Five Enchanted Roses: A Collection of Beauty and the Beast Stories

Five Enchanted Roses: A Collection of Beauty and the Beast Stories


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A ship bearing the souls of sinful sailors drifts upon a ghostly sea. An abbey looms as the final defense between mortals and ghouls of the underworld. In the stillness of a throne room, statues stand forever frozen in a moment of terror. Monsters and men stalk their prey deep in the jungle's shadows. A rose blooms in the dead of winter, sheltered in the ruins of an ancient Scottish castle.

And only true love can free the Beast from his prison.

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ISBN-13: 9781942379034
Publisher: Rooglewood Press
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Pages: 502
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.12(d)

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Five Enchanted Roses: A Collection of Beauty and the Beast Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary ecopy for an honest review* I was completely thrilled and excited to read this collection. Last year, I read Five Glass Slippers and I loved it! Learning that Five Enchanted Roses was based on my favorite fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast," I couldn't wait to devour it. "Esprit de La Rose" by Kaycee Browning This was a very interesting take on "Beauty and the Beast". It was about pirates. Yes, pirates. Can you imagine this loved tale on the ocean? Neither could I at first, but I found myself having fun with it. It reminded me a lot of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The inhabitants of the Rose were cursed and the only way to get out of their unfortunate fate was to accomplish their omens. These cursed men have slowly turned into a mash-up of ugly sea creatures (imagine the cursed sailors on Davy Jone's ship from the movie). There wasn't any romance in this story. It was more of a fantasy adventure that made one think about what was considered morally good. This was an entertaining read. "Wither" by Savannah Jezowski I really liked this one. It was spooky and gripping. I enjoyed the author's spin on the classic story. Ghouls and other supernatural beings were part of this world. Bet sacrificed herself to take her younger sister's place to go to the beast. The beast soon revealed himself not to be the fearsome creature that the villagers thought. It was interesting to read the twist that Beauty was the middle sister instead of the younger one. I also liked the enchantment over the castle and how Corwin became a beast. The only thing I did not like was Corwin's selfishness in not letting Bet go, but I still was able to feel a little sorry for him. This was a very well told story. I would be looking forward to reading the continuation of Bet's younger sister. "Stone Curse" by Jenelle Schmidt This was my least favorite of the collection, but I was still able to enjoy it. The heroine was not whom I expected to be. She was the lady-in-waiting who was brave enough to travel outside of the cursed castle to find a way to break the curse. What I enjoyed the most about this story was the sweet and realistic love that was between the heroine and the beast. However, I was not as hooked to this story. I found myself losing focus a few times, thus it was not my favorite. "Rosara and the Jungle King" by Dorian Tsukioka This was a very unique story that was less "Beauty and the Beast" compared to the other tales in this anthology. However, it was one of my favorite stories. This was set in the jungle where Rosara belonged to a very primitive tribe. Men could claim women right on the spot to be wives and women did not have a choice but to agree. I found myself gripped to the story even though there were violent scenes. I loved the instant connection that the beast and Rosara made. I also loved the twist as to what happened to Rosara once she ran away from home. The ending was the best for it was very touching. I look forward to reading other works by this author. "The Wulver's Rose" by Hayden Wand This one was another favorite of mine from the collection. It was the one closest to the original story, only set in Scotland. It was wonderful to see how the author was able to change aspects of the classic to follow the Scotish culture. What I absolutely loved best about this story was how it explained the importance of the rose. It made one understand more why the beast (or the wulver in this case) was very pro
