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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,266 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Looks to kill for...

Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.

And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection,
she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.

At the Academy, An
Paperback, 175 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published April 1st 2005)
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enqi ☁️✨
Beauty was an interesting retelling of Snow White. The writing was simplistic and enticing and the tale progressed quickly and managed to keep my interest throughout.

Tatiana Anatolia, or Ana, was a fiery main character. I liked her intelligence, spirit, and resilience throughout the book. The lack of a male love interest was actually refreshing, because it was good to see Ana fend for herself and survive against her evil, cruel mother. The result is a more gritty, dark version of Snow White, whi
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the same book as Beauty by Nancy Butcher. Are they the same author!? Here is the other book's link. ...more
Beauty, abuse, friendship, a queen who is obsessed with being young, and that gorgeous cover.

Re-read 2020! This was an amazing re-read. Corona and staying home is useful for something I guess, I am reading more re-reads now I have to ration my books. This book has been high on my Ohhh, I need to re-read this for some time, so yay.

A gorgeously written book about a girl who, when she moves away from home to a boarding school, learns to defy her mom and accept that she is pretty. Yes, her mom wants
I love a fairy tale retelling and this one was a pretty good version of Snow White…well bits and pieces of Snow White. Evil Queen, check….7 dwarves…uncheck.

This was a pretty short book, more of a novella really and not worth the eight dollars I spent on it, it really should have been in the five dollar range.

The author had a good voice, storytelling and setting were decent, in fact the world she created for her characters was pretty fascinating and I would love to see more tales located in it.…I
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am usually not so critical of books but I just really did not like this book. There was just many things wrong with it. the synopsis originally sounded really intriguing to me but it did not turn out to be what I hoped it would be.
The book follows the story of Ana the daughter of very beautiful Queen Veda. Queen Vedas goal in life is to be the most beautiful person of all time. So when she sees how beautiful her daughter is becoming she shuns her. All that Ana wants though is to have her moth
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Name: Mirror, Mirror
Rating: description
Main Character: Princess/Queen Tatiana
Book Boyfriend: No One
Page Turner: Yes
Cliffhanger: No
Happily Ever After: Yep
What I learnt from this book: Beauty isn't everything and doesn't matter if you're filled with ugliness inside. You should love yourself no matter what, and not hate someone else just because they're better than you. Be thankful for what you have.
And.... Don't be a bitchy mother.




Queen Veda



I really liked the story-line and this is probably th
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Ana wants to be ugly. She has worked very hard at it, ever since she was twelve years old. Ever since the day a man complimented her on her beauty and she saw the look of hatred, jealousy, and anger in her mother's eyes. Now she doesn't bathe, doesn't trim her toenails, doesn't brush her hair, and eats nothing but pastries, bread, and moldy cheeses. Her nutrition has left her body pudgy and her face blemished. She is happy because she seems to have her mother's favor; however, staying ugly takes ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
In this re-telling tale of Snow White being beautiful is quite dangerous. Nancy Ohlin takes a classic fairy tale and completely makes it her own. We see Queen Veda and Ana's mother/daughter relationship throughout the book. All her majesty wants is to be the fairest of them all and all Ana wants is her mother's love. And in order to have her mother's love and approval she has to be ugly. So she doesn't bathe, eats unhealthy and doesn't take time to groom herself properly. But the beauty consulta ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I was expecting there to be more, something... I expect Ana to be stronger. She knew her mother hated her for her beauty and thus she tried to ruin it by eating pastries, not washing her hair and such. Which is kind of gross. A week without washing your hair? That's just... Pure gross and unhygienic.

The old man was creepy, but what I was hoping for Ana to kill Queen Veda. After knowing what her mother had done, all she did was confront her and in the end she still felt that maybe it was bet
Small Review
a very interesting approach

Originally posted on Small Review

Snow White was never my favorite fairy tale either, but it's a princess story, so I'm always at least partially predisposed to liking it. And, overall, I did like this one. With some reservations.

Nancy Ohlin's version was definitely unique, twisting the traditional focus on Snow White's beauty into a story about body image and disordered thinking. This was a much deeper, sadder story than I usually associate with the original tale.

Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, fiction, teen
There are enough teen books kicking around these days that do a really good job of exploring some really interesting ideas that I had high hopes for this one. It seemed like a take on Snow White that could have some good strong female messages about outer beauty vs. inner beauty, sacrificing yourself for someone else, and stepping out of others' shadows as you find your own true self. And to be fair, it did have all that. It just presented it in such a superficial way that I was left pretty unfu ...more
Jules Goud
This is a very interesting take on Snow White.

