Beauty a retelling of the story beauty and the beast


Beauty and the Beast retold by H. Chuku Lee, illustrated by Pat Cummings

In this remarkable retelling of Beauty and the Beast, award-winning illustrator Pat Cummings creates an enchanted fairy-tale world flavored by the art, architecture, and culture of West Africa, while writer H. Chuku Lee stays true to the story of this beloved classic. With breathtaking palatial settings inspired by the Dogon tribe of Mali and dazzling costumes reminiscent of the clothing seen on Cummings’s own trip to Africa, Beauty and the Beast becomes so much more than just a story—it’s a visual and cultural experience.

When her father is taken prisoner by a fearsome Beast, Beauty begs the captor to take her instead. The Beast agrees, locking her away in his palace. Though he will give her whatever her heart desires—jewels, gowns, her own living quarters—she is forbidden to leave. Over time, however, Beauty sees the gentler side of the Beast, and an unexpected bond forms. But will it be strong enough to break a curse that threatens the Beast’s life?


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is not a review per se, more like your truly’s thoughts and feelings about this book.

You can find the Goodreads summary here.

Goodreads rating: 4.36

Guys, this was SO GOOD. It’s one of those books that makes you want to reread it the second you’re finished with it. You devour it and you just need to go back and relieve the awesomeness again. It’s THAT good. I read it in two days and never even felt the time pass. 

It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but with Sarah’s stunning writing, it becomes so much more than that. It becomes a story in its own, original and breathtaking, with compelling characters, set in a beautiful world that screams fantasy. It’s the story of Feyre, a human girl who kills a wolf in the woods, only to later find out it was actually a faerie; she must pay retribution for what she’s done and, when Tamlin, the beast, comes to collect her, she goes with him to his court. There, she finds out about a curse place upon it and she discovers more and more about the world of faeries, which endangers her.

I am having trouble expressing just how much I loved this book and this story. It’s beautifully written, slow paced at first, but building up as it gains strength. The best part for me was the fact that it didn’t feel like a retelling, it felt original and only when I really sat and thought on it did I spot the similarities with The Beauty and the Beast. For me, that’s a plus. I loved the twists and turns that Sarah weaved in the story and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us in the next book. 

I adored the characters. Feyre is an incredible female character and I loved her interactions with the three boys in her life: Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand. She’s smart, determined, ruthless when it comes to protecting the ones she loves. Her relationship with Tamlin took my breath away and I ship them to infinity and beyond. I loved that Sarah wasn’t afraid to explore a more sensual relationship between them and she did it so well - those scenes are sexy and hot and I loved them. I have my issues with Rhys, but I’m very curious to see where their relationship will end up in the next book. As for Lucien, bless his soul, he must be protected at all costs!

All in all, read this book and do it now. It’s fantastic. If you’re a Maas fan, this is definitely for you. And if you’re only now looking into her, I’d recommend starting with A Court of Thorns and Roses, it’s easier to get into than Throne of Glass and it will allow you to familiarize with her beautiful writing. 2016 can’t come fast enough!

Favourite quotes:

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”


To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)

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Non-Spoilery Section: When I first heard about this book, I had just started reading the ‘Throne of Glass’ series in 2014. Though this book sparked my interest, I never did pick it up until last month during the Sarah J Maas signing I attended.  Even after I picked it up, I didn’t start reading it until last week. And let me tell you, I completely regret not reading this amazing book sooner. Sarah J Maas has done it again. She has created a fantasy series with a strong female lead, a beautiful and intricate world, and gorgeous male characters you can’t help falling in love with.

So this book is actually a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling but in my opinion, ACOTAR is better off described as ‘based off’ Beauty and the Beast rather than ‘retold’ because while this book takes certain concepts from the story of Beauty and the Beast, it’s too unique and ‘it’s own’ to actually be considered a retelling.
This story is in first-person point of view and a huntress named Feyre is the narrator. One day, while hunting for food for her starving family, she comes across a wolf and shoots him. What she doesn’t know is that the wolf she killed was actually a faerie. In Feyre’s world, a treaty exists between humans and faeries and because of that treaty, Feyre is forced to leave her home and her family to live in the fae lands of Prythian for the rest of her life.

