Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (1978)

BeautyNow this is a fairy tale retelling! I picked it up because Alex Flinn’s Beastly put my in the mood but didn’t satisfy. McKinley delivered.

She brings dimension to the story. Beauty becomes a person, one I very much enjoy and relate to, though she is living in a very different era. The Beast and the magic enveloping him is tantalizing. Invisible servents. Talking dishware. A rose garden in eternal bloom. Every night the Beast asks Beauty to marry him. Every night she says no. When she finally realizes her love and accepts, the spell is undone.

It left me wanting more, in a good way! My only grip is that it ended entirely too quickly. The spell is broken, everyone appears and that’s that.


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