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Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  55 reviews
When young widow Catherine Briton is washed ashore, the sole survivor of a violent shipwreck, all she wants is to go home to London. But injured as she is, she can’t escape when a shadowy stranger rescues her and takes her to his castle—where she’s healed with suspicious, almost magical speed.

The more time Catherine spends in the castle, the more her curiosity rises where
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published October 21st 2013 by Entangled: Edge
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I'm kind of surprised there aren't more ratings for this book. it was really good. Well, it was mainly good, easily earning at least 4 stars+, save for the final 15% which lowered my rating a little. I'll get into that but first I'll mention what was cool about this book.

If you love gothic romance, then you'll like this. It was full of nail-biting suspense, a thick air of mystery, a reclusive sort of hero that hides a grave secret, a near forgotten island that the world has chosen to fo
Nika (Off to Neverland)
A unique retelling of Beauty & the Beast, that while not living up to my grand expectations, still delivered.

When I saw this book while I was hunting through GR looking for interesting books to read, I was immediately intrigued.

Reasons I picked this book:

a. Gorgeous cover

b. Great title

c. Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Nuff said.

Even the first line of the book drew me in.

"Death had courted me most of my life, but I was not prepared to make his formal acquaintance just yet."

And the plot
Alisa (The Reading Obsession)
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Three-point-five Stars Rounded Up to Four

I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing. There were no gifts, favors, or discounts in exchange for this review.

I absolutely love Gothic romances. Especially those set on a mysterious island, with mysterious people, and a mysterious atmosphere. So, the basic equation for things like this is: This Book + Me = Instant Love. Simple as that. Sadly, the literary wor
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
When young widow Catherine Briton is washed ashore, the sole survivor of a violent shipwreck,all she wants is to go home to London. But injured as she is, she can’t escape when a shadowy stranger rescues her and takes her to his castle—where she’s healed with suspicious, almost magical speed.

The more time Catherine spends in the castle, the more her curiosity rises where her fiercely handsome new "master," Gerard, is concerned. As she begins to investigate, though, her discoveries only bring mo
Alright for retelling Beauty and the Beast with lovely prose in a Gothic atmosphere!

I really enjoyed Dark Angel. So much so that I can't even write much about it right now. I keep replaying scenes in my head though, and each time I remember how Catherine handled 'things,' it brings a smile to my face. She is going down as one of my favorite leading ladies.

I think what's holding me back is the abrupt ending. I could have used another 15 pages. I have lots of questions and this one isn't a serie
Rachel Hollis
I'm totally shocked that it doesn't have more reviews since it's such a great book!

The quick explanation would be that this is a re-imagined Beauty and the Beast and since I'm a sucker for a fairytale I jumped in. I loved the author's writing style, loved the heroine who's strong and brave and full of heart. I loved the hero who's flawed and untamed and heartbreaking. I think what I most liked was that this isn't a typically historical in that all the drama is based around something that could b
Delightfully creepy, dark, and romantic, Dark Angel was a wonderful Gothic romance. It was deep, dark, intense, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Loved this book!

Catherine was a strong heroine. She has had a tough time, but has made the best of it. Not only that, but she turned a tragedy into something good-a home for abandoned children. She's very devoted to her work and a force to be reckoned with when she was determined to have her way. I really liked her. She was strong, clever, and selfless. O
The Lit Bitch
This book is an adult retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast with a bit of a gothic twist. Being extremely familiar with the original fairy tale, I figured that I would find the book more or less predictable, which was true but overall I didn’t find the book boring at all.

I liked the time suspension angle and the ‘magic’ curse of the island. I thought it was a different take on the original. The dark moodiness of the plot and setting worked well together. I felt like both Gerar
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I had to read Dark Angel as soon as I got it, because it sounded like it would be a great, dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast. And it was for the most part. Catherine is washed ashore of an island that supposedly is unreachable, and only the dead or dying can even see it. She's brought to the castle where "the master" Gerard resides, being magically healed by him. Gerard uses her near death experience as an excuse to keep her confined to her room, or only
Tanya Vought
Catherine and others are on a boat and while on this life boat she sees something. The captain tells her that she sees nothing and neither does he... for if you do see something you NEVER return! Next thing she knows she is trying to survive from drowning. She sees something- A man is there and helps her. The gentleman is mysterious and authoritative, but she won't allow any man to dominate her! She calls him Gerad and wants to know his secrets that he is hiding. Caring/friendship is established ...more
This is a really good story. I did have a hard time getting into it, but after a few chapters it grabbed my attention and held on until the end.

