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  • Mass Market Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Luna Books; Reprint edition (22 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037380346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803460
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
I haven't read any novels from the Tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms but I do love a fairytale (and one written for adults!) so I just couldn't resist when I saw this available to review on Netgalley.

In the beginning of this fairy tale we get to know Bella's family and her place within it - her father, wealthy merchant Henri Beauchamps, step-mother Genevieve and step-sisters Amber and Pearl. Bella has taken on the role of running the household since her mother died when she was ten and carried on even after Henri married Genevieve. Genevieve has taken the role of `invalid' and comes across as rather snobbish. Amber and Pearl are the flighty socialites who prefer nothing better than to parade their fashionable clothes and gossip. Bella is very practical and down-to-earth.

Bella is learning the art of herbs and healing from `Granny' who lives in the woods. It is on the way back from one of these visits that she is bitten by the werewolf, who by day is Duke Sebastian.

Whisked out of her bed during the early hours of the next morning, she finds out she is to be a virtual prisoner at the Duke's estate for three months on order of the King and the `Godmother' while they wait to see if Bella will turn into a werewolf herself.

The Duke's home is served by invisible beings who have been `called' by the Duke. They are spirit elementals and Bella gets to know the hierarchy as she is organising them. She learns that some of them are intelligent and may know more than they can say about the Duke's curse. She also organises the stillroom and makes the lotions and liniments. It's not long before Bella has the household organised! Then in steps Eric, the Gamekeeper.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
ML twists the tale of "Beauty and the Beast" in her magical "Five Hundred Kingdom" series. In her world, Isabella (Bella) is bitten by a werewolf and has to remain in seclusion with him for three full moons before she is either proven uncontaminated and granted her freedom, or becomes a werewolf whose future requires further thought.

I enjoyed the appearance of Godmother Elena, plus the tale does twist somewhat. That said, as the action centres predominantly on Bella and werewolf Sebastian, and with only a handful of other characters introduced, it comes as no surprise when the bad guy is unmasked.

With invisible servants plus scenes of song and dance, I was left wandering when the hired help would appear as talking candlesticks or teapots. This book had a very "Disney" feel to it, even during its darker moments. There is not much of the quirky humour I've found so enjoyable in previous books, plus the chemistry between Bella and Sebastian didn't really work for me. Unfortunately "Beauty and the Werewolf" is my least favourite book in this series and I hope if there is a book 7, it will be back to the standard ML set with "The Fairy Godmother" or "The Sleeping Beauty".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hodgkiss on 8 Oct 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Fans of the Hundred Kingdoms will probably buy this anyway (like I did), but I don't think this really rates compared to others in the series.
The set up was promising - a twist on the evil stepmother premise, a clever heroine, 'Granny' living out alone in the forest - so far so good.
Then came the least-impressive werewolf attack in the history of the genre, and it all goes a bit flat. Bella and the Duke just didn't seem to cut it as a romantic sub-plot. Everyone was just being soooooo 'reasonable' about everything it was like a therapy-funnel draining away all the personality. I also disliked the lack of suspense with plot-hooks dropping like bricks right under your nose. I kept hoping for a twist at the end, but no.....
For me it feels like ML had some good ideas and a deadline, and the deadline won.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Isabella Beauchamps lives at home with her wealthy father, her stepmother, and two step-sisters. One winter's day she dons her father's red hooded riding-cloak, to visit wisewoman Granny in the woods. On her way there she is accosted by a nasty huntsman; on her return she is attacked and bitten by a werewolf, who is in fact a cursed local nobleman. The King commands she be held in the noble beast's castle until it is clear she will not become a werewolf herself. There is just so much material here for the Tradition to work on, but Bella is determined not to let it win.

This is an amusing romp through fairy-tale space, with just enough red herrings (due to the conflation of so many possible stories) to make the ending not totally obvious. In fact, there's one point where I was gritting my teeth, going, "no, not that resolution, please", when Bella recognises what is happening, Tradition-wise, and neatly circumvents it.

Like the others in the series, I felt the ending was a little rushed. And like the others, there's a gun hanging on the wall that doesn't go off (twice it is noted that the werewolf didn't kill Bella when he attacked her; but nothing very explicit is ever done with this).

Nevertheless, another fun piece of mind-candy in the series.
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