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Spirited: A Retelling of The Last of the Mohicans and Beauty and the Beast (Once Upon a Time #7)

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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. When Wusamequin spots Isabella
Paperback, 255 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Simon Pulse
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Apr 03, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok
I thought I lost this book, but I was so happy to find it in the same spot I've left it over a month ago. I still have high hopes for this world! The book itself, on the other hand, is a disappointment. Another unfortunate consequence of my predilection to read books with pretty covers.

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
Jan 07, 2013 kari rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 2013
I didn't like this one. At. All.
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.
Dec 01, 2008 Janis rated it liked it
This book is good and I really got into it (I cried a lot), but I didn't like all the fight scenes.

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
Jan 21, 2008 Alice rated it liked it
Several authors are contributing to the Once Upon a Time series; hence the varied tone and uneven quality. Spirited is by Nancy Holder, who specializes in teen dark fantasy (i.e., Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

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
Aug 15, 2012 Elevetha rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side
1.5 stars. A retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." 14+
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
Jul 20, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
My favorite fairy tale has always been Beauty and the Beast. I won't even deny that that had something to do with the five star rating. Any story that has that kind of love is a favorite of mine.

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
Feb 21, 2012 Tamra rated it liked it
A creative Native American / Englishwoman re-do of the Beauty and the Beast story - although I never really considered the main male character a "beast". Set during the French and Indian War it tells of an Englishwoman, Isabella, and her doctor father who have come to help heal people, when they are set upon by attacking Indians. Isabella is taken captive by the Indian tribe's medicine man, Wusamequin (the Beast) and through healing each other, they eventually realize their love for one another. ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it
Gah I didn't like this book at all when I read it a while ago. I wanted to like it because it seemed interesting. They only word that can accurately describe this is weird. It was just really weird.

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
Shellina Borgman
Mar 04, 2016 Shellina Borgman rated it did not like it
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....
As I was reading it, I didn't connect that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Now that I think about it, it's quite obvious. I liked how different it was, but it got a little confusing when it went into all the magic stuff. I loved how you got the perspective from both sides. Would definately recamend this to people who love the retelling of fairy tales.
I had such high expectations for this one as an avid collector of B&B retellings AND a lover of French and Indian War era. Big letdown. This was neither fish nor fowl... not full on fantasy/fairy tale nor really engaging historical fiction, Beauty and the Beast aspect was tenuous at best.
Feb 02, 2017 Brittany rated it did not like it
Shelves: to-buy
I actually didn't finish this...the first few pages just sucked so much that I couldn't keep reading it (couldn't even make it through a chapter). It's rare that I pick up a book so back that I don't attempt to finish it and this one honestly takes the cake for me.
Actual rating: 1.5 stars.
Sep 03, 2013 Lydia rated it it was ok
So I feel it is only fair to note that I tore through this book and did like it for the most part but I have a couple gripes which is why it ended with a two instead of three or four star rating.

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

Nov 15, 2014 Srusnak rated it really liked it
I had fond memories of this book from my childhood, but that doesn't always bode well for my revised adult opinion of the item in question. However when I reread this book I was pleasantly surprised to find I liked it even better.

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
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
"Spirited" is a retelling of "Beauty & the Beast." It takes place in the colonies during the British and French War. Isabella and her father, who is a doctor, are going to Fort William Henry to help with a case of the pestilence. While on their way to the fort, Isabella, her father, and the group of soldiers they are with, are attacked by a group of Indians. Many are killed, and Isabella and her father are taken hostage by the Indians. It's here where Isabella meets Wusamequin, medicine man ...more
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Dec 09, 2012 Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I first started reading this book, I never really thought it would stick to the original "Beauty and the Beast" story. I was right. I felt I was reading more of a Pocahontas retelling for some reason. This doesn't mean it was a bad retelling, oh no. It was a great story. Reading this series, I've found not to judge it with the original stories, because they're not like that at all. This story was refreshing. One of the few stories that doesn't have many plot holes nor it spontaneously inclu ...more
Emily Eastman
Nov 07, 2009 Emily Eastman rated it really liked it
Shelves: once-upon-a-time
I liked this book. It didn't grasp a 5 though because it was kind of wwierd. It changed things up a lot. The characters never stayed true to their character. For example, in the beginning Isabella said her father never said a bad thing about anyone. Toward the end he sat around bad mouthing a soldier even though the soldier went back to rescue his daughter. It also would radomly throw things in without any explanation such as the little faerie people. One day Isabella just saw the medicne man ho ...more
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
I couldn't handle it any more. Half way I started to skim the pages. This book just doesn't work for me.

