Friday, June 14, 2013

Beauty and the Wolf Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Beauty and the Wolf book tour, organized by Bewitching Book Tours! I have a review of Beauty and the Wolf coming up, as well as a giveaway for 20 e-copies. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Cover - B & wolf
A Union of Curses

Isabella Farrington’s marriage was hasty. For all her new husband’s riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven’s good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble…

But when Isabella returns to Draven’s remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother’s scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own…
My Rating: 3 Roses

I'm a little conflicted about how I feel about this book. On one hand, I love Beauty and the Beast retellings and, therefore, loved the story of this book. But, I had a major issue with one thing. Overall, however, I enjoyed Beauty and the Wolf.

I'm going to start with the good:

I liked how the retelling was done and how it was combined with werewolves. Even though I knew how the story was going to end, I was still second guessing myself on how that would happen, how the curse would be broken. It's hard to do that with such a tried and true storyline, so kudos to the author for that.

I really liked Draven. He did something terrible in his past and he used to be a mean person. But, he was punished for that many times over. He has realized his mistake but he's still suffering for it. By the time we meet him, we see a man who is resigned to his fate and racked with guilt over his past. Despite evidence to the contrary, he was a good man. During his curse as a wolf, he was more concerned over harming other people than in how it was ruining his future. He wants to do better, but is held back by the curse. I thought he was a sympathetic character and a wonderfully complex hero. I adored him.

I liked that the plot was fast-paced and it never dragged. Particularly towards the end, I was hooked on finding out how Draven would break the curse. And the ending was sweet.

So, what didn't I like?


She really made me mad. First of all, she runs off like a coward after her wedding when her husband scares her and she refuses to return until she wants something from him. She didn't even give him a chance to explain and that especially annoyed me because it wasn't his fault. She was always quick to think the worst of him even though he was trying his best to work past the curse. But the worst part was just how much of a coward she could be. After she gets back, she reconciles with Draven and they start working things out. She finds out about the curse and promises to help Draven break it. Everything is all hearts and sunshine and lovely. Then, as soon as things don't look so rosy anymore, as soon as she sees the darkness of the curse, she hightails it and runs again. This happens several times. Really? Seriously? Instead of being a supportive wife and helping him, she runs off and complains about him to everyone. She doesn't get off her high horse and become a decent person until the last minute when, honestly, it didn't matter that much anymore. She was so unfair to him.

I know it seems like I hated her, but I didn't. I just can't say that I liked her. And she made me angry. She redeemed herself a little in the end but by that point, I had had it. It especially frustrated me because I liked everything else about the book. I could easily have loved it had she not been such a problem.

Regardless of Isabella, I still enjoyed the story. I liked the book. I liked the other characters. I liked the author's style of writing. And I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.

I would still recommend Beauty and the Wolf to anyone who wants a great beauty and the beast retelling. Other than one issue, it was a lovely read. I look forward to seeing more from the author.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Publishing for a copy!
Up for grabs are 20 e-copies of Beauty and the Wolf. Ends June 18.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and grew by leaps and bounds when she discovered Nancy Drew/Agatha Christie mysteries and rich, historical romances.

Dreaming of becoming a published author, she went on to study creative writing at Southern Methodist University—where she received degrees in Communications and English Literature. During her time in Dallas, she had the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

Now with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds of fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife (to her Italian-born husband) and a mother (to her two beautiful daughters), but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.

1 comment:

  1. Hi. I love finding new authors. I am looking forward to reading Beauty and the Wolf.