Sunday, 6 July 2014

by Robin McKingly
Rating:  5/5


Pages: 271
Publisher: Corgi Books
Publication Date: Corgi edition published 2004
ISBN: 0-552-54863-4

Summary (via Goodreads)

A strange imprisonment...Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast


Beauty and the Beast is a story we all know and Robin McKinley has only given the age-old fairy
tale justice in her book Beauty. Beauty tells the story completely from the main character, Beauty's, point of view from how she came to be near the Beast and his castle, to how she met him and fell in love with him. Although the book is aimed for Young Adults, I still find full enjoyment out of it and have probably read it hundreds of times now.

It's charming, sweet and best of all, is based on my favourite fairy tale. The lead female character is strong and smart, a perfect role model for young women. the love story, like in the Disney version, isn't over the top and shows how the best of loves comes from friendship.

Anyone who loves fairy tales will love this book for its simple retelling of a already well established classic.

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