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Roses in Amber: A Beauty and the Beast Story Paperback – February 14, 2017
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Overall the writing was good, and I loved the characters of Amber and Beast. I thought they both had strong, distinct personalities that were natural complements to each other, and there was an obvious growth of friendship. I also liked the replacement for the required proposal.
Amber's sisters were not often featured, but I think they both still added something to the book, and it was nice to have a strong female representation in a fairy tale retelling.
The other characters were a lot weaker, and had very one-dimensional personalities. Motives and drive were usual unclear, and I knew them mostly as their roles, not as their names and personalities. A more distinct supporting cast would've been nice.
The buildup was good, and the climax was climactic. The resolution could've used some work. It read as if she didn't have any idea how to justify those final choices, and so she just didn't. It was an abrupt ending, to say the least.
The weird parts start picking up maybe past two-thirds of the way in. And they sort of just had me cringing. I would've preferred the story without it.
I really don't think it was necessary to have Maman also be Beast's mother. It was weird, because that's an uncomfortable age gap, and it also just leaves that faint impression of incest. It's not, but still. You're marrying the half-brother of your half-brothers and it's just weird.
Then, Amber and Beast end their story as some weird hybrids. She's practically a tree, he's still partly a beast. It's just weird. Like, why is that necessary? How did that happen? And this is where the poor resolution comes in. I don't think she really know how to satisfactorily answer those questions, so she just gave a flimsy "because magic and stuff" excuse and ended the novel. "We have a lot of explaining to do." And it would be nice if the readers were also present for that, thanks.
So, it's not a bad read. It has its strengths. But if I could just change that last third, I would.
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This is the fantabulous take on my absolute favorite fairytale by an incredibly talented author.