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Becoming Beauty
     

Becoming Beauty

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by Sarah E. Boucher
 

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In this imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Bella is a spoiled brat who's sent to the Beast's castle as punishment for her selfishness. More than just their personalities clash! As Bella improves the Beast's manners, she also finds herself changing for the better. Bella must choose whether to follow the path she's always dreamed of—or risk it all

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In this imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Bella is a spoiled brat who's sent to the Beast's castle as punishment for her selfishness. More than just their personalities clash! As Bella improves the Beast's manners, she also finds herself changing for the better. Bella must choose whether to follow the path she's always dreamed of—or risk it all for something even greater.

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School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Bella has one goal in life—to marry a wealthy man and live the rest of her days in luxury. That's easier said than done, especially since her father isn't rich and her sister, Cassie, is considered the beauty of the family. Bella's desire for the finer things in life comes with a hefty price tag when her father is imprisoned by a beast of man while obtaining a sizable jewel for her. Once her father escapes and returns home, Cassie and her brother, Aaron, decide that Bella must pay the price for her selfishness and return to serve their father's less-than-gracious host. The teen finds herself playing housemaid to a man she dubs "Beast" and his friend/servant, Jack. Readers may think they know what happens next, but this time Beast is not the victim of a spell, but a broken heart, and Bella finds remnants of a mysterious woman who used to live in the house, and begins to experience this woman's memories. This retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" has some flaws. The writing is overdone and flowery in some places, and the Beast comes off less as someone to save and more like someone to avoid. An additional purchase where fairy-tale reimaginings have a strong audience.—Heather Webb, Worthington Libraries, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462114559
Publisher:
Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date:
11/11/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
921,615
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Becoming Beauty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I've read just about every Beauty and the Beast retelling I could get my hands on, so I was excited to read a new version. I really liked the beginning of the story and how I could already see a different twist on this classic fairy tale. Beast does indeed fall in love with beauty, but not in the way you would think. There was also more than just one romantic interest, which I found intriguing. There were a few similarities as well, with Bella being the main character and her dad being indebted to Beast, which is how Bella ended up serving him.  There were some magical twists to Becoming Beauty that connected Bella with another girl and showed how Beast came to be. I would have liked a little explanation into how that all worked. I really liked the family dynamic of Bella's family and between Beast and Jack. There were quite a few overly dramatic parts with Bella that were too much for me and some places where I disagreed with her reasoning and the way she acted. That all translated into me not loving Bella, which made it hard as a reader. I liked Beast and I loved Jack. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was a sweet romance with a happily-ever-after ending. I liked Bella's spunk and her sister's sweetness. I liked how they all made things work as a family in the end. Content: Some slight innuendo, but otherwise clean. Source: From the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my very favorite fairy tales is Beauty and the Beast. I love the messages that you can't always judge someone by the way they look and you don't always know why someone acts the way they do--there is usually a reason. This is a fantastic, twisted version of a favorite! Bella is a spoiled rotten girl with a vicious streak of entitlement. She's not as pretty as her sister, nor is she as hard-working as her brother. When her demands end up causing her father to be put in a scary situation that leaves him sick, her siblings come up with a good consequence--she can take the place of her father and become a servant to the Beast. I loved that Bella isn't a perfect girl. I loved that she had many, many lessons to learn and that life wasn't easy for her. It made her easy to relate to, in that way. I enjoyed the flashback/dream aspect that happened to her. The Beast was great! Of course, his journey had a few twists in it as well. I loved that there were similarities to the original story, yet there were fun differences. I didn't see the ending coming! I thought the story flowed quite well, with a good mix of characters and events. I can't wait to read more by this author! Content: there are a few moments of mild peril and some romantic moments. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
BECOMING BEAUTY is an interesting YA Clean Romance/Fiction. Based on the re-telling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale. An interesting tale to be sure. The characters are engaging as well as enduring. It was interesting to see the growth and the relationships grow between the characters. The storyline, while, I wouldn’t say it was unique, it was interesting and entertaining. A different insight into an old story. My only fault, the ending felt a little rushed, but with this said, the author did a great job of tieing up all the loose ends. If you enjoy fairy tales, you will enjoy, “Becoming Beauty”. Ms. Boucher, is a promising author and one to watch for in the future. *Received for an honest review from the publisher* Rating: 4 Heat rating: Sweet Reviewed by: AprilR,courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Bella has tried to live as charmed a life as possible. Although her father does not have a lot, she has managed to get as much as she can from her. Her beautiful sister Cassandra and her brother Aaron work very hard to help out. After going on a long trip, Bella's father returns with the beautiful bauble that Bella requested before he left. However, he obtained this jewel and was taken prisoner for the taking of it. Soon Cassandra and Aaron have decided that Bella should be required to repay the debt that her father made.  Bella's life will be charmed no more as she's forced to work for a harsh man she knows only as the Beast. I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, so I was excited to read this book. It was fantastic! It really drew me in from the start. To be honest, I didn't like Bella that much. She is incredibly self-centered and lazy. As she works off her debt to the Beast though, she really turns a corner. She begins to see how horrid a person she really was. More than that though, I think she gets a better idea of self worth. You can really feel how insecure Bella feels compared to her sister Cassandra. Bella has to work hard to find her own strength from within. Of course, just because this is a familiar story doesn't mean that it goes where you think it will. It's not like a huge twist, but it's definitely a different approach. I liked that a lot though. Almost all the characters show a lot of growth through the story, which is great to watch. Not to mention there's also a good deal of humor. If you enjoy fairy tales with a twist, or even if you just like a good old-fashioned love story, this book will entertain from beginning to end. Book provided for review.