Review: Twisted Beauty

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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.  

THE BEAST 
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.  

THE BEAUTY 
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.

My Review:

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.

4starHere’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

meKristen 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.

 

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Book Blitz: Twisted Beauty

Twisted Beauty

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Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance

Blurb:
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.  

THE BEAST 
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.  

THE BEAUTY 
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.

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I am so looking forward to this one. Fairy-tales are a guilty pleasure for me. So anytime someone comes up with a retelling, I gotta have it. Click below for more info and to buy. 

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Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer

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Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: December 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Blurb:
*Now an audio book!*

Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your everyday quasi-demon, half-demon, and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she has not lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights are not enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it is not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and does not like the answers she finds. What happened 17 years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?

Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what does a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla is not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla is going to shake up Purgatory.

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• Video of author doing the voices: https://youtu.be/6mfmw1VT1IU


My Review:

First off…I am obsessed with demon/angel lore. There’s something about this definitive battle between good & evil that makes my spine tingle. So when I saw Angelbound, I just had to read it. And I was not disappointed.

I was confused at first, because the setting is very earth-like, but I guess Purgatory has to look like something and a run down city is as good as any other. But I loved how all the different races brought a different feeling of time and place, such as in the Thrax race is very medieval in customs and fashion. But then you Have Myla’s race that is is very modern in fashion. Well…sweatpants and t shirts.

Myla’s race is very much slave-like- the uniforms, the servitude lessons in school (total farce), the service system post-high school. The quasi’s are all slaves to the demons. But the 5 races are supposed to be in an accord now, right? Since the rebellion? Nope…like all typical Hell Kings, this one wants everything.

Greedy little bastards.

So what is Myla’s part in all of this? She’s literally one of the few things standing between a purely evil soul and Heaven. Now here is what gets me. Myla risks her life in the arena fighting souls to keep them out of heaven. She knows and understands how important it is that she never loses, ‘cus there are some pretty nasty people in the world and she knows it.

So why the heck does the big, bad, holier-than-thou Prince Lincoln think he’s so much better than her? Because she’s part demon? That is straight up angel-lore racism. He’s already judged her based on her genetics, instead of her skills or who she is as a person.

Thankfully the Lincoln’s mind starts to change when he removes his blinders for 5 seconds to see Myla as Myla and not as a descendant of a demon.

I loved the character of Cissy. She’s the little bit of sweet and bubbly you need in a book. Myla is witty and sarcastic, humorous in her own way. But Cissy gives off the lighthearted humor you need when you just know that a book is going to get dark.

The cover is eye-catching, the writing was wonderful and fit well with the projected age of the characters.

Overall I give 4 stars. 4star

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About the Author:
AB Christina Bauer picChristina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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