Of Beast and Beauty by Chanda Hahn

Daughters of Eville Series Book 1

A Beauty and the Beast Retelling


Pages: 312
Genre: Young Adult / Fairy Tales / Urban Fantasy / Folklore Adaptation / Fairy Tale Retelling

Book Summary

(From Goodreads)

Something evil this way comes.
7 Vengeful Sisters
7 Fairytale Kingdoms
7 Daughters of Eville

Everyone dreams of marrying a prince—except for me. I am nothing more than a pawn in my adoptive mother’s diabolical plot against the seven kingdoms. I was the chosen tool, her sharpened blade that would cut the deepest into the heart of the Kingdom of Baist. But like all deadly weapons, my wedding is a two-edged sword that could cost me my soul.

For I am Rosalie, one of the adopted daughters of Lady Eville, and it is my duty to enter into a loveless and hate-filled marriage with the narcissistic Crown Prince of Baist. My choices and heart are not my own to give. Yet even in the thick of dire situations, beastly vengeance can give way to beautiful attraction.

Rating

4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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My Thoughts

Chanda’s writing style was easy to understand and it was a clean romance. I enjoyed how the book was written. I became committed to the story immediately and wanted to know more. I started reading it after 9pm and finished it the following afternoon at lunchtime, even though I had slept, gone to church, and made lunch with my hubby. That’s how much I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

The storyline was very well written. I don’t always enjoy the retelling of fairytales but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I will definitely read the rest of this series when I get a chance (so many books, so little time). It’s nothing that hasn’t been done before but I still enjoyed Chanda’s way of weaving her story.

Rosalie was a beautiful character that struggled to keep up with being evil. I loved how her story unfolds with Prince Xander and her relationships with the people around her. I even like the friendship that she forms with Pru. This story kept me guessing most of the time but I did sometimes guess right at an outcome.

The world that the author created made me feel like I was there with the characters. I wanted to get my popcorn out and watch the story unfold in front of me. Admittedly, the world-building wasn’t fully immersive but it worked fine for the story being told. I enjoyed all the characters in the book and they helped move the story forward nicely. I feel a little disappointed that it’s over because I enjoyed it so much! The dialogue is easy to follow and there was no swearing and I don’t recall God’s Name being used either.

Even though the characters got together sexually, it wasn’t detailed at all which I liked as well. There’s nothing that I feel I need to warn the reader about with this book. This is book one of the series but the story concludes and the next book is about one of the other daughters of Lady Eville.

This was a fun and easy read and I would love to read the other stories in the series (as I’ve said before). I love the covers… so beautiful! I would recommend this read to anyone that loves reading fantasy or fairy tale retelling or any of the other above-mentioned genres.

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