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Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  4,999 ratings  ·  565 reviews
The magic continues in "New York Times" bestselling author Mercedes Lackey's enchanting new story from the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. A beauty must battle some beasts before she rescues her prince.

The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella—Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant—vows to escape the usual pitfalls.

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Hardcover, 329 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Luna (first published 2011)
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I don't know why I'm so disappointed in this book. It's probably my fault for having my expectations unreasonably high. It's not like Lackey's written any high quality books in years.

I have so many fundamental problems with this book, it's hard to keep count. Let's start with the fact it's been marketed as a fairy-tale for adults, but it's really a book for young teen girls. I had expected a narrative a bit less blindly following and simplistic. And then there's the issue that Lackey apparently
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Beth Martin
You know something has gone horribly wrong with your novel when the dear reader finds herself rooting for the villain, of all people. Yet that is exactly what happened with Lackey's Beauty and the Werewolf: a promising but ultimately lackluster chapter in the 500 Kingdoms series.

Now, I know that Lackey has a tendency to be very hit and miss. Sometimes she will have sparkling novels full of life and humor and a certain something (The Fairy Godmother, The Black Swan) while others muddle along in t
This might not be the best of the 500 Kingdoms series, but still I found it enjoyable enough to finish in two days. You can tell how well I like a book by how quickly I finish it. Even short, easily read books take me a long time to finish if I don't like them much.

Is Bella too perfect? Of COURSE she is! That's how 99% of fairy tale heroines are. With the exception of the heroine of The Frog Prince - in that one she was an insufferable brat who tried to kill the cursed prince.

Is the villain pr
I thought this was one of the better installments in the "500 Kingdoms" series. It's utter fluff, of course, but very pleasant fluff.

I wasn't greatly impressed by the heroine's intelligence, given the identity of the villain was obvious to me from very early on, but she failed to realise until he made it blatantly obvious, at almost the very end. Mind you, so did everyone else in the story fail to realise, and you'd think some of them would at least have considered the notion.

Still, apart from t
Beauty and the Werewolf was the first book that I’d picked up from her set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms world. I adored it. Without giving too much away, the Five Hundred Kingdoms is a world where basically all fairy tales can happen and the Tradition (or Trad as it’s referred to in the books), is a force of magic that wants people to fulfill certain fairy tales. Some fairy tales have a happy ending, others do not. In this particular story, they’re able to achieve a happy ending.

The main charact
Kira Yeversky
Definitely better than some of the other Mercedes Lackey books I've recently read (in different series). As with the other Five Hundred Kingdoms books, it incorporates elements from a number of fairy tales with little twists to tie them together. The Tradition (a force that manipulates people into following a typical fairy tale path) is present throughout, and the main character must find ways to circumvent it. Characters from previous books show up (so if you haven't read The Fairy Godmother th ...more
I found this when I was searching my library for down loadable books that were available without having to go on a waiting list. This one popped up, and it looked decent, so I snagged it without really getting my hopes up.
Color me shocked. It was good!
I didn't realize that it was the 6th book in a series, but since they are pretty much stand-alone stories, it didn't really matter. I guess I probably missed some references to past characters, but nothing important to the current plot. Well, I su
A warning of bias—Mercedes Lackey is the only author that I actively collect, and I love her Five Hundred Kingdoms series.

Beauty and the Werewolf is exactly that, a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast wherein the beast is a werewolf. If you enjoyed the Disney interpretation of the tale, this is fairly similar in tone: it is not a scary story. There are also touches of Cinderella and Red Riding Hood in Bella's story.

Bella is a strong, female character. She has a stepmother and two young stepsiste
Oct 29, 2011 Celestine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lackey fans, fans of fairy tale retellings
I really do enjoy Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms books, and I enjoyed this one more than I remember enjoying The Sleeping Beauty.

Isabella is a wonderful protagonist along the lines of Lackey's specialty: a young, responsible, practical woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself in a male-dominated world. Not surprisingly, this makes her something of an odd duck out amongst her peers, and with her stepmother. Bella is a little different from Lackey's usual FHK female protagonist, be
...what is it about Red and the Wolf?

Locked as I have been into the Valdemar universe, Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdom’s series is far more enjoyable than I originally anticipated. I guess as writers develop and explore new avenues their fans must join them—or leave. I chose to stay.
It seems that every time I turn around there’s a new movie, book or television show that’s centered on Grimm’s story of Little Red Riding Hood where surprise the wolf is no mere wolf but a Were. Yes and the co
I think if I hadn't read the first few books of Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdom series, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. Unfortunately, for me, the latest installment in her series was quite disappointing. I'll start out with what I did like: the combination of the tales "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Beauty and the Beast", the reappearance of Godmother Elena (from the first book), and the plucky but slightly manipulative Bella. Here's what I didn't like: the fact that the villai ...more
Just finished Mercedes Lackey's Beauty and the Werewolf . I've always been interested in retellings of the "Beauty and the Beast" story---have read several of them over the years---so I was happy to give this one a try. And while it is far from Lackey's best, I did find it to be a pleasant diversion.

