Title: Bellamy and the brute
Author: Alicia Michaels
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young adult
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I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings especially when they are put into a modern setting. Unfortunately the good ones are really rare at least in my opinion. This one is for the re-imagination of Beauty and the beast and I was curious how it is because honestly the Beauty and the beast retellings are coming out of the woodworks by the dozen lately.
The cover is amazing and was the first thing getting my attention then the title just sealed the deal for me. I love how the author played with the worlds in it but the brute adjective I find a bit strong but I don’t want to spoil the story.
In all honesty this was my second book from the author and was relived because the writing is something phenomenal unlike my other experience with her books. It’s clean but really beautiful. The story started out really great the first chapter just sucked me in immediately and the scenes just came to life but unfortunately during reading it just lost its magic. Around pages 100-120 it became mediocre for me and stayed like that through the whole story. Also I didn’t really understand the importance of the prologue for quite a while and it was a bit bothering.
Bellamy is just my kind of a girl. She is smart, funny and hard working. She also doesn’t engage in conflicts she knows doesn’t worth it. She is mature for her age and I really liked how she let things roll of her. When she makes up her mind about something she doesn’t lets it go.
Tate on the other hand is quite annoying. He is so vain, and I know that’s partly the essence of the Beauty and the beast story, but it still got on my nerves. Even after opening up for Bellamy this streak of his stayed strong he just became more aware of. But after his initial grumpiness you can’t really call him a brute.
My biggest problem with the story is how aggressively it forces the inner beauty theme. It also part of the Beauty and the beast story but a more subtle presentation would have been better. But beside the retelling part it has quite a story in itself creating a beautiful spin on the original story. The whole supernatural element just put the icing on the cake, although the investigation part is went too smoothly for two inexperienced teenager, but whatever.
It was an okay story for me but I didn’t like the epilogue. The whole ghost showing up and urging you to investigate their death is just not my cup of tea. It also reminded me of the Halle Barry movie with where she see ghost and gets locked up in an asylum.