Monday, January 22, 2018

Blog Tour/Review: Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Finding Beauty in the Beast, by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
2018, 263p, Fairy-tale Retelling
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not affect my review in any way

Princess Rose's fiery temper has kept every potential suitor away...until now. After being spurned and humiliated for the last time, the princes forces every eligible man to present a gift to her under pain of death. The man who brings her the best gift will be chosen as her husband.

When Corbin presents his gift, he hopes that his simple offering will keep him safely overlooked. All he wants is to return to his quiet life as a blacksmith away from forbidding castles and beastly princesses. But love works in mysterious ways, and it all starts with a rose...

I love fairy-tale retellings, and loved the author's first two books, so I was excited to dive into this one! I'm happy to say that I absolutely loved it!

First of all, the beast is Princess Rose. She has her reasons to behave the way she does, and everyone is afraid of her. She's selfish and demanding and quite horrible so she is certainly full of flaws. Corbin is a blacksmith that leaves his home to start over. He finds himself in what appears to be an even worse situation than he was in before. While Corbin is a character that I sympathized with and felt justified along with him for his behavior, he had his flaws as well and there were lessons he needed to learn. Some good friends come to visit and they help him out.

I enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end! There's more to it than just Rose and Corbin's story and I liked how everything tied together. I love getting updates from characters in previous books and we get that when my favorite couple comes to visit Corbin. There are new characters that we meet, both likable and unlikable, which add to the story as well.

This is the kind of book I would recommend to anyone and everyone, especially those who enjoy a fantastic fairy-tale retelling! My daughter eyed this book as soon as it came and she's excited to read it. I'm interested to see what Jessilyn Peaslee comes up with next and am already looking forward to reading it!

Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She loved taking creative writing classes, and was particularly fond of the works of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. She also studied French and the humanities. Jessilyn grew up in the beautiful deserts of Southern California and now resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Saratoga Springs, Utah, with her husband and five boys.


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