Sierra_Faith More than 1 year ago
For the past two years Rooglewood Press has had a writing contest based on a fairy tale. The first year was Cinderella re-tellings and this year is Beauty and the Beast. Would you love to be published? Next year they are doing Sleeping Beauty, here are more details for the contest. I am sorry that the reviews are short and vague, but I don’t want to give any spoilers! Esprit de la Rose by Kaycee Browning 4/5 Stars The setting Kaycee Browning created was very unique. I loved the spin on the Beauty and the Beast story! Mermaids? Creatures from the sea? Pirates? Definitely a different kind of Beauty and the Beast story than the norm! My favorite character had to be Pepin. I felt like he was more developed than the main character, Cecilia. He has a French accent and every time he spoke I could “hear” the French. The only reason I am giving this book four stars instead of five is because of the ending. I felt like the ending was left open for a whole other story, there wasn’t enough closure. Also why Pepin acted the way he did was very confusing. He explained it but I didn’t quite understand it. Wither by Savannah Jezowski. 3/5 stars. I found this story interesting at first. Then it all grew into a big mess of confusion! I did enjoy the ending, something finally made sense. Stone Curse by Janelle Schmidt. 5/5 stars. Oh my goodness!! I love this one sooo much!! It was dark to begin with but quickly turned into a light read. I loved the devotion of Karyna and Barend. Even though he wasn’t the man he once was she was still there for him, and he would protect her at any cost. Rosara and the Jungle King by Dorian Tsukioka. 4/5 Stars. Can I just give a big sigh? That ending though!!! This was a different kind of Beauty and the Beast re-telling than I have ever read. A jaguar as the beast? Interesting… I loved this story. I knocked off a star because I guessed the ending ;) The Wulver’s Rose by Haydin Wand. 4/5 Stars. For this story I guessed everything that was going to happen… except for the roses. That part totally blew me away! I enjoyed this sweet little tale a lot more than I expected. Conclusion: I love this collection of short stories a lot more than last year’s! I assume next year’s will **I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Rooglewood Press) in exchange for my honest review**
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Fall in love with a beautiful faerie tale collection based upon the tale of Beauty and the Beast. If you have a love of fairy tales you need to read these lovingly written stories. Prepare to be enchanted as both Beauty and Beast find true love - love that will break the curse that rules their lives. But beware all curses aren't what they first seem and discovering this truth is the key. Espirit de la Rose By Kaycee Browning Cecilia Lester is about to spend the rest of her days sailing the sea aboard the ghostly ship paying her father's punishment? Get ready to set sail - the Espirit de la Rose is about to take you on an adventure you can't imagine. Wither By Savannah Jezowski Lilybet Haverly is determined that her younger sister will not pay for the rose her father picked. Briarstone Abbey is ruled by a beast. A beast who objected to one of his roses being picked and the price was Sunflower. But to save her, she must enter the Neverway facing Creepers and Ghouls to get to the abbey. The beast is more than he appears but can he overcome Lilybet's distrust and win her love before it is too late? If he fails more than his life is at stake, but can he reveal all to the feisty young woman who has taken her sister's place? Stone Curse By Jenelle Schmidt Two years the curse has laid upon Thorndale Castle. The princess is missing, presumed stolen. The visiting prince has become a beast. The royal family and nobility have been turned to stone. A few loyal servants have remained including Karyna. Karyna hopes that the curse may be lifted and that her dreams may offer a clue. But how can one person lift such a powerful curse - a curse that is spreading? A curse in which love is the key. Rosara and the Jungle King By Dorian Tsukioka Rosara is being hunted by the most feared man of the tribe, a man who seeks to challenge her father. A chance meeting with a jaguar is about to change Rosara's life. Can Tupa help this young woman avoid the trap Maor is setting for her? And who is the true beast in this tale? Rosara and the Jungle King is a story about living with the consequences of the choices one makes. The Wulver's Rose By Hayden Wand A hundred year curse, a fading hope, a young woman riddled with guilt, a voice calling out for help, and a beast. Put these together and you have The Wulver's Rose, a thoroughly captivating tale. Having left the life she knew behind Bonnie is haunted by dreams, dreams that ultimately bring her to the beast's door. Truly a lovely conclusion to a beautiful collection of Beauty and the Beast tales I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
