Title: Beauty’s Beast
Author: Amanda Ashley
Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Zebra
Genre: Adult ~ Fantasy
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Cover Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 1/5
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself…
And the Beast
Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes slowly gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born—that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts…
Honestly, I didn’t like Beauty’s Beast at all. The description and cover were pretty amazing sounding and looking but in the end I felt a little deceived by them. I couldn’t like anything about this book. I wish I had liked it more but I just didn’t unfortunately.
I love retellings, especiallye fairy tales retellings so much. I really thought this book was going to be fantastic but it disappointed me. The first thing that put me off was the writing. I really didn’t like it. It was a little choppy and the conversations felt awkward.
The characters were another thing that put me off. Kristine was kinda… weak. I like female characters that are fierce and independend but she was anything but. All in all, Erik wasn’t the worst to read about but I still didn’t really like him all that much. He was just meh. The romance between them was just the worst. I didn’t like the way they started and how the story went for them. There was no world and character building whatsoever.
And another thing… are there supposed to be winks to The Phantom of the Opera in this book? I’m not sure but there’s a mask involved and two characters that are named Erik and Kristine? If this is so, then it’s pretty nicely done. But that’s the only possitive thing I could say about this book and I’m not even sure if the author meant for this to be so.
So overall, Beauty’s Beast by Amanda Ashley is definitely not a favorite book of mine. I was extremely bored and frustrated throughout reading this story. The characters, the writing and the story in general was pretty disappointing, cheap even and just awful in my opnion.