1 Star · BATB Retellings · Erotica · Fairy Tale Retellings · Rants · Whinny Protags

Tale As Old As Time: An After Hours Fairy Tale (Beauty and The Beast) by Elizabeth

Tale As Old As Time: An After Hours FairyTale (Beauty and The Beast) (Gods Series Book 1)Summary: Taking something that doesn’t belong to you has consequences…
Dr. John Charbonne messed up. He messed up…big time. He took something special, a rose, from his boss. The problem wasn’t the rose, it was that he got caught now he had to pay. He made a trade, his daughter for his life in exchange…
The moment Alcide ‘Beast’ Dios laid eyes on her picture, he was smitten. She was beautiful and her eyes called out to him. He accepted the trade with ease but she wasn’t what he expected.
Arabella Charbonne was tricked by her father and now, she was at the handsome stranger’s mercy. Made to leave one prison for another…When will she ever be free?

Review

0.3 Stars

You can also read it on GR.

Spoilers Galore

TW Rape

That was one of the worst BATB retellings I have read so far. I have read some bad ones but this one takes the cake. I’m all for a BATB retelling with Greek Mythology elements (cough ACOTAR series cough) since its likely that BATB was based off the myth of Eos and Psyche and the myth of Hades and Persephone got some BATB vibes as well  but with some structure which this had none. I should have known that it was going to be an failure from the moment I read the prologue..

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BATB Retellings · Two Stars · Whinny Protags

Falling for the Beast by Victorine E. Lieske

Summary: Aribelle is backed into the position of cleaning house for the horrible Mr. Thaddeus Walker. Not only is he rude, he’s dangerously secretive, going out at night and coming home with injuries which seem to heal mysteriously fast. She should be keeping her distance, not trying to break down his barriers. But the more she uncovers, the more attracted she becomes until the cost of exposing his secrets fades behind the risk of losing her heart.Thaddeus knows he should have sent the girl away instead of allowing her into his home. Now she’s asking questions he can’t answer. And the more time they spend together, the more he wishes he could pull her close and kiss her. But he can’t afford to do that. Beautiful Aribelle could never love a beast.  Falling for the Beast is a sweet romance

Review

2 stars You can also read it on my goodreads!

Received from Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

*take deep breaths*

Breathe in Breathe Out

ok.

This was probably the most mediocre, bland ,and juvenile BATB retellings I have ever read. The book was blander than having chicken with no season on it.

Let me get into the #1 reason why.

THE HERO AND HEROINE HAD ZERO I MEAN ZERO CHEMISTRY TOGETHER AND IT BORDERLINE INSTA-LOVE TO THE MAX.

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1 Star · BATB Retellings · Fairy Tale Retellings

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.

Review

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.

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1 Star · BATB Retellings

Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron

Taming BeautySummary:It’s best not to answer the door when the Earl of Dunaway comes knocking.
After learning this lesson by trial and error, as any good lesson ought to be learned, Miss Lilith Aberdeen fashioned a life for herself on the fringes of London society. She is the last lady likely to risk her independence or her heart on anything as fickle and frivolous as love. Or the waxing and waning of familial affection, for that matter. So, how is it she winds up journeying to the wilds of Cornwall to deliver the earl’s pampered, petulant daughter into the hands of the reclusive Baron Malleville?Blame it on the scandalous, unscrupulous and downright dissolute earl.Jasper Grimley has spent more than a decade living in self-imposed exile, tending his lands and waiting for his chosen bride to come of age. When his betrothed is plucked from his grasp mere months before the wedding, he sets in motion a plan to turn the Earl of Dunaway’s plethora of debts and profusion of daughters to his advantage. Unfortunately, when dealing with the earl, even the best laid plans have a tendency to fall to ruin, and Jasper soon finds himself beguiled by the wrong woman. Lilith is not the sweet, innocent, biddable bride he bargained with the devil to possess, but she just might be…The lady destined to lead him down the primrose path to happily-ever-after.

Review

1.5 Stars

I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

With that being said, let me get honest and I say that I wish I could have enjoyed this but I couldn’t at all. I’m really shocked I finished it because I was so close to dnfing a couple of times.  It had a pretty good premise but the execution of it wasn’t that good to me. In all honestly ,I kind of got confused and bored as I was reading. I didn’t connect with none of the characters which to many it was too many damn side characters and it wasn’t romance for straight up instalust. This supposed have been a full BATB retelling but in all honestly it didn’t feel like one to me.  It honestly felt like the author was trying to do her own version of Dangerous Liaisons mixed in with BATB but a little tamer.  Let me break it down farther.

