Monday, February 18, 2013

Beauty and the Beast

By Jenni James

 A prince by day and a wolf by night-

Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.

Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?

Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable-though perhaps he’s changed right before her eyes. He’s not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now…but then again, so is the beast.


This was so stinking cute.  As a story it held me captivated and I read it in a day. It was a lovely rehash of my favorite fairy tale. Basically you have the werewolf prince who was a jerk to everyone under his station, including Ceclia, who is one of those people who is annoyingly good. When he is turned into a werewolf it is a maturing experience for him, and he becomes both more observant toward others, but stoic and silent in his troubles of the kingdom and ruling when he isn’t even human. I enjoyed this so much because of the dynamic between beast, Cecelia, and Alexander. There were, of course, things that bothered me though.  As per usual, it’s difficult to show the slow process of change within the prince, so it felt like it was this sudden happening where all at once he became gentle and loving. The story was too quick for me, I would’ve rather had it drawn out more. I want to slowly fall in love with the characters as they start to really see each other. But this was fantastic for a romantic warm-fuzzy book. If you enjoy the fairy tale, I highly suggest this book.


I give it a 3 ½ out of 5

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