Book Review: Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James

Title: Beauty and the Beast
Author: Jenni James
Series: Part of the Faerie Tale Collection but stands alone
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink.
Released: June 4, 2012

Book Summary:

A prince by day and a wolf by night—

Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.

Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?

Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he’s changed right before her eyes. He’s not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now… but then again, so is the beast.

This was a cute, quick, clean retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  Author Jenni James took a story that’s been told multiple time in multiple ways and added her own unique spin to it.

Robin McKinley’s Beauty still remains in the top spot as my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling but this was a welcome addition to a genre I love.

This will easily appeal to and be appropriate for readers from tween to adult.    It’s not my favorite book Jenni has written but was still

Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Content: Clean

Source: Purchased for my Kindle

Genre/Age Level: Fairy tale retelling appropriate for ages 11+

Finished December 24, 2012