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Looks to kill for...

Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.

And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection,
she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.

At the Academy, An...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published April 1st 2005)
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Camilla
This is the same book as Beauty by Nancy Butcher. Are they the same author!? Here is the other book's link. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25...
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
Beauty is like a modern fairy-tale with a mixture of all the princess stories.

Ana is a really beautiful princess. Ana wants to be very ugly. She has tried ever since she was twelve and could see her mother's hatred when someone complemented her beauty. Now she doesn't bathe, brush her hair, doesn't trim her nails, and eats nothing but nasty food and pastries. The way she eats has left her body looking fat and her face blemished. She is happy because this pleases her mother. But it still makes...more
Kelsey Thomson
Nov 04, 2010 Kelsey Thomson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fairytales, and/or is feeling like they are ugly.
A quick hour-2 hour read, but very good. I consumed it in one sitting, then spent 5 minutes at the end staring blankly at the wall going over the ideas in my mind.
This book is on the subject of beauty, and our society's obssession with it. It links this very nicely into the fairytale setting, so you get both the fantasy intrest and the values behind it.
It also has a very attractive cover, and yeah, I do judge books by their cover :3
Yasmeen
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The story disappointed me. I expect there to be more, something... I expect Ana to be stronger. She knew her mother hated her for her beauty and thus she kept it hidden by eating pastries, not washing her hair and such. Which is kind of gross in my opinion. A week without washing your hair? That's just... Pure gross and unhygienic.

The old man was creepy, but what I was hoping is Ana kill Queen Veda or take a change. After knowing what her mother had done, all she did was telling her and in the...more
Once Upon
In this re-telling tale of Snow White being beautiful is quite dangerous. Nancy Ohlin takes a classic fairy tale and completely makes it her own. We see Queen Veda and Ana's mother/daughter relationship throughout the book. All her majesty wants is to be the fairest of them all and all Ana wants is her mother's love. And in order to have her mother's love and approval she has to be ugly. So she doesn't bathe, eats unhealthy and doesn't take time to groom herself properly. But the beauty consulta...more
Justine
I am usually not so critical of books but I just really did not like this book. There was just many things wrong with it. the synopsis originally sounded really intriguing to me but it did not turn out to be what I hoped it would be.
The book follows the story of Ana the daughter of very beautiful Queen Veda. Queen Vedas goal in life is to be the most beautiful person of all time. So when she sees how beautiful her daughter is becoming she shuns her. All that Ana wants though is to have her moth...more
Jules Goud
This is a very interesting take on Snow White.

Ana wants what she can't have. She becomes "ugly" so that her mother can love her. Ana thinks that their is nothing wrong with her mother.

Queen Veda wants to be the fairest one in the land and uses her beauty consultant to achieve her goal.

This is Snow White without the Prince Charming.

I didn't like Ana. A mother needs to love you for who you are. If you are "pretty", then she should love you. Yes, maybe she had some moments but that means diddle s...more
Renee
I love a fairy tale retelling and this one was a pretty good version of Snow White…well bits and pieces of Snow White. Evil Queen, check….7 dwarves…uncheck.

This was a pretty short book, more of a novella really and not worth the eight dollars I spent on it, it really should have been in the five dollar range.

The author had a good voice, storytelling and setting were decent, in fact the world she created for her characters was pretty fascinating and I would love to see more tales located in it.…I...more
Karin
Ana wants to be ugly. She has worked very hard at it, ever since she was twelve years old. Ever since the day a man complimented her on her beauty and she saw the look of hatred, jealousy, and anger in her mother's eyes. Now she doesn't bathe, doesn't trim her toenails, doesn't brush her hair, and eats nothing but pastries, bread, and moldy cheeses. Her nutrition has left her body pudgy and her face blemished. She is happy because she seems to have her mother's favor; however, staying ugly takes...more
Juliana Lamb
To be honest this book was a little bit creepy, a daughter who is constantly making herself ugly so her mom will LOVE her, a mom who is so obsessed with her own beauty she barely notices her daughter and when she does STILL feels threatened by her beauty( to a point that she try's killing her daughter(multiple times)), a creepy beauty guy( who is the moms advisor),and a handsome ( evil ) tutor. YES I do get that the author tried to write her version of Snow White, but this book really just was a...more
KassandraAllie
Interesting concept, but it seemed rushed and a lot was not explained. For a girl who's about to be sixteen Ana is very immature and speaks mostly like a child, the tone I got from the writing was that she was closer to twelve.
Rachel
This was a very interesting loose version of Snow White. Great writing, great story, I just wish it were a little longer.
Michelle
This book could have used more character development. I definitely like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale much more!
Grace
I REALLY liked this book! It was an extremely good read!!
(Ms Mellington, I recommend you read it!)
Crystal
Not the most well-written book, though the the idea itself is intriguing.
The cover is beautiful though.
Anna
There are worse books than this (mostly the free on kindle kind with some semi-clad period costume couple on the cover) but by and large this really isn't very good. It starts quite nicely, both idea and prose wise and flows well in the beginning but then quickly deteriorates to fairytale-cum-parable, which feels like seriously didactic preaching on the follies of seeking eternal youth/beauty. I can't see how it improves on the original Snow White (as collected by the Grimms) or has anything els...more
Susan
Beauty isn't worth dying for!
Bronwen
Feb 06, 2007 Bronwen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that like fairytales
A short but enjoyable read.
Katie
This was an interesting read but I thought there was to much plot set up and not enough of the actual plot action. The end happened very quickly and I felt like it could have been a little longer with a little more on the end because it ended very rapidly and suddenly. Overall it was a quick read that gave me a bit of a break from what I normally read. It was also very dark which I don't always love. I thought Ana was an interesting character but I wish she would have had more of a character arc...more
WJ
I understood where Nancy Ohlin was going with Beauty but I don't think that the premise was executed very well. It's meant to a self-empowering story and I appreciated that there was no prince introduced to swop in and save the day. Instead it's entirely up to Tati/Ana to save her friends. However, I think that the plot was rather simplistic and it was just missing that extra something that Thorn Abbey had (and I'm not talking about a love interest).

