Author: Kate Avery Ellison
Date Published: May 14th 2011
Genre(s): YA, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: When her father tries to steal a magic cure for his sick wife from the beastly master of the mysterious mansion outside her home town, seventeen-year-old Bee is the one forced to go live with him. But Will isn't anything like she expected. He's the same age as she is, for one thing. He's also really handsome, contrary to local legend.
Well, maybe the whole "beast" thing is meant to be metaphorical, because he's a total jerk.
Between the house's weird magic and Will's snobby attitude, the situation is nearly unbearable, and Bee only wants to escape. But the house is sealed by magic, and they can only leave if they break the curse.
The witch who cursed Will left him a way to break it, and the answer lies in a riddle. Although Bee would rather eat dirt than be nice to Will, they're going to have to learn to work together if they want to solve it and break the curse.
Because time is running out...
This was an enjoyable short read, but I think I set myself up for disappointment. This book has received great reviews and had a beautiful cover so I was expecting something more than what I got. Naturally the story was pretty predictable because it is a re-do of “Beauty and the Beast,” which everyone already knows. I think I would have liked this better if I hadn’t heard of “Beastly” first, because that is a hard one to follow after. That being said, I did love the dialog between the characters. You could really see them changing and starting to like…then love one another. I also think the concept of the curse coming from a witch that is now in the “Fay Lands” rather interesting and would like to read more about that magical world. Beauty was very lovable and sweet and it was always easy to relate to her. A cute afternoon read for any YA lover.
What did you think about it?
I recommend this to YA lovers and anyone who loves your classic fairy tale! If you liked this book I would suggest trying Beastly by Alex Flinn or As You Wish by Jackson Pearce, which is on my to-read shelf as well!