So, I received this book due to a 'Read to Review' in the Young Adult Reads group. You'd expect a book based on such a popular fairytale to just fallSo, I received this book due to a 'Read to Review' in the Young Adult Reads group. You'd expect a book based on such a popular fairytale to just fall flat, right? Wrong. This was actually an amazing modern retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Engaging, humorous in some places and very entertaining.
The characters were all well developed and managed to make me feel connected to them in a way. I loved Bee's determination and attitude and Will's wit (and dashing good looks). Rose was sweet and Marian was very well fleshed out as the villain though I did feel slightly sorry for her in the beginning. I can't say I supported Bee's Dad, but I can certainly see where he was coming from. The only character I really hated was Drew as I felt like punching him once or twice towards the end. Well, every story needs one unlikeable character to hate. Sorry Drew, you're the punching bag.
The snide remarks that ran through the text were a great addition to the storyline. There were some good twists in the plot that I wasn't expecting but I did like all the same. The conclusion was all kinds of adorable and the riddle was well planned. Oh, and kudos for having them hating each other at first. I hate 'love at first sight', doesn't really happen in the real world.
Great job to Ellison for actually succeeding where many have tried and failed....more
This is absolutely amazing. Fabulously written, I think Derek has set a new standard of writing for himself. By the time I finished it, I was grippingThis is absolutely amazing. Fabulously written, I think Derek has set a new standard of writing for himself. By the time I finished it, I was gripping the sides so tightly I think I may have slightly ripped one of the pages. There is a huge amount of character development in this, which was always welcome. I never knew so much action could have been packed into a 600 page book, which might have been the only downfall when too many things were happening at the same time resulting in a 4.5 rating. Nevertheless, amazing writing as always from Landy and I can't wait to explore the numerous plot-points he hinted at for the next book....more
Different format to his usual books but I really enjoyed this one. It touched a couple of points that I could sympathise with and it's written very reDifferent format to his usual books but I really enjoyed this one. It touched a couple of points that I could sympathise with and it's written very realistically. The characterisation of Evan and Jack is great and well-rounded as well. However, there are two points that made this a three star review.
1: It's depressing. Like, really depressing. It's filled with a sense of depression, loneliness, a mention of suicide and and all around big helping of angst. Could it lighten up? Yes. Did it affect my review and overall feeling towards the book? Sort of.
2: The girl that's mentioned, Ariel. We don't get a good sense of her character. We 'get' who she kind of is but she just feels very...flat. Sure, we know her problems and some of her personality but like an earlier review said, it felt very one-dimensional.
Apart from these, it's a great book. Just not up to the standard of some of his other ones....more
It's not that often where I give a book a five star rating. However, this one deserves it. The end to the truly epic 'Chaos' trilogy, Monsters of MenIt's not that often where I give a book a five star rating. However, this one deserves it. The end to the truly epic 'Chaos' trilogy, Monsters of Men is a action-packed, confronting and amazingly written book. The entire narrative was written very realistically and I found that I could actually believe the story. This is a book that truly surpassed my expectations....more