The Curse Girl
Author: Kate Ellison
Format: eBook Novella
Published: May 16, 2011
Rating: 3 – 3.5
When her father tries to steal magic from the mysterious, beastly master of the "Curse House" outside her home town, seventeen-year-old Beauty is the one who becomes the Beast's prisoner.
But the Beast, Will, isn't anything like she expected. He's the same age as she is, for one thing. He's also really handsome, contrary to local legend. Well, maybe the whole "beast" thing is meant to be metaphorical, because he's a total jerk.
Between the house's weird magic and Will's snobby attitude, the situation is nearly unbearable, and Beauty only wants to escape. But there are complications. The witch who cursed Will left him a riddle to solve and four years to figure it out. And now that Beauty's become a part of this messed up fairy tale, she'd better help Will figure out the riddle so they can break the curse, or she's going to remain a prisoner in the curse house too. Because the four years are almost up ..
The Curse Girl is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and a fairly good one in fact. There’s enough there to keep true to the original story but so much added magic by author Kate Ellison that it truly becomes her own.
One thing I’m still trying to figure out however, and keep thinking that I possibly missed something while reading, is the time line of the book. Will, is portrayed to be old-fashioned, having been born long before Beauty. So much so that he’s never had ice-cream because the small town they lived in never had a parlor and he refers to movies as “Motion Pictures”, he uses terms like “Dowry” and so forth. Also the story of the enchanted house with a beast in it is one that the towns people have told as far back as Beauty’s grandparents according to the book. All of this would lead you to believe Will was born in the early 1900’s, right?
But you will notice that the time the Witch has given Will to solve the riddle of the curse is 4 years, which is approaching fast in the book and it’s supposed to be a modern time the book takes place in? I have the feeling I may have missed one important line that explained all this, and if that’s the case please let me know.
The characters are beautifully built, Housekeeper and Rose I would love to see photos of – the detailing is amazing. The little things added to this story really make it a wonderland.
Wrapping up I’m giving the book 3 - 3.5 Birds for being a Good story with great characters. There was some tightening up that could have been done to make the story even stronger. It is well worth the $2.99 price and I do suggest you pick it up for your ereader!
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