Friday, November 30, 2012
Beauty by Robin McKinley
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this version goes into pretty good detail of Beauty's family and her life before she meets the beast. I've only ever known the Disney version of the story (I know Disney is not the best source of info, but don't judge) so I was interested in the back story. This was a really fun, interesting, and quick read, and I was overall pleased with all but the ending. McKinley took her time describing Beauty and her sisters and father and their whole life together in great detail, and all of the sudden the book ends after a page and a half of resolution. Wha??? I can't figure out why the ending was so rushed after so much thoughtful storytelling. Didn't make sense to me and I felt robbed of my (I mean, Beauty's...) happily-ever-after.
With a good ending this book could have earned a 4 out of 5 from me.
Unfortunately it only gets a 3.
Not bad, but not great.