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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  1,000 ratings  ·  161 reviews
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
Paperback, 175 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published April 1st 2005)
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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 Tatiana'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 cons ...more
This is the same book as Beauty by Nancy Butcher. Are they the same author!? Here is the other book's link.
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
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
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
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The story disappoints 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. 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 end she still
Small Review
a very interesting approach

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Snow White was never my favorite fairy tale either, but it's a princess story, so I'm always at least partially predisposed to liking it. And, overall, I did like this one. With some reservations.

Nancy Ohlin's version was definitely unique, twisting the traditional focus on Snow White's beauty into a story about body image and disordered thinking. This was a much deeper, sadder story than I usually associate with the original tale.

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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
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
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
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
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Hannah S
A beautiful (Ha, ha, geddit? No? Read the book) book based on the tale of Snow White.

I really enjoyed it. A take off of the classic tale of Snow White, the book's main theme is how addictive beauty can get, and the lengths people will go to be beautiful. Set within a kingdom, the book alternates between the views of Queen Veda, the quintessential evil queen, and Princess Ana. Princess Ana is by far the most interesting character; dependant on her wicked mother's love, obsessed with complying to
This book was just....bad. I'm not sure how it got it's high rating to be honest with you.

Ana and others all came off as shallow and childish characters and the whole book revolves around the notion that all women want to be beautiful, except Ana...well she does too but she also wants her crazy mother to love her (which she only pretends to do when Ana uglies herself up). But of course mommy won't love her because she is so worried about Ana becoming more beautiful than her. And this magical pot
First of all, pluspoints for the kick in the ass to being superficial, intended or not=) Second of all, what..? Mainly Snow White-ish settings, a weak maincharacter in my opinion, and almost no male characters, especially no prince charming (not that every girl needs saving..=P). I felt the whole things was unconnected, characters with no roots (just popped up out of the blue without much explanation on how they fit in or came from) and things happened so suddenly. I mean, almost from one blink ...more
This was sad, I felt bad for poor Ana. The ending was a little rushed though. If you like YA and retellings you might enjoy this. As far as I can tell it's kind of a spin on Snow White, maybe? While it was a decent read I don't know if I'll be in a rush to read others.
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.
This was a very interesting loose version of Snow White. Great writing, great story, I just wish it were a little longer.
This book could have used more character development. I definitely like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale much more!
I REALLY liked this book! It was an extremely good read!!
(Ms Mellington, I recommend you read it!)
Not the most well-written book, though the the idea itself is intriguing.
The cover is beautiful though.
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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
Beauty isn't worth dying for!
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.
The first few chapters of this book were crammed full of flashbacks. Messy and roughly placed.
I finished this book feeling that it was pointless and disappointing.
I don't feel the main character did anything to move the plot along. She was really just there as a figurehead amidst forces working around her that she neither helped to move along or quell. I can't express the pointlessness of the book or the character sufficiently!

A nice quick read if you're not looking for anything complex or exc
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
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I liked Beauty! It's such an interesting take on Snow White, and it makes me want to read more re-tellings featuring Snow White.

I was struck by what Ana did to stay plain in order to earn her mother's love, and what her mother did to stay beautiful, including sending away her own daughter to an Academy and giving out orders to have Ana killed. It definitely makes you think about how obsessed with beauty and youth some people are, and what people will do to retain that beauty and youth. Potions a
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I am the author of Consent, forthcoming from Simon Pulse on November 10, 2015, as well as Always, Forever, 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.

My favorite cures for writers' block are long walks, long showers, popcorn, chocolate, and rea
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