If you were to ask me which series I like better, Throne of Glass or this one, I’d say Throne of Glass. This series is great and everything, but to me the Throne of Glass world seems more colorful and enticing than this one.
I do however give this book a five out five stars and then some. If you tell me you’re in the mood for an epic fantasy read with magic, gorgeous faeries, a bitchy villain, and hot sex, I would thrust this book into your hands and whisper ‘Rhyasnd’ in your ear before disappearing into the shadows.

Spoilery Section:  One of the things I loved the most about this book was seeing the world through Feyre’s artist eyes. Sarah J Maas is able to describe things so beautifully. Personally, a beautiful and detailed description in a book does a lot for me.

So let’s talk about Feyre for a minute. She’s cold and prickly, stubborn and prideful, frustrating and kinda stupid at times. I understand her coldness, I do. Her world was literal hell, how else would she be able to cool herself down in a hellish world unless she built an ice wall around herself? But her stubbornness and her stupidity really got under my nerves at times. I mean c’mon Feyre! Wasn’t she at least a little bit suspicious when she saw her lame father in Prythian? Well, at least she knows that she should shut the hell up, even if she doesn’t. Also, why did she have to be so damn stubborn when Tamlin offered to teach her to read? C’MON FEYRE LEARNING TO READ WILL BE A VALUABLE THING. IF RHYSAND HADN’T HELPED YOU DURING THE SECOND TRIAL YOU’D BE SPLATTERED AGAINST AMARANTHA’S WALL. STUPID FEYRE. I also damn near through this book at wall in frustration when Feyre didn’t say ‘I love you’ to Tamlin sooner. But then again, no drama, no story.

So concerning Tamlin…. What can I say? He’s a sexy flower puppy who rules over flower land. He’s clueless about flirting and is overall just this cute, loving, sexy fae High Lord who Feyre and Amarantha want to bang. During the story, it’s evident that there is something wrong with Tamlin’s magic, he tells Feyre that the magic is malfunctioning or something but the truth is, he’s been cursed by Amarantha. All the High Lords have been stripped of most of their powers and put under her control. I mean, Amarantha sucks but Tamlin really shouldn’t have said what he did about Amarantha’s sister. That was below the belt, mate. Who else pictures him with like, Wolverine claws though?
Out of all the characters in ACOTAR, Lucien is probably my favorite. Lucien is like the Kenji Kishimoto, Leo Valdez, Uriah Pedrad, Finnick Odair, etc. of this story. In short, he is the unappreciated sidekick character everybody loves. He exists to provide comic relief, great advice, and hella comebacks. The conversations between Lucien and Feyre fill me with joy. I just wish Feyre was as good as Celeana when it comes to comebacks, it would do wonders for this book.

I tend to do that quite a lot actually. I tend to wonder what it would be like if Celaena was in Feyre’s place. I’d like to think Celaena would’ve been able to sneak Under the Mountain without getting caught. She also would’ve murdered Amarantha without waiting for riddles or tasks. And speaking of which, CELEANA WOULD’VE SOLVED THAT GODAMN RIDDLE IN 0.5 SECONDS FLAT. I skipped a little bit forward so I knew that the answer to the riddle was love, but dammit Feyre, the riddle isn’t that hard.
Another thing I tend to do while reading this book is forget that the faeries of the Spring Court wear masks. But that’s not important.
Okay so can we talk about how spring comes through the power of hot sex? And also can we talk about how stupid it was for Tamlin and Lucien to not tall Feyre about what exactly happens during Fire Night? I mean, A NATRUALLY STUBBORN HUMAN IS LIVING WITH YOU AND YOU DON’T TELL HER ABOUT FIRE NIGHT?  YOUDON’T TELL HER THAT IF SHE STEPPED FOOT OUTDOORS SHE COULD POSSIBLY GET RAPED? DAMMIT LUCIEN. DAMMIT TAMLIN.

So yeah, stubborn Feyre goes out during Fire Night or as I like to call it, ‘Weird faerie orgy ritual thing’ and she nearly gets raped until our prince Charming swoops in to save the day. Before reading ACOTAR, I already knew about the much-loved character of Rhysand. And of course Rhys is the beautiful bad boy who doesn’t wanna accept his feelings and issues. Why is it that these asshole, trashbag characters are the ones to always capture our hearts? WHY? So Rhys is the High Lord of the Night Court, and I love him. To be honest, I didn’t understand why people liked him. He was an asshole! I was so pissed at him for drugging Feyre and making her give him lap dances and whatnot. Even if he thought he was helping, he still pissed me off.

