Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher

Becoming Beauty blog tour

Becoming BeautyBecoming Beauty
by Sarah E. Boucher
YA Historical, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Paperback256 Pages
November 11th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media


Claws. Long, filthy, and dangerously sharp.

They’re the first thing Bella sees after what’s been the worst day of her life. If Bella were the quintessential Beauty—gorgeous, kindhearted, and self-sacrificing—she might have a chance at transforming this monster into a man, but she’s never been the toad-kissing kind. Obsessed with landing a wealthy nobleman and escaping her humdrum life, Bella will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Which is precisely what landed her here, at the mercy of the Beast.

In this imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Bella's sense of entitlement strains both her family's finances and patience. As punishment for her selfishness, she's sent into the Beast's service where she must choose whether to follow the path she's always dreamed of—or risk it all for something even greater.
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My Review

I've read just about every Beauty and the Beast retelling I could get my hands on, so I was excited to read a new version. I really liked the beginning of the story and how I could already see a different twist on this classic fairy tale. Beast does indeed fall in love with beauty, but not in the way you would think. There was also more than just one romantic interest, which I found intriguing. There were a few similarities as well, with Bella being the main character and her dad being indebted to Beast, which is how Bella ended up serving him. 

There were some magical twists to Becoming Beauty that connected Bella with another girl and showed how Beast came to be. I would have liked a little explanation into how that all worked. I really liked the family dynamic of Bella's family and between Beast and Jack. There were quite a few overly dramatic parts with Bella that were too much for me and some places where I disagreed with her reasoning and the way she acted. That all translated into me not loving Bella, which made it hard as a reader. I liked Beast and I loved Jack.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was a sweet romance with a happily-ever-after ending. I liked Bella's spunk and her sister's sweetness. I liked how they all made things work as a family in the end.

Content: Some slight innuendo, but otherwise clean.

Source: From the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Sarah E. Boucher spends her days instilling young children with the same love of literature she has known since childhood. After hours, she pens her own stories and nurses an unhealthy obsession for handbags, high heels, baking, and British television. Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She lives and teaches in Ogden, Utah. Becoming Beauty is her first novel.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting version! I love the Beauty and the Beast story too :)

  2. Cali Willette11/18/14, 2:39 PM

    I love fairy tales. Thanks for the giveaway. ;)

  3. That cover! It is absolutely stunning! I am crazy about it. And I am pretty excited about another BatB retelling, too!

  4. I just realized I've never read a Beauty and the Beast retelling *gasp* I like how this book sounds and I'm extremely curious to see with whom she ends up with. Maybe Jack? Hoping it's Jack!

  5. Nurmawati Djuhawan11/19/14, 8:54 AM

    beauty and the beast is my fave fairy tale..
    thx u for hosting :)

  6. I loved Beauty and the Beast.

  7. Sounds beautiful

  8. Stacey Roberson11/22/14, 12:49 PM

    I love Snow White because of her kindness and generosity.

  9. This has got to be my fifth or sixth version of the fairy tale and I've enjoyed them all.

  10. I totally agree. I love this cover too!

  11. Never??!!! I've read a bunch of retellings based on B&B. It's amazing how a story can be twisted and turned into stories that are just as good, but different from the original.

  12. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read it.

  13. I do like Snow White too. Really, I tend to like just about all fairy tales. :)

  14. Never ever. Agh, I said I was going to fix that soon and I will!


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