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Beauty and Beastly

(Steampunk Fairy Tales #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  142 reviews
In this tale as old as time, Isabella Hawking must tinker a solution to a heartbreaking mystery.

When Isabelle and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle was thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkers, and studying new ways to manipulate mechanicals sounded like a dream. But an unexpected gale turns the waters violent, and the ship
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published December 6th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services (first published December 2017)
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Beauty and Beastly is the third book in the Steampunk fairytales series, and although I liked it a little more than the previous book, unfortunately, some aspects of it disappointed me. I love steampunk and fairytale retellings, so I was pretty excited when I discovered this series. The cover of this book is gorgeous, but in a way, after reading the book, it is slightly misleading.

The book is a retelling of "Beauty and the beast" but for me, it was way too close to that story. The only differenc
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Started out strongly and with a wonderful, positively fairytaley vibe (I especially loved the descriptive parts when Isabelle first comes to the island), but it was soon watered down by clichéed dialogue, not-so-suble hints and a set of jarring, physically painful anachronsisms (a painting "reminds [her] of Van Gogh", she tells her father "okay" - in the 1810s).

Overall this is sadly more of an eclectic piece of fanfiction that - moderately successfully - combines several different elements (Cel
What an enchanting and clever retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I never tire of this theme, though I never thought I'd see the day that a steampunk version was born :-D

Curiosity is what leads the reader throughout the story. I was curious about this Isabelle who is into mechanics, clockwork, books of ancient artifacts, and lives in a London brimming with airships and Tinker markets. The first part of the book has a cozy atmosphere and a sense of adventure as she and her father make preparations
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a cool take on Beauty and the Beast and I loved the setting!
3.5 stars

Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies -- yes, yes, I know it has roots from fairy tales, but I am mostly familiar with the Disney version. This is a nice retelling with steampunk setting, with Beauty as a tinker, and Beast as an automaton.

I like this version of Beauty. Let's face it, while Beauty is a voracious reader in that Disney movie, but she doesn't really do anything else *lol*. While in here, Isabelle is an excellent tinker, and she shows her tal
Talia Colley
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tower-teams-vi
Awesome steampunk retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Very fun read.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I meant to do this review a few weeks ago because this book was amazing. The Steampunk FairyTale series has some connections between characters and I do enjoy reading them in order however I think it can be read as a standalone also. This story is about Isabella the book loving, mechanics, clockwork maker who finds herself on an enchanted Island with mysterious clockwork people. I adored how this story followed the classic story of beauty and the beast but with a steampunk twist.

The story is set
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first book in the series. I listened to the audiobook version of this story. The narrator did a great job with the tones, emotions and accent. This is a retelling of Beauty and the beast story only in a steampunk style. I actually was intrigued by it cuz I do like steampunk genre.

However, I felt this book overall was a mediocre for me. I enjoyed how Isabelle was introduced being a dedicated and brilliant tinker. There are few descriptive pages of her inventions and creativity. But,
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfectly fun

I love Beauty and the Beast stories and this one was so fun. History, steampunk, paranormal and a yummy beast
Kristin Davison
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the ending, but found that at times it was a little too close to the Disney version of the story.

Qualifies for the scavenger hunt clue 10
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

She has done an awesome job. She explains at the end of the book that she spent a lot of time studying versions of "beauty and the beast".

It shows and (even if you are not a fan of steam punk) you will experience an excellent example of the genre and discover a well done story.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodread-authors
Beautiful story! Enchanting, magical and mechanical. A steampunk, 19th Century fairy tale. Wonderful characters, set on a magical island. Well written, I can almost smell the metal flowers! :-)
I received a copy and am very happy to review it. I'm looking forward to reading more of these steampunk fairy tales!
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that if I could give it more than 5* I would. The latest in the author's series of steampunk twists on fairytales, this is a new version of Beauty and the Beast (like you hadn't guessed from the title!!), and readers of the other books in the series will note that it stars Isabelle Hawking, the tinker seen in the Ice Queen story with her father (also seen in this book). I won't go into the plot of this story any further - you can get the basics from the book description ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One very enticing, enchanting, and unique twist on the classic fairytale that I utterly enjoyed.
Isabelle and her father are tinkers, both very skilled in mechanics, and preparing for a journey to a noble wedding. On the way, they get shipwrecked and end on a mysterious island, cursed and bewitched. Isabelle stays, so that her father could leave and fetch help - and meanwhile, opens her heart to the strange situation in the castle dominating the island. Cursed to live as automatons, Isabelle is
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I enjoy this series I struggle with the limitations of the length and how character relationship development falls by the wayside. This was especially difficult in a B&B retelling where the development of the romance is such a major part of the story. In this one it felt like insta love because they have so few interactions. ...more
Melanie Taylor
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow can I just say the Beauty and The Beast is my favorite fairytale story ever. And now it has been retold with a steampunk insperation. Two of my favorite things. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed this book. My imagination went wild and i would have loved to stay in that castle. Well really i would have lived in the library. lol
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous world I just ventured into. This is my first steampunk book I’ve ever read, it was quite fantastic. Very interesting twist with automatons. I love,loved, loved it. What a roller coaster of emotions but loved how it all came together. certainly a tale as old as time.
Kay J
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This got a 5 star from me! I loved it, I loved it! I'm a little under the weather but this book had been on my mind all day so I just had to finish reading the few chapters I had left.....I can easily see this as a movie or a mini tv series what an awesome read, and cool twist.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steam-punk, ya
Beauty and the Beast is not usually one of my favorite fairy tales but I loved Karsak's retelling in this steampunk version. Nothing like Uprooted or A Crown of Thorns and Roses, this still breathed new life into a story as old as time.

