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Book Review: Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold by Demelza Carlton

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Title: Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold

Author: Demelza Carlton

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Published Date: January 5th 2017

Publisher: Lost Plot Press

Goodreads Rating: 3.69

Synopsis (Goodreads):

 

A beastly prince. An enchanting beauty. Only love can break the spell.
Once upon a time…
The wicked King Thorn forced the enchantress Zuleika to cast a terrible curse. She fled his court to travel the world, helping those who need her magic most. Until a search for her merchant father’s lost ships leads her to an enchanted island, where Prince Vardan, the island’s ruler, is afflicted by the most powerful curse Zuleika has ever encountered. She’s not sure she can reverse the spell, but she’s determined to try. After all, a prince who fights pirates can’t be all bad…no matter how beastly his appearance.
Together, can the enchanting beauty and the beastly prince break the spell?

 


 

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Hiya bessies!

 

How are you all?

 

A review (finally!) from yours truly! Haha! I’ve been reading a lot of books but I’m not doing any reviewing. So I’m reviewing this one because I think it’s long overdue. XD

 

 

This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I kind of discovered it around the time the movie was on hype. So I thought why not read it? It sounds interesting enough. There are differences though. Belle here is a witch, a powerful one, but that’s not her real name. And she’s the one who cursed the prince as the king ordered it. Though she didn’t know that it was the prince she was cursing. She just gave the king a cursed mirror in which when the prince look through it, he and his whole island will be cursed. And they did. But then after Belle gave the cursed mirror to the king, he raped her. So Belle also cursed the king that if he drew just a drop of blood from Belle, he will not have a son forever. And because Belle was a virgin, the curse happened. Years passed and Belle’s father asked for her help to find his missing ship that’s carrying important materials believed to be stolen by pirates. So she stepped into her portal to look for the ship only to land in the sea. She almost drowned but she managed to draw another portal and then land on the cursed prince’s backyard. And the story begins there.

 

 

I kind of don’t know what to feel about this book. There are a lot of things left unsolved by the end of it. I think the only problem solved after this book ended was the curse. I mean sure that’s the main problem but there are also those small problems that needs solving. Like the king’s curse for example. Did he somehow found out that he was cursed by Zuleika, Belle’s real name? And the union the Prince set to overthrow the king from his throne? Did it work? Did they succeed?

 

As I read this book, all I could think about it was how the prince wants Zuleika in his bed so bad. But he’s just restraining himself so much because that’s not how a proper gentleman prince should act towards a fine lady. And Zuleika is a fine lady. So at the end of the book, when finally the curse was broken, and Zuleika and the prince got married, all there was how the prince finally will have Zuleika, legally. The prince still thought that Zuleika was a virgin. It didn’t clarify at the end what the prince thought or even just let him know. And then there’s that part where Zuleika didn’t know that the curse on the prince and his island was her own curse. How do you not know your own curse if you’re one heck of a powerful witch? She actually wanted to break the curse without knowing that it was her own. And there’s no loophole to that curse. Lol. She didn’t put one.

 

To make this review even shorter than it already is, the book’s beginning was good. But the ending, from the part where Zuleika broke the curse to the end of it, it was like too fast paced and dramatic. It felt like it was just put there so it will end. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending.

 

To wrap this up, I don’t know if I should recommend this book. Well, in my personal opinion, I won’t recommend this but then if you bessies feel like reading it then go ahead. 😀 It’s not my type of retelling though I’m not really a fan of retelling.

 


 

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Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.  She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.  Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn’t leave her alone.

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Thanks for reading this bessies! Love you all!

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold by Demelza Carlton

    1. Do you have some good retelling recommendations, Sophie? Maybe the reason why I’m not so fond of the genre is because I haven’t found the right book for it yet. 😀

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