Catherine Briton is a young widow traveling back home to London when a storm destroyed the boat she was on. She is the only survivor to wash up on the shore of the island that no one ever claims to see while out on the ocean. She knows she has injuries, but after the stranger who found her took her to his castle and checks her for injuries, all the pain
Lori- Lusty Penguin Reviews
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Dark Angel—A Gothic Fairy Tale, by TJ Bennett, perfectly blends a Victorian historical romance and a mystery with bone-chilling paranormal elements that complete draw the reader into this page-turning novel. Vividly revealing the details of Ynys Nos, the Dark Island, and those that reside on the island, Bennett has a graceful writing style that shines throughout making readers feel like they are on the island too. Using first person voice, Benne
Jennifer McCoy, YA Sisterhood
Dark Angel: A Dark Faerie Tale by TJ Bennett
eARC received from Entangled Edge via Netgalley
Available Oct 22
Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Long winded and disappointing

I really wanted to like this one, so much so that I pushed through it even though I found myself disinterested around the 25% mark. I kept reading hoping it would get better, that the characters would really start to suck me in, that the romance would sweep me off my feet. However, sadly, that time never came; and now
5+ stars

"You see," he whispered, "I have done my duty to you. I have warned you for the last time, and now you have no excuse. I vowed to protect you, but I am not strong enough to protect you from me."

This was such an understated and truly AMAZING novel!!!
I actually happened upon this novel by accident. I was looking for another title on my tablet when I came across this hidden gem. I usually can remember something about every novel I have on my tablet--whether it be about the author, the ti
Kay Hudson
The subtitle of TJ Bennett’s Dark Angel is A Gothic Fairy Tale, and that is a very good description indeed. The story blends the tale of Beauty and the Beast with folklore and history in lush and elegant prose, producing a most unusual and remarkable romance.

When young widow Catherine Briton is swept onto the shore of a dark, foggy island, the only survivor of a shipwreck in the Irish Sea, she is determined to return to London and her duties there. When her rescuer, the Master of the mysterious
Nov 16, 2015 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy, re-tellings of fairytales, dark literature
It was the title and small blurb that quickly intrigued me to this book, and while there was indeed a gothic flare and some elements of fantasy, a fairytale I think not. The novel was based loosely around a well known fairytale and love story, Beauty And The Beast, but my experience with this story ends at the Disney version. The story starts with our protagonist, Catherine, being in a shipwreck and ending up on a mysterious island that seems not only to be separated from the rest of the world b ...more
I've always thought Beauty and the Beast had a dark side to it. Dark Angel brings that side out and makes it the star of the show. Haunting and mysterious, Gerard and his island bring an aspect of the beast to life that I hadn't seen before. Catherine was a perfect Beauty, without being too innocent. The two are a perfect match for each other from the very beginning. The story begins with Catherine washing up on the shores of a strange and magical island where Gerard is the Master in all possibl ...more
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DARK ANGEL is a sumptuous, Gothic-inspired, fairy tale romance. If you like strong heroines, tortured heroes, sizzling romantic tension, and a well-written story, this might be the book for you.

I’ll admit this right off: I’m not the biggest fan of romance or romantic relationships. I almost always criticize them, because I’m picky. But books published by Entangled have never let me down. DARK ANGEL is no exception.

The book's style might take
Tower of Babel

A gothic tale of mystery, passion and deadly secrets.

Catherine almost dies in a terrible storm. After the ship crashes against the rocks, she finds herself stranded on an cursed island. Recovering from her ordeal, she soon faces an impossible chain of events. Not only her saviour denies her freedom, but the inhabitants of the island weave tales no sane person would ever believe. With an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable desire to go back to h
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***

Shipwrecked and injured, Catherine finds herself on the island of Ynys Nos where she is taken in and healed by the island's master, Gerard. Told she cannot leave Ynys Nos, because those that come never leave, Catherine gathers her wits and strength and goes searching for a way to leave. After all, she has children to care for in London. Staying on Ynys Nos is not an option.

