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Roses and Thorns: Beauty and the Beast Retold

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A greedy father.
A beautiful daughter.
A faceless noble.

With a word, Aloysius bargains away Angelique's future for a hefty bride-price, and no one, not even Angelique's beloved mother can save her.

Angelique is taken to a strange and marvelous estate where she is befriended by Culdun, her Liege's fey companion. And though Culdun hints at darker forces, Angelique is drawn to h...more
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Jan 17, 2013 Elena rated it 3 of 5 stars
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It took me very long time to finished reading this book. Actually, I started couple years ago and postpone it. Now it's time to get off.

It's not a bad book, and I really enjoyed the writing style, and that "magick" (yet I don't understand the reason to use this word instead of "magic") around Liege castle.

The story itself is based on Beauty and the Beast not carefully. The rose is given by Beast specially for Beauty, not in exchange for her promise to come and save her father, it's just a gift....more
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Roses and Thorns: Beauty and the Beast Retold was a great novel, though a little frustrating. Because it is a retelling that is somewhat faithful to the idea of Beauty and the Beast, the reader knows and understands that the two main characters will end up together at the end.

I thought it was a little sad that the twist of the 'beast' being female, too, was ruined for me by the description of the novel. Still, keeping this little point a secret was artfully done on the author's part, and I real...more
Very cute retelling. Quick read as well. I would have liked a bit more conflict, especially regarding Angelique's love for Drew; however, the characters were explained well, and I enjoyed my time with the book.:]
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite fairytale, and now I have found a version that I can truly claim. I wish Chris Anne were still with us so I could thank her properly. She spun her own version of this tale with such rich imagery and a spellbinding storyline. It was truly perfect. Although she is no longer with us physically, Chris Anne blessed the world with her stories before she left this world for the next one. Thank you, Chris Anne. Thank you.
While certainly a sweet enough book with its intentions, especially for a fairy tale, Roses and Thorns offers no real connection or chemistry between the two central characters. It is also unnerving (for me, at least) that the "Beast" (who could not be considered a beast in any universe) is so deceptive about who s/he really is. For much of the time I read this I felt a bit creeped out...mostly because it doesn't seem like a relationship between equals.
I'd had really high hopes for this one- the premise sounded excellent, I love fairy tale re-tellings, and Beauty & the Beast is my favorite of all the fairy tales. But the book didn't really live up to its premise, the pacing was uneven, and the book felt kind of shallow.
This book was the best retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story I've read. And so far, Chris Anne Wolfe is one of my favorite lesbian authors.
Apr 08, 2012 Miss marked it as to-read
Sarah Diemer recommended it. Chances I will find a copy are slim to none but doesn't hurt to remember I want to read this in case. :)
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Before her untimely death from cancer in July, 1997, Chris Anne Wolfe had published four novels, romantic fantasies Roses and Thorns and Annabel & I, and Amazon adventure stories Shadows of Aggar and Fires of Aggar. The story of Beauty and the Beast was always a favorite of hers and she was quite proud to see her unique and moving interpretation of the story in print. She had many friends worl...more
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