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When Bee is imprisoned in a magical, cursed house because of her father's selfish choices, she has just one plan... escape! But she must solve a riddle and help her fellow prisoners break the curse that binds them all before she can leave, and that is proving more difficult than she originally thought thanks to the bitter young master of the house, Will.

Will wants nothing
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ebook, 194 pages
Published May 14th 2011
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He glanced up once, eyes bored. “Please stop talking. I’m trying to eat.”

First I was like :
Bee - You are a whiny selfish brat,
Will - You are a self absorbed attractive jerk,
Rose - You weakling,
Liam - Shut up with your screaming,
Marian - You. Are. Amazing. Evil.

Then I was like :
Bee - Make up your mind and please, keep slamming the doors ( you are so mature )
Will - Why Will ? Why didn't you tell her ?
Rose - What the hell is happening to you :O
Liam - It's nice to be able to talk to someone,
Marian -
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Zuleeza
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Zuleeza by: Young Adult Reads group r2r
Shelves: favourite
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

Excuse me while I'm

for a while.

*Try to recompose myself which may or may not help in the construction of a coherent review because I'm pretty much in my fangirling mode*

My dear fellow readers,

I know there are a few reasons which render you feeling skeptical about the awesomeness of this Beauty and the Beast retelling.

1. The..well, the whole Beauty and the Beast retelling idea. When authors decided for their work to be based on a well known fairy ta
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Tanecia
*I received this book to review by the Author*



This story is a re-telling of the classic story Beauty and The Beast. If you are familiar with this Disney story you are able to recognize all the characters in this book easily.

Beauty also called "Bee" for short is a modern version of Belle. Bee is 17 years old living the regular teen life which includes hanging out with friends and dating Drew one of the cutest guy in school. Bee's life takes a drastic and enchanting change when her low down father
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Delilah
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got this book to review from the Read It & Reap project.

As far as fairy tales go, this variation of the Beauty and the Beast theme was okay. The story reminded me more of the tale of the Prince beyond the Seven Seas with the male lead changing into an animal/monster only at night, but that was quite refreshing. That particular story is seldom mentioned when people think of a version of Beauty and the Beast, as far as I know.

There were just some teeny-tiny things that made me not enjoy the
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Christie Rich
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-titles
I absolutely loved this book! Not only was it a retelling of one of my all time favorite fairytales, it stood out more than I expected. Bee and Will were a hoot and I loved Kate Ellison's take on the witch and the curse. I had been toying with the idea of doing my own retelling of this classic, but reading this blew that thought right out of my mind. Ellison's take is perfect in my estimation. I wouldn't have done anything differently, well maybe a few things, but they are so insubstantial I wou ...more
~Thena~
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I was fortunate to receive a free copy of this ebook to read and review from the Read it and Reap event, part of the Shut Up and Read group. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it at first because it is a take on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. That story has been retold many times before, and it is difficult to make such well-known tales fresh and interesting. Kate Ellison has succeeded!

This book was well written. The story was well paced and the characters were interesting. I loved
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Quiana
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read the synopsis for The Curse Girl by Kate Ellison and I was immediately intrigued. I’ve always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast, so I was eager to read Ellison’s take on a classic. Let’s just say I was not disappointed.

We’re introduced to Bee, a young teenage girl who’s been dropped off at a house the entire town believes to be cursed. Any sane person would steer clear of an old house that’s believed to be under a witch’s spell, a house an entire town believes a dangerous beast resid
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Caroline
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for review as part of the Read it and Reap event from the Shut Up and Read group here on Goodreads.

This is a modernized retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a few new twists from the author. Much of the story will be familiar to anyone familiar with the Disney version; teenaged Bee is imprisoned in the mansion to save her family, stuck with the company of peculiar, amnesiac servants and the grumpy master of the house, and enlisted in helping break the curse that
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Emmy Lou
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beauty and the Beast fans, those looking for a refreshing read
Recommended to Emmy Lou by: Shut Up and Read
To atone for her father's mistake, Bee is sent to the Beast's house. However, the town rumors were not all true. The Beast turns out not to be a creature, but a cursed teenager with a savage attitude that needs Bee's help to break the curse put on the house decades ago by a witch out for revenge. If Bee breaks the curse, she can go home. What's the catch? Their time has almost run out. As Bee struggles to find the answers that they need, she must control the turmoil that wishes for her to escape ...more
Kim
Ok first of all, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. So for obvious reasons, I decided that this sounded interesting and wanted to give it a shot. Boy I was I glad I got to!!!! This story was a different approach to the Disney movie and I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!!! It was such so simple to me but yet it still pack a punch. I came across like a couple errors(nothing to take away from the story, I just notice things sometimes).

