June 24, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Five Enchanted Roses: A Collection of Beauty and the Beast Stories by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
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*Published July 27, 2015*
This has been sitting around in my Kindle TBR for a WHILE! I finally got around to reading it and I quite liked it. I’ve always liked retellings of all sorts, and one’s that are centered around a particular fairy tale are of a yummy interest to me.
REDISCOVER THE ENCHANTMENT
A ship bearing the souls of sinful sailors drifts upon a ghostly sea. An abbey looms as the final defense between mortals and ghouls of the underworld. In the stillness of a throne room, statues stand forever frozen in a moment of terror. Monsters and men stalk their prey deep in the jungle’s shadows. A rose blooms in the dead of winter, sheltered in the ruins of an ancient Scottish castle.
And only true love can free the Beast from his prison.
ESPRIT DE LA ROSE
By Kaycee Browning
To steal from the Fee is to suffer their wrath! So Cecilia learns when these fabled beings charge her father with the theft of a certain mirror and sentence him to torment. But when she is taken as substitute, Cecilia discovers that the punishment meted out by the Fee is far stranger than she could ever have imagined. Trapped aboard a ghost ship with a crew of condemned souls and aided only by charismatic Captain Pepin, can this pirate’s daughter unlock the secret to the Fee’s dark omens?
By Savannah Jezowski
As penalty for the merchant’s theft of a single rose, the Beast of Briarstone Abbey demands his youngest daughter, sweet and innocent Sookie. But Lilybet Haverly will never allow her sister to face such a dreadful fate! Armed only with a butcher knife and her own determination, Bet climbs the wall and plunges into the Neverway, where the dead walk and ghouls hunt human flesh. She will find this Briarstone Abbey—and the Beast who lives there—whatever the cost.
By Jenelle Schmidt
Years ago a terrible curse swept over the revelers at Thorndale Castle, turning them to stone and transforming Prince Barend himself into a hideous beast. But Karyna, a former lady-in-waiting, will not abandon either her father, who stands in the throne room among the other statues, or the prince. Indeed, she sets out alone on a dangerous quest to find the one responsible for this dreadful spell. If she can but discover the reason why the stone curse was cast, perhaps she can also discover the solution.
ROSARA AND THE JUNGLE KING
By Dorian Tsukioka
Maor has determined to take her as his third wife, by force if necessary. But Rosara would rather risk her life alone in the jungle than submit to any man’s brutality. When a beautiful jaguar tells her that it knows where to find one of the karawara, she resolves to seek out this jungle spirit and request its aid. The jaguar warns Rosara, however, that gifts from the karawara are never without a price . . .
THE WULVER’S ROSE
By Hayden Wand
A life is a high price to pay for stealing a rose. Nevertheless, Bonnie honors her father’s agreement and travels to the remote, ruinous castle wherein dwells the legendary creature known as a wulver—half man, half wolf. Though he is monstrous to behold, this beast is oddly gentle, tenderly caring for his beautiful rosebush, which blooms out of season. Is there more to the wulver than meets the eye? Is he somehow connected to the frightened child who visits Bonnie in her dreams?
These five stories that have tropes, traits, and threads from the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I loved how different were each of these stories, but each of these stories were the same. A girl goes to a hidden place, learns about the history of the place and it’s master, girl breaks the curse, magic and they live happily ever after.
Okay, maybe not always happily ever after, but that’s what’s so great about theses stories. They are all very different, but if you did not know that these were in a Beauty and the Beast collection, you would still know that this a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story.
What sort of retellings are you favourite? Do you have a favourite fairy tale you like to read? Comment below and let me know!