Author: Meagan Spooner
“I will call you, Beauty, for that is what you are”
Goodreads Synopsis: 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: The synopsis of this book is very reminiscent of another popular book that everyone has read, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Although, I enjoyed reading that particular book, I wasn’t as in love with it as others were. Therefore, I really had no expectations for this book. Which, I think is the reason, I enjoyed it more than ACOTAR. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy ACORTAR, I just feel that this book is a lot darker and fantastical than ACOTAR. Considering it’s a standalone novel, I think it did a great job in setting up the world and creating its characters. I also love the little folk tales that are told within the book.
I’m a fan of the protagonist. I think her personality is realistic and one that people can relate to. Her everyday social circle as a merchant’s daughter is accurate and the fall of her family, and the outcome of the fall, is one that can be found throughout historical documents. This realistic venture is one that I enjoyed within the book. The fate of her father is actually one that I would rather have a fairy tale ending, but it’s understandable considering the situation. I thoroughly enjoyed all the little details that Spooner incorporated in the lives of the three girls.
Another thing that I highly enjoyed is the relationship of the three sisters with each other and their father. As usually the presence of a mom is not present, but at least we got to see how close all four people in the family are. Even their relationships with their dogs is heartwarming. I wish that we got to see more of the dad in the later part of the book, but wishful thinking on my behalf. I think all throughout the book, I’m a fan of all the male and female characters that Spooner introduce whether it be the minor players or the main people. The author did a great job in creating a fabulous story without having characters being morally corrupt.
The one point I’m still a bit confused about, and one that I wished she took a little more time in developing, is the transition between the fantasy world and Beauty’s world. That connection is a bit vague on her description and it took me several read to pain a picture in my head. Even then, I’m still a bit confused. A little bit more fluidity would have been nicer.
Overall, I highly enjoyed the book. I love the characters, I enjoyed the world and the writing, although nothing spectacular, is still a great read. Although, I have a few complaints, I’m still a happy reader. I’m fan of Spooner. I enjoyed her Starbound Trilogy and Unearthed novels with Amie Kaufman, I also enjoy her standalone novel, Hunted. Hopefully, she will release more novels just as great.