Ana wants what she can't have. She becomes "ugly" so that her mother can love her. Ana thinks that their is nothing wrong with her mother.

Queen Veda wants to be the fairest one in the land and uses her beauty consultant to achieve her goal.

This is Snow White without the Prince Charming.

I didn't like Ana. A mother needs to love you for who you are. If you are "pretty", then she should love you. Yes, maybe she had some moments but that means diddle s
Juliana Lamb
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
To be honest this book was a little bit creepy, a daughter who is constantly making herself ugly so her mom will LOVE her, a mom who is so obsessed with her own beauty she barely notices her daughter and when she does STILL feels threatened by her beauty( to a point that she try's killing her daughter(multiple times)), a creepy beauty guy( who is the moms advisor),and a handsome ( evil ) tutor. YES I do get that the author tried to write her version of Snow White, but this book really just was a ...more
Laura L
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Story: 1/2 - too many unanswered questions (who was the beauty consultant? What was he?)
Characters: 1
Writing: 1
World: 1/2 - where was it? There were hardly any descriptions of the world except for the academy and its gardens and even then it was limited.
Originality: 1/2 - i didn't feel as if a lot of new things were brought to the table. It's a Snow White retelling and yet the only new things were that the mirror was the beauty consultant - whatever he was - and that she tried to kill all of th
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Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Interesting concept, but it seemed rushed and a lot was not explained. For a girl who's about to be sixteen Ana is very immature and speaks mostly like a child, the tone I got from the writing was that she was closer to twelve.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, grimm
This was sad, I felt bad for poor Ana. The ending was a little rushed though. If you like YA and retellings you might enjoy this. As far as I can tell it's kind of a spin on Snow White, maybe? While it was a decent read I don't know if I'll be in a rush to read others.
Feb 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that like fairytales
A short but enjoyable read.
Not the most well-written book, though the the idea itself is intriguing.
The cover is beautiful though.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have used more character development. I definitely like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale much more!
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beauty isn't worth dying for!
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY liked this book! It was an extremely good read!!
(Ms Mellington, I recommend you read it!)
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting loose version of Snow White. Great writing, great story, I just wish it were a little longer.
Shannon Fay
This was definitely an interesting take on Snow White. And as I love fairy tale retellings, this definitely appealed to me, and I found certain dynamics of this story very interesting, and loved that those were explored.

We'll get into that shortly. First though, I'm gonna go ahead and tell you, that if you're looking for a strict retelling of Snow White, this doesn't fit the bill. It's more of a re-imagining of certain parts of the Snow White tale. Specifically, the part about the wicked queen's
Miriam Rose
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many morals to this story! This book teaches that loving yourself the way you are is more important than succumbing to societies' beauty standards. It also retells the tale of the "beauty hurts" theme of Cinderella. This book also makes a point of showcasing people people being kind and smart, not stereotypical airheads that are often portrayed in the media. I love how the theme of insecurity, growing into a woman and growing old is expressed. You can read this book and feel for not ...more
Angela Hendershot
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short little book. It wasn't too bad, but it had a lot of things that were interesting happening. It also discussed the true meaning of the word beauty.
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This and other reviews can be found on my blog, Ramblings of a Reader.

I sat down to read this yesterday, and I honestly didn't get up until I was done {very engrossing + shorter book + Little D was taking his long nap = getting stuff done!}. Beauty combined newer YA with {dare I say it?} a bit of classic Disney. The story was great, and the plotline was really good, but there are some "buts"... I'll get to that in a minute. First, characters!

Ana is a love-starved young woman when she's first int
Stephanie Ward
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Beauty' is a retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. It follows main character Tatiana Anatolia - known as Ana - as she goes about her daily life as the princess of Ran. Her mother, Veda, is the queen of Ran and the most beautiful woman that Ana has ever seen. Ana used to be beautiful too, but that all changed on her twelfth birthday, when a visiting dignitary gave her a compliment and she saw how angry it made her mother. Ana has been actively keeping herself ugly ever since that day four year ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I understood where Nancy Ohlin was going with Beauty but I don't think that the premise was executed very well. It's meant to a self-empowering story and I appreciated that there was no prince introduced to swop in and save the day. Instead it's entirely up to Tati/Ana to save her friends. However, I think that the plot was rather simplistic and it was just missing that extra something that Thorn Abbey had (and I'm not talking about a love interest).

Ana's very desperate for her mother's love. H
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Nancy Butcher has written on health and wellness subjects for and other websites as well as creating wellness booklets for Time-Life Books. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's book It's Snow Problem, and 101 Ways to Stop Eating After Dinner.

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