Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Erin: Beauty (Folktales #1) by Robin McKinley

Hi! Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast!  It's a classic tale and I think this is one of the best retellings ever! It's such a good solid one that really follows the original tale.  Anyways, this is a book I read as a child and recently decided to reread!

From Goodreads:

A strange imprisonment...

Beauty has never liked her nickname.  She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones.  But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will.  Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.


Erin's Thoughts:

Like I said, Beauty is a really well-done retelling.  It's very true to the fairytale while having enough little quirks of its own that makes it interesting. It has basically all the things that makes it Beauty and the Beast, like an enchanted castle, and magic, and roses, but I love how Beauty isn't actually beautiful and has sisters that she loves and this very strong relationship with her family.

I'll admit, the first part of the story that builds up to the part where Beauty actually goes to the castle is a bit long.  I think about half the book maybe is devoted to setting up the story - which is fine because it gives a lot of background about Beauty and her family and how they came to be.  It adds a lot of depth to the story, but I did really look forward to the part where actually traveled to the castle.

Beast and Beauty have this soft, warm relationship that's a combination of friendship and love, which I really liked.  They have this mutual respect for each other and I feel like it's a really equal relationship.

I have yet to read a retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I like better than Beauty.  Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite, favorite fairytales and so I'm always on the lookout for a book spin or twist on the story.  So far, I'm still waiting ;).

Rating:


Beauty is such a classic! I love this book and it's my favorite Robin McKinley book! And, interesting fact (at least for me), Robin McKinley has written TWO Beauty and the Beast retellings! The other one is Rose Daughter and though I like Beauty better, I think it's awesome and pretty gutsy of Robin McKinley to write two retellings of the same tale! Anyways, I digress! I hope you guys liked the review and I definitely think Beauty is a book well worth reading, especially if you like fairytales!

Erin @The Romance Bookie

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Romance Bookie is going on Hiatus

Hello Everyone,

It really saddens me to do this, but I have made the extremely tough decision on putting The Romance Bookie on Hiatus for a bit.

There is too much going on in my life, and I've putting this on hold for way too long at this point.  I have been very busy, and with school, work, and family I just can't handle everything anymore.

Yesterday, my family was told some very sad news.  One of our German Shepherds, named BJ, died while he was getting surgery to remove tumors in his spleen.  It turned out the cancer was far more advanced than they had thought, and he passed away while they were operating.  I, along with my family, is absolutely devastated.  Our dogs (we have three German Shepherds) mean the world to us.  They are part of the family, and losing one is like losing a piece of ourselves.

He was only eight years old, which even for a big dog like a German Shepherd is not old.  It is by no means, young, but also not old.  So losing him so unexpectedly is extremely difficult on me.

My head hasn't been in reading lately as it is, but with this on top of it, I just don't know right now, how escaping into a book is going to be possible.

I have notified friends and family via Social Networking, only because I can't handle talking to people in person about matters such as this.  Death is not easy for anyone, and when it comes to people confronting me, I'd rather they not.  I am not a fan of the "I'm sorry" talk.  I'd rather we talk of random things, to get my mind off of it.  That is just how I deal with things.

I am at a point in my life, where whatever free time I have, is being spent with my loved ones.  Reading doesn't allow me to escape from my own thoughts, as it used to, so that is my reason for the hiatus.

I do not know how long it will last.

I may even decide to pick up a book next week.  But right now, I just can't.

I wanted to say I'm sorry.  This blog means a lot to me.  I have put a lot of hard work into it.  But right now, my heart just isn't in it, and I don't think it would be fair to just continue like this.

I think I will get back to it one day, but just not right now.

In the mean time, I will attempt to have Erin continue reviewing and posting; but of course that is up to her too, if she would like to continue.

Thank you for understanding, and I want all of you to know I really appreciate all of the support you have all given me.

But for now, I must say goodbye.  Hopefully I'll be back sooner rather than later.

The Romance Bookie