Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James. June 2012. Stonehouse Ink. Goodreads.
A prince by day and a wolf by night—
Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.
Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?
Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he’s changed right before her eyes. He’s not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now… but then again, so is the beast.
I read this around Christmas time. After my boys were asleep I snuggled on the couch near my Christmas tree and read this lovely retelling of a classic fairy tale.
As far as Disney fairy tales go, Beauty and the Beast was not my favorite growing up. I feel shallow saying it, but I couldn’t get over the beasts appearance and behavior. This retelling was SO MUCH BETTER!
It was completely relateable and believable for this Beauty to fall for the Beast. I love the different way Jenni James told this story. This Beast was beyond loveable. He was caring and understanding. Building a friendship is so important in a relationship which is exactly what Cecelia and the beast have an opportunity to do.
There wasn’t a huge villain role and were a few cheesy lines which I of course loved. 🙂 If you love fairy tale retellings like I do and love clean romance, you must read Beauty and the Beast. Now I need to read the entire Faerie Tale Collection!
Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: mild ( kissing )
Violence: mild ( knife wound, death )
BOOKS BY JENNI JAMES
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6 thoughts on “Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James: YA Review”
I just realized that I never put your new blog address into my reader! :O No wonder I’ve been missing your reviews!
I’m a huge fan of fairy tale re-tellings, so I want to try this one for sure!
I’m glad I’m on your reader again. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more of Jenni Jame’s fairy tale retellings.
I read her pre-published edition on Wattpad awhile ago (last year?), but I remember it was a fun read!
Yep, definitely fun and entertaining and romantic. I’m just hearing about Wattpad. I think I should look into it.
This book sounds so good! I love fairy tales and Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorites. I have been wanting to read Jenni James’s books for a while, so hopefully I’ll start reading them soon.
Jenni’s books are definitely worth reading. I also love her Jane Austen Diaries books because I love retellings and love Jane Austen’s books.