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Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey
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Typical Mercedes Lackey - she wraps everything up lickety split in the last 50 pages. ( )
  keindi | Jan 23, 2016 |
A good read. Ms. Lackey always writes well. Not what you would expect from the book cover description/excerpt. More a re-imagining of Beauty and The Beast than Red Riding Hood (and definitely not a werewolf or paranormal tale). The Red Hooded Cape makes exactly one appearance and the werewolf three very minimal/short appearance. While actually a surprisingly more interesting take on the fairytale retelling than I was expecting, I think this one had more an air of author's Elemental Masters series than her Five Hundred Kingdoms (a well brought up dutiful young lady encountering magic but still a part of her small-town, class dependent, family/village possibly why I got that feeling).

Excerpt made it sound like action packed with all these characters fighting the bad guys/magic/curse whatever in defiance of The Tradition (if you are unfamiliar with series, a big part of Five Hundred Kingdoms worldbuilding with "The Tradition" being a force manipulating persons along the lines of familiar tales) with a fairytale romance/aspect ongoing and fairy godmother involvement.

Actual book (I read Kindle edition so have to give it to you in percentage reads), The Tradition was not even known to Bella until about 75% thru book; no whiff of romance until 90% thru (other than avoiding some unwanted advances from potential villains and not wanting to just be married off like other village lasses), no love interest/romance until 97% thru. Actually, most of the real Five Hundred Kingdom stuff with royalty and godmothers and (even though I did like the read I have to say not the fastest paced thing) nearly all the action packed into last 3% of book.

I think I would have rated 4 stars with a little more action and a little less the sweet-natured village lass wondering about a castle, befriending servants, putting the stillroom to rights, being polite to her captors ... and most other characters pretty minimally drawn. The main character and the plotline, not as original as I would have wanted. But still a good read and I am still a Mercedes Lackey fan and likely to read the next Five Hundred Kingdoms entry. ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
This is an entertaining mashup of Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. It's a light, fast read with likeable protagonists and, of course, the interesting world of the 500 Kingdoms series.

The audio version is well read, with only a few mispronunciations, and nice tone and pacing. Gabra Zackman is a reliable narrator and can be counted on to do a competent job. ( )
  Helcura | Sep 29, 2014 |
This is probably my least favorite book in this series. I really didn't like the main character Isabella because she was just a little too bossy, too annoying. Generally I can grow to love a character by the end of the book, especially the protagonist. But her.... ugh. I wanted her to lose an argument horrifically, but she never did.

This is based off Beauty and Beast, naturally. But only if Beauty were a little bossier and more like the lady-of-the-house. And if the Beast wanted to stay inside anyways and play around with magic.


I am so angry at the progression of this book. It was way too obvious from the beginning who the bad guy was. But then we started seeing behind the scenes and seeing reasons for actions, it started getting a little better. Or maybe it's because I wanted to see Bella be wrong for a change. But nope, it's a stereotypical villains are villains and heroes and heroes.

I completely disagree with the romance. They did not spend enough time with each other to justify a romance. Even the stereotypical dancing scene in the library was not enough. I just argh.

There wasn't enough substance in this book. The invisible servants were interesting, and that's about it. The mystery about who cast the curse was no mystery at all because there weren't enough characters developed enough to be suspect (i.e. only one character was possible...).

Honestly, what really happened in this book?

Girl goes to castle. She makes things more livable. They find the bad guy. Main characters fall in love randomly. Happily Ever After.

I think Lackey is running out of ideas to make this premise work.

Two stars. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
This story line mostly uses Beauty and the Beast as the framework but does give a quick nod to Cinderella [ in a good way] and one scene to Little Red Riding Hood. It was a fun read but the only real problem was you knew who the bad guy was fairly early on and I honestly didn't feel there was much spark between the two protagonists no matter what was written down on the page. Of course this didn't stop me from tearing through the story quite quickly and still liking the whole idea of " The Tradition" that wants to warp people lives to fit certain folk tales with no regard to people's lives. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
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The door opened, spilling out light and heat and laughter and a snatch of music into the darkened street.
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The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella--Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant--vows to escape the usual pitfalls.

Anxious to avoid the Traditional path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman. But on the way home she's attacked by a wolf--who turns out to be a cursed nobleman Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh--when he isn't howling at the moon.

Breaking spells is never easy. But a determined beauty, a wizard (after all, he's only an occasional werewolf) and a little godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending..
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The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella vows to escape the usual pitfalls. She dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman. On the way home she's attacked by a wolf-- who turns out to be a cursed nobleman! Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh-- when he isn't howling at the moon.… (more)

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