Thursday, September 12, 2013 13:44

Review 195. Jenni James – Beauty & Sleeping beauty.

13570639Title: Beauty and the beast.
Pages: 142.
Published: June 4th 2012
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Sort: First stand-alone in the Faerie Tale collection.

A prince by day and a wolf by night— Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster. Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him? Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he's changed right before her eyes. He's not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now... but then again, so is the beast.
Rating: 3 out of 5.

Ahhhh, my love for fairytales drooled when I saw this cover and blurb. I mean, beauty and the beast retelling with a paranormal twist? Sounds great to me and this story definitely delivered something new.

Cecelia hates prince Alexander (and she has some good reasons for that), but she befriends a talking wolf. She doesn’t know that the wolf is actually Alexander who was punished by a witch. He has one year to find someone to love him in this condition. Although it’s strange that someone can fall in love with a wolf, I still liked the moral of this story. The wolf is a good friend after all and I like his advices. The writing-style is nothing fancy, just fast-paced and quick. This is a book you want to read when you are busy, because it’s fun and easy.


13637988Title: Sleeping beauty.
Pages: 142.
Published: June 4th 2012
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Sort: Second stand-alone in the Faerie Tale collection.

The sleeping girl has no idea she is asleep. After Aleyna witnessed the cruel deaths of her family, she was put to sleep by Ezralon the unicorn. He has been keeping her safe, hidden in the forest, until her true prince could come and rescue her. While Aleyna is protected in the forest, her spirit walks the halls of her ruined, deserted castle in a dream-like existence, believing everything is still perfect. However, she is halted in this state—almost as if time were frozen—until the prince awakens her. Prince Darién of Lybrooke Court loves a challenge as much as the next man, but believes it will be a fool’s errand to rescue a ghost who is already dead! He’s convinced no one could have survived sleeping thirty years, so what is the point of rescuing a girl who is quite content to haunt on her own? Of course, if Darién wasn’t so afraid of ghouls, this whole thing could be much easier to fathom.
Rating: 3 out of 5.

I really liked it. Another original retelling about Sleeping beauty. I haven’t read anything with this paranormal twist before. Aleyna has been put into a sleep by the unicorn Ezralon. He is waiting for the perfect time to wake her and he is also protecting her from harmful memories. In the mean time, he let her ghosts wander in a fantasy world where she is surrounded by people.

Darién is challenged by his friends to find Aleyna. There is a myth about her ghosts and Darién, despite his fear of ghosts, decides to put it to the test. He doesn’t believe the stories, until he falls in love with Aleyna’s ghosts. I liked that Sleeping beauty is in an induced sleep to keep her protected and the battle was good. Aleyna is a girl with great spirit and I liked her chemistry with Darién. It’s a pretty severe case of insta-love, but that's what you can expect from such a short fairytale.

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

24 comments:

  1. I haven't read mny fairytale retellings of the late- mainly because I don't know any good ones. I shall now consider this series!

    Fab reviews, Mel! <33

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    1. Do you need some recommendations? I have some titles ;)

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  2. The Beauty and the Beast retelling actually intrigues me. I like the idea that the Beast is able to shape-shift into his human form from time to time.

    Despite your minute problems with these books, I think they're great finds for someone like me. Thanks, Mel!

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  3. The Sleeping Beauty one sounds really original with all the ghosts, but I'll probably stay away from it for the insta-love problem. But I think you're right, that seems kind of unavoidable in such a short book. The Beauty and the Beast one looks really good. I love a good fast-paced book! Great reviews, Mel :D

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    1. Yes, but it's not bad when you keep in mind that it goes pretty quickly. It has something sweet too :)

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  4. I don't read retellings if I can avoid them, which I usually can, but The Sleeping Beauty with ghosts sounds fascinating even to me. Plus, there's a unicorn, so it must be awesome, right?
    Great reviews, Mel.

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  5. Sometimes a cut fun fairytale romance is exactly the kind of book you need to read. I definitely like the sounds of these novellas, especially the B&B one! Beast as a wolf? That just sounds too cute.
    I think I may have to see if I can get my hands on these books, as they seem like really sweet reads :D
    Chiara @ Books For A Delicate Eternity

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    1. Sweet, cute and fun are the three words to describe it!

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  6. I can never really work out if I should accept insta-love when it comes to fairy-tale retellings - It does make sense sometimes, but it doesn't always make me happy. I really like the sound of both of these books though, especially the Beauty and the Beast story. I haven't heard of this collection before, but I will be sure to check it out now. Great reviews! :)

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    1. I agree. I'm not a fan of it, but sometimes it's inevitable.

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  7. Beauty and the Beast sounds great, though I don't think I would check it out because I've been more in the mood for deep, dark, and totally engrossing books that can go for three hundred pages without boring me. But Sleeping Beauty sounds ever better! I like how it has kind of a creepy feel to it, though bleh for insta-love. Thanks for such helpful reviews, Mel!

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    1. I have moods. Sometimes I want those easy, light and fun books, sometimes I want the ones you describe.

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  8. You keep sharing all these pretty covers. So unfair! You make me want to read them all, lol. <3 But not for me yet. But I am hoping that I will want to read them in a few years, maybe :D I'm glad you enjoyed both books :) They do sound pretty awesome. And oh, I do love fairy tales. Amazing reviews :) Thank you for sharing Mel. <3

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  9. Hmm, I not sure how I would like retellings with a paranormal twist, I'm kind of picky about paranormal nowadays. I know what you mean when you say you sometimes need a light read, and these sound like just the type of book I would like at those times.

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  10. Ohh this looks promising but based on your critiques maybe not for me!

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  11. I have a couple of these and I just need to get them read. I'm not expecting them to be super great, but just easy reads. My rating might be close to yours, but we'll see. I haven't been over for a while and have some catching up to do on your reviews. ;)

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  12. Sounds like these both have some interesting moments but maybe aren't particularly worth searching out. If I stumbled across them, I'd want to give them a read but I won't make any effort.

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  13. This is the first time I'm hearing about these books! I do love fairytale retellings, but most of the time I find myself gravitating toward something perhaps a little darker than these novels? It's great to see chemistry between the characters, but eh, instalove... Maybe not something I'd pick up right away, but they do seem interesting enough. I'll definitely keep these stories in mind for when I'm in the mood!

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