Chris Anne Wolfe
- Title: Roses and Thorns: Beauty and the Beast Retold
- Author: Chris Anne Wolfe
- ISBN: 9781886383647
- Page: 475
- Format: Paperback
A greedy father A beautiful daughter A faceless noble With a word, Aloysius bargains away Angelique s future for a hefty bride price, and no one, not even Angelique s beloved mother can save her Angelique is taken to a strange and marvelous estate where she is befriended by Culdun, her Liege s fey companion And though Culdun hints at darker forces, Angelique is drawnA greedy father A beautiful daughter A faceless noble With a word, Aloysius bargains away Angelique s future for a hefty bride price, and no one, not even Angelique s beloved mother can save her Angelique is taken to a strange and marvelous estate where she is befriended by Culdun, her Liege s fey companion And though Culdun hints at darker forces, Angelique is drawn to her host and ever so slowly, she wins Drew s trust But old fears and an older curse resurface, threatening to drive them apart and banish Drew into an eternity of loneliness Will Angelique s growing love be strong enough to save her Liege Or will she flee once the secret is revealed
Recent Comments "Roses and Thorns: Beauty and the Beast Retold"
Mmmm, so unexpectedly disappointing. The writing isn't half-bad, but the plotline suffers majorly from unoriginality, because in a desire to subvert the "Beauty and the Beast" archetype, the author ends up simply gender-bending the Beast figure and making the pair a LGBT one, which I find as cliché and facile as merely making Beauty a male and Beast a female as it's not hard to find in most retellings. Definitely needed more substantial twists than that to be memorable.
Dark yet sweet and quite entertaining, truly a shame it was so very short!
There's a fantastic story in here. Unfortunately, it's lost under a flood of awkward writing: Angelique's family dramas are only roughly sketched in, Drew's reasons for simultaneously despairing and going through the motions of curse-breaking are never explored, the magic that surrounds Drew's castle suffers from a near-complete lack of world-building, and, sadly, the contortions that the narrative voices go through to mostly avoid using pronouns for Drew are tremendously irritating and not at a [...]
The amount that I detest the UI cannot be overstated!I enjoyed this book, despite the text fairly obviously having been automatically generated from another format -maybe even just scanned and then rendered into electronic format for printing. There are several words in here that I tripped over until I worked out what was supposed to be there. The book itself too is falling apart after just one read. That said, if you can cope with the above, this is a nice re-telling of the fairy tale. I love [...]
This is my first book by Chris Anne Wolfe, and it certainly won't be the last. Beauty and the Beast is a favourite of mine, so when I saw that this was a lesbian retelling I had to read it. Angelique and Drew are a wonderful couple, and the twists and turns kept me hooked. I'm so glad this turned up in the 'recommended' section - I wouldn't have found it otherwise!
This really wasn't the best of the Beauty and the Beast re-writes. In fact, I barely remember it and I'm only off on writing my review by a few weeks. I know the main characters are both female, but I can't even remember if "beast" is transgender or not. The ideas were good. The writing to convince you to care about the characters just wasn't there.
i'm always down to read a re-telling of a fairy tale that's re-imagined with a queer couple, and this book did prove to be an enjoyable re-tellinghowever, i would have preferred it if drew/the beast was cursed to be a beast in appearance instead of remaining an attractive woman who hides her appearance with an illusion based magic
Throns of love This was a slow burn romance,with tender feeling. Love how this following the same lines as the well known story. With a lovely new twist. Totally enjoyed the ending and the tension of whether love would find a way.
A bit dated but overall an enjoyable romance novel.
It took me very long time to finished reading this book. Actually, I started couple years ago and postpone it. Now it's time to get off.It's not a bad book, and I really enjoyed the writing style, and that "magick" (yet I don't understand the reason to use this word instead of "magic") around Liege castle.The story itself is based on Beauty and the Beast not carefully. The rose is given by Beast specially for Beauty, not in exchange for her promise to come and save her father, it's just a gift. [...]
