Author: Karen Wiesner
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Buy Link: Buy Beauty Is The Beast Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
The final in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Very loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. The Shaussegeny family curse came with one final pronouncement: “And now there is but one manner in which this curse can be broken and obliterated entirely: That beauty falls in love with the beast and vice versa, that evil loves good and good loves evil. If this should happen, your family shall be released from each aspect of my curse and your alliance with evil shall be ended.”
When Ransom Shaussegeny attempts to cure the family of the curse they live under, he becomes a werewolf trapped in his beast form and isolates himself inside the family fortress. When he meets Tess Moore, a beautiful enchantress, and falls under her spell, Ransom no longer knows who or what is real—or whether the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim is about to have the last laugh by dooming him, the woman he loves, and his family for all time…
I am generally not a fan of the “destined to be together” story line. I understand the appeal, having someone who loves you and will be with no matter what, is a very nice thought; but from a writing perspective, its just lazy. Relationships take work, and not ever pair of people who find each other attractive are going to compatible in the long term. By skipping this process, the reader loses the chance to learn about the characters as they learn about each other.
All that said, it works in this story. There is a reason for it. And I love the twist that comes from it. This twist is one of those I fear saying too much about, it is so good, so unexpected, that I in no way saw it coming or even came close to guessing what it might be.
The one complaint I do have is about the Hero, Ransom. He is completely unsympathetic. He inflicts misery and pain upon himself in an attempt to cure a curse that no one else in his family seems particularly worried about. In fact, they are thriving. So when he talks about how much he suffers under the curse, I just want to smack him.
Overall, I recommend this book. It is a wonderful re-imagining to Beauty and the Beast, and well worth adding to any collection.