SarahTaleweaver More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales, so when I got the chance to read and review this collection, I was very excited. For the most part, my hopes weren't disappointed; as with Five Glass Slippers, Anne Elisabeth and the other judges chose an excellent, and unique, set of stories for this collection. Esprit de la Rose: Pirates, mermaids, and a high-seas adventure? That’s more or less the last thing I’d expect in a Beauty and the Beast adventure . . . but it turns out to be quite the exciting tale! I enjoyed the very unique twist on the original story and the mystery of the Esprit de la Rose and her crew. Even though I know the original tale very well, I found myself eagerly wondering what would happen next. There were a few parts, particularly regarding the ending, which I felt could’ve been made clearer, but overall, I definitely enjoyed this unusual take on the classic story. Wither: Oh, oh, oh. This story. It’s undoubtedly my favorite retelling in the collection, haunting creepy and filled with mystery, but sweet at the same time. Lilybet and Corwin are awesome. And then there’s the ending. Just, the ending. It’s like all the amazing of the rest of the story got tripled and then condensed in those last several chapters. I finished the story and then had to read the ending all over again because it’s so epic and amazing and beautiful, and then I reread it again when I edited this review. It’s wonderful. This whole story is wonderful; I can complain about nothing. Stone Curse: I’d heard several of my friends getting excited for this story, and so expected to love it as much or more than Wither . . . but I’m afraid it fell a bit flat for me. The author’s version of the curse was interesting, but I didn’t really connect with the characters. Also, I was left with too many questions- particularly, how did the person who caused the curse get the ability to cause it in the first place?- and the ending seemed too convenient to me. Rosara and the Jungle King: Like our first story, this is a highly unique version of the Beauty and the Beast story, this time set in a tropical jungle. From the first sentence, I was entranced by the author’s writing style and the main character’s voice. I loved Tupa as well, and his relationship with Rosara. There were one or two things I didn’t like- the ending fell a touch flat for me, and I’m not quite sure what to think of the karawara- but overall, I enjoyed this story. The Wulver’s Rose: A delightful ending to the collection and my second favorite story from it, The Wulver’s Rose runs very closely to the original version of Beauty and the Beast, while still holding unique elements. I like just about everything about this story: the characters, the setting (Scotland, in the mid 18th century), and that the author included Beauty’s dreams, an element of the original often forgotten in retellings. The only reason this didn’t take first place, really, is that really getting into the story took me a few chapters. Otherwise, this is a lovely and sweet story. Overall, I loved this collection of five lovely and unique Beauty and the Beast retellings. While a dark thread does run through all of them- and some more than others- that's understandable; Beauty and the Beast is a somewhat darker fairytale, and never does the darkness overwhelm the beauty of the stories. I would highly recommend this collection to teen lovers of fairy tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five Enchanted Roses Review: Five Enchanted Roses is a collection of beauty and the Beast stories retold like you’ve never seen before! These dark, strange, fascinating stories are a far cry from the Disney version and therefore offer a unique and intriguing new look on a tale as old as time. A cursed pirate ship, a world full of ghouls, a faint hope of breaking the curse, a jungle king and a mysterious monster. Five tales that will have you spell bound to the end!
