This was such an intricate and captivating take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I love the way Melissa Haag takes me in a direction that I ..Show More »don't expect to go. Her characters are full of depth and you immediately get a feel for them. I've always loved this story, but she ramps it up into an adult version that draws you in and doesn't let go. Although it includes some adult situations, I found it more readable and intriguing. It is filled with danger and magic, gives you chills and makes your heart pump faster.
Ms Haag weaves a colorful story, helping the imagination to take us into the tale, becoming a part of the scene. I found myself looking forward to the scenes with Benella and the Beast, my mind capturing the dynamics of the strong young woman and this powerful beast and wondering when her heart might weaken toward the beast and her responses might become more submissive to his nature.
Though I'd read the book before, this audible copy really brings life to the story. I can't wait to hear subsequent books.
This book was a little more than the development of trust & friendship between a kind hearted human female & a male ogre-like man in beast form. There..Show More » is NO sex during the vast majority of the story but some innuendos, nakedness, primarily flimsy seduction of Beauty, her flirting & tempting Beast w/ no fulfillment (until almost the end). And the ways the Beauty gets Beast to act differently in spite of his sexual desire, has been done plenty, ways like getting him to laugh, have fun or treating him better than others in just humane ways. Nothing new to see here, folks. The writing is good but just a little bit more than a YA bedtime story most of the story. The bit more because the f-word is used twice, though not during any act. Body parts were not named on the female. Instead it was referenced by words like "curls" or "being parted. Almost 4 hrs into the story there's minor touching; five hrs in there's breast touching. And later there's cunnilingus 2x near the end. Very much like a fable, the story seemed to have a specific goal of change for 1 of them & then focused on it in multiple ways to affect the change. After so many & the associated angst I grew tired. The reason for the efforts begin to be dubious & manufactured. And Beauty begin to act more like a child who didn't get her way. There's a 5-min sneak peek of the next and final part of this story. But I'm not interested. Overall, I'd rate this a 3.5
This book, more than anything, made me want all of the fresh baked bread they kept talking about. A solid listen, and my criticisms may be just my per..Show More »sonal preferences.
Story: I enjoyed this series for the most part as a fresh take on a familiar, beloved story. The third book doesn't feel quite as strong as the first two, although it's still good. It felt unnecessary that it's the longest of the three, with a fair amount of re-hashing of ground covered in the first two books. While the sense of the world is strong, we spend a lot of time focusing on preparations for the party without it always seeming to contribute to the plot or character development. While Benella's reluctance based on her trauma felt extremely valid, it felt to me as though that gets overshadowed by the far less believable, less mature, and less compelling notion of whether he likes her....or "likes her likes her". Still, the writing is strong, even when it veers a little angst-y, and kept me engaged wondering how things were going to develop.
Performance: Another strong performance from Sierra Kline, particularly with the introduction of essentially an entirely new cast of characters for this final installment. I loved the voicing of Egrit. She provided a much needed fun, light-hearted break from some of the heavier sections.