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I think it’s no secret that I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. I have several that I’ve loved that I’ll have to go through my previous reading list and share sometime. But this one is a YA version that I devoured a couple of days ago and I simply had to share it.
Similar to my retelling, this one appears to be based on Beaumont’s version of Beauty and the Beast, which is debatably the original version. Although there are other, older versions that are similar, most retellings are based upon Beaumont or other more recent versions. Technically, de Villeneuve is the actual original for what we think of as Beauty and the Beast, but the significant difference between the two is that de Villeneuve has a lot of info-dumping and unnecessary backstory that was omitted in Beaumont’s version.
Unseen Beauty takes on the unique point of view of one of the invisible servants in the castle. I feel like Amity Thompson did a great job incorporating the most important aspects of Beauty and the Beast while making the story her own with twists that were not in the original. The setting is a fantasy place with a European feel.
I have to admit that I blew off things I was supposed to be doing because I was that hooked on the story. I read this as a KU download, but I intend to buy a copy as soon as my budget allows because I know I’ll want to read it again.