Anyways, as I started reading I was yelling man Bee's dad
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Erin Arkin
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast.

There were some elements of the story I enjoyed and others I wish had more detail. The characters were interesting but with the story being so short, we weren't given a lot of background/insight into who they really were. I also wish we would have gotten more information surrounding Bee's relationship with her father. It was mentioned that she felt her father wasn't really her father but that was it. I would have liked to understand the reaso
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Nadine Larter
The Curse Girl is a pretty decent retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. I liked the idea of The Fey Lands as well as the origami magic and other magic at play in the house. Unfortunately I didn't love the main character too much. The hot-headed feisty-for-barely-any-reason female doesn't do it for me anymore. I found her a little unnecessarily dramatic. As a whole I liked the idea of the story, but the constant use of the word "jerk" and the slamming of doors and stomping out of ro ...more
Amos Cassidy
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story and a fresh twist on the Beauty and the Beast tale. I got through this novella in a couple of hours. I found the main character Bee a little annoying at times as I felt her reactions were a little excessive on occasion, but overall she was a strong willed girl which made the story all the more enjoyable. I really liked the authors descriptions of the fey lands and thought the witch was great! I would recommend this story to all, as I feel that it can be enjoyed by all ages.
Farah
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure whether this review has any spoilers or not, but read it at your own discretion. lol

Anyway, this is one GOOD book! It captured me from the get go, and wouldn't release me until the last page! I found myself laughing, crying, and awe-ing with the characters. The book has essence! Even though based on a fairytale, I found myself willing to believe the events occurring! The characters were so life-like it felt like I'd known them all my life, and in a way, I guess I have!

Kate Av
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Alyssia
I absolutely loved this book. It was an easy-read, and I read it in one sitting, with a quick break in the middle to tell my husband how much I was enjoying it. Then, once I finished it, I took a break, and later that night, read the whole thing again. Because it was fun, and cute, and because it has great re-readability. Even if, like me (view spoiler) ...more
Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! What an awesome short read. This novella was generously shared by the author for a review, and I have to concede to the hype. This was hard to put down, and almost read same date, if I didn’t have to succumb to the very annoying need to sleep.


For anyone that enjoys the fairy tale stories of Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, this will be a very entertaining and enjoyable novella. ‘The Curse Girl’ is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast story set in current times. A young high scho
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Traci
Disclosure: I received The Curse Girl in exchange for a review from Shut Up & Read.

This is a short story based on the classic "Beauty & the Beast." It was, for the most part, a reasonably straightforward retelling. There were a few new elements.

First off, I would have loved to see this a little longer. The original elements of the story--the 'legend' surrounding Curse House, the background between Robert and Marian, a bit more about the curse in general--those really stick out in my min
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Andrea
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been sitting here for about 10 minutes, trying to start writing. But I can’t seem to stop ogling the gorgeous cover of The Curse Girl. From the beautiful girl, to the gorgeous bluish/purplish colors, and the magic dust (or is it stars?); the cover to this book is a definite win.

As you might have deduced from the synopsis, The Curse Girl is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. I’ve never read a re-telling of a classic tale, so I was excited to take this book on. When the story opens, Bea
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Ahana .M. Rao
That was such a yummy book. Honestly, I REALLY didn't know what to expect when I started "The Curse Girl". 
I didn't know if it would be a fairy-tale in the 21st century or well...something else. 
But it WAS a fairy-tale in the 21st century. And MORE. 
The first time I'd originally read Beauty and the Beast was when I was about six years old (give or take). It was a picture book sorta thing that had few lines and more pictures with a Beastly Beast and a pretty Beauty. 
But this..this was almost like
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Danielle Smiley
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-e-books, favorites
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie

My Review:
First thoughts: Holy cow this was good! I could hardly put my kindle down long enough to feed my kids or even sleep. What a fun ride!!!

So, here's the skinny: Yup, I'm clueless, I didn't even realize that this was a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story. Had I known, I would've been a bit leery. Classic stories retold can turn out cheesy, but this wasn't the case at all. In retelling the story, yes, there's an element of predictability, but El
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Mia
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Curse Girl is a delightful retelling of the classic fairytale The Beauty & the Beast. Along with its promising premise, it was the other reason why I wanted to review this story (I love The Beauty & the Beast!). I had a feeling that I’m going to enjoy it and I definitely did!

