Thursday, February 22, 2018

J says :) #8

Let’s talk about…
Beauty and the Beast!

Who doesn’t know and love a story about Beauty and the Beast? I know I do, so naturally I wanted to write and share my love for it right here and now :) It has everything, don’t you think? Lets check all the boxes, shall we? Amazing story? Check. Adventures? Check. Magic? Check. Main heroine who does the saving and not just wait to be saved? Check. Main hero full of flaws at first but with a transformation throughout the story? Check. Wonderful secondary characters? Check. Beautiful music? Check. If you add to it a heroine who loves to read and a big-ass library in a castle? Come on… Any questiones, why I love it so much? Didn’t think so :)

This story is an inspiration to a lot of movies and tv shows, but my favourite was the obvious choice - waaaaaaay at the beginning, and yes I’m talking about the disney version :) and if I’m being honest I was terrified, when I found out that they’re doing a movie version, but… I loved it! Seriously, everything just clicked for me there – so I’m proud to say I enjoyed it even more than the original, a little bit more but still :) You should definitely give it a try, if you haven’t already. I watched it more than once and have to say, after writing about it so much, I’m totally gonna have to re-watch it again, oh the horror :)

But this is a blog “mostly about books”, so I’m gonna give you a couple recommendations, if you’re in a mood for a little Beauty and the Beast kind of a story :)

Beast 
(written by Alana Albertson)

This story is really close to the original, and not just because of the title. We have a war hero, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, a national treasure, but really he’s just a broken, scarred man, who feel like he lost everything. One night at a costume party he meets beautiful Isabela, and after one night together they make a deal. Her father will write his war memoir, if she will pretend to be his girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball. Their story is about real life, full of problems but with a potential for a happy ending. Is it a fairy tale? Not really, because even Grady says about himself: “I think you’re a good girl who wants to get wild, who wants to be tempted, and cut loose. Use me. I’m not your fairy tale prince, I’m your beast”. 

Kiss of steel 
(book #1 in London Steampunk series, written by Bec McMaster)

In this story, on one hand we have Blade – who’s known as the Devil of Whitechapel, and on the other hand we have Honoria, who desperately needs some help. So what can she do if not go to the one person who can scare the monster who’s after her? That’s right, she makes the best decision she can think of, and go to the one place in London that most people avoid – Whitechapel district. She makes a deal with the devil, but neither one of them expected the direction in which their story would go. Is he the devil, most people think he is? Or is he something else entirely...

Tempt me at twilight 
(book #3 in The Heathaways series, written by Lisa Kleypas)

So just think, Harry is a mysterious owner of a hotel, he has a lot of staff and even more power. When he meets Poppy, he knows that he would do enything to make her his. So when their flirtation compromises her reputation, Poppy – who always wanted a normal life, shocks everyone by accepting his proposal. Does it ring a bell? Come on, I know you get it :) If you add to it, that she’s the one to teach him to open his heart and love, it’s so obvious…

Nobody’s hero 
(book #1 in Burned Lands series, written by Bec McMaster)

Here in the Wastelands there's only one rule – don’t be caught out after the sun sets… And of course it happened to Riley ;) but if it hadn’t, this book would be waaaay shorter and definitely boring. So back to the story, this rule is to protect people, because after dark the monsters come out to play… enter Lucius :) a handsome stranger, who has plans of his own. He kidnaps Riley to take revenge on someone from his past, ok I didn’t say it was a brilliant plan ;) anyway with every passing hour of their journey she knows him a little bit more, and finds out he’s not a beast she thought he is, after all. Luc never played a hero, but suddenly a part of him wants to, and it’s all because of her…

The player and the Pixie 
(book #2 in Rugby series, co-written by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid)

Sean is a total beast, and by beast I mean asshole, seriously that would be my answer to you at the beginnig of this book, at the end… not really. But let’s go back, so Sean is a rugby player, who’s been called an asshole, frequently, by everyone. His total opposite is Lucy, with her rainbow hair and a quest for inner peace. But when their paths collide, something happens, and she’s kind of forced to make a deal with him. What kind of deal, you may ask? Well the teaching kind… that’s all I’m saying. But I can honestly say that at the end of their journey we learn that not everything is as it seems and I really said to myself awwww more than once :)