But then I found myself wondering about Rhys, after all, he’s an interesting character. And then when that scene came when Amarantha was murdering Feyre and Rhys just cried out for her as if he cared, my heart cracked. And Rhysand, that son of a bitch, waltzed into that crack in my heart and dominated my life. Now I am obsessed with him. And it’s all his fault.

Sarah J Maas is driving me mad with Rhys’ mystery. WHY DID HE LOOK SO SHOCKED WHEN HE BEHELD NEWLY-FAE FEYRE’S FACE? The first thing that came into my head is, ‘they’re mates, aren’t they?’ but then again ,Sarah could just be playing games with us. Maybe she wants us to think Rhys and Feyre are mates to confuse us. Maybe Nesta is Rhys’ mate. Maybe that’s what Rhys saw in Feyre’s face. Nesta. They have the same eyes right? Nesta and Feyre? I know it’s a little unlikely but I’m desperate for answers.
Speaking of Nesta though, there is definitely something up with her. She has the power to resist the glamour of a High Lord…. I wouldn’t be surprised if she turns out be something special.

I hope Feyre, Elaine, and Nesta all get fae husbands. That would be so cool. I REALLY SHIP LUCIEN AND ELAIN OKAY. IDK WHY I JUST DO. PLEASE TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE.
Speaking of ships, you may be wondering, who do I ship Feyre with? Well the answer to that is, I DON”T KNOW. On one hand, the fact that Feyre went Under the Mountain for Tam and endured all that torture for him should be a deal sealer. They’re in love and that’s that. But on the other hand, it’s obvious that there is definitely some kind of bond or connection between Feyre and Rhys. If they’re mates thenthat should be a deal sealer too. SO I JUST DON’T KNOW OKAY.

Okay lastly, I need to discuss my expectations, and wants for the next book, A Court of Mist and Fury. IT’S OUT NEXT MONTH GUYS.
1. I need to see Rhys teach Feyre to read. He said that he would.
2. I need to see Nesta walk into Prythian and just be a total QUEEN. She’d slay everyone, I know she would.
3. I need Elain to secretly be good at kicking ass.
4. I wanna a sexy scene with Rhys. Sarah promised 400% more sexy in ACOMAF, and I demand to have one with Rhys
5. There is also something fishy going on with Feyre’s mom. Probably
7.  I wanna explore the rest of the fae lands

Yeah so that’s it for this review: I think? If you think I missed something, tell me.
PS: Who else noticed that after Rhys and Feyre kissed, she started calling him ‘Rhys’ instead of ‘Rhysand’? Because I did.

“Only my prisoners and my enemies call me that – Rhysand, page 234

I’m probably overthinking but yeah. She did call him Rhysand again anyway after awhile…. BUT STILL.
PPS: I really need ACOMAF before the overthinking and the wondering drives me mad.

Beauty and The Beast

This week’s prompt for the 52 Short Stories in 52 Weeks is:

A retelling of a fairytale.

This is a belated birthday present to my dear friend Amy( @thebreakingillusion), I hope you enjoy this story love! This kind of got away from me and it’s not even really like Beauty and The Beast at all, but it kind of is so… 

Ship: Derek/Lydia

Tags: canon divergent, mentions of canon typical violence

Rating: Mature (for the violence and kind of heavy themes)

Words: 9K

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wolves and girls are made of the same stuff. we are fiercer and stronger than we look, our teeth sharp and white and ready to bite. our nails long and threatening; digging into pink flesh or a pink dress, it’s all the same. our pack mentality, our unwillingness to give up, our deathly beauty, a fine line between queen and killer.

whether i run with diamonds around my neck or blood in my mouth, i’m nature’s creature, a predator with a grin. (x)

They say the forest on the north side of Beacon Hills is haunted, rumors of glowing red eyes and wolf men and unearthly howls on the full moon. They say there’s a beast that lives there, out in the burned out husk of a mansion. They say that a family used to live there, a family bursting with life and love and laughter. Some say that it’s the family’s ghosts that haunt the mansion, but others swear they’ve seen something, a bear, a wolf, a monster.

