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Beauty Conquers the Beast by Jenny Schwartz

Beauty Conquers the Beast

Summary:Lady Nora and Prince Alexander were never friends, and she can’t think of anyone more deserving of the curse that made him the Beast of the Sighaway Forest. But when six princesses from neighboring kingdoms fail to break the curse, it’s more than just the big and brutish Alexander who is suffering. For her country, and out of an overdeveloped sense of duty, Nora will enter the beast’s castle. She’ll fight mysterious magic and confront the secrets of her heart, but the elusive beast remains untamable. The shocking solution to breaking the curse will change Nora’s life forever.


1.5 Stars Spoilers.

So this past weekend I read two short 40 page something BATB  which both disappointed me. I wasn’t going to write a review on neither one of them but I need to rant about this one.

What that being said, this probably one of the most confusing BATB retellings I have read.  I can sum up this whole story in one sentence.

The beauty’s godmother who’s an enchantress, curse the Prince aka beast in order for him to admit that he loves the beauty who he knew since childhood even tho he wanted to court her three years priors to the story which the beauty godmother told him not to court her…. 

That’s it.

That’s the whole freaking story mix in with some unnecessary sexual tension.  It’s Much ado about Nothing mixed in with BATB..

What… the….. hell?

The author try to flip the story on it’s head but it failed miserably because it would have been better if the beauty admitted that she loved him since she though he didn’t like her at all.  It should have been her realizing that her childhood friend wasn’t bad at all and actually she actually loved him regardless if he’s a beast or not. It was honestly pointless to have the beast admit that he love her since you found out that he wanted to court her three years earlier after the beauty’s debut dance into society..It makes it double pointless that the godmother put this boy though shit when she knew that he liked her goddaughter.You put a curse on him for nothing! He wasn’t even an ass to her at all when he was still human. I’m pretty sure he going to make it clear to her that he did like/love her and have intentions on marrying her if they courted. So changing him to a beast which they spent like less than two days together (where she come to castle like it more of a business trip than anything)  where the majority of it spent them making out with sexual tension, him running from her every chance he got in self pity,  and giving a little back story of their childhood to save face for not really developing their relationship was pointless.

This whole freaking retelling was pointless!

This is the second BATB retelling that I have where the author tried to establish that the beauty knew the beast as childhood friends which failed miserably again.. I’m all for a version of BATB where they knew each other prior to the story( which I believe that it can be done)  but it can’t be used as crutch to not develop the relationship between them. You still have to develop their relationship on-screen and not used ” well they interacted when they were kids so it’s understood they love each other.” Nope! No way. You are not using that copout and I don’t care how long your story is.  You still have to establish a present relationship with them but only using them knowing each other as extra cushion.  If you don’t, their relationship would fail to seem believable.

Rant done!


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