Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Becoming Beauty by Sarah Boucher

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Becoming Beauty, by Sarah E. Boucher
2014, 256p, Clean Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Claws. Long, filthy, and dangerously sharp.

They’re the first thing Bella sees after what’s been the worst day of her life. If Bella were the quintessential Beauty—gorgeous, kindhearted, and self-sacrificing—she might have a chance at transforming this monster into a man, but she’s never been the toad-kissing kind. Obsessed with landing a wealthy nobleman and escaping her humdrum life, Bella will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Which is precisely what landed her here, at the mercy of the Beast.

In this imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Bella's sense of entitlement strains both her family's finances and patience. As punishment for her selfishness, she's sent into the Beast's service where she must choose whether to follow the path she's always dreamed of—or risk it all for something even greater.

Bella is manipulative, spoiled and entitled. Normally, a character like that would get on my nerves, but for some reason, I found her to be more entertaining than annoying. I guess because she exhibited some remorse for the way she behaved and seemed to understand that she could be better. She's intent on marrying someone wealthy, but Cassie, her beautiful sister, always seems to attract the attention of the man she's trying to catch.

Bella's father goes away on a business trip and she expects him to bring her back a nice gift. When he returns with something truly amazing, it is at a steep price. He needs to return and work for the Beast. His health is poor so her brother, Aaron, and sister, Cassie, make Bella go in his place. I expected Bella to put up more of a fight than she did. She went almost too quickly, which I chose to take as a sign that she's not all bad.

She goes and meets the Beast, who is just as odious as she had imagined, and his servant, Jack. Life isn't easy for her and she has quite a few lessons to learn before her journey's done. The characters are far from perfect and each have something to learn. I loved how kind Jack was to her and tried to help her feel welcome. Her relationship with the Beast also improved and she started to see him in a new light.  

There are a lot of parallels to Beauty and the Beast, yet there are a couple of twists which make this a refreshing and fun read. I didn't know how it was going to end. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I'm hoping there will be more of these stories coming! If you like fairytale retellings with a twist, this is a book you will definitely enjoy!  

About the Author

Sarah E. Boucher spends her days instilling young children with the same love of literature she has known since childhood. After hours, she pens her own stories and nurses an unhealthy obsession for handbags, high heels, baking, and British television. Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University, who currently lives and teaches in Ogden, Utah. Becoming Beauty is her first novel.

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