Author: Robin McKinley
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Romance
Beauty has a strange gift with plants – especially her roses. She loves them, and they grow for her – but people are beginning to whisper. Is it magic? Beauty does not believe so – but when she is sent to live with the mysterious Beast in his castle, she begins to discover things that she never thought she would.
This was a fun book – I’m always up for a good fairy-tale retelling. This is Robin McKinley’s second retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and I found it enjoyable, but there were a few things I didn’t really like.
1. Greenwitches and Sorcerers are mentioned a lot in the book – although right up until the very end, you never really meet one. It is found out that the Beast has a sorcerer’s powers. This was a disappointment, seeing as how I’m very agains tthe whole ‘good-witch’ ‘good-wizard’ thing, Greenwitch or no.
However, there was a pleasing lack of language and sexual situations. Still, wizardry/witchcraft portrayed as ‘good’ is against my principals, so I wouldn’t read it again.
2.5 out of 5 stars