Ana's very desperate for her mother's love. H...more
Stephanie Ward
'Beauty' is a retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. It follows main character Tatiana Anatolia - known as Ana - as she goes about her daily life as the princess of Ran. Her mother, Veda, is the queen of Ran and the most beautiful woman that Ana has ever seen. Ana used to be beautiful too, but that all changed on her twelfth birthday, when a visiting dignitary gave her a compliment and she saw how angry it made her mother. Ana has been actively keeping herself ugly ever since that day four year...more
Erin (Jump Into Books)
Jul 14, 2013 Erin (Jump Into Books) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 14+
I have always been a fan of retellings (as I'm sure you have heard me say before), so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. And let's face it, the cover is beautiful!

Beauty is a retelling of the classic Snow White. But instead of being a wicked step-mother, it's a wicked mother who becomes jealous of her daughter's beauty. And Ana will do anything for her mother's approval, even if it means she needs to become hideous. But when the Beauty Consultant informs Queen Veda that her daughter w...more
Jodie
Ana has known her place for many years now. Growing up under the Queen's beautiful shadow, she knows that looks are the most important thing to her mother. Nobody should ever attempt to be at the same level as the Queen. Even if it's her own daughter.

Never being able to experience life in it's fullest, Ana knows that if her mother is happy, then that is all that should matter. If only the woman would give her some attention every now and then, all would be perfect. She's alright with not bathin...more
Breea
I like this book beauty because it teaches me to live my life and not try to live others because they look better than me. This book tells you at the end that your still yourself and nothing could change your looks or even who you are.This book also tought me not to change myself to meet others standers or to make people happy I will always be myself. This book was about a young girl who would do anything to make herself ugly so her mother would love her, her mother wanted to be the only beautif...more
Kari
This and other reviews can be found on my blog, Ramblings of a Reader.

I sat down to read this yesterday, and I honestly didn't get up until I was done {very engrossing + shorter book + Little D was taking his long nap = getting stuff done!}. Beauty combined newer YA with {dare I say it?} a bit of classic Disney. The story was great, and the plotline was really good, but there are some "buts"... I'll get to that in a minute. First, characters!


Ana is a love-starved young woman when she's first int...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I have a weakness for fairytale retellings, and I really like what Nancy did with Beauty. She took the story of Mirror, Mirror / Snow White and gave it her own touches, and spin. I have loved Snow White since I was young, and Nancy's Snow White is a little different than the one I grew up loving. In Beauty we get to see the relationship between Ana and her beautiful mother Queen Veda. While the Queen looks more like the classic Snow White than Ana, Ana does have her own beauty, and it's one she...more
Maggie
I thought the plot was good and I thought the theme was that people will do anything to be beautiful even if it means hurting others. The reason why I only gave it four stars was because I did not like how the author made Queen Veda's character I thought it was too much even with the theme of the story pretty much being lust for beauty. She did not love her daughter just because of her lust to be the most beautiful person in Ran. I kept thinking to myself she is just to cruel. I also did not lik...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

Ana wants to be ugly. She has worked very hard at it, ever since she was twelve years old. Ever since the day a man complimented her on her beauty and she saw the look of hatred, jealousy, and anger in her mother's eyes. Now she doesn't bathe, doesn't trim her toenails, doesn't brush her hair, and eats nothing but pastries, bread, and moldy cheeses. Her nutrition has left her body pudgy and her face blemished. She is happy because she seems to have her...more
Kristine
NOT spoiler free



Brilliant twist on Snow White ('Mirror mirror on the wall / Who's the fairest of them all?) Surprisingly, this book made me think. Due to it being a fantasy/fairytale novel, I had thought that it would not have morals of any sort behind it. However, it made me think about why we ladies as a whole are so obsessed with 'beauty'. At the end, when the Beauty Consultant pronounced Ana the fairest woman in the kingdom, I had an inkling of the true ideas behind the story. At that time,...more
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I am the author of Thorn Abbey, a YA retelling of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and Beauty, a YA retelling of the Snow White tale.

I've also contributed to several celebrity novels, including a New York Times-bestselling YA trilogy.

I'm currently hard at work on my next YA novel, which will be as romantic and mind-bending as Thorn Abbey (I hope!).

My favorite cures for writers' block are long walks,...more
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