These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Review: A Beauty Dark and Deadly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m a massive fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings. There are so many out there, and yet I never grow bored of them. It’s a tale that can be told in so many different ways. You always know how it is going to end, and yet you cannot help but enjoy the ride. Thus, I was more than happy to jump upon this one.
To begin, I would like to say a massive thank you to the author for allowing me to advance read this one. I ended up on her mailing list by some unknown means and since doing so I have downloaded a number of her books. Prior to reading this, I had only managed to read one of her books – Tempting the Flesh, also known as An Education in Royalty – yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was no doubt that I wanted to read more, and that I’m going to read more. Despite the length of my to-read list, I have a feeling the books I have will be read sooner rather than later.
Anyway, I should get back to this read.
As I’ve already stated, I love Beauty and the Beast retellings. What I have read very few of, however, is contemporary retellings of the story. Rather than having some kind of paranormal element to it, this one is pure real world Beauty and the Beast. It’s not some hidden inner beauty on behalf of the beast, either; it’s a case of the beast being the hidden aspect. In short, our beast is a monster. A suspected murderer, let off on technicalities. How could I not be pulled in after hearing such a thing? I love anything crime related, so of course I wanted to know more about this one.
From the start, the story does pulls you in. The building romance. The mystery of whether or not our beast is guilty. The building romance. Oh wait, I said that already. But it needs saying again. It was such a fun build up. I admit that things moved a bit too quickly for my liking – but I’m simply one of those people who always complains about quick building romances. I prefer the slow build. Whilst we do see the changes in our characters, watching as their views towards each other change and they change as a person, it all happens a little bit too quickly for my liking.
Nevertheless, I was pulled into the story. You never quite knew just how it was going to end. You knew certain things would make an appearance… but the ending was a lovely surprise. Honestly, I cannot begin to go into detail when it comes to the ending. Believe me when I say you will not be disappointed by the way it turns out. It was such a poetically beautiful way of ending things, something most authors would never do.
Without a doubt, having finished and enjoyed this, Heather C. Myers has ensured that I will be reading more of her books.
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