Author: Meagan Spooner
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Cupcake: Chocolate Marshmallow Center
Quick Rating: 5 STARS!
Meagan Spooner’s work has long been a favorite of mine (if you haven’t read the Starbound series she co-authored with Amie Kaufman, do it NOW). Personally, I’m not a fan of Beauty and the Beast, but I will read anything Spooner writes, so I got excited (especially when I heard that Yeva, our Beauty character, was going to be a fighter and a confident, strong heroine).
As you may have guessed, I loved it. Spooner is amazing at writing, and the style and beauty of the words sucked me in immediately. It doesn’t take too long to get into the heart of the story, and the style is such that you can barely keep track of the passing of time, even when there’s not actually that much going on. Too, the way she wraps everything together makes you realize that the entire book is full of importance, that that paragraph you skimmed to get to the Beast’s next appearance was actually a very integral moment! I loved it! It’s the first book I’ve read in a day since…well, forever.
All the characters are so well-rounded and wonderful. It’s easy to see the growth of not only Yeva and the Beast, but her sisters and some of the townsfolk as well. And there was a perfect level of setting description, not to heavy, but enough to set the scene and really immerse you in the story. I would suggest this book to both Beauty and the Beast fans and those who really just want a strong fantasy with great characters and a quick, satisfying progression.
SOURCE: The Shabby Creek Cottage
You can all see why I picked this, right? Basically everyone in this book has a squishy center disguised by a structured outside. Also, it’s basically a s’more without the cracker, which you could definitely sprinkle on the top to get it in there if you prefer. Either way, this is the perfect treat for your reading adventures from Shabby Creek Cottage!