Beauty and Beastly
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 is ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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.
I received a copy and am very happy to review it. I'm looking forward to reading more of these steampunk fairy tales!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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 ...more
I really loved the idea of this book. Steampunk, YES. Fairytale retelling, YES! This had promise of being 5 stars but unfortunately, while I did enjoy it, I found I was a bit bored with parts. The beginning was strong but about midway through it just drifted. There was a huge resemblance to the classic story 'Beauty and the Beast's which I'm torn between liking and not liking. I'm thinking there was too muc ...more
A Steampunk twist on an old tale. Will love conquer all?
Isabell Hawking is your typical nineteenth century tinkerer primed for adventure. What she gets is more than she bargained for. Headstrong and not willing to settle for a mundane life, she sets sail to attend a wedding. A rude and beastly mechanical holds her hostage on a long-lost island teeming with Steampunk treasures. Will she escape? What is the island’s mysterious secret. Will she find love or be forever trapped.
Melanie Karsak takes...more
I loved the characters. Isabelle was a pretty young women who was a tinkerer. She created such beautiful pieces. They were described so that you could visualize them so realistically. When tragedy strikes and she ends up on a deserted island she soon learns it is not deserted. The inhabitants are not human but yet they seem so real. Soon Isabelle thinks ther ...more
in the past year or so I have become very interested in steampunk fiction. I also very much like fairy tales, and the blend of Fairy tale and steampunk is quite brilliant. Melanie has done it yet again with her third steampunk fairy tale retelling. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and this steampunk retelling was simply gorgeous. It had amazing imagery, a great rendition of the Beauty and the Beast tale, and a delightful e ...more