belisabethbrown More than 1 year ago
Ok, so maybe "travels the world" is a bit overkill...but it does go from a pirate ship to an Amazonian jungle to the land of the undead to Scotland, so that's a pretty good sampling at least. I'm not going to review each tale in great detail, just the book as a whole. On the whole, it's quite lovely. It includes plenty of variety and imagination while still staying true to the redemptive theme of the original "Beauty and the Beast" tale. Each story was well-written; some of them could use a bit more development, but that's a price you have to pay for a short story. Something has to get cut out. It's very clean and suitable for all ages. There is magic/a curse/wizardry in each tale, as in the original fairytale. However, good and evil are always clearly delineated. My personal favorite was "Wither" . . . a story which includes zombies and soul-suckers (very unlike my normal preferences!!). I'll give this collection 4/5 stars: its a unique, wholesome, imaginative, fun little book which I would pick up again for a light afternoon read. I'm holding back the 5th star because I like reserving that for really, really special books. While I enjoyed this immensely, it didn't change my life. However, I will gladly pick up again some lazy afternoon, and I really look forward to further offerings of these various authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Beauty and the Beast" is one of my favorite fairy tales; when I heard that the next contest was going to be "Beauty and the Beast," I was so excited! Having read the five winning stories, I was right to be. This collection has a much different feel than Five Glass Slippers, but Five Enchanted Roses is no less amazing. I feel that these stories have a more serious air to them, perhaps because they deal with a more serious theme. While all the stories are completely, 100% unique, they are also recognizable as "Beauty and the Beast" retellings. Oh, and did I mention the gorgeous cover? And the amazing cover pages for each of the stories? They help immediately set the mood of each individual story. "Espirit de la Rose" by Kaycee Browning is a wonderful opening to the collection. It draws you in immediately, jumping right into the action. This story is set on a ghostly pirate ship filled with some unpredictable characters that keep you turning the pages to find out what will happen next. With this and "Rosara and the Jungle King," I was unsure how such different settings would work with a "Beauty and the Beast" story, but they certainly did, giving each one distinctive atmosphere. Next comes Savannah Jezowski's story "Wither." This story was perhaps the most unpredictable one for me. With a sympathetic beast character and a headstrong young girl, this story kept me guessing until the end. It seems to follow the original story closely for a while, but the setting is so different that you never doubt for a moment it's a new story entirely. "Stone Curse" was much different from the original. In starting at the castle and having to venture out, and bringing the beast along with her, Karyna shows her determination to break the curse from the very beginning. She isn't the traditional "Beauty" character that is hesitant to love the Beast, but is instead set on breaking the spell. Jenelle Schmidt created a cast of endearing characters in Karyna, Barend, and Ritter that had me laughing at their antics, nervous as they go on an adventure, and desperate to see how their story ended. Though I was able to see part of how the ending would turn out, another part of the story was a complete surprise to me. Dorian Tsukioka's tale was perhaps the one I was most excited to read. "Rosara and the Jungle King" is set in the Amazon Jungle. When I found out that one of the winning stories had such a unique setting, I immediately wanted to read it and find out how the author did it. The story did not disappoint my hopes for it. With unpredictable twists and turns, I followed Rosara through her quest to find happiness and escape the life laid before her. This story does perhaps have the most mature content, and while never explicit, it may be a read best left for older teens and adults. Still, the message throughout the book about sacrifice and love are good ones. Finally, the story that kept closest to the original material is Wulver's Rose. Set in Scotland, with lots of great accents to remind you whenever there is dialogue, Hayden Wand managed to somehow keep much of the original story-line while still making it her own. I think that if I had to pick a favorite from this collection, this story may be it. Bonnie is a relatable character learning about forgiveness, and the Wulver has a motivation all his own, perhaps stronger than that of even the original Beast. It was a wonderful closing to a wonderful collection, that I highly recommend!
CinnamonG More than 1 year ago
