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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: How Beauty Saved the Beast by Jax Garren

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Title: How Beauty Saved the Beast (Goodreads)

Publisher: Carina Press

Source: Publisher/Netgalley
Publication Date: 11 February 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: ebook
Pages: 208

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Place(s) Traveled to: Austen, Texas

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): Jolie Benoit tapped a nervous fist against the steering wheel of her Nissan GT-R coupe as she squinted through the gloaming at the abandoned slaughterhouse.

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Tales of the Underlight Series Order
Book 2: How Beauty Saved the Beast
Book 3: How Beauty Loved the Beast (May 2013)

How Beauty Saved the Beast by Jax Garren picks up not long after How Beauty Met the Beast ends. Jolie is now a full member of the Underlight group although there are those who still don’t trust her because of who her father is. In this book we learn a bit more about Hauk’s past and I found that to be a bit more interesting that the events of book 1. For me, this story just flowed a little better. I got into the story more and felt that the characters were all fleshed out more than in the first book. 

I think part of why I liked this book more is that it felt more romancey. The first book just seemed like a set up or an introduction and it was over before it really began. How Beauty Saved the Beast actually felt like a full novel even though it only clocks in at 200 pages. There were more heart-achey moments in this book as Jolie came to terms with what she felt for Hauk and I loved those moments. 

The suspense/mystery part of this story was better than in the first book though it was a little predictable for me. But even with that it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story even with the crazy bits of magic. I’m just not sure how those bits fit in to the story at large though I’m hoping that it will be explained in the third book. I like my magical worlds to be filled with magic and this just feels like an after thought to explain something without really explaining it. 

Overall, I enjoyed How Beauty Saved the Beast. I think that fans of fairy tale retellings will like this installment in the Beauty and the Beast story. Of the two books in this series, this one felt more like that story than the first. Again, for me, it comes down to this one having more of a romantic story line to it. This book makes me want the next book so I’m glad that I decided to read this one.

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