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(Tales from the Kingdoms #3)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,484 ratings  ·  341 reviews
Beauty is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPO ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle

Why this book?
I read the other 2 book in the Tales from the Kingdoms series

What I thought

This is the best book in the Tales from the Kingdoms series by far. I couldn't put it down, I read it in one sitting. I loved the fairytale mashup. I also enjoyed the characters even though the prince and huntsman didn't have names which irritated me. Even with their lack of names the huntsman is really interesting and the Prince well the Prince is a little bit of an idiot. I think Petra balances t
Jun 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Actual rating 1.5

This book had the potential to be amazing. I loved the incorporation of rapunzel, red riding hood and beauty and the beast all combined with the sleeping beauty tale. I also loved how Pinborough really made the story her own; bringing out the dark and creepy curse the way she did was fantastic. But absolutely every other part of this book fell flat.

Her characters lacked any emotional attachments and were completely two dimensional. I felt nothing for any of them. The romance suc
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fairytales
Beauty wraps up the trilogy, tying the books together even more and linking even more fairytales. It’s written in the same style as the previous two, and illuminates some points from the other books — including the characters of the Prince and the Huntsman. It’s all a little too neat for my tastes, and I think this might’ve been my least favourite of the books; the gruesomeness and sex was exaggerated even further, and we spend far too much time with the Prince, who we know is not exactly the ni ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
What a fun retelling. The writing just flies by and the various fairy tales are combined in a clever way.
J.A. Ironside
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
In a word - disappointing. This was such a hotch potch jumble of various fairy tales that the result was like picking through a plate of congealed spaghetti looking for a single, common thread. It covers beauty and the beast, sleeping beauty, red riding hood, peter and the wolf (or in this case Petra and the wolf), rapunzel and rumplestiltskin as well as throwing in hints of lesser known tales. And it still might have been salvageable if we were given a strong, clear MC (or three) that we could ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tales From the Kingdom is a set of three 200-300 page retellings of Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Let’s just call it the overall idea of Disney, with a terrifying touch of Grimms Fairy Tales and the drama and spice of Once Upon a Time. i felt like all the stories had a really great mix of the idea of ‘happily ever after’ with the stark realities of real life and the idea of monsters hiding in the closet. There was some romance, lust, sex as well as friendship, danger and lunacy.

Deborah Ideiosepius
Beauty is a clever and skillful retelling of a fairy story or two. Or two? Well, it does not really stick to a single fairy story but rather borrows liberally from many.

When I acquired it I imagined it would be a fairly straightforward retelling of Beauty and the Beast, after a while it became clear it was a retelling of the sleeping beauty. Next I realised that the author was trickily fooling the reader by twirling all the fairy tales that fit onto a single metaphorical spindle and then weaving
Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
I've had this book on my shelf for so long and finally picked it up on a whim over the weekend. At just about 200 pages, I expected it to be a one-sitting type of read, but it actually took me several days to get through! I thought the way that Pinborough wove together various fairytale elements from classics such as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, etc. was pretty creative. The story was in the vein of a Grimm fairytale, quite violent and bloody with more sexuality than I was expecti ...more
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Originally published at Risingshadow.

Beauty is the third and final short novel in a trilogy of retellings of classic fairy tales by Sarah Pinborough. Just like its companion stories, Beauty is a fantastic and brilliantly written short novel for readers who love beautifully written dark fairy tales and who are fascinated by the darker side of speculative fiction. It's a stunning and decadent retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale with many surprises and twists.

Sarah Pinborough is an excellen

This wasn't my favourite story in the trilogy, for a couple of reasons.

The first is that this story goes back and tells what happened to the prince to make him treat Snow White the way he did, so we don't get to see Snow White or Cinderella again, though the prince and the huntsman are present here. At the end of the story, to go back and tell something that happened before it all began is sort of strange to me. I realise it's filling in what happened to the prince, but, honestly, I didn't
Michelle Ryles
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to move on to this final book of the Tales from the Kingdoms, but knowing me this would be down to my Cinderella moment when as a 3 year old child I was crying my eyes out at the end as 'I didn't want it to finish'. I just have to say it one more time: these books published by Gollancz must be the most beautiful hardback books I have ever seen.

Although ultimately a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty has a proper mixed bag of fairytales in it. So whichever was your favou
Nancy Hudson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
I enjoyed this novella a lot. Very short but filled with action and adventure. A decadent retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a little Rumplestiltskin and Peter and the Wolf thrown in. Also kinda sexy- definitely not YA! There are two other books that came before this apparently but they can clearly be read as stand-alone. I enjoyed Sarah Pinborough’s novel Behind Her Eyes and knew she was a good writer. Behind Her Eyes is apparently being made into a show on Netflix this year. I will definitely r ...more
Okay so there were a few things to like about this apart from: it was short, and it was an interesting twist on multiple fairy tales.

