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The Eye of the Beholder (Fairytale Collection #1)

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I am a prisoner.

Born to power, the world was my playground. My every wish was a kingdom’s command, my displeasure every man’s worst fear. But then, at the whim of a merciless enchantress, all was stolen from me. My once lavish castle became my dungeon. My once-handsome form became that of a beast. There is no hope of release from the prison of my own body, for the only way...more
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published April 29th 2012 by NPC Books
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HJ
What a lovely, lovely book.

This is a wonderful retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. No, the story/plot is not original, how could it be? But the way it is told, and the insight into both Beauty (Mira) and the Beast (whom she calls Lysander) makes the tale infinitely more engaging.

King Edward, cold, heartless and pitiless, is cursed by an enchantress to be a beast for 300 years. The only way to break the curse is to fall in love, and to be loved in return (sound familiar?). Any serv...more
Gerrie
This was a beautifully written, lyrical book. It's a story of true redemption and the power of love to transform. Lysander, the beast, is almost unredeemable. He's narcissistic in the extreme, cynical, incapable of love or compassion, and totally at the whim of his black rages. He's been a terrible king, and has squandered every chance to do any good for his country or his subjects. And even after he's turned into a beast, and confined to his castle for several hundred years, he still refuses to...more
Elizabeth Darcy
Feb 10, 2014 Elizabeth Darcy added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The Eye of the Beholder has done so well that it inspired me to continue on with the fairytale theme. My second book in the Fairytale Collection, Asleep, is available on Amazon, and I have plans for a Cinderella reboot, which will come out in the second half of 2014.

Have I told you, my readers, that I love you lately? Well, I do! Thanks to you, I'm thisclose to making it into the Goodreads recommendation engine. Though the number is shrouded in mystery, apparently I need "a couple hundred" rati...more
Kari
This is a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with a complete fairy-tale feel.
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Elisa
3.5 stars
Nice retelling of the Beauty & the Beast. It is quite a classical approach and I liked it for that.
I couldn't help, though, but finding something amiss.
The redemption of the 'Beast' was too sudden, especially since I was actually growing fond of the idea of him being really evil. It was surprising finding the 'Beast' in one of these retellings still completely unredeemed...usually the 'Beauty' finds him already on the way to salvation; he already has understood his own mistakes an...more
Ana Perkins
This book leaves me with very mixed feelings. I am a huge fan of the Beauty and the beast scenario and over all this book in my opinion was good. The problem I have is mostly the ending which left me a little bitter due to fact I felt like something could have been different and made the book a five star for me. As for the Beauty and Beast, I found their relationship together to be great and maybe one of the best I have read so far which is why the ending disappointed me. The back story was grea...more
Danielle
Wonderful. The author's style of writing and the alternation between the two main characters have the book much more depth than the standard fairy tale retelling. The plot followed the Disney version to a degree, but I found the deviations to be pleasant surprises. I loved the insight into the beast's perspective. Mira, the "Belle" of the book, was at times annoyingly righteous but I suppose that' comes with the story. I was sad to finish it, which is always my way of deciding whether a book was...more
Stories&Verse *
"It was true that he was hideous, but he was also growing familiar to me and even the ugliest of objects can grow pleasant to the eyes of one to whom they are familiar."

The romance started out as a matter of convenience and developed into a longing for companionship. Ultimately, this retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" goes deeper into thought patterns. It develops the metaphor of inner beauty as the path to true love.

Beauty (Mira) knows no other love than that of her father, is at first devasta...more
Shannon Fox
Great book and version of Beauty and the Beast