What happens when the stories of five different authors are selected for an anthology of Beauty and the Beast retellings? You get the imaginative and exciting Five Enchanted Roses: A Collection of Beauty and the Beast Stories by Kaycee Browning, Savannah Jezowski, Jenelle Schmidt, Dorian Tsukioka, and Hayden Wand. Each of the stories are unique and intense with very different Beauties, Beasts, and settings. Some Beauties are sweet and compassionate while others are tough and temperamental, but all are brave and willing to face the adventure that comes their way. The Beasts, also, are varied in temperament. All are afflicted with a curse of some kind, but they cope with this hardship in different ways. They alternately embrace the curse, deflect the truth with jokes, or nobly accept the results of past decisions and mistakes. In addition, the various settings are quite different from one another. Still, all of the stories are united by their inspiration and by their theme of redemption. The first retelling in Five Enchanted Roses is Esprit de la Rose by Kaycee Browning. This is a very interesting historical/fantasy story with vengeful mermaids, suffering pirates, a magnetic captain, and a compassionate heroine. The second retelling is Wither by Savannah Jezowski. Bet, the Beauty in this story does not match the typical ideal of a beauty in a fairy tale. She is more gruff and hardworking with a real temper. The world is a dangerous place with Creepers, Ghouls, and other monsters on the prowl, and Bet is not about to let an unknown monster claim her little sister. In the third tale, Stone Curse by Jenelle Schmidt, there is more than one hero and more than one Beast. Karyna, a lady-in-waiting, has survived a curse and loyally remains in the castle. Now, after two years, Karyna boldly embarks on a journey to end the curse. While the other stories have a traditional European feel, Rosara and the Jungle King by Dorian Tsukioka stands out with its jungle setting. Rosara, the daughter of a chieftan, loves her jungle home, but her village is brutal. She seeks refuge in her beloved jungle where she encounters a regal jaguar named Tupa. Finally, the fifth story is a historical retelling called The Wulver’s Rose by Hayden Wand. The story is set in Scotland in the 1600s and 1700s. Young Bonnie Alleway’s family suffers some terrible losses, and she blames herself for their suffering. They lose their home and their wealth, and two of her siblings suffer severe after-effects to their health. For comfort, she clings to her faith and a simple prayer she learned as a child, and she holds onto both of these after her father plucks a rose and a monster demands her in payment for her father’s mistake. Hoping for redemption, Bonnie meets the wulver’s demand, but she still must discover why God has led her to the beast’s castle as well as whose cries she hears in her nightmares. All five stories are ingenious, lovely, and well-thought out retellings of the classic tale. I really enjoyed the whole collection!
HamletteTheDame More than 1 year ago
Of the five stories in this collection, "The Wulver's Rose" by Hayden Wand is my favorite. It's also the most straight-up retelling, which surprises me because the original fairy tale has never been one of my favorites, and I had thoroughly enjoyed the way the other four writers twisted the story into new and different shapes. But Hayden Wand molded both the beast and the beauty into layered, nuanced characters, both sacrificing themselves for their loved ones at different points in the story. The addition of a daughter for the beast added special poignancy, and I found the comparison of two different father-and-daughter relationships so compelling. This is the only story in this collection that brought me to tears, and I think this book would be worth buying for this story alone.
CelticForestDweller More than 1 year ago
*Review for STONE CURSE by Jenelle Schmidt in the FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES collection* As a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, STONE CURSE surprised me with its originality while still clinging to the familiar threads. The reader is plunged directly into several intertwined mysteries that it's wonderful to try to unravel. I predicted just enough of the answers of the mysteries to feel excited and elated whenever I was right, but there were more than enough surprises and twists to keep me on my toes, which I loved! The writing was excellent and flowed beautifully in an effortless fairytale-ish way, and I loved the "feel" of the story and the world. It's exactly the sort of feel that I like best in the fantasy tales I read! I can't really describe it but it's gorgeous and makes me feel at home, while still keeping me on the edge of my seat about what will happen next, because even (or especially) the most lovely of fantasy worlds contain a measure of uncertainty and danger! Something about the feel reminded me of a couple other favorite authors of mine, especially Patricia C. Wrede. This makes me happy and I'm looking forward to reading more by Jenelle Schmidt. As a novella, I was able to read this in a sitting but it felt more fulfilling than a short story, and yet it was close enough to a novel's depth, without the extra fluff, that it was extremely enjoyable. It's a very fun adventure, with some banter and journeying through a gorgeous fantasy world, tangled woods, homely (and not so homely) inns, and dark mysterious crumbling castles surrounded by roses... (I almost felt like a couple other fairy tales were subtly hinted at as well as Beauty and the Beast, which of course only made it cooler.) And then it got so exciting and epic. Yes! I basically loved this story a ton and had such a great time reading it. I'm a big fan of humor and great dialog, and I loved the characters' interactions and banter! The characters were awesome and felt very real, ranking up there with my favorites! A great cast! I love them so much and they feel like my friends. Determined Karyna, loyal Prince Barend (a great Beast), and charming, brave Ritter, my favorite! I do wish Princess