Goodreads Synopsis: A young woman, well educated and honourable, accepts responsibility for her father's act and leaves her family to enter the enchanted world of castle and Beast. The Beast she finds is not the one she imagined, but can she stay with him?
A gifted storyteller embellishes the classic tale, developing a new and very real world of her own in a love story that has all the wonder and magic of the fairy tale.
And I found the ending sweet, but anticlamactic. The ending, by the way, is my favorite of all the Beauty and the Beast movies and re-tellings I can remember reading/seeing. It needs to be perfect and beautiful and happy, but when this one fell a little flat, there was little other merit to praise.
Also, I couldn't get into the characters(except maybe the Beast). Beauty's family was horrible for letting her give herself to the Beast, but I was lost between confusion over why she missed them and then how she adjusted to indefinitely living without them so easily.
Essentially there was nothing to drive the story beyond my desire to finish it and write a review in the near future.
All that being said, there were enough small things that added up to make a not-entirely-bad book. I appreciated the literary references, many of the twists to the original fairy tale, and the incorporation of a horse as the main character.
So, long story short, I was disappointed, but I don't hate Beauty. I just don't know if I could honestly say I like it.