Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Review: Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher

Becoming Beauty
Sarah E. Boucher
Asked to Review for work
Retelling/ Romance/Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.17
Published by: Cedar Fort
Released On: November 11, 2014

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis:

Claws. Long, filthy, and dangerously sharp. 

They’re the first thing Bella sees after what’s been the worst day of her life. If Bella were the quintessential Beauty—gorgeous, kindhearted, and self-sacrificing—she might have a chance at transforming this monster into a man, but she’s never been the toad-kissing kind. Obsessed with landing a wealthy nobleman and escaping her humdrum life, Bella will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Which is precisely what landed her here, at the mercy of the Beast.

In this imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Bella's sense of entitlement strains both her family's finances and patience. As punishment for her selfishness, she's sent into the Beast's service where she must choose whether to follow the path she's always dreamed of—or risk it all for something even greater. 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an ebook of this novel for work to write a review for the newspaper Deseret News.

My Synopsis: 
Belle is not the selfless girl everybody loves. She is a manipulator who wants only one thing — to marry into wealth — and no price is too high to pay in achieving her goal. But when the price is her father’s freedom, her family deems it unacceptable, and she finds herself in servitude to the Beast.

Belle is furious with her family but even more furious when the Beast accuses her of being a selfish brat incapable of doing anything right. Determined to prove him wrong, Belle decides to become the best servant ever.
In the process, Belle quickly discovers that maybe she isn’t the person she always thought she was. Belle realizes that the Beast is less beastly than he seems and that his past still governs the present.
When Belle realizes the Beast fits the exact description of the man she always wanted to marry, she finds herself wondering if her dream of marrying for money still applies and if the Beast really is her prince in disguise.
With heartbreaking decisions to make, Belle faces lying to herself or destroying the Beast again, and time is running out. With mysteries still unsolved, Belle is about to change all of their futures forever. (I pulled these paragraphs from my official review for Deseret News)

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This retelling was not the typical retelling. Everything was twisted and inverted and that was definitely a plus. There have been so many retellings of Beauty and the Beast that it was nice to get one that was different.

I did enjoy the book and I think fans of Beauty and the Beast will eat this one up; however, it just lacked that extra something to draw me in. I loved the writing, the characters, but there was just something missing to make this a 5 star book.

I thought the retelling was imaginative. 

So why 3 stars?  Like I already said, there was just something missing. I read it, but there were moments where the story lagged. However, having said that I would definitely still recommend this. It's a quick read and fans of Beauty and the Beast will love this. 

In Summary: An imaginative, inventive retelling of the old classic story that presents a completely new look on the story. For fans of retellings. 

Warnings/Side-notes: No concerns. I would recommend this book to readers of any age. 

The Wrap-up:  All in all a really good book. It just lacked that extra something to make it stand out more. This was her debut novel and I'll be anxious to see what else this author writes. 


Danica Page


  1. I love how twisted everything sounds in this retelling. Even if it wasn't perfect, I want to try it out.

    1. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.


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