Title: Becoming Beauty
Author:Sarah E. Boucher
Publication Date: November 11 2014
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.
Retellings of the classic fairytales have been becoming more and more popular. We have movies, shows and books popping up everywhere with their take on the fairytales we all grew up to know and love and most of them have been so compelling and interesting that I can’t stop reading or watching them.
Becoming Beauty did not disappoint me. I fell in love with the characters from the first page. The main character Bella is self centered and a brat who only wants the finest gowns and jewels, she puts her needs before the whole family. And while a character like that usually annoys me, I found her oddly engaging. I wanted to keep reading about her life and who she was as a person.
This retell of the “The Beauty and the Beast” was magical. I loved who Bella became and how she made the characters come alive. The plot was different from anything I’ve read and I liked the twist she made in the plot.
I would say Sarah’s first book is a success and I can’t wait to read what she has coming out next!