Oh, the novel does have a few drawbacks. I found the heroine to be just a bit abrasive and overly bossy, for my taste. And the relationship she strikes up with Sebastian, while convivial, isn't exac
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A quick, light read, with a very modern female main character. Recommended for YA as well.
Jill Furedy
I like this book a lot better the first time she wrote it, in the Elemental series, when it was called Fire Rose. (That one stands as one of the Lackey books that I really enjoyed, rather than the books whose idea I liked but that never panned out.) But this takes nearly the exact same story, morphs it to fit the constraints if the 500 Kingdoms series (though it bafflingly referred to elementals here, which made me do a double take and pulled me straight out of the story.)
Bella isn't a scholar
Ms. Library
I picked this up from the library for two reasons 1) It looked UTTERLY ridiculous and 2) I actually like Mercedes Lackey, and I was hoping maybe it wasn't as ridiculous as it looked.
Unfortunately, I was right on the former and disappointed on the latter. Its full of cliches and ridiculousness, and the villain is apparent from page 10, but everyone IS SO SHOCKED when they realize who it is. OH MY GOD PEOPLE GET WITH THE PROGRAM. There's the usual, "Oh my God, I'm so DIFFFERRREEENNT" girl and the
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Fantasy used to be my genre of choice before I discovered the Urban offshoot. The werewolf story line and having enjoyed books by Mercedes Lackey in the past were the tipping points for my decision to revisit this type of novel. There's definitely nothing modern about this tale between the castles, horses and petticoats but that only adds to its charm. This book blends together two classic fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood & Beauty and the Beast, to create a spellbi
This is another lighthearted story in the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series with strong female leads, fractured fairy tales, the mixing of magic and practicality, and the requisite touch of romance and happy-ever-after endings. I wasn't sure if this story was a retelling of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, or some other tale--it really was a mix of all of them and its own story as well. One interesting idea concerns The Tradition, the unintelligent force that sha ...more
Shaz Goodwin
I haven’t read any novels from the Tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms but I do love a fairytale (and one written for adults!) so I just couldn’t resist when I saw this available to review on Netgalley.

In the beginning of this fairy tale we get to know Bella’s family and her place within it - her father, wealthy merchant Henri Beauchamps, step-mother Genevieve and step-sisters Amber and Pearl. Bella has taken on the role of running the household since her mother died when she was ten and carried on e
In a world where the forces of Tradition steer people's lives to follow the routes of legends and fairytales, Isabella Beauchamps is a merchant's daughter, wears a bright red cloak, and gets attacked by a werewolf on her way from Granny's house.

Let's pause for a moment here and let the heroine's name slowly sink in: Isabella Beauchamps.

However, unlike the sparkle-Bella that we all know and love, Bella-Beau is a practical, strong-willed character who is not at all impressed when a run-amok werew
Although I truly enjoy Mercedes Lackey's writing, I'd been avoiding this series. I don't enjoy series as much as I used to; I get tired of waiting for the next book. I just want to read a book and have it be over. But then I saw this book on the "Just Published" shelf at Barnes and Noble.

I have a real soft spot for Beauty and the Beast stories. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley set me up early (at about 13) to enjoy the various retellings. I think there a
Although the Five Hundred Kingdom books are fairly predictable, based as they are on fairy tales, they are enjoyable reads without being frightening. Entertaining in a way that it reminds without preaching, that the way its always been done is not necessarily the best way.

I wasn't particularly thrilled by the opening, but the story picked up quickly, with the main character "Bella" picking up a basket, donning a red hood and heading off to Grandmother's house in the woods. Yes, she meets some in
I picked this up as a random read from the limited list of eBooks available (with no waiting) at my local library. So, I knew nothing about the book or the world before reading it, except for what was on the cover. From the artwork on the cover I kind of expected some sort of Little Red Riding Hood type story - with a werewolf of course, but I didn't know about The Tradition, or really have any idea that the book was going to so closely mirror a fairy tale until I got near the end.

When Granny c
I absolutely loved this book, probably because I like a good fairytale. This story was part Little Red Riding Hood, part Beauty and the Beast. The female protaginist was smart, hardworking, kind and all around the kind of woman I like to read about. The woodsman and the Wolf were not at all what you would expect from the typical fairytale which was a nice, but predictable departure from the norm. The only thing in the book that was a bit of a distraction was that I figured out the plot early on ...more
Lydia Presley
There are times a girl just needs to have some mindless fun. When those times hit me I head straight for this series.

Beginning with The Fairy Godmother and working all the way through various fairy tales these books by Mercedes Lackey never fail to make me laugh, coo a little bit in romantic bliss, and feel as if I've done something that is decadently delicious when I close the cover. These aren't serious literature and that's a good thing. I've read the Grimm's Fairy Tales and the Romantic Fai
I'd really give this book a 2.5 it was ok bordering on meh. I didn't realize this book was part of the Five Kingdom's series but on the whole didn't feel like I was missing out on any back-story; it stands well enough on its own. It's a nice blend of the beauty and the beast tale as well as little red riding hood. I appreciated the fact that our heroine Isabella was clever, logical, and generally thoughtful person. No too stupid to live behavior here. Our hero Sebastian on the other hand while g ...more
Feb 01, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lackey fans and people who enjoy novel retellings of fairy tales
Recommended to June by: Joan
This was a fun quick read. I was a little worried when she wore the red cloak to visit Granny, but Beauty is a spunky, no nonsense character and I enjoyed reading about her. I do think I need breaks from the series and that I enjoy them much more not read back to back.
So I've classified this adult fantasy, but with very, very minor clean-up, it would be YA. Actually, it should be YA - most of the characters are flat and stereotypical, Bella (oh, how I loathe that name) runs around in a snit or crying half the time (for being taken out of her frankly boring life for three months to a manor house where invisible servants wait on her hand and foot and a duke humbly and charmingly apologizes to her and endeavours to make her stay as comfortable as possible - oh, ...more
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &a ...more
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Five Hundred Kingdoms (6 books)
  • The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #1)
  • One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #2)
  • Fortune's Fool (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #3)
  • The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #4)
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