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The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales) (edition 2012)

by Eloisa James (Author)

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Title:The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales)
Authors:Eloisa James (Author)
Info:Avon (2012), Edition: Original, 384 pages
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Tags:2016, .Fiction, Romance

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The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James



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It appears that Ms. James is well on her way to give us her take on many fairy tales most of us have grown up with. After ‘A Kiss at Midnight’ [her take on Cinderella], ‘When Beauty Tamed the Beast’ [her take on The Beauty and the Beast] and ‘The Duke is Mine’ [her take on The Princess and the Pea] we’re now on ‘The Ugly Duchess’ [her take on The Ugly Duckling] and coming in May 2013, ‘Once Upon A Tower’ which will be her take on Rapunzel.

Personally, I found out that I’m not such a fan of authors relying on ‘tried and true’ stories to give them a spring-board for retelling of them. It’s like taking a much-loved movie and remaking it over and over making me wonder if anyone out there has or can come up with an original idea.

That said I am here to tell you that Ms. James had managed, despite the predictability and underlying thread through this series, to surprise me with a fresh, entertaining and compelling retelling of each fairy tale story so far.

If you’ve never read this author, picking up any of these stories will ...for the rest of my review, I thank you for popping over to b2b and


Mel for b2b

*Book provided by AVON through EDELWEISS. ( )
  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
The Ugly Duchess
3.5 Stars

The first third of the book detailing James and Theo's friendship and growing physical attraction is lively and entertaining. Unfortunately, the second third focusing on their separation and lives apart (James as a pirate and Theo as a fashion diva) is drawn out, tedious and unnecessary. The last third makes a brave attempt at recovering the energy of the beginning but James and Theo's reunion leaves much to be desired.

James is charming and likable despite his questionable acquiescence to his father's demand that he marry his childhood friend for her dowry. Nevertheless, his actions during their long separation he sleeps with other women are a turn off and he never manages to redeem himself completely.

Theo is an engaging heroine and her strength of will in coping with James's betrayal and disappearance is admirable. That said, her preoccupation with her looks, while understandable, becomes tiresome after a while and detracts from her appeal - so you're not the belle of the ball, get over it already!

Eloisa James is a skilled writer and the previous books in this series have provided me with much enjoyment, This time, however, the story and characters simply miss the mark. Better luck next time. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
  fromjesstoyou | Mar 21, 2016 |
Crítica em: http://pepitamagica.blogspot.pt/2015/04/livro-ugly-duchess-de-eloisa-james.html

Não sei se já disse isto noutra crítica, mas volto a dizê-lo: eu gosto de bad boys na literatura, e livros que fazem deles os heróis têm sempre pontos a favor.

Neste livro de Eloisa James, temos novamente o tema dos contos de fadas, sendo neste caso especificamente o Patinho Feio.
Theodora – Theo para os amigos e Daisy para o seu melhor amigo James – não era uma beldade, como se percebe pelo título. E, ainda que possa ser um spoiler, vou dizer isto porque sinto que é uma lição importante: Daisy não se transformou miraculosamente num cisne. Ela passou a aceitar-se como era, uma mulher que fisicamente podia não corresponder aos padrões de beleza da época, mas ainda assim uma mulher interessante, elegante e alegre. Quando Daisy se aceitou a si própria e deixou de se preocupar com o que o ton (como a alta sociedade inglesa se referia a si própria no período da Regência) dizia, ela tornou-se tão bela quanto um cisne.

James é um rapaz jovem (como Daisy – casaram com 19 e 17 anos, correspondentemente, o que era bastante cedo, pelo menos no que toca aos homens) que não é muito maturo, apesar dos problemas que tem com o seu pai e com o que já teve de lidar com ele. É um pouco infantil, e uma das coisas que gostei foi do quanto ele cresce ao longo do livro. Não gostei da distância (nem do tempo) que ele interpôs entre ele e Daisy (e mais não digo que já houve um spoiler em cima e um por crítica chega :p), mas acho que apesar disso fez-lhe bem e abriu-lhe os olhos àquilo que tinha. Não vos vou dizer como ele se tornou em algo tão diferente do que era no início do livro mas digo que gostei da sua mudança.

Uma boa escrita, como sempre, com um bom passo, mas que num certo momento acaba por ser demasiado lento devido à espera que fazemos pelas acções das personagens – mas perdoável.

Romântico, com boas lições a aprender pela história, mas acho que faltam alguns pontos essenciais como um desenvolvimento maior do amor de Daisy e James um pelo outro, desde a amizade ao amor conjugal e apaixonado. As cenas mais eróticas estão muito bem descritas, mostrando sensualidade, luxúria mas também o amor que existe entre as personagens.

Gostei da nota final da autora, que explica um pouco a sua inspiração para cada das personagens mais marcantes do livro.

Resumindo, uma leitura leve e romântica que ficou um pouco aquém dos outros livros da série. ( )
  Joana_v_v | Feb 9, 2016 |
Romantic, heart breaking and at times frustrating. Oh boy FRUSTRATING- I wanted to pull my hair out when he was sent away. I was inner screaming for this to stop...see frustrating. But then there were moments so beautiful and sweet.
The lady was not the prettiest according to societies' check points. They tagged her The Ugly Duchess after her wedding, in every newspaper. This was the beginning of the end and of the start of something. The Duke, sexy and hot, had his path altered and both husband and wife ventured on a new journey. The trials they face and overcome are not easy.
A wonderful retelling of this classic tale. I stayed up all night reading to find out what happened. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to the wonderful poet and storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. His plots have given me obvious inspiration, as in this version of his fairy story The Ugly Duckling, but more than that, his ability to weave together joy and philosophical thought inspires every novel I write.
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How can she dare to imagine he loves her... when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess?

Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke's passion.
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When she discovers that her husband, James, married her only for her dowry, Theodora Saxby, known by the ton as the Ugly Duchess, is devastated until James launches a campaign to prove that he really loves her.

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