Beauty by Sarah Pinborough‏

Summary from Goodreads

Beauty is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It’s fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Gollancz
 
My Review
 
Beauty is a kick-ass story. Oh how I wish Sarah Pinborough’s gorgeously wicked fairytale re-tellings could go on forever – they are so moreish.

This instalment is a Sleeping Beauty re-telling, but you will be delighted to know that Beauty isn’t the only familiar face you will stumble upon – Sarah has expertly woven quite a few little bits and pieces in here, which makes it a bit of a mayhem mash up of awesomeness!

Turns out Beauty is a tad skitzo and when her dark side comes out to play there is hell to pay for everyone. She is tricked and a spell is cast over everybody and everything in the kingdom – until some wise guy barrels in and ruins everything.

I adored Beauty’s dark side, she is totally wicked and likes the down and dirty. She is the polar opposite of Beauty, but she is so much more intriguing – I just couldn’t wait for her to come out and play.

The ending rocked but I just wanted more, more and more….

Beauty is a super sexy tale full of fun, danger and excitement. It’s a lightening quick page turner filled with the most fantastic writing. Personally I think this is the best out of the 3, but I very highly urge you to go read them all – like right NOW!

Les Edwards has done another brilliant job with all the fab little illustrations and the covers for these books make them such beautiful little keepers.

5 / 5 Stars

*Special thanks to Gollancz for the review copy*

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