One of the things why I genuinely enjoyed The Curse Girl is because it has its own distinctive story despite being a retelling. Author, Kate Ellison, brilliantly spin her own unique twist and dash of romance and
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Alison
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was quick, fun, and cute. From the very first pages, I found myself humming music from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, because it was so reminiscent in feel of the movie. Bee was a sympathetic and relatable main character who I found myself rooting for. Will was also a great character. He was just the right balance between depressed and upset with sweet, making you care about him anyway.

Most of my problems with this book lay in how short it was. I felt that i
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Jennifer
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's quite ironic that as a little girl I absolutely abhorred fairy tales. Disney's version was always too sticky sweet, not remotely realistic, but that's the point I suppose. Although I still detest the Disney fairy tale, I have grown to appreciate, and love, the retelling of the classic tales in the YA genre.

Ellison is able to re-weave the tale of Beauty & the Beast in such a remarkable way that I for once liked, no, loved it. Perhaps it was her re-imagined telling of the time honored ta
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Jannat Bhat
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I cant believe how interesting this book was.I loved Bee. Her character was amazing. Strong, yet vulnerable, Bee is thrust into the extraordinary while still struggling to hold onto her average teen life of friends, school and a sort-of-boyfriend.I loved how she explained herself: "I wasn't a hero, and I wasn't admirable. I was simply stubborn enough to keep going even when everything seemed to be falling apart." Then there's Will. Oh, Will. He's such a complete jerk at first.I loved the ba ...more
Mel
This book was simply delightful. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't even begin to put it down. I loved the modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a fresh twist to it. I loved Beauty or Bee as she is referred to, she was very sweet and strong and I loved how she was able to adapt to her situation without being mopey or feeling sorry for herself, she always tried to make the best of things. I loved her relationship with Will, the gorgeous beast who was quite rude to her at the begi ...more
Jennifer C.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Good Reads group Shut Up and Read.

This was a really good retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It's one of my favorite stories. I really liked all of the characters and loved the details that were given about the house. I liked how the rooms changed and the origami came to life. I would have liked to find out more about what happens to the other people in the house at night. You only see Housekeeper at the end as part of the wall, but what happens to Rose, an
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Dariya
I really liked this book. And I mean, REALLY liked this book. I don't know if it's because I've always loved the story of Beauty & The Beast but even though this book was a little short, it was perfect. It was modernized well and if the author had described the story a little more and given just a bit more development, it could have been longer and even better than it already is.

But anyways, I liked the story, like I've already said because the love between the two characters was awesome. I
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Jacqui
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay so it was really hard for me to get past the beginning only because it was so similar to Beauty and Beast. In my opinion its best to be more subtle mainly in the beginning. Even with the rough start I really enjoyed the book; I cried which, I did not expect. I love the description, every detail was so vivid, it is really well written. There were so many twists I couldn't predict what was going to happen (yay) and very well organized, sometimes things get jumbled in the twists and it can be ...more
Sannie Hald
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to receive a copy for review.

One for: AMAZING!
This is a wonderful quick adorable retelling of the classic tale of the Beauty and the Beast.

1 Star: The characters are likeable! Will is adorable and lovely annoying in the beginning.
2 Stars: Fairy tale elements. I LOVED the Fey Lands and how dangerous these magical beings really are. And I loved the fact that there was a stepmom and two stepsisters.
3 Stars: Their love doesn't develop that quickly. I hate when that happens
4 Stars:
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Tiffany
This is a cute little read. It is a re-telling of the classic 'Beauty and the Beast' fairy tale. It was actually fairly accurate to the original as the author kept a lot of the same elements with just a little twist.

Even though this is a novella the characters are fairly well developed and you are able to care for them. The only thing I would have changed would be a little more of a back story about her family. In saying that, I understand it is very hard to have a lot of detailed info in a shor
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“What about you? What do you do?” I needed to ask questions, draw him out. I needed to find out all the information I could. My voice sounded strong and smooth, but my hands were shaking. I put them in my lap so he couldn’t see.
“I prey on innocent villagers and terrify their children,” he said with a nasty smile. “And sometimes when I’m feeling really evil, I read books or paint.”
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