Bellenya had been gone into more. Her part of the story wasn't as developed as I'd have liked, especially considering how it all ended up (which I really liked! I just... wanted more). I was okay with it, I just wish she'd been more delved into so I could understand her more or something? That being said, it's basically the only thing I have a complaint about in this otherwise fabulous tale! The ending felt a tiny bit hurriedly wrapped up, but I didn't mind because it was still awesome. The final scene was absolutely perfect and made me cry. At the end, when I finished reading, sat back with a little sigh of happiness and wiped my eyes, with a smile on my lips that I couldn't seem to get rid of even if I'd wanted to, I would have hugged the book if it had been a physical copy. As it was, I settled for hugging my laptop which contained it. Overall, I positively loved STONE CURSE and it left me with a happy, smiling, in-the-clouds feeling of contentment. I don't know what else I can ask of a fairytale! It had a little bit of everything. I look forward to reading the other tales in this collection, but I can tell you that FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES is worth picking up if only for this delightful story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
ProjectingA More than 1 year ago
I love fairy tales. I've lived and breathed them since I was a toddler. The originals are always good, but their strength is often shown in the many re-tellings. Like Shakespeare, fairy tales never age. Their theme's still speak to the heart of human nature today. I think that's why re-tellings are so popular. It allows us to connect to our childhood dreams and fantasies as well as find new ways to dream about and imagine our lives today. It's escape and therapy all rolled up in one. Rosara and the Jungle King is one of the coolest re-imaginings I've read in a long time. A South American tribal spin on Beauty and the Beast is quite a step away from the original Grimm tale, yet the essential pieces that make it recognizable are all there. I loved that the beast was reflected in such a unique way. The Jungle King that saves Rosara isn't the only beast. (although he's probably the first beast I might just swoon a little over no matter which form he's in.) The allegorical reflections on what makes a beast truly a beast is clear and inspiring without being obvious. Instead, the action and emotions are strong and the story is fast paced. I loved it. In fact I'd even say brilliant and inspired. After reading such a fantastic retelling, I had to read the rest of the novellas included in the Five Enchanted Roses. To my great happiness, every one of them was fun, unique and pretty much amazing in their creativity. If you only read one - don't miss Dorian Tsukioka's Rosara and the Jungle King. But trust me it's worth reading all five.
RyebrynnLylaShveer More than 1 year ago
BOOK ONE Espirit de la Rose by Kaycee Browning This wonderful story was completely unique. I first wondered how all of it's elements would tie into the well-loved story of the Beauty and the Beast--pirates, mermaids. I really shouldn't have worried. Kaycee tied all of these elements in seamlessly. She brought in a vibrant beauty and a turmoiled beast. Although many strange elements could have taken away from the heart of the story, they didn't. They made it so much richer. Four stars. BOOK TWO Wither by Savannah Jezowski I loved this story! Savannah mixed something inherently paranormal with the beloved fairytale--and did it amazingly. Our heirone, Lilybet, wasn't easily swayed by everything she encountered, and was strong throughout the story. And, to add in something different, Lilybet dislikes roses. Though I didn't ship Lilybet and Corwin as much as I would have liked, it didn't draw away from my appreciation of the story. Four stars. BOOK THREE Stone Curse by Jenelle Schmidt Though this is my least favorite of the collection, I still enjoyed it. This is one of those stories that it's hard to explain what is good about it without spoiling the story itself. So I shall leave it as this, along with four shiny stars. BOOK FOUR Rosara and the Jungle King by Dorian Tsukioka Of the whole collection, this story contains less of the Beauty and the Beast than the rest. But that does not diminish it. This is still the Beauty and the Beast. Dorian starts with a heirone that has a problem. Her problem is that a man wishes to claim her as his third wife. In a village where wives are taken by force, Rosara is forced to leave her home to go and marry a village chief's son. She manages to get away, however, and begs the jungle spirits to make it so that she cannot marry the man. However, her choice leaves repercussions. This is a tale you will not soon forget. Four stars. BOOK FIVE The Wulver's Rose by Hayden Wand It seems fitting that this book is last, for it is my favorite of the collection. It is written in a locale close to my heart--Scotland. I love the storytelling, the bonnie wee heroine, and the beast. I shipped our beauty and our beast quite a lot. This story perhaps remains the most true to it's inspiring fairytale, and I love it, perhaps even more than the original tale. This story was amazing, and heart-wrenching, and frighteningly real. Five stars. My overall rating for the collection is four and a half stars. Good job, Kaycee, Savannah, Jenelle, Dorian, and Hayden. And thank you to Rooglewood Press for generously allowing me to be an influencer for this amazing collection.
