Trevelyan by Naomi Musch
While there were many elements I enjoyed about this story, I found the characters to be a little flat. Belle was just about perfect in both appearance and demeanor, while in contrast her sisters had virtually no redeeming qualities. I was interested in what would happen to the characters and enjoyed being a part of their world, but never felt a close connection with any of them. But if you'd like to see a new, beautifully-written spin on Beauty and the Beast, you should definitely check this out!
The Beast's Enchantress by Elizabeth Jane Kitchens
I adored this book! It got off to a bit of a slow start, but I loved the way the characters and events of Beauty and the Beast wove into Alexandria's story, and the lessons she learns about true beauty and worth were compelling and thought-provoking. Kitchens' writing evokes strong visual images, and I really enjoyed her world-building, especially the fascinating concept of Magic Collectors. And the romance! *Sigh* I can't say much without risking spoilers, but the romantic relationship developed in such a sweet, organic way, and the ending left me with a big, stupid grin on my face for hours. Seriously, just ask my husband - he was laughing at me :) Suffice it to say, if you like fairy tales, adventure, romance, character development, or all of the above, The Beast's Enchantress will not disappoint!
Do you have a favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling or related story? Do you prefer retellings that stay close to the original, or do you enjoy creative twists?
Thanks for reading!
The Beast's Enchantress: https://www.amazon.com/Beasts-Enchantress-Elizabeth-Jane-Kitchens/dp/1494311348/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473910876&sr=1-1&keywords=the+beast%27s+enchantress