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
Jul 02, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Spirited is a mish mash of a book. This is marketed to the YA audience but I would have a hard time letting anyone under 17, unless they were VERY mature for their age, reading it due to the amount of violence in the book. Granted, its not anything outside of what most likely actually happened during that time period, but the graphic nature of the story is NOT my idea of YA reading.

The book started out fairly interesting, an unusual mix of 'Beauty and the Beast' crossed with 'Last of the Mohican
Jun 18, 2009 Jenben8426 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Another book by Holder and another mixed review for her. First the negative: I'm actually a little surprised that there are two retellings of Beauty and the Beast in this series. Perhaps this one tended to not follow the "original" so much they decided to do another one, who knows. Again in her notes Holder says that her inspiration came from the Last of the Mohicans. I'm bothered that she doesn't just write her own book. I realize that this is a retelling of an original--Beauty and the Beast, b ...more
I thought this was a really good retelling of "The Last of the Mohicans". Though it dragged a little bit in the beginning, it quickly picks up. Nancy Holder is a very good writer who knows how to keep readers interested.

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
Oct 16, 2013 Elise rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tales
I really enjoy stories that have elements incorporated form tribal cultures. Disclaimer: I'm not going to say whether or not the way Native Americans are portrayed in this book are correct or not...I'm not an expert in Native American cultures. Actually I'm not even sure if the specific tribe is mentioned. But I enjoy books that incorporate these cultures because they are interesting. The most enjoyable aspects of these books are as follows...

1. The strong female lead
2. The emphasis on mercy an
May 03, 2013 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book -- for the most part, this series is sterling in general, so I was expecting to like this story. Instead, it sits on my 'favorite books' shelf. Isabella is a young British woman in the colonies while Wusamequin is a disenchanted Native American shaman whose family was murdered by white soldiers. Sometimes I feel like the trope with Native American characters is to make them too stoic or hard, especially in the beginning -- but that was not the case here. Wusamequin's emo ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Hoang-lan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: really-like, medieval
wusamequin(strange name, but, *shrug*) and isabella met when wusamequin's tribe attack isabella and her father while they were bringing medicine to a keep. captured, isabella and her father tried to escape and partly succeeded because her father got away, but isabella was re-captured. she twisted her ankle when escaping so now wusamequin, who's the tribe's medicine man, has to fix her up. wusamequin refuses to call her isabella, but instead call her mahwah, which means beautiful. mahwah lives to ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Kami rated it it was ok
- 2.5 stars! Goodreads needs to add the half star feature!

- 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 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
Sep 29, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Wonderful, wonderful retelling of the "Beauty and the Beast". It takes place during 1756, there is war between the French and the English. Wusamequin is a medicine man for one of the Indian tribes. He has lost his wife and son to a brutal display of the British soldiers. He must avenge his families deaths in order for them to walk the "Road of the Stars". Isabella is on a journey with her father and a group of British officers, they are taking medicine to Fort Henry . There has been an epidemic ...more
I'm sorry, but I did not like this book. Pretty close to hating it. For one, my editing switch was not turned off, so I was quite irked by all of the mistakes. Then the writing/story had so many inconsistencies and it aggravated me. And some parts of it made me want to gag. I would have just stopped reading, but I wanted to read all of the fractured fairy tale series. Only this book didn't feel like it belonged in that series. The Beauty & the Beast thing was a huge stretch--and only reveale ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, teen-2008, fantasy
I thought this was one of the more intersting Once Upon a Time series books. It is supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but it is only slightly influenced by that fairy tale. It is also inspired by the book and movie "Last of the Mohicans." The story is set during the French and Indian war. Beauty is Isabella, daugher of an English doctor, and the Beast is Wasamequin, a Native American shaman. Isabella is captured in a raid by the Native Americans to avenge a British raid that kil ...more
Where to begin with this one... I found the idea original - Beauty and the Beast twisted with Dances with Wolves - but highly insulting. Firstly, all white men in the novel were evil people bent on the destruction of the "savage" Natives. Great. Original. Riiiiight. Also, the "Beast" character is a shaman who thirsts for blood continually. Even after he falls in love with the "Beauty" protagonist. There were just too many weird things going on with this story. Fairy people. "Beauty" never learni ...more
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