Book Review- Belle: A Retelling Of Beauty And The Beast by Cameron Dokey

synopsis 2

Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love. 

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.


 

My Thoughts 2

 

Charming. Enchanting. Easy for the mind. 

 

It was the beautiful cover that got me interested in this book. That, and the fact that I was on vacation and didn´t really want to read a book with 350+ pages. Instead, I picked this 204 page novel with the stunning cover.

As for the story….

Belle` by author Cameron Dokey is a simple and uncomplicated retelling of `Beauty And The Beast`. There´s nothing heavy or highly emotional about this retell. Belle

I would guess that adding overly dramatic scenes would have demanded more pages… so it´s no surprise that this book wasn´t the full-blown romance we´ve all come to love.

While the story was good ( as one would expect it to be. It´s Belle and the Beast! ) it still differed from the versions we have branded into our brains.

Belle´s life is different. The whole story has been worked on, giving us readers an altered Belle with 2 living parents and kind siblings.

The added family theme was a nice change of wallpaper. The details were ( to a certain point ) perfect. All was okay about this retelling version except for the subtle / not so subtle issues.

I´m a fan of details. In `Belle` I received a well-balanced flow of character development and details, which I fully appreciated. As I enjoyed the great story-build-up I also felt the amount of pages I had left to read. A little spooky when knowing there´s actually SO MUCH MORE to the story. I was a little over 100 pages in to the book and I was still reading about everything except for the Beast.

But I had faith. The book might be only 204 pages thin but there was still enough room to add the Hero. And that´s where I began to be bothered. The Hero is usually introduced after the first few pages, if not, then surely after the second chapter. From the point where Hero and Heroine meet there´s some sort of connection development from there on. In `Belle`there was nothing of the sort.

And when Belle and Beasts golden moment arrived I was slightly disappointed. Because it wasn´t as drawn out as I had thought it would be. It was actually short-lived and questionable, to say the least.

Even the big end scene wasn´t drawn out, as it should have been. In fact- The moment of moments was cut short. Belle and her family received lots of limelight and the Beast received a few pages. Correct me if I´m wrong- Doesn´t it add to the dramatic scene when drama is included? Thoughts on this, anyone?

The author has one thing going for her: Her writing style. It´s simple but romantic. It´s colorful and soft. Actually fitting for fairy tales. I found myself falling for her words and enjoying the way she wields them in her story.

What´s missing is balance and pace. Those two aspects drove me bonkers while reading `Belle`.

This is a complicated review to write because on the one side I experienced wonderful characters and great details. Character development plays a huge role in books as it gives a story life. Crappy characters = crappy story ( no matter if it´s a retelling or not ).

But on the other hand, the imbalance and slow pace – turned – fast pace were confusing and made my reading experience odd.

Would I recommend this book? I would. But only if readers approach this read without expecting anything major.

Would I reread this book? Probably not. I´ll stick with the other versions I´ve read.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( Stunning )

The Story – 3 stars ( It´s basically Beauty and the Beast fanfic. I appreciated some parts while I didn´t appreciate the technical sides )

The Characters – 4 stars ( I can´t stress this out enough: character development is everything. It´s what a reader gets in this read.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Meeh.

3 stars

This book is available on Amazon.com

 

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Review- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Book Description

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

 

My Thoughts

I said I would get out of my genre comfort-zone and that´s exactly what I did.

I saw the book cover for `The Cruel Prince` by New York Times bestselling author Holly Black and I knew I this was going to be my first 2018 fairytale read. The Cruel Prince

The fact that this book went way beyond my safe-bookish-place would be an understatement, yet I still enjoyed it.

I´d say it was a great experience filled with firsts. This was the first time I´d read anything from Holly Black. I´m a fan now. Her writing is engaging and her storytelling ability is fab. It was also the first time I had read anything like this book.

`The Cuel Prince` started out really cool with a day-to-day scene but with a dark twist. A game changer I didn´t see coming. And what a nice change of wallpaper it was to read about humans living in a world of magic and liking it.

A very colorful and adventurous tale.

What I loved most was the dedication and the map ( God, that map is just so cute ). The map was super helpful while reading because I find it difficult to imagine newly created worlds.

But still, there was something missing for me. I can´t really put my finger on it but it bugged me a bit.

I won´t say that this wasn´t my cup of tea because the story was actually good and I had a great time while reading but I just didn´t spend days afterwards thinking about the story. I didn´t have a bookhanger nor did I feel the need to hit up one of my book besties and rave about the story. Stuff I would usually do after reading a book.

Perhaps that´ll happen with book #2? Let´s keep our fingers crossed. Rumor has it that the next book will come out sometime around 2019. Until then it´s going to be a keep-eyes-open year for news.

All in all I´d say `The Cruel Prince` (The Folk Of The Air #1) was a decent out-of-my-genre-comfort-zone read. ( If that makes any sense)

Would I reread this book? I´m not sure. Let´s wait for book #2 and decide then.

Would I recommend this book? Sure! It´s a great story.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Absolutely gorgeous. I love it. A total eye-catcher.)

The Story – 3 stars ( Although I liked it I felt that a few key points were missing. Maybe that can be blamed on me comparing the book to a contemporary romance. Remember, I´m expanding my horizon! )

The Characters – 3 stars ( They were good. I liked them.)

My emotional state after finishing this read– Satisfied.

I´m giving `The Cruel Prince` by Holly Black 3 out of 5 positive stars.

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Purchase Links

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.de

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