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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review: How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren

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Title: How Beauty Saved the Beast (Goodreads)

Publisher: Carina Press

Source: Publisher/Netgalley
Publication Date: 13 May 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: B00BED271C
Format: ebook
Pages: 179

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Place(s) Traveled to: Austen, Texas // Leavenworth, Kansas
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): Grant Barrett wrinkled his nose as he shoved the pretty little redhead down the hallway to his office.


Tales of the Underlight Series Order

Book 3: How Beauty Loved the Beast 

After finishing How Beauty Saved the Beast I couldn’t wait to see how this story ARC would end and so started reading How Beauty Loved the Beast the moment it became available. I then devoured this story in a single setting as I couldn’t put it down. But while I wanted to love this last book in the series the closer I got to the end the less love I had for it. There were just too many open issues and not enough pages to cover them and initially I was thinking that maybe there was going to be a fourth book. And I would have been fine with that. 
Instead I got this crazy rushed ending with so much crammed in with little detail or depth that I was only left with a huge feeling of disappointment. As a reader I felt really cheated with that non-existent ending, yes, the main story ARC was resolved but it was just way too quickly done. And there were still so many questions that weren’t resolved that the whole thing felt a bit unfinished. I really wish that rather than rush things and give a bad ending that Garren had just expanded the series out to a fourth book. With all those extra pages I think she could have wrapped things up in a more satisfying way. 
I also didn’t really care for the fact that there was head jumping in this book as that plot device was never used in the previous books in the series. I don’t mind head jumping or multiple POVs when its done consistently but I really dislike its randomly used to make some tricky plot issues go a little smoother. 
All wasn’t bad with How Beauty Loved the Beast as I really did like how Jolie and Hawk continued to grow in their relationship. They were both really sweet and their story ARC did progress in a believable way. Even if the other plot lines did not. While I didn’t love this installment I do like Garren’s writing style and look forward to what she’ll come up with next. Perhaps she’ll set other books in this world and so all those loose threads can be tied up in a more satisfactory way.

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