, and alternated between fun and an elegant sort of fairytale feel, all mixed in with the delightful chaos of characters with minds of their own who take the story and sweep the reader along on a wonderfully fun ride.
There was a strong theme of love and of family, which I absolutely ADORED. There don't seem to be many books with a focus on family, so this one was so nice to read. :) Yes, they're slightly disjointed families and have a lot to overcome, but you can tell they love each other all the same. ^_^ Janelle and her father, and Dmitri and his mother and twin siblings. Just... really well-written relationships, even in the short amount of pages. The bit of romance in there was so enjoyable too -- I always love me a good Beauty and the Beast tale. ;)
The setting and "feel" of the story were great. There's a light dusting of steampunk (mostly hot air balloons -- yay!), and it seemed like a pseudo-historical setting (no magic), which was so well-drawn I felt it must be real; and yet still held the classic sort of fairytale feel I love. (Can I just go live in the castle, specifically the library, please??)
The characters were marvelous! Prince Dmitri was the absolute BEST! I loved him. A great hero, who I was rooting for the whole time, and loved reading about. <3 Janelle and Dmitri are both fiery whirlwinds, and when they collide -- boy, is it a storm to remember! Several storms, throughout... XD I just LOVED their bickering and conversations -- it was all gold and really made the book spark. I JUST LOVED THEM TOGETHER SO MUCH. ^_^ And then the twins! They were fantastic! :D Princess Nicoline and Prince Nicolas were SO much fun to read about! Their antics were a blast and I loved their prank wars. XD Even "Crazy Maeva" (a.k.a. the queen) and Lord Roux (Janelle's father, who was an excellently written character, I felt) and the other side characters, were all well painted and so vivid. Overall a great cast, and one I would love to read more about! (I also loved their names. :D)
There were nods to the Disney film version of Beauty and the Beast, and the retelling itself was fun in this little book -- fairly subtle but still there, despite the lack of fantasy elements. It's new and yet still recognizably Beauty and the Beast in some way, and I loved it. ^_^ Also, the role of all the roses in the story was fabulous! ALL THE ROSES. I loved that. :D
I might have wished it was longer, simply because I didn't want to leave these characters! I could have spent ages with them. <3 But really it's the perfect bite-sized enjoyable length to devour in a sitting or two, so I can't really complain about that either. :) No complaints! It was just perfect. ^_^ *hugs book*
All in all, it was a delightful little bite-sized retelling, suitable for all ages, with memorable characters and an airballoon full of fun. I highly recommend it and can't wait to read more from this talented new author!
(I received a free e-copy of this book from the author -- many thanks! -- in return for my honest review, and these opinions are entirely my own.)
Anyone who has known me for any amount of time knows that I love fairy tales. However, Beauty and the Beast is that one fairy tale that's very hit and miss for me, and I've so far only found a handful of retellings of if that I actually liked, and one was a Hidden Object Adventure game.
However, having read a good deal of the author's unpublished work and absolutely loved it, when she told me that she wanted to publish her Beauty and the Beast story, I was willing to give it a try and encouraged her to publish it, and then signed up for the review.
Well, I didn't dislike it. And, perhaps, I would have liked it more had I not then followed it up by reading an absolutely amazing retelling of Rapunzel that very day. In fact, I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys the story of Beauty and the Beast.
If this hadn't been labeled with Beauty and the Beast, I probably would have loved it, despite a slightly awkward rushing of the conflict's resolution and a slight lack in backstory setup - this author was made to write long books, and I would have loved to have seen this story been given a bit more space.
There was one glaring problem that I had with the story: It's not a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It's a reimagining of the Disney movie.
I don't dislike the Disney movie. It's not my favorite, but it's not bad, either. However, it does bother me when people forget that it IS ITSELF A RETELLING. It's not the original fairy tale, in fact, it's VERY different from the original tale.
However, there were really only one or two moments where the similarities were very glaring, and they were only made obvious by the inclusion of "Beauty and the Beast" on the cover, so as I said, I don't dislike the story, and I do recommend it. If nothing else, read it for the antics of the prince's mother who's a bit ... touched in the head, and his twin younger siblings, Nicolas and Nicolette. Those younger two made the story, and I'd love to read a book all about them.
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