OntoHerBookshelf More than 1 year ago
I try to read two or three novella collections every year, simply because I love the flow of a shorter story and the creativity that can be used in such a collection. After reading the Five Glass Slippers collection from last year, I knew that Five Enchanted Roses would need to be on my to be read list. Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite fairy tale, though I know it is also one of the most debated. So, let's get right into it and I'll tell you what I thought of this collection. Esprit De La Rose was fascinating and confusing as I scrambled to keep up with what was going on, just like Cecilia, the heroine had to do. I loved the element of pirates and the amazing creativity the author had to come up with to form the unique story world for the novella. It's a great start to the collection, one that will press you to keep reading until the end. Wither was...spell bounding. I couldn't predict a single thing that would happen in this novella. The Beast of this tale was complicated and who he ends up being was a surprise for me. I liked the heroine's spunk and the hero's noble cause. It's a story that will give you chills, yet also manages to attain the elements of Beauty and the Beast. Stone Curse twists the original tale on its side and views the story from a new angle, one that kept me guessing and had me intrigued. Rather than have the 'beauty' come to the castle, we see that character already there and the beast is not entirely expected. Redemption would be the key word for this tale, for more than one character. Rosara and the Jungle King was so much fun to read! The setting of the Amazon rainforest was awesome, the villain was truly terrible, and the beast intriguing. I wasn't quite sure how a happy ending would be attained, or if it would be, but the ending is satisfying and definitely worth the read. The Wulver's Rose, the final novella in the collection, sticks closest to the original story yet still has its own unique elements to make it a good read. The use of the prologue and epilogue was excellent, and the motivation of Bonnie was well-done. I felt for the poor girl, as well as for the beast. In all, a good ending to the collection. Rooglewood Press puts out another great fairy tale retelling collection, again bringing stories bursting with creativity that will keep the reader delighted and entertained, challenged and satisfied. I highly recommend this collection to lovers of fairy tales and the Beauty and the Beast story. In this collection, you'll find the story as you've never read it before. I was given a review copy of Five Enchanted Roses from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite fairytale, and these retellings do not disappoint! But, while each has a ‘beast’ and a ‘beauty’ to rescue him, they are so unique and special in their telling of this amazing tale. Each author has her own unique twists and settings that truly make each stand out while keeping this beautiful tale alive. I highly recommend this collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have loved the story of “Beauty and the Beast” since I was a child, so I was excited to read this collection of retellings of the story. There is a whole lot of variety among the stories of the collection. There are pirates, mermaids, zombies, stone people, a jungle setting, and much more. I enjoyed the different takes and perspectives. Each story was unique and filled with its own twists and turns leading to its “happily ever after” ending. My personal favorites were “Stone Curse” by Jenelle Schmidt and “The Wulver’s Rose” by Hayden Wand. These were the sweeter, lighter versions among this collection. Overall, this book was an enjoyable read, and I would like to read more from the two authors mentioned above.
