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Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  6,119 Ratings  ·  633 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.

Anxious to avo
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Hardcover, 329 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Luna (first published 2011)
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M—
Dec 14, 2011 M— rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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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Erin
Jan 13, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
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Beth Martin
Sep 10, 2012 Beth Martin rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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Jami
Apr 03, 2012 Jami rated it it was amazing
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
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Cheryl
Sep 10, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Abandoned this at the half-way point. This reads like it's written for children, not adults. Poorly developed characters and a plot that could've been half as long. It's just not for me.
Kira
Sep 10, 2012 Kira rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
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
Anne
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
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Phyrra
Aug 18, 2012 Phyrra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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eyes.2c
Sep 15, 2013 eyes.2c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
...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
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Dorian
May 15, 2014 Dorian rated it liked it
Shelves: other-ebooks
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
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Natalie
Apr 25, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-rt
Theory: The Tradition = the patriarchy/kyriarchy.

Discuss.

Seriously: I think this series is really good and it is explicitly feminist and Lackey is doing some interesting things with it and it's not nearly as self-indulgent as some of her other series and I think the Luna folks are editing her pretty vigorously and it shows.
Shaz Goodwin
Oct 07, 2011 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it
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
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Doris
Feb 04, 2013 Doris rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Octobercountry
Jun 26, 2014 Octobercountry rated it really liked it
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 e
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S.
Oct 29, 2011 S. rated it liked it
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
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Stacey
Jun 24, 2012 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie
Jan 18, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
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
Mary
Feb 06, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
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
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Laura
Jun 11, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, beach-read
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
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Lydia Presley
Feb 04, 2012 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it
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
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Jennifer
Nov 29, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
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
June
Jan 29, 2014 June rated it really liked it
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.
JaeRavenClaw
Oct 17, 2012 JaeRavenClaw rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, library-love
Loved it! I completely loved this one! This is a wonderful retelling/revising of Beauty and the Beast and I loved every minute!
Carolyn
A quick, light read, with a very modern female main character. Recommended for YA as well.
Lissette
Apr 15, 2016 Lissette rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't dislike this book. It was well written (of course it was! This is Mercedes Lackey we're talking about, here!), and the protagonist was exactly the type of practical, no-nonsense female lead I enjoy reading about. But overall, I was disappointed. The title and summary led me to think that this was going to be a paranormal retelling. It made sense, because the original tale has Beauty living in a castle with a guy who is a beast by day and a prince by night––only she doesn't realize that ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 02, 2011 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it liked it
Shelves: werewolves
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
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Lyndi
Jul 02, 2014 Lyndi rated it it was ok
It's almost like the further the author gets into the series, the worse the stories are. This was a lot smoother than her other stories, only for the fact that the characters were purposely isolated from everyone and everything. You had to focus on the main characters and stay in the same location. Whereas her other books have jumped around and failed to flow from one POV or scene to another.

But the fact that the story flows better than usual, only highlights the fact that the characters are kin
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Lucy March
Mar 27, 2016 Lucy March rated it it was ok
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Mallory
3 stars.

I read Beauty and the Werewolf in one sitting - not because I was so enthralled with the story that I HAD to know what was going to happen next asap, but because I already have so many half-read books lying around and I didn't want to add another one to the pile.

The book... was fine. And that's coming from someone who will read (and most likely love) anything Beauty and the Beast related. The fact that this is (somewhat) based on the fairy tale is the only reason why this book is ran
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Jill Furedy
Oct 29, 2012 Jill Furedy rated it liked it
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
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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 &am ...more
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