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The Subtle Beauty

The Subtle Beauty Kindle Book ReviewA cursed prince. A vain beauty. Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, High King of the Twelve Kingdoms. Glory hopes that – of all her sisters – she can escape the fate of a loveless marriage. But on the night she plans to elope with the royal falconer, her world comes crashing down: Her father announces Glory’s betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm – a prince no one has ever seen. The prince is said to be a recluse, cursed and deformed by the gods for the sins of his power-hungry father. Yet when Glory is trapped in Blackthorn Keep she discovers that not everything is what she expected. An insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince keep Glory reeling.
In this retelling of Beauty and The Beast, can Glory overcome her vanity to learn that what she wants isn’t what she needs—and save the cursed prince?

Beauty and The Beast was one of my favourite Disney films so when I saw that this book was a retelling of this classic my interest was piqued, and the blurb made me think I would really enjoy this book, but sadly this was not the case. The premise of the story was perfect; a curse, magical creatures, royalty, many things that would intrigue me in a story. However, I almost didn’t read it all because the prologue was really long and I kept losing interest, and if this is happening at the beginning of the book it can’t be good. The prologue took us to the past to see just how the Prince came to be deformed and cursed, but it was just too drawn out.

I just felt like the whole book needed some more developments; you never really get a chance to feel the love between Glory and Eoghan, it felt rushed and I was routing for Colin most of the time anyway, the guy she was in love with before being betrothed to the Prince. There also are parts that don’t add anything to the story and were just irrelevant really, like that the Princess is one of seven and each ones is linked to being one of the seven sins. I also found that I had a lot of unanswered questions; Queen Aowyn has a vision at the start of the book, where did the visions come from and why? Why did her maid tell the King about an evil man he could get help from knowing it would end badly? How did the King get out from under the grip of his evil sword?

I felt like this book could have been so much more, the writer is not a bad writer I just felt like the book came across as if she was rushed to finish it. I’m also not good with a book that is hard to understand, and it came across like she sat with a Thesaurus and picked the most complex, unknown words and I spent a lot of time just checking what they actually meant. It’s definitely a unique take on the classic and although it didn’t do it for me, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great read for many others. It is currently free to download The Subtle Beauty on the Kindle so if you’re going to give it a try, this is the perfect time.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Life as Mum

    A shame the book wasn’t as good as you thought. I love Beauty and the beast too!

    April 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    I am absolutely the same I love re-tellings of fairytales especially when they’re a bit darker so it’s a shame that this was disappointing for you. I highly recommend Drown which is a retelling of the Little Mermaid x

    April 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    It is such a shame this wasn’t as good as you thought it might be 🙁 always a shame when a book you have been looking forward to reading isn’t as good as you imagined. x

    April 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Oh what a shame you didn’t enjoy it as much as you expected – I find that really frustrating. Unfortunately I have a habit of reading a whole book to commit to it, even if I can’t stand the whole thing! H x

    April 20, 2016 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Sounds like an interesting read. I too love the Beauty and the Beast story.

    April 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Jessica McDonnell

    This sounds like a really interesting story, it’s a shame it wasn’t as you expected. Beauty and the Beast was my favourite fairytale.

    April 20, 2016 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply Sam Jeffery

    This sounds like a pretty good read, I’ll have to check it out, thanks for the heads up!

    April 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Lynette

    As it’s free, I might check it out as I love the idea. If it’s no good then nothing has been lost, apart from valuable reading time of course.

    April 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Kira C

    This sounds exactly like my kind of book! I love retelling of the old classics! I’m currently reading Cress, a retelling of repunzel! 😀

    April 20, 2016 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    What a pity that the book was not to your taste, its great to read an honest review.

    April 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Fashion and Style Police

    Shame it wasn’t as good. I don’t like my storylines to feel rushed.

    April 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    I do like the occasional fantasy story. It’s too bad this one wasn’t your favorite. The premise definitely sounded interesting.

    April 20, 2016 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply The London Mum

    Such a shame, like you said it has everything to be a great book such a pity it didn’t deliver.

    April 22, 2016 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    It’s a shame the book didn’t live up to your expectations but sounds like it was worth reading.

    April 22, 2016 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    There seem to be a lot of fairy tales being re-told, I have a book on my to do read list that re=tells the story of Snow White

    April 23, 2016 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Claire

    I love Beauty and the Beast, it’s a pity that this wasn’t what you hoped for.

    April 24, 2016 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply WhatLauraLoves

    Aw its such a shame that this seemed to be a rushed book. Its annoying when you feel as though you could have got more out of a story xxx

    April 25, 2016 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply dominika

    Beauty and The Beast was one of my favourites too! You are right, the beginning of the book must be very interesting to keep us reading, I never finish the books that have boring beginnings

    Dominika

    April 29, 2016 at 2:03 am
  • Reply Cassandra

    Ugh a not so great book is the worst thing ever. Especially when it could’ve been really good!

    April 29, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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