Characters 

Lilith – Our heroine aka Beauty.  I tried so hard to connect with her,her story, and root for her but found myself not really caring about her at all. Her side telling it like it is to her sisters and her father come out being more rude than anything. She was also adamant to call her Sissy and her other sisters, sisters even tho they had different mama’s. She didn’t take any bullshit from the beast but it just felt like a game to get his trousers off ,embarrass him for letting his guard down for it to happen, and hopefully get her dimwitted of a sister out of marrying him. I did feel a little bad for her since her parents were not the best at all.Her dad was a freaking rolling stone with five children from different women ( he claim them all tho) and her mom was a famous courtesan just like her mom before her. So  playing the beast character for a sap was in her blood.

Jasper Our hero aka the Beast – My god! His ass was a straight up asshole that love to touch people without their consent and was only thinking with his head between his trousers and not the one on top of his body. During the whole book, I felt like he was only lusting after Lilith and didn’t truly love her. He just wanted what was under her petticoats and not her which made the romance so unbelievable to me. I think he loved his family since they were living at his house.

Sissy- Lilith’s sister  Oh I didn’t like her native behind at all. Lilith supposed to have been 22 while she was 18 but she acted like she was 12 years old while Lithe acted like she was 28-29 years old. I really could have done without her in this book since she was annoying as hell.

Earl of Dunaway Aka Lilith ,Sissy and the other three children dad I think The Temptations wrote ” Papa was a Rolling Stone” just for him because that what he was to the fullest. It’s bad enough the reason why Sissy had to marry Jasper because he went chasing the skirts of Jasper’s betrothed . At the same token tho,his whole game was to get Jasper to marry Lilith instead of Sissy in the first place. I didn’t like his character at all and the only thing good about him is that did claim all his children from his different baby mama’s.

That’s the only characters I’m naming cause it was too many side characters in this book for them to even have a slice of character depth in them. Also the fact the book added characters when the book was almost halfway done.

The Romance

Romance? What Romance?

This supposed to have romance in it?

I missed that memo!

There were no romance in this book but straight up lust Actually it was instalust since the majority of the book took place in 6 days since Lilith,Sissy and their dad supposed to have been at Jasper house 12 days before his and Sissy’s wedding.  So for six days, it just them doing verbal foreplay before they actually did foreplay in the bedroom on the 6th day. When Jasper first saw her, all he wanted to do was hurled her over his shoulder and take her to his room to ravage her. I think she was barely in the house for five mins before he was thinking how soft and ample she was under her corset and petticoats. Hell, he barely knew her freaking name and who she was kin too. I kept thinking during the whole time reading this that they met each other once before as maybe one of her brief lovers since the narrative hinted that she did have lovers like her mama and grandmamma. That would have worked because the lust and maybe love between the two would have been already established and they were just rekindling it. I was hoping for like a back story between the two which could have help since it was such a sort lustship. (not courtship) So when they got married at end, I felt like it was more of them doing that for the sake of they can take each clothes off again without too much scandal and not because they love each other. Also you don’t ” tame” people who you supposed to love…

The Writing

I was not a fan of the writing for some reason and I can’t put my finger on it. For one reason I think it was trying to be too english proper for that time period and it fell flat. In all honestly, the best part of the book was the smut that I wasn’t expecting at all. I love smut as much as the next person but if  the only best thing out of the book is the smut and not the characters or the plot something is wrong in my eyes.  I always felt like smut should be the cherry on the top when it comes to books that are either Adult or New Adult but not erotica. It should be something if it’s there or not you should be able to enjoy book plot, characters and writing. In this one, it was the only that kept me for finishing the whole book because it was the only thing I didn’t skim over. ..

All in All I wish I could have enjoyed it but just fell completely flat for me.

Do I recommend it?

Not really unless you want a BATB retelling with hardly no substance but two people playing games to get the other’s pants…

Badass Protags · BATB Retellings · Three Stars

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Steampunk Proper Romance #1)When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border.Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Could Miles himself be to blame for the deaths?Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?

Review

3.5 Stars

This was looking like a solid 4 until the last 20-30% of the book. It was good enough to keep me interested and finish the book but it has it’s major problems. I just feel like it had too much going on that the author didn’t have time to completely flesh out and it was all over the place.