Gerard and Catherine make an amazing pair in this story. Gerard
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Yesterday I finished Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy by T. J. Bennett. Let me first tell you that it's a Gothic story by all accounts that make a Gothic story what they are. Yes, it does have the air of gloominess and mystery, which are key elements to a Gothic romance. To say the least Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy wouldn't a light easy read. Oh no, mystery and intrigue would be your best bet.

The story wouldn't be complete without a strong and equally stubborn heroine. At the
This book was different but in a good way. Catherine has face death a couple of times but alway managed to pull through and live. Catherine has watched her husband and daughter die and she lives on to help other children in need. On her way back from a trip her boat capsized and she though she was dying. She ends up on ynys nos. she meet Gerard, who took her in and helped her get better. Every one called Gerard, Master. Catherine wasn't going to, she didn't call anyone master. She knew something ...more
Eva Millien
This book is an engaging read with suspense, romance and the paranormal with some unique elements that makes it very intriguing.

Catherine is a young widow that is shipwrecked on a mysterious island, all she wants is to find a way home, but soon finds out that it is impossible. Gerard is the Master on this mysterious island and the man who saved Catherine and he finds himself falling for her, but can she accept him, secrets and all?

This gothic tale is a very intriguing one with a very interesting
Rosemary K
Catherine Briton has been courted by Death for as long as she can remember. Now it looks like he will claim her when her ship sinks during a horrible storm, but there is a miracle! She is saved by a dark mysterious man when she washes up on the beach of an uncharted island. His name is Gerard and he is the Master of the Dark Island. He lives alone in a great mansion. He seems to have everything but he is tormented by secrets. The attraction between Catherine and Gerard is potent. When they are t ...more
This novel is a fairy tale adventure, but NOT a Disney one! It is dark, mysterious, has immortals and a mansion, on an Island that is invisible to people passing on the sea. The legend is, if you see the island, your either dying or already dead!

Catherine Briton is a widow traveling by ship to her home in England. She is a nurse trained by Miss Florence Nightingale, and has been working side by side with Miss Nightingale for the dead and dying soldiers of the Crimean War. She is traveling to bri
Evelyn Hustis
This was an interesting read for me. I'm more of a contemporary reader. So reading what in essence is a historical fairy tale was a big change. I thought it was well written and I would have no problem trying something else by this author.

Catherine wakes on the shore after the ship she was on was destroyed in a storm, and the life boat suffered the same fate. She awakens first to the sight of a large animal some distance away and as she tries to focus her eyes a man comes into her vision. He pic
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
As I write this review, I have literally just read the last few words of Dark Angel and am absolutely besotted by the words within. T.J. Bennett blends paranormal, fantasy, romance and historical fiction into a beautiful novel filled with mystery and heat.

Catherine finds herself trapped on an island where time has little meaning. While she tries to discover a way off the island, she ends up discovering much about the land that time seems to have forgotten. Catherine is everything you could want
Rumput Di sawah
Dark Angel was my first historical romance I've ever read. I don't read historical novel often since I really don't like the idea about going back to the past when everything was clearly outdated. Yeah, modern time is better for me, and I'm lucky enough to have a life in this amazing 21st century. To think that I have to do everything manual if I live in the past never fail to make me cringe, anyway back to the topic about this historical romance novel and excuse me for my bad english.

Dark Ange
Stephanie Ziegler
After their ship sank somewhere in the Irish Sea, Catherine Briton tried telling the Captain of her lifeboat that she saw land. The Captain denied her claims, saying, "[o]nly the dead or dying see that island." After the lifeboat capsized, Catherine felt someone pull her to the beach of the island. When she opened her eyes she saw "a sleek, powerful beast, it's fur black as midnight." When she heard a commotion, Catherine tried calling for help.

"'How the bloody hell are you here?' [A] deep voic
Gwendolyn Radcliff
This was a definitely a different genre for me and it was an interesting read. It reminded me of a historical fairy tale. I thought it was well written.

Catherine wakes on a mysterious island after her boat is destroyed in a storm. The man who rescues her is called “Master” by the inhabitants of the island. He treats her injuries, which heal quite fast and well, but she is told people are not able to leave the island. She has a job to do, a house full of children who are depending on her.

In her
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