By Kristen Flood
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING EVERYTHING . . .
IS FORGETTING WHAT YOU LOST.
KRISTEN FLOOD, author of Seeking Incandescence and The Museum, pens a riveting adult romance with a poignant examination of love, identity, and forgiveness.
Once the powerful prince of Renol, William is a shell of the man he once was. Living under the curse of a powerful witch, William has spent 100 years making deals on her behalf and mourning the loss of his first love.
Belle has spent her life confined within the limits of her city, Paylor, and is now bound to a man she does not love. When she dares to venture outside the city’s gates in search of something she’s lost, she finds more than she ever expected.
As Belle and William embark on a journey of love and mourning, passion and forgiveness, they discover that sometimes what we lose isn’t as important as what we find.
About a month ago, I told all of you about Twisted Beauty. And then I got to read it. I love fairy-tale re-imaginings. It always seems like Beauty and the Beast is the most popular of those, Cruel Beauty being one of my favorites.
Twisted Beauty is an adults version of the retelling. Yes, there is smut. Tasteful smut in the fact that I didn’t turn red at the embarrassment of reading those particular scenes like I usually do (seriously, I’m 26, why do I always react like a 13 year old girl when I read smut?).
What I really liked about Twisted Beauty was how the beast was created. Now, usually the beast has some kind of physical deformity that makes people afraid of him. Sometimes he really is just a big ole’ beasty (Disney…) but this time, the beast’s monster characteristics were internal. He is a monster because of what he has done and will do. I haven’t seen too many retellings where the beast is internally a monster. That’s something new to me.
I will say this…this book needs to be edited. I had the urge as I was reading to edit the darn thing myself and send the author my notes. I kept getting pulled from the story.
But I loved this book. I pushed through my grammar-nazi tendencies and got the reading done. And then I read it again. And then I stared at the cover for about 5 minutes.
I loved William as a beast. He’s part demon, so he’s hot as all get out, and he’s a dealmaker, which makes him very scary. Think of bookies: can’t pay back what you got and that’s your life.
Belle is, a surprise. She wasn’t simpering, she wasn’t whiny. She just…was. I liked her and I didn’t like her. No, that’s not right. I am neutral in regards to Belle. There were times when I wanted to smack her, and others when I commended her on what she was doing. Certainly she was caring, and kind, to a fault. But she wasn’t one to give up on people she truly cared for.
The twists and turns at the end were surprising. The end is definitely open-ended and I want to know more about Aaron’s story (trust me, he’s the pompous ass we always find in books). He’s a nice little wrench thrown into the mix.
Here’s waiting for the next one.
4 stars. Only because I need this book re-edited. Grammar, people. It is important.
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About the Author
Kristen is a YA science fiction author and poet. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she spends her time binge watching Supernatural with her best friend and editor Anne Becker. Outside of the TV world, Kristen finds time to do other important things like procrastinate on twenty page papers due to her teachers at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Kristen feels the need to test her limits by making this procrastination a semester event.
Kristen wrote her first book, The Museum: A collection of dark poetry at twenty-two. Now twenty-three she has released the first installment of her SI series, Seeking Incandescence. Not only is Kristen a young author but she is also a young wife and mom. Kristen has been given the opportunity to write, attend school, and substitute by her supportive husband. Her son, Lucas, is what pushed Kristen into the crazy world of publishing.