Author: Jenni James
Publication: June 4th, 2012
Series: Faerie Tale Collection #1
Source: Inter-library loan
Read: February 1st- February 2nd 2014
Summary (from Goodreads):
I really debated whether to review this book or not. I decided to because I do plan to read the rest of the series, but otherwise I probably would not have reviewed this book. Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James was a book I was just kind of meh about. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.
In fact I read Beauty and the Beast in the time period of two days. By all counts it would seem like a page turner, but it is actually just a really easy read. What I look for in fairy tale retellings is complex characters, and that the author adds something new to the original story. I don't feel like Jenni James completed either of these tasks. She changed the story sure. Our Belle (Cecelia) was never trapped by the beast and our beast (Alexander) was only a beast at night (reminds me a bit of Shrek). Besides those two details I don't feel like Jenni James added much to the story.
The characters seemed pretty dull to me. It might of been that she was writing in third person which I don't always prefer, but I don't feel like she spent enough time focusing on Cecelia and Alexander's personalities.
Although I did enjoy this book I was not overly thrilled by it. I do plan to continue the series to see how the other fairy tales play out.