Publication Date: March 5, 2012
Finished Date: February 26, 2012
Source: Review Copy from Netgalley
From Goodreads:I really don't know what to say about this book. It was definitely not what I was expecting. It's a very great premise but for me I was expecting more and I'm left feeling a little disappointed.
Journeying by steam-powered sled to London's Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter-and wants one thing in return. Stories.
The travellers are glad to oblige. Their host, Rolph, is especially captivated by Tara's story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, and aware of an electric pull between them, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.
When the veil between the mortal and spiritual worlds is parted, and danger threatens, will Tara make the ultimate sacrifice to save Rolph.
Tara and her friends are travelling to the Frost Fair but when they get stuck because of a storm they find shelter with a mysterious stranger. Tara feels inexplicably drawn to Rolph and she is determined to find out why. Things are not as they seem with Tara and she can sense that Rolph is keeping secrets. Will she be able to find them out and stay in Rolph's life when they only have one night?
When I saw this book on Netgalley I was instantly drawn to that beautiful cover and the title. I am a huge fan of the Beauty and the Beast story and I requested it without even reading the blurb. From the cover I was really expecting a dark mysterious story and I was looking forward to reading it. I was so happy when I got accepted for this title and had to dive into it straight away. I was very surprised when I realised that it was not a novel but a novella. I usually don't like novellas very much but in the past week I have read a few that I loved. Unfortunately this was not the case with Beauty in the Beast.
Beauty in the Beast has a great premise with a supernatural element further than just a man turning into the beast because of a sorceress. I really liked the storyline of this novella and I think Christine's writing was very good. I was definitely intrigued and hooked from the first chapter. I read the whole thing in one sitting and I did enjoy it. However I did feel like there was something missing. I didn't really enjoy the stories within the story at the beginning. I thought they were kinda weird and I felt my mind wandering a little and wanting to get back to the story. I definitely started enjoying this novella more once we were past the stories but there was still something missing for me. I was really expecting a good dark romance and I didn't really get that. I liked the flirtations between Rolph and Tara and when I read that I was happy to see a bit of romance starting. However I feel like it didn't really develop. I definitely wanted more romance.
I also feel like it ended way too soon. It left so much unanswered, did Tara stay with him? What happened to her other friends? To me there was no fluidity to the ending and it was very abrupt and I was left feeling like "That's it?" I think if we got to see the romance develop after the 'ending' then it would have been much better but to me, it was just very abrupt and lacked the romance I was looking for.
A really good premise and I loved the more supernatural aspect to the story but there was definitely something missing and I was left disappointed. I was definitely expecting more