You had

  • Steampunk which was there but should have been flesh out a little more.
  • Vampires  and Werewolves which were never really explained on how they become  to exist in Victorian London.
  • A ghost who probably had more character depth that all the characters combined  ( even the main two characters) even with no speaking parts.
  • Two Murder Mysteries which was intriguing.
  • An attempted murder.
  • Blackmail which was kind of pointless.
  • A heroine that even tho I liked her and though was a badass was kind of Mary Sueish cause she was perfect in everything.
  • A hero who can shifted into a wolf but it’s never fully explained how and if it’s a curse he can break.  He was broody as hell which he pass the beast scale.
  • A shitton of side characters that had no freaking depth and really didn’t care about..
  • A villain that had no depth that I really didn’t give a damn about.
  • A romance that was good in the beginning with the Heroine and Hero having with banner and interaction but felt kind of flat towards to the end. That it honestly felt that hero was trying to get into the heroine corset towards the end. Call me old fashion but I like to hear a declaration of love before or during a marriage proposal and not like two chapters after they are engaged.  I was swooning over the declaration of love more than them getting engaged.

I just wish the author picked like maybe four of the things on the list and focus on those things instead of putting a shition of things in here that made the plot felt contrived. The book would have been way stronger if she did instead of being weak.

This supposed to have  been a BATB retelling mixed in with Jane Eyre but it remind me more of Pride and Prejudice mixed with BATB than Jane Eyre mixed with BATB. I think because I not really familiar with JE with only seeing one adaption of while seeing like four adaptations of P&P and of course being highly verse in BATB . Even tho she kind of didn’t follow the formula of BATB was kind of confusing.

All in All in was ok read. Something that I probably won’t read again.

Would I recommend?

Yes If you want a BATB story with some steampunk.

 

BATB Retellings · Three Stars

Ruby and the Beast by Ditter Kellen

Ruby and the Beast: A Beauty and the Beast NovelSummary: After the sudden death of her father, Ruby Atwood is forced to drop out of college to care for her younger brother. Deep in debt and on the verge of desolation, Ruby resorts to some shady dealings on the streets of New Orleans, in order to put food on the table for her small family. Until one night in a dark alley, she discovers a hideous beast she could never have imagined in her darkest nightmares. Cloaked in darkness, the Beast prowls the back alleys of New Orleans, lonely, savage and bereft of hope, his demon clawing at him. With the man responsible for his curse now dead, the Beast seeks out the only other person who can satisfy the demon within—the man’s daughter, Ruby Atwood.
Trapped, with nowhere to run, Ruby quickly realizes she must use her wits to stay alive or face certain death at the hands of a monster. But the more she tries to escape, the more she is drawn to the Beast. Desire and fear clash, creating an unforgettable story of hope, trust and a love found only in fairy tales…

Review

3 Stars

This was initially going to get four stars but the more I think about it, the more I have problems with it.

Pros

1.I love our MC Ruby and she was probably the best thing about the story. She was sarcastic,loving and didn’t put up with the beast Lincoln’s  bullshit and possessive behavior.  I love how much she loved her brother and do anything for him.

2. I liked the side characters like her brother and the servants but they need  more backstory to them.

3. The fact both of them were virgins was a plus even tho a woman virginity should be treated as a ” precious gift” to the guy but that’s a feminist rant for later…

4. The backstory as to why the beast got curse was pretty damn good. It wasn’t his fault in one just like in the OG BATB.

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Badass Protags · BATB Retellings · Faves · Four Stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

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Summary: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

 

My Review: Spoilers (Somewhat)

4 Stars!

Oh boy boy boy boy boy.

My most anticipated book of 2017.

The book I been dying to have in my hands since May of last year.

Was it as good? Yes but not without its disappointments

Was it better than ACOMAF? Hell No! Not by a freaking long shot.

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BATB Retellings · Fairy Tale Retellings · Two Stars

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted

Summary

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast

Review:

1.5 Stars

Some spoilers

I’m so disappointed in this book that it doesn’t even deserve a review but I’ll write one..

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it just disappointed me. ( Yall know how I am with BATB retellings.)

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Beauty and the Beast by K.M. Shea

Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales, #1)

Summary: Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is unwillingly forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. He has given up all hope of shattering the curse, and has only disdain for Elle.Unfortunately, the pair can’t seem to avoid each other thanks to the meddling of the chateau’s cursed servants. Eventually Elle’s playful manners and Severin’s hidden gentleness draw the pair together.But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country. When Elle risks everything to save Severin, will he be able to forgive her for her lies?

My review

This one was close to getting 4 stars but the last two chapters bumped it to 3. 5 stars. The last two chapters was rushed to me. Also how Elle was treated by Servin and the rest of his people after the real truth come out disappointed me. It felt it very cliche how none of them believe her and refused to listen to her but the little boy. All in all it was a good retelling of BATB with a interesting twist.