BookGrace More than 1 year ago
Esprit De La Rose by Kaycee Browning- The first story in this collection is one of the most unique retellings. Pirates and mermaids aren't what I think are usually associated with Beauty and the Beast, but the author proved that it can be done. My opinion is that I liked this tale well-enough. I found the wit of the 'beast' character amusing, and the whole setting of a ghostly ship was fascinating. My problem with this tale, though, is that I think it would have been better if it had been longer. The pace was just too quick. I felt like the characters needed more time to get to know each other than they did. But overall it was an interesting enough read. The ending itself was different than one might expect, and leaves me wondering if the author plans to give us more of the character's lives in a future tale? Wither by Savannah Jezowski- This retelling takes us to a world where creepy things haunt in the darkness, and one girl ventures into danger to save her family. I thought this was a pretty neat retelling. I liked the world, as well as the characters. I was surprised by some of the happenings, including the ending. Again, I feel this one, too, needed to be longer in some areas, but it was enjoyable none the less. Looking forward to reading the author's upcoming story that is also set in her fascinating world. Stone Curse by Jennelle Schmidt- I'll just come out and say that this was my favorite of all the stories in this collection. It was the only story that I didn't feel needed more. The romance was realistic, and I like romances that aren't too-quick. Some of the story was a bit predictable, but not all. I also liked the cast of characters, and the way everything fit together showed the thought the author put into it. This was one of the stories that I was least interested in, but it stood out above the rest and I found it one of my favorite "Beauty and the Beast" retellings. Rosara and the Jungle King by Dorian Tsukioka- Another fairly unique retelling, this story takes us to the wilds of a jungle. I loved that this story's POV was told in first person present, which is becoming one of my favorite point of views to read. As for my thoughts on this story, I'm overall satisfied with the short length of it. I did not find it very predictable, and I liked both the Beast and Beauty characters. Especially the Beast character- got to love a magical cat, right? The Wolver's Rose by Hayden Wand- This was a well-written, interesting story. I quite liked all of the Celtic elements in it. This particular retelling reminds me the most of all in this book of what I think is the original Beauty and the Beast, but still different enough to keep it from being repetitively dull. While the beginning was a bit slow, I did find it an overall sweet read and found myself saying "Awwww" by the end. In conclusion, I found this a nice volume of "Beauty and the Beast" retellings, so I give "Five Enchanted Roses" by Kaycee Browning, Savannah Jezowski, Jenelle Schmidt, Dorian Tsukioka, and Hayden Wand a rating of three and recommend for mature teens and adults. Some of the content is a bit mature, so I don't this really isn't a fairy tale book to read aloud to children. You may want to know- There is some kissing, violence, and content not suitable for young readers. *Thanks to the publisher for a free e- Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
K-Reeder More than 1 year ago
This was a new experience for me--an anthology of stories based on the same fairy tale. As I read through them, I began to be aware that I felt rich, as I feel when time unexpectedly opens up in my day, or my gas tank is full--the feeling that the world is full of limitless potential, and that I can step out in any direction and be off on an adventure. I had in my hands not one but five completely new worlds to explore, places I'd never been before, although some of them did seem vaguely familiar. As I moved through one world into the next, I was delighted by the ways in which the stories adhered to--and deviated from--the original. Though each of them had the kind and courageous heroine (and not a milk-water miss among them), the Beast ranged from frightening to cranky to underappreciated to merely misunderstood, and in one case wasn’t who you thought it was at all. Not one of the authors had to resort to teacups to people her tale with supporting characters, some of whom were as endearing as the principals. It was with regret that I left each of those worlds, only to be swept up into and captivated by another. I've always thought of Beauty and the Beast as the most satisfying of the classic fairy tales, because it depicts a Truth of the Real World--unconditional love actually does change the human heart (even a beastly one). I feel that these people really will live happily ever after. (I've always been somewhat skeptical of that outcome in Cinderella--yes, she's a sweetheart, but is he really more than an empty suit, gold lace notwithstanding?) Yet Five Enchanted Roses was even better than I imagined it would be. Now I want to read the first book in this series, Five Glass Slippers (yes, I know, Cinderella), and then the to-be-announced next in the series, dubbed “Five Something Something” by the editor, Anne Elizabeth Stengl (whose Tales of Goldstone Wood series I am constantly recommending to my friends and acquaintances). There is one last element that I loved about this book. The pictures at the beginning of each story, the visual introduction to that world, were just beautiful. (I kept scrolling back to take a look at them in the middle of my reading.) So, lovers of Fairy Tales, pick up or download this book. Adventure awaits. Now I must go find some Slippers.