Lydia thinks it’s all a load of crap.

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(See more about The Girl Fairy Tales Forgot story here)

I’ve talked about the main 5 a lot- it’s time to introduce the minor characters!

So here we are- the three reasons why Paige is called “The Forgotten Girl”- the fairy tale princesses you all know and love!


Beauty was the daughter of a fairly wealthy merchant, and spent her youth moving from town to town, country to country, due to the nature of her father’s work. She’s an only  child (her mother died in childbirth) and the oldest of the group. She first met Paige when her and her father moved to the Northern Isles. Beauty was staying at Paige’s house when her father returned with news that a horrible beast wanted to keep her prisoner, in exchange for stealing a rose from his castle garden in the Kingdom of Luxe (Southern France). Thus, Paige said goodbye to her best friend.

Originally from the Kingdom of Azzurro (Northern Italy), her actual name is Bella- but everyone calls her Beauty (Italian Beauty + French Beast FTW)

Personality- Beauty is the most mature of all the Princesses, rational like her father. She is a master at the spoken word and enjoys reading in her spare time. Some may think she’s  a bit cold at times, but really she’s just introverted. She gets along with Kai because of this (and is one of the few to easily accept a talking cat).



Cinderella (Ella), was Paige’s first friend. They grew up together from birth and were once considered inseparable. That is, until tragedy struck. Ella’s mother (also named Ella) became dreadfully sick and unfortunately died. Unable to continue living in a home which once contained so much love, Ella’s father decided to move to Champagne (Northern France) to start a new life. It was there that he re-married and Cinderella’s fairy tale began. Both girls were absolutely heartbroken to be parted from the other, but they wrote consistently over the years. Paige traveled for over a week to visit Ella when her father died. But after that visit, Ella was no longer permitted to have visitors and her letters stopped.

Paige still left flowers on her ‘Auntie’ Ella’s grave every week. One of the main reasons she was so traumatised when her father kicked her out of her home was because she would no longer be able to tend to her aunts grave in Ella’s absence.

Personality- Cinderella is kind of course, but she’s also incredibly passionate and guilt drives a lot of her actions. She feels guilty for abandoning Paige, and not returning to her mother’s grave. The guilt makes her lash out, however unintentionally, and drives a wedge between herself and Paige.


Rose (Sleeping Beauty)

Rose was another child raised by her ‘aunts’ in a cottage in the woods. Although she lived very close to Paige, the magic of the fairies who guarded her prevented them from being found. It was only through a chance encounter when Paige was 11 years old (which involved a confused owl, a stolen basket of apples and a game of hide and seek gone terribly wrong- don’t ask) that they were able to meet. Rose was very shy at first, but Paige introduced her to the other two and they became fast friends. She had to meet them in secret, as she wasn’t allowed to speak to strangers.

Who knew Paige had accidentally befriended the hidden Princess of her own kingdom? (she was also the one to introduce Rose to the man who would eventually become her husband- and may or may not have caused a convoluted misunderstanding in that regard. Oops!)

Personality- of all the Princesses, Rose is the most social. She seems to want to make up time for her lost youth and she can go overboard because of this. Occasionally, she yearns for a more simple life because she wasn’t trained to be a Princess until later in her life. But she works incredibly hard to prove her worth. It is why she forms a bond with another blonde royal *koff*Leo*koff* and invites him to Paige’s birthday party- starting the events of the whole novel.

anonymous asked:

Your comments about the live-action Disney remakes are interesting. So how do you feel about this upcoming live-action Beauty & the Beast remake? I admit, I'm on my guard about this one because A.) the original is pretty much perfect, even you might agree on this, & B.) how are they going to translate characters like Lumiere & Mrs. Potts to live-action without it looking creepy/uncanny?

a) i love beauty and the beast. the enchanted christmas is my all time favorite christmas movie. the story and the characters are delightful. but if this remake is going to be anything like the previous ones, it’s not going to be a direct retelling of the original. (and the idea that any of disney’s remakes are messing with the “original” is just garbage bc disney didn’t create most of their fairytales, just reinterpreted them). each of the remakes have added something that made it new, fun, and interesting, while still being inspired and based on the original.

b) probably the same way they did the not entirely human characters in alice