Author: Robin McKinley
Release Date: July 26th, 2005 (originally January 1st, 1978)
Pages: 325 (Paperback)
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Fairytale Retelling
Read: from July 6 to 10, 2012
Source & Shelf: Purchase | Own
A strange imprisonment…
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?”
Robin McKinley’s beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.
This was such a fantastic book I had a small problem believing I’d actually finished it because I didn’t wanted it to end.
First things first, however, I only want to say that I didn’t gave it 5* stars because of the ending. It was, for me, a bit rushed and if the book had more, let’s say, 50 pages, it would have been simply perfect. Despite that small thing, this book made me dream and wish to be the main character.
Beauty, birth named Honor, is a simple young girl whose life changes forever with her father’s misfortunes. She moves with her family and after settling down and after restarting her new life, her whole world turns upside-down once again. This time, forever.
Knowing the story of “Beauty and the Beast” – and loving the Disney version and crying over and over whenever I see that movie (and I’m 23 years old) – I already knew what was going to happen – spoiling the end since I was a kid. But the way Robin McKinley created this new version and vision was simply breathtaking. She added more depth to the main plot loved by millions and turned a fairy-tale romance into a complete master-piece.
The story was easy to follow, being told by Beauty’s perspective. The way the story within the castle and her ever growing affection for the Beast was told, gave it a new, deep and true personality.
McKinley would never go astray in the storytelling and her main goal was easily achieved: it made us dream for more.