Isabella is a tinker, just like her father. She makes beautiful clockwork music boxes. On their way to a wedding their airship crash lands on an island and Isabella must stay with the strange clockwork lord while her father races home to rescue her.

Uniquely reimag
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, a steampunk rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast. A 3.5 would more accurately reflect how I felt about the novel. The story follows the plot of the well-known story of Beauty and the Beast, according to the Disney classic (Heroine is the daughter of an inventor, is pursued by an undesirable and conceited marriage prospect, is lost in an enchanted castle where she eventually helps a cursed lord/royal find his humanity, the enchantment is broken, and they ...more
Simone Everett
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was eh

I decided to read this book because a friend liked it, also because I never read anything with a steampunk theme to it. To me, it only seemed like Isabelle fell in love with him because she saw the human form of him in the mirror. The mirror as well as some other aspects of the story seemed very forced. She could have made this her own story because it was trying way to hard to fit into the mold of the typical beauty and the beast story. Also the ending seemed to be very rushed and had
Kathy Jo
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I am a sucker for a Beauty and the Beast retelling! While searching for Steampunk novels, I came across Beauty and Beastly and was intrigued. After reading a few reviews I thought I would give this book a try.

I was pleasantly surprised. I have to admit that it was slow going for me in the beginning but about halfway through it started picking up and I ended up enjoying it.

This was my first book by Melanie Karsak and I'm looking forward to reading more books by her.

Nominated for a 2018
This book was a fun and interesting entrant for me into the world of steampunk fiction. I’ve long loved the idea of steampunk fiction, but I never really got the chance to read one until now. And fairytale parodies are always a fun read.

I’ll admit I’ve never read the classic Beauty and the Beast, but reading through Melanie Karsak’s steampunk version of the story, I definitely felt it had a lot of elements of Disney’s take on the famous tale.

What I liked about the book is the superb blend of mec
“A compliment, I know, but I suspect it makes me a bit odd.”
“Odd? Well, who likes ordinary anyway?”
— Isabelle Hawking & Mr Denrick

This is a super cute idea. Steampunk, Celtic/Druid lore and Beauty and the Beast. It is now set in 1814 England, a time of ships, airships, mechanical creations. Belle is now Isabelle. Rather than being a reader, she is now a tinker, she works with mechanics. Beast is an automation, he appears as a metal man. He's still cantankerous but he's kept his original featur

I received a copy of this audiobook via the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Beauty and Beastly
by Melanie Karsak is a steampunk retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast. I love this twist on the original! It is unlike anything I’ve ever read. The clockwork, steam powered Beast is a heartbreaking, yet charming character that was easy to see why the MC would fall for him. Set during 1814 London, Melanie Karsak delivers a unique, unforgettable
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great rendition!

There was so much to like about this version of Beauty and the Beast (perhaps my favorite of the fairytales), but here's my effort to narrow it down to a few specifics [SPOILER ALERT] :1) I'm fascinated with steampunk and clockwork, hence my reason for reading this tale (needless to say I'll be starting from the beginning to read Melanie's other fairytale retellings!); 2) I really appreciated Isabelle being portrayed not only as loving books, but also as having developed a
What a wonderful story. While Beauty and Beastly may follow along the same lines of the classic Beauty and the Beast, it also has its very own unique spin that I absolutely loved! This one captured some of my favorite parts in Beauty in the Beast. I really enjoyed the characters and the slight differences they have to their classic counterparts. I also liked how the romance was gentle and we didn’t have a mean and horrendous beast. I was really surprised with the way fairies and Celtic folklore ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s always fun to see what kind of twist an author takes on a classic and this one doesn’t disappoint. Melanie Karsak writes stories in a number of different genres including steampunk. Her recent adaptation of Beauty and the Beast into a steampunk version was a delight to read. I am fairly new to steampunk, and I actually cut my teeth on one of her earlier novels. So I was excited to see what she had to offer this time. Enter Isabelle and Rhys. Isabelle is a tinker who lives with her father an ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this steampunk take on beauty and the beast. firstly Belle, or Isabelle in this story, is just as clever as we know her to be, but this time she loves not just books but tinkering and creating. I loved that about her. Her character was strong and full of passion but seemed to lack the adventurous spirit the Belle we all know in love in the Disney movie had. That Belle wanted to see the world, this one was happy with the one she possessed. However, things change and her curiosity gets the ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English a ...more

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