Benella lives with her father Bernard and her two sisters Bryn and Blye in a small village.Her father is the local schoolmaster wich pays just barelyBenella lives with her father Bernard and her two sisters Bryn and Blye in a small village.Her father is the local schoolmaster wich pays just barely to keep them from starving even with the money Blye brings home as an assistant for the village seamstress. To supplement this Benella forages near the grounds of an abandoned estate that is kept under a spell and guarded by a fearsome beast wich is best avoided.But making ends meet is not her only problem as Benella also has to deal with avoiding the two sons of the blacksmith that constantly harass her and the ever more increasing lecherous intentions of the baker. One day she overhears her sisters talking and realizes that her sisters has been hoarding money and resources from their father and herself forcing them to live in near poverty. By the actions of her sisters and the sons of the blacksmith she is thrown into the presence of the beast more than one time and the beast demands she repay him. Well...I had been willing to overlook some of the books flaws and give it at least an two star rating but that went out the door the more I read and the more I started to cringe. For one thing its jarring when the suddenly formal dialogue is broken with more modern language but much more than all of that is all the sexual situations that I didnt expect nor particulary care for and I dont It was of the kind that made me feel increasingly uncomfortable. Its pretty much erotica. On at least three ocassions does the main characters stumble across couples having coitus and one really weird scene with the beast and a woodnymph (I swear I dont search out books with quasi-bestiality,its almost like they find me.)or what about when two prostitutes show Benella how to give a guy a handjob. :0 “If a man’s energies are pent and not released, he will become volatile, unpredictable. Tension will creep into his body and often stay there even after the energies are eventually released. If you touch a man, no matter how innocent the touch, watch for the signs,” Aryana warned. “ Be sure your touch is only releasing tension and not building pent energies.” Fascinated, I nodded my understanding. It did sound a bit like the beast. Even after his encounter with the wood nymph and he’d released his energies, he had still kept his tension. The sisters were right about the dangers. I would never attempt anything like what I’d just learned on the beast. I feared his response. Did I mention this book is labeled as YA? Am I being a prude or is this acceptable for YA? I also kept wondering why the baker appeared to be such a powerful in the village and why the smiths wife was desperate enough to pay him in natura.I have always thought blacksmiths were in high demand and therefore better off since they learn to fix all sorts of things. Her sisters were just horrible and It was very frustrating that Benella didnt confront them on their selfishness but this seems to have been a trait she inherited from her father as he is a very vague character. Her father just seems so placid about the things that happens to Benella she comes home injured or someone broke into their home and attacked her all of this is met with polite interest and then he just tells her to clean herself up and stay away from the beasts estate. So there are two boys who are harrassing your daughter and your other daughters are keeping you in poverty. Then, arriving home late and finding your bed empty...” He sighed. “I’m very relieved you weren’t forced into...” He shook his head unable to finish. DO SOMETHING WILL YOU AND STOP BEING SO WISHY-WASHY In the original fairytale the conflict comes from Beauty being forced to live with the Beast in his castle. Here our Beauty just ambles around without progressing the plot into its pretty much just filler to make it so and so many pages and voila its a book. and to find out the whole story you have to get the next part. I dont mind cliffhangers at the end of a book but what I dont like is when a book is just bait. Is it ironic that that a book with so much ...ahem gratification on its pages leaves one unsatisfied? ...more
This book had an interesting premise that failed to live up to expectations.
One of the main problems I had with the book was the heroine.
I dont have aThis book had an interesting premise that failed to live up to expectations.
One of the main problems I had with the book was the heroine.
I dont have a trouble with the heroine being innocent. But I do have a problem with them not having any personality.The way the heroine acted and was described by others made me think of a doll or a child. She is sooo pretty and her eyes are guileless.
In short shes perfect,set apart from the rest of humanity. And also one of the dullest heroines in Romancelandia.
To me this was unrealistic and a sign of lazy writing.
The premise seemed interesting...but failed on so many levels
I might be ignorant on how society worked at the beginning of the 20th century...but whyThe premise seemed interesting...but failed on so many levels
I might be ignorant on how society worked at the beginning of the 20th century...but why on earth would supposedly wealthy and high class parents write a letter saying basically "OMG youre so rich! You should totally marry our daughter!" Im paraphrasing of course but thats essentially what it says.
On to the rest of the review
So much was made of the heroines age (18)that it felt obscene,with the narrative harping on and on about her adolescent face and unspoiled beauty.
I didnt like her either she came across as a poor little rich girl instead of a rebellious young woman as the author might have intended.Shes intelligent though (or so we are told) and insanely beautiful. But its a CURSE. Er really? Seriously? I feel so bad for a heroine that has such serious problems *ironic*
Also she dont like homely people and is repulsed by ugly ones,not to mention she likes to the occasional lie to throw people off.Im sorry author but are you sure you wrote a heroine and not a villain? She also comes across as having no morals with the flippant way she mentions having kissed many men strike text:and more.
I dont propose the only worthy heroine is a virgin one...but this particular "heroines" attitude towards her previous relationships (?) just come across as shallow.
The supporting characters never emerge as anything but cut-outs,the wellmeaning but ambitious parents,the mistress character,the bubbling cousin and so on.
I think the heroine has more conversation with the husband to bes mistress than she has with her parents or her cousin..theyre just there. Like filler.
The heros obsession with perfume was somewhat interesting,but his need to get his hand on ambergris got to the point of ridicilious.
Not to mention the purple prose that abounds throughout the entirety of the book.