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 ...more
The book is a retelling of "Beauty and the beast" but for me, it was way too close to that story. The only differenc ...more
Overall this is sadly more of an eclectic piece of fanfiction that - moderately successfully - combines several different elements (Cel ...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
The story is set ...more
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, ...more
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
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 ...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.
Nominated for a 2018 ...more
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
“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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more