I liked this book a lot! I was hesitant to start it at first since I was skeptical about how the author could re-invent the classic fairytale. Anyway, I'm glad I read it! I would have given it 5 stars if it was a little longer, like in a couple of explanations and the ending. The ending I can understand since almost all fairytales have that kind of ending, a little abrupt and no epilogue or whatever. But I wanted to know more about the curse, and about the stepmother. Given that, it is still an [...]
Beauty and the Beast is one of, if not my all time, favorite. Roses and Thorns will actually make it hard to watch it the same way again either way.In this interpretation, Wolfe removes the story's "one flaw." For while Drew might be imposing and inviolate, she is by no means there to romanticize abuse as powerful women often are (so think Regina Mills without all the homicidal "heart breaking" tendencies and as an ardent animals rights activist to boot). I would argue the one flaw is the novel [...]
Roses and Thorns: Beauty and the Beast Retold was a great novel, though a little frustrating. Because it is a retelling that is somewhat faithful to the idea of Beauty and the Beast, the reader knows and understands that the two main characters will end up together at the end. I thought it was a little sad that the twist of the 'beast' being female, too, was ruined for me by the description of the novel. Still, keeping this little point a secret was artfully done on the author's part, and I real [...]
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite fairytale, and now I have found a version that I can truly claim. I wish Chris Anne were still with us so I could thank her properly. She spun her own version of this tale with such rich imagery and a spellbinding storyline. It was truly perfect. Although she is no longer with us physically, Chris Anne blessed the world with her stories before she left this world for the next one. Thank you, Chris Anne. Thank you.
While certainly a sweet enough book with its intentions, especially for a fairy tale, Roses and Thorns offers no real connection or chemistry between the two central characters. It is also unnerving (for me, at least) that the "Beast" (who could not be considered a beast in any universe) is so deceptive about who s/he really is. For much of the time I read this I felt a bit creeped out.ly because it doesn't seem like a relationship between equals.
In broad strokes this story works, and one of the opening passages almost brought me to tears Just as a concept to see a brooding heroine replace the typical brooding hero of the gothic novel meant a lot to me but then not much happened when the two characters met? And their interactions felt old fashioned and stilted and not in a good, atmospheric way. Dnf at 60% because I couldn't summon the motivation to keep reading.
Am I the only one who felt asleep during the time reading this book? I thought I was supposed to like this book, but there was something wrong with the connection or chemistry between two main characters and lacked depth in the story (background, dialogue, etc.). To tell the truth, I like the concept of "Beauty and the Beast," but this book is not my cup of tea. Definitely.
Splendidly retold. Completed it in one day. Starting the re-read right now.One thing that surprised me was the fact that (view spoiler)[Drew's only secret was being a woman! I kept having a Beast image in my head and kept thinking that the next moment would be the furry hands, furry face part. Alas, no. (hide spoiler)]Highly recommended. A bit short of a read, though. Nevertheless very enjoyable.
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite fairy tale and this retelling did not disappoint. Some parts are pretty drawn out but I didn't mind. I thought the way it was written was very good. It's very easy to conjure mental images through the author's words. I especially found the scene with the blue fireflies beautiful.
I'd had really high hopes for this one- the premise sounded excellent, I love fairy tale re-tellings, and Beauty & the Beast is my favorite of all the fairy tales. But the book didn't really live up to its premise, the pacing was uneven, and the book felt kind of shallow.
Very cute retelling. Quick read as well. I would have liked a bit more conflict, especially regarding Angelique's love for Drew; however, the characters were explained well, and I enjoyed my time with the book.:]
Loved it! Fresh, relevant perspective with all the fun of fantasy.
Retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
This book was the best retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story I've read. And so far, Chris Anne Wolfe is one of my favorite lesbian authors.
I'm a fan of Chris Anne Wolfe's work. This was the 2nd story of hers I read and I found it to be an enjoyable twist on an old tale. Definitely recommend.
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