My rating: 3 of 5 stars
While this may be the most enjoyable of the series that I’ve read so far, I still don’t actually like these books? I keep having high hopes for them and being disappointed. After reading the one inspired by Aladdin, my hopes were pretty dashed but I wanted to give another book a chance. I still don’t know how I feel about this series, but the narrator definitely makes me enjoy it significantly less than I think I would have had I just been reading it. None of them thus far have felt like the familiar characters that we know from the movies. Yes, they should be different because they go through different trials, but there should still be the foundation of the character we know. I rarely feel that from these books.
The author added an interesting dimension to this story, which gave some history of the land and explained why the curse was placed upon the castle. In this tale, it is Belle’s mother who cursed the Beast and the people of the castle. This adds a unique take on the story and I was interested to see where the author built the narrative to support it. It was interesting, but I never felt fully invested in the characters or story. I have the same qualms as I did about Aladdin, so I feel like I would just be repeating myself to write more than this. I still plan to give the next book in the series a chance in the hopes that they improve over time.