I thought this was well written and had great insight into both characters. I was hesitant about how the Beast's change would unfold, but it was expertly done. Very clean read, appropriate for all ages.
Pat
I love "Beauty and the Beast", and have enjoyed some of the newer retellings. My all-time favorite, read over and over again, is Robin McKinley's "Beauty", which I feel can't be topped. That said, I really enjoyed this book; written from alternating points of view, that of Mira and that of the Beast, it allows the reader to get inside each of them and watch the growth and change occur. It was very interesting to see the Beast become aware of the "why" of his beastliness. At the beginning he is a...more
SLK
Loved this story! I particularly enjoyed the weaving back and forth between the two different POV. Seeing the emotions and the changes between the Beast and the Mira made the story that much more interesting for me. So often we see it only from the beauty's POV. The gradual transformation and change from an almost feral beast into a 'man' of the Beast's emotions was insightful and well-told. Beauty's struggles with her family life, her general life situation combined with her desire to work, sho...more
Vanessa
This was quite a lovely, lovely and enjoyable read. Who doesn't enjoy a retelling of Beauty and the Beast? it was refreshing to have the tale told from both of their points of views. I specially enjoyed the beast'a POV and how the curse came about and just how much of a tyrant he was before his bewitched transformation. Three only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because some of the detailing I was looking forward to wasn't there... but the ones I did get throughout left me with vivid imagery...more
Marie Stroughter
The best retelling I have read so far! Told from alternating perspectives, the author really details the psychological aspects of the characters & their motivations for choosing as they do. Lots of relationship gold here!
Tawnya McBride
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales and this is my VERY favorite rendition of it. Elizabeth did an amazing job of sucking you into the story and feeling for Mira and Lysander. She didn't skim over the relationship to them falling in love fast or easy. Lysander was a hard man and that didn't change right away. I loved it and recommend this to any Beauty and the Beast fan.
Linda
A wonderful retelling of the classic Beauty & the Beast fairytale. The author has created characters that I quickly connected with. The Beast whom Mira (the "Beauty") names Lysander starts off as being a nasty person. Their journey of falling in love is told beautifully. Cried at the end (that's always a mark of a good story!). Highly recommend to anyone who loves a classic love story.
Lindsay
Loved this story. It was retold beautifully. I hate to even say this because I liked the book so much, but at many points, I felt there was redundance and over-explanation. I will admit that I skipped over a lot of the long explanations of feelings or contemplations. Still a four-star, stay-up-all-night, read-from-start-to-finish-in-one-night kind of book, though. Nicely done.
Lori
I enjoyed this retelling of beauty and the beast. The characters were well-developed and you truly saw the beast Edward was inside and how the enchantress only made his physical appearance represent his inward appearance. You also saw his true remorse for the way he was and the way he treated people. Good, good book. Recommended for anyone.
Usagi77777772003 Chi
This was a beautifully written retelling of one of my favorite stories. Although I loved the characters and their interactions, I just wish I felt more emotions. In my opinion there just wasn't enough angst and emotionally-charged scenes.
Kay
This was truly one of my favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast. It felt a bit fast paced near the end, but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Alesia
I enjoyed this book very much. This book might not be too original but I love how she's written the characters. Was very glad I bought this :)
Verity Brown
This retelling of Beauty and the Beast had a little too much of the flavor of Disney to suit me. Then there was the tendency to go through the very same scene All. Over. Again. when the point-of-view changed from chapter to chapter. The truly redeeming aspect of this novel is that we get a look inside the Beast's head. We see how rotten he is to begin with, how determined he is to "win" against the Enchantress, how little he actually cares for Mira, and then his gradual and often kicking-and-scr...more
Adriana D
I loved it!! But then again I'm a sucker for any tale of Beauty & the Beast
RegencyEmma
A lovely re-telling of Beauty and the Beast!
KRJ
Final feeling: loved it

What a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast! This novel stands above most similar retellings I have read. Although this version stays closely to the traditional tale, it differs from other accounts in that it reveals what goes on in the mind of the beast. Told with alternating points of view in the first person, you get to hear the thoughts of both leading characters as they journey from being enemies, to becoming friends, and finally falling in love.

This story is o...more
Heather
I liked this retelling in general up til the end. The way the chapters shifted back and forth between Mira and the beast allowed the reader to really see how the actions of the other affected each. And the portions in which the beast's thoughts turn toward his growing affection and love of Mira. In fact, I bookmarked some of them they felt THAT poetic.

Unfortunately...

The last two chapters..... WTF????? totally ruined the book from a strong four stars. I honestly feel as though the author had had...more
Jemma Gutierrez
What a sweet Beauty and the Beast reenactment. Though I still prefer the movie- much less drama and I never was annoyed at Belle and at least she didn't have sisters from hell.

I took 1 star away because of the somewhat dragging moments. When the POV shifts, it gives you preview instead of just heading straight to the point where it shifted. Not good technique I tell you. Writers- please don't do that it cuts the thrill instead of fueling it.
Rea
I'm torn about the rating on this one. I think it's more likely worth 3.5 - 4 stars, but for me it was a 3 star read.

So what brought it down for me?

Having read several other retellings of the story, this one did not include anything new. It is a very faithful retelling of the fairy tale but that means it didn't have much new to add to all the other retellings I've already read.

Also, it was interesting to have both male and female PoV... However, there was not enough to differentiate between the...more
Vendethiel
A solid retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but not a book I loved.

I liked this book, it was well-written and interesting. The plot flowed rather well and it didn't feel too cliched.

However, I just didn't love it. I'm not even really sure why I didn't love it. Maybe it was the POV switching, which was done very well, but I've never really liked. Maybe it was the fact that the prince seemed to change overnight, to suddenly become someone completely different. Maybe it was the kind of strange dram...more
Meghan
not the best retelling I have read, but certainly not the worst. tween friendly.
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Elizabeth Darcy is a pen name for Nicole Ciacchella. As Elizabeth Darcy, Nicole can indulge her girlhood love for fairytales by re-interpreting them.

Nicole has had a lifelong passion for the written word. As a child, one of her most treasured Christmas gifts was an electric typewriter, which enabled her to crank out her stories even more quickly than she could with a pen. Naturally, the personal c...more
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