Hello my fellow make believers and faerie tale lovers!
Today marks the first day of my Faerie Tale Fridays! Are you excited? Do you believe in faeries? Do you love faerie tales and retellings? If you answered yes to one, or all, then this is the place for you!
I will be kicking off Faerie Tale Friday with a review of Beauty and The Beast by K.M. Shea (Timeless Fairy Tales #1). K.M Shea is a talented Indie author who has spent most of her life with faerie tales flying around her mind. She has dedicated her writing to retelling beloved tales in enchanting ways.
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Book Title: Beauty & The Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales #1)
Book Author: K.M. Shea
Page Count: 272
Publishing Date: December 12th, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Date Read: December 5th, 2017
Synopsis: Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.
Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. However, he has given up all hope of shattering the curse after several painful and failed attempts to break it. As such he has only disdain for Elle, leaving her to the devices of his bossy servants. This suits Elle perfectly as she dislikes the entire royal family, Severin included.
Unfortunately for the unsuspecting pair, the chateau servants are determined to break the curse and spend the majority of their time pushing Elle and Severin together. After bonding over gardens, animals, and terrifying squirrels Elle and Severin show signs of friendship, and perhaps something more…
But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country.
If they really want the love of a lifetime Elle, a loyal liar, and Severin, an indifferent beast, will have to use every trick they know to survive.
The Original Faerie Tale:
Book Title: Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bete)
Book Author: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Page Count: 153
Publishing Date: First Published in 1740
Date Read: December 5th, 2017
Original in French.
“Beauty Fades, but the heart remains the same.”
Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale that has been re-written with enchantment and elegance. Kitty has done a fabulous job with keeping the faerie tale feel in her retelling, along with adding her own entertaining twists. Her take on this classic tale is rich and satisfying!
I loved the slower pace of this one. It allowed the story, and the love connection, to really flourish and grow, along with the whimsical characters. It wasn’t just “Belle and the Beast” that were developed here. I fell in love with Emele, Bernadine, Duval and Oliver. Each character had a part to play, and each character just fit with their own quirky personalities.
The story twists were enjoyable and had a bit of unpredictability to them. Severin’s character had quite a different background than we are used to with the tale. Elle was not your average “damsel in distress,” “book-nerd.” There was no Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, or Gaston. But there was an evil witch, and an enchantress. I loved how the story somewhat followed what is known from the tale, but also had whimsical changes that fit quite nicely. The story had humor, friendship, danger, intrigue, and a satisfyingly happy ending!
Kitty has an exceptional way of writing with beauty and poise. She also finds elegant ways to incorporate touching morals in to her stories. This one shimmered with hope and the importance of inner beauty. It was magical and beautiful. It spoke of friendship and true love.
“What is love but friendship set on fire?”
Quotes used are from the book, written by the author.
Faerie Tale Discussion:
I was lucky enough to find the unabridged, translated version of the original tale. I began to read it, but decided to put it down for a while. It began fairly slow, formal, and a little boring. Eventually I will see how it compares to other retellings I have read.
I look for beauty, whimsy, and make believe in my faerie tales and retellings. I also look for some sort of moral, and a happy ending (unless it is a horror retelling, of course) I feel like this retelling comes in a very close second to Hunted by Meagan Spooner, for me.
What do you look for in a faerie tale, or faerie tale retelling?
What is your favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling?
Have you read the original?
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