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Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: How Beauty Met the Beast by Jax Garren

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Title: How Beauty Met the Beast (Goodreads)

Publisher: Carina Press

Source: Publisher/Netgalley
Publication Date: 19 November 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: B0092MPT80
Format: ebook
Pages: 152

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Place(s) Traveled to: Austen, Texas

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): Hauk’s steambike raced down the dark highway, seven of those damn mercenaries from The Hands of Atropos in pursuit and gaining.

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Tales of the Underlight Series Order
Book 1: How Beauty Met the Beast
Book 3: How Beauty Loved the Beast (May 2013)

There is nothing that I love more than a good fairy tell retelling even if the fairy tale in question isn’t one of my favorites as is the case with Jax Garren’s How Beauty Met the Beast. Beauty is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with some mystical pieces tossed in for flair. There is the modern world that we all know but simmering just below the surface are two groups that are at odds with each other. 

For the most part I really enjoyed this story and liked how Hauk and Jolie met and first came together. But found that the story as a whole was an odd mix of too fast and two slow. There is a lot of time spent on the set up of the characters and the world and the big conflict of the story was over before it really began. This is a story that really could have benefited from a higher page count.

I also didn’t like how the story itself felt unfinished. I guess that I’m just not used to a romance series to involve the same characters throughout all the books. To me this story felt as if a full story was written and then split apart in order to get three books out of it and the short page count seems to support this. If the book was priced any higher than $1.99 then you can be sure that there would be some serious ranting on my part on how publishers were trying to gouge the reader. Though I would much rather pay more for an ebook and have a more complete story. 

That said I will still be reading the next book in this series to see how Hauk and Jolie’s relationship progresses. I also hope to learn more about the different groups and all the various side characters that were introduced in this book. If you like fairy tale retellings then you might want to look into this one. I do like how Garren portrayed beauty and the beast and as I said I look forward to seeing how this characters evolve over the series. Plus for a $2 price tag…you really can’t go wrong.