Spirited (Once Upon a Time)
In May 1756 war is formally declared between the British and the French. During this highly dangerous time, Isabella Sevens is travelling with her father to the British stronghold Fort William Henry.
In the forest, Wusamequin, the young and handsome medicine man, looks to avenge the death of his wife and child at the hands of British soldiers. Whe ...more
Nancy Holder’s colonial romance "Spirited" is thoroughly dispiriting. She bills it as an homage to "Last of the Mohicans" and as a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast", suggesting that being a Native American is a ...more
I have a huge problem with the concept that the tall, young, handsome Native American man was a beast simply because he was Native American. That so did not work for me. There was nothing beastly about him, nothing ugly or disfiguring, no curses working on him. She saw him as a "beast" or something less than human because of who he was, but for me, an author implying that simply not being a white European makes someone a beast was disgusting. I didn't like that. ...more
Okay, let me explain. This is a version of Beauty and the Beast set in the 1700s during the French & Indian Wars in the Americas. Beauty is young Isabella from England and the Beast is the Native American Shaman who kidnaps her and her father (an Army Doctor) after his tribe kills of their entire soldier escort. THAT is what I didn't like. All the killing in this book. But their relationship i ...more
I am half Apache, and the representation of native life is ridiculous. Also the fact that the main Native character is supposed to represent a beast is upsetting.
The books starts off with a navajo prayer, but is also supposed to be a retelling of last of the mohicans.
Maybe I should write a retelling of Mulan and have lots of haiku and talk about geishas....
The concluding author's note in the book explains that it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I think most teens would not have guessed the connection. For the most part it reads like an ordinary "noble savage romance" rather than a fairy tale: White girl is captured by Indian and the ...more
Isabella and Wusamequin's relationship just came off creepy to me. He kept calling her Mahwah each time he talked to her. I swear the word Mahwah was in the book 500 times. It was just like ok...enough already! I have to give this books props though because it made me laugh. Not because there was any ...more
Took me a while to slog through this. I never got into the book. Didn't care for the characters. Isabella didn't strike me as a Belle\Beauty character, which might have thrown off the groove. The whole thing just didn't feel like "Beauty and the Beast" to me at all. Certainly a very different way of telling it. One thing that I liked was that there was absolutely no Insta-love. They actually have to get to know one another before they fall in ...more
Isabella is a young British woman who ends up kidnapped by an Indian tribe during the French and Indian War. What is a young woman to do in the midst of savages?
On a side note: I hate how Europeans treated the natives when they arrived. It makes me so angry I could scream. In Spirited, I was glad to see ...more
First off, this is the re-telling of Beauty and the Beast (which, btw, is one of my favorite fairy tales, so no pressure or anything Ms. Holder!)set in early colonial America (one of my favorite time periods...) centered around Isabella who is the daughter of a surgeon in the British army. Their origina...more
This book tells the tale of Isabella, a young englishwoman in the americas who while traveling to a fort with her physician father and a military escort, is ambushed by Native Americans. Fear, desperation, and courage characterize much of the first part of this novel a ...more
I must admit that I wasn’t very excited to read this book in the first place. My first book from this author was The rose bride and I gave it two stars in the end. My main problem with that book also happened here in Spirited: I was bored. The story seemed to go on and on. I also wasn’t invested in the shallow plot or the annoying characters.
I actually s ...more
The book started out fairly interesting, an unusual mix of 'Beauty and the Beast' crossed with 'Last of the Mohican ...more
The year is 1756, and war between the French and the British colonies is underway. Sixteen-year-old Isabella Stevens and her father have just arrived from England and are on their way to Fort William Henry to help wounded soldiers, when their traveling party is attacked by the na ...more
1. The strong female lead
2. The emphasis on mercy an ...more
- In the copy of the book I read, the font on every other page was terrible. The lines are fat and it makes it harder to read.
- The story isn't so much a Beauty and Beast re-telling as much as a Dances with Wolves story. To be honest...it is Dances with Wolves but the roles are switched. The man is an Indian and the woman is English. There wasn't even a beast...he was an Indian. I know the white people viewed them as beasts, but I prefer ...more
Nancy was born in Los Altos, California, and her family settled for a time in Walnut Creek. Her father, who taught at Stanford, joined the navy and the family t ...more