I love fairy tale retellings, Beauty and the Beast in particular, but this book failed to capture me. The mother was a cruel caricature, as frequently was the beast. I failed to understand how the mother came to care so little for her daughter, and how beauty could come to care so much for the beast. That, and beauty was just plain boring. There are parts that endeared me to the story and kept me reading, but add in a rushed finale and you have a book I’d suggest skipping. I’m not the only reader out there though, so check out some of the warmer reviews on Goodreads to see if this a story you would enjoy.