Angel’s blood 
(book #1 in Guild Hunter series, written by Nalini Singh)

Rafael is an Archangel – people, vampires and angels, they all call him cold, merciless and cruel. He is not just a beast but also a monster to many of them. But not to Elena, sure she sees him as he is – strong, powerful and unreachable but to her he’s something more. Elena is beautiful all right, she’s unique and exotic, but as a member of the Guild, add to it that  she’s a hunter born and you have a powerful combination. Their story is really great, just trust me :) What I love most about them is that she makes him a little bit human, and that’s not a bad thing, you’ll see…

When beauty tamed the beast 
(book #2 in Fairy Tales series, written by Eloisa James)

Linnet is a real beauty, so of course since I’m writing about her in this post, she’s betrohted to a beast ;) Piers is an Earl who lives in a castle in Wales. Everyone knows he has a temper, which he displays by constant sarcasm and just beeing an ass. There, I’ve said it ;) Also it’s told that he’s immune to charms of any woman, but Linnet is not any woman… Did I mention that this book has not only a vibe of Beauty and the Beast, if you look closely and know Dr. House, youll definitely see some resemblence, and I’m not talking only about a cane…

Heart of fire 
(book #1 in Legend of the Storm series, written by Bec McMaster)

Dreki are mythical beasts, they’re legendary sort of dragons, but for your own sake don’t call them that ;) They were mostly known from stories, but Freyja is to busy trying to take care of everything to have time for that kind of tales… But it all changes, when a cerain creature steals her last ram, then all bets are off. She decides to confront this beast and give him a peace of her mind. Rurik is of course fascinated by this fearless woman and the rest is history… what can I say, this duel, through the entire book, between beauty and the beast was legendary…

Lord of the abyss 
(book #4 in Royal House of Shadows series, written by Nalini Singh)

I have to confess that it was the only book in this series that I read, and it was waaaay back so I don’t remember much. But what I do remember is that it was really good :) also it fits perfectly for this week theme so I just couldn’t resist. So… Micah is a beast, quite literally, because he was cursed, and now he’s a monster feared by everyone. Oficially he’s Lord of the Abyss, which is basically like the Angel of Death, but what’s important is that through it all, he kept his heart and kind of innocence. It’s all protected by a thick armor, but one person cas see through it – Liliana. Maybe she’s not a classical beauty, but if you look at her through Micah's eyes, you’ll see how special she is…

Making faces 
(written by Amy Harmon)

You could say that it’s a story about a beauty turned beast. Ambrose had everything, the looks, wrestling career and many loyal friends. Then something happened, he went to war, and came back a changed men. I’m not talking about his physical changes, which were severe, I think worst were his emotional pain. It’s a hearbreaking story, which made me cried a lot, and I’m not exaggerating, really have lots of tissues prepared. It’s not an easy story but it definitely is beautiful. It’s a story about five young men going to war and only one of them comes back. It’s a story about a loss and how to deal with your life after traumatic experiences and personal tragedy. It’s a story about Ambrose – a broken boy and Fern – a girl who changes everything… If that’s not a story about beauty and the beast, though maybe not a typical one, than I don’t know what is…

Born of Legend 
(book #9 in The League series, written by Sherrilyn Kenyon)

To avoid any spoilers you have to trust me here, it is a story with beauty and the beast vibe. I felt it reading this book, I really did :) It’s not obvious at the start but the more you read about Dagger and Ushara, the more similarities you’ll find. It’s not an easy story, but definitely worth reading. It’s about change, and how a little act of kindness can be a turning point for someone…

That’s it for today guys :) hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing about Beauty and the Beast retellings. As you can see, this story can be understood in many ways, not always literally, but it definitely has that incredible vibe, that just works for me :) But one thing you should remember, not everything is black and white, what I mean is we all have a beauty inside us as well as the beast…

J

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