Book Review: Beauty: A Retelling Of The Story Of Beauty & the Beast

Book Review: Beauty: A Retelling Of The Story Of Beauty & the Beast

Celeste Bleeker, Staff Writer

First things first, I LOVE RETELLINGS OF FAIRY TALES. And this one by Robin McKinley is by far one of the very best ones I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot). The writing is beautiful and descriptive and the immersive language makes you feel like you are seeing the rich brocade dresses and frightening forest with your own two eyes. I binge-read this book in two hours, which is about three days of reading for you normal-speed readers.

From the appealing cover to the lavishly described ending, this book held me captive. The classic tale (not the Disney one) starts out with Honour (nicknamed Beauty) and her childhood. It progresses to the tragedy that soon falls upon their family and then the circumstances that lead to Beauty’s encounter with the Beast.

Harper Collins, the publisher, describes it like this: ”Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

(McKinley, Robin. “Beauty – Robin McKinley.” HarperCollins US, Imprint: HarperTeen, www.harpercollins.com/9780064404778/beauty.)

It’s sooooooo good and you need to go read it right at this exact moment. What are you doing here still? Go away!