Orasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne. His religion fills his heart and his mind, and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demonstrates. But on the day of the Feast of Sacrifices, Orasmyn makes a foolish choice that results in a fairy's wretched punishment: He is turned into a beast, a curse to be...more
idr how the whole him turning into a beast thing happened.but i remember him being a lion. &while he was a lion he..how do i say this? did it with another lion.that was wrong on so many levels.i think back and cant even believe i read that.
that shouldn't have been in a teen book,or any book at all.why an author would write this is beyond me.so far beyond me i c...more
Right away I was getting irritated with the constant vocabulary words being fed to me and quickly defined. The relationship he has with his parents, especially his father and his part within the curse is interesting and then never fleshed out or picked up again.
I mentally rebelled again a pr...more
This book lacked the appeal of other Beauty and the Beast stories that I have read. The prince didn't seem human to me after he transformed where as in othe...more
This is Beauty and the Beast with some amazing turns to it.
It is the story of Orasmyn who is a prince of persia.
The opening chapters of the books tell us of a sacrifice day and the preparations he makes and of the major error he commits that lands him a curse. A curse that his father will kill him.
One major difference in this book to various other Beauty and the Beast nove...more
I think that in this book, Napoli is concerned with the story of the beast, what that struggle of man versus animal must have been for him, so really...more
I know the story of Beauty and the Beast, like I'm sure many do, from the Disney movie. But this book caught my eye, it is the story of the beast and how he was cursed, how he had to become accustomed to being a lion so he could survive. He left behind everything he knew. Orasmyn stru...more
Somehow, Donna Jo Napoli must have thought that sexual content in her book was okay once the character becomes a lion. I disagree, and didn't appreciate having it there....more
Like Spinners, the ending is abrupt, so I must now conclude that this is Napoli's style when it comes to fairytale retellings....more
To this day, reading this book again has left me with the strangest of feelings. This is the kind of book that appears as one thing, then starts off in the most unexpected of settings. By the end, though, it turns around to find you on the edge of your seat and cheering once that last page comes. It is a book that rewards you if you stick to the journey that it's taking you on, which is one of sometimes tedious self discovery, but also unusual circumstance.
Our main character, Prince Orasmyn, is...more
Well, I didn't really like it. It's supposed to be from the Beast's perspective, and it is. That would have been enough of a twist on the story, I think. However, she made it completely weird. First of all, there's no magic, except for the curse that turns him into a lion. There are no servants in his castle either. Belle pretty much does hard labor her entire time in the castle, which is damp, cold, dirty, and abandoned, with very little food. Definitely not a fairy...more
This book starts with the Beast, actually a son of the Sultan of Persia, and heir to the throne, in his home country preparing for a traditional Islamic sacrifice. By making a mistake, he upsets a jinn who curses him and turns him into the beast, a lion. In order to avoid his father hunting him down and to find a maid who will love him, the new lion leaves his native Persia, wandering first to...more
Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.
Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.
At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to...more