BUT even though I came in at the 3rd book....there were so many threads left unfinished? It felt much more like the 1st book. Only one of the three sort-of MCs gets a resolution to their story. The other two and everyone else? Not really anything happened/changed for them.

It also begins as almost MG level and continues that way for a long while (apart from a few me
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually big on reading a lot of fairy tales but the absolutely gorgeous cover of this book grabbed my attention straight away. This is the third book in Pinborough's Tales From the Kingdoms series, but I had to pick up Beauty first. Sleeping Beauty is one of my ultimate favourites and I couldn't resist seeing the twist that had been put into it. This is a retelling like no other that I have read. It's dark, mysterious, thrilling and absolutely addictive. It's a far step away from the ori ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
See my other reviews at Never Enough Books

The third and final novella in the wicked fairy tale series by Sarah Pinborough is Beauty. A wonderfully dark retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale, we find all the regular characters – Beauty, the Prince, the evil fairy and even the cursed spindle. Pinborough takes these well known characters and gives them a new twist for a new audience.

The Prince has come of age and his father the King decides his son needs to have his own adventure. Stories of a myst
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, uk-author
Beauty is the last of Sarah Pinborough's twisted fairytale retellings (sob, weep etc.). It's a fantastic book to end the series on, just as good as Poison and Charm and, if possible, darker and more messed up than Snow White and Cinderella's respective stories. Old characters return, beloved fairytale heroes connect in magical ways and the tales come full circle... or do they? This book is set before the others, which means Poison and Charm become a lot clearer following the events of Beauty.

Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was part of my reading challenge this year - choosing a book a month to read from the library that I've never heard of before. It was tricky to pick a book, but I managed! I went into this book not knowing anything beyond the back of the book - I didn't even read anything about it on goodreads!

I'm super pleased that my first book choice was a success! :D This was a really great book with a whole lot of different fairy tales thrown in. Not a long book and a fairly quick read. it felt l
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I have heard a lot of positive news about Sarah Pinborough's Tales of the Kingdom but haven't had the chance to pick up one of the stories. I have, however read Mayhem and Murder from Sarah Pinborough and with those books she really proved her worth. Managing both to scare the hell out of me and intrigue me to the fullest. So when the opportunity presented itself to review the third story in the Tales of the Kingdom, Beauty, I readily
Kathy Chung
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book of Sarah Pinborough that i have read and it never amazed me more than how cleverly she weave one tales to another . Its something new. Modern with heroine holding more power than being helpless damsel.

My only dislike is the chances is a tad too fast. Maybe its because am too busy trying to identify who is who in which tale. There's the Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, The Huntman, Sleeping Beauty , Rapunzel... (did i miss out anyone?)

Yes, for me this is another interesting story
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done, fiction
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Brenda Anweiler
While these books Poison, Charm, and now Beauty are not my cup of tea, there is no denying this author is a master story teller. The way she weaves the lives together of her characters is incredible. If you like fairy tales with a twist you might like these.
A little too steamy for me.
Andrew Hepditch
This book started out great - rich imagery, great characters, a solid plot, etc. However, after the midway point, it got a bit too dark and tangled for me to enjoy as much. It was still exciting and interesting, but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. Overall a good read though.
Heather Thompson
Actual Rating: 1.5

This book was overwhelmingly... meh.

It had so much potential! My sister and mom both really liked it, and there are some raving reviews about it on here, so I was expecting a lot more. So disappointed.

I was drawn in by the hodgepodge of different fairytales and wanted to see how they intertwined throughout the story, but that's really the only thing that stuck with me after finishing this up. The characters were entirely forgettable with little to no personality or development,
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read in one sitting!!! Loved this book so much.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
MORE please! If only this story could last a little longer. Love her take on the Beauty and the Beast and sleeping beauty stories. Such a good mix.
Rachel Shaffer
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Short but sweet. Not a fan of the cliffhanger ending, however...
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tales
More of a 2.5 but I have always enjoyed fairytales so this was a good commuting read. Very little depth though.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Pinborough overlaps various fairytales to create a unique take on the Sleeping Beauty story. Very dark in parts but totally absorbing and a great read.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting take on the old fairy tale. Not a book for any young readers under age 14 or so.
The third in a series it seems to combine a few different fairy tales with a new and interesting take on the characters.
Engaging and a quick read the level of romance and violence surprised me for a YA book. Still it was told well and kept me wanting to finish it.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great end to the trilogy, I thought this third instalment Beauty was brilliant and bought the three stories together really well.

Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and all so very well written.
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Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of 'Behind Her Eyes' which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and will be shown as a six part drama on Netflix in 2020 and the Sunday Times Bestseller, 'Cross Her Heart'. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel 'Dead T ...more

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