In this Beauty and the Beast re-telling we follow Harper, a teen from Washington, D.C., who is out when she sees a girl who is apparently being kidnapped by some strange man. In Harper’s attempt to stop the man she is instead kidnapped and taken to the land of Emberfall where Prince Ren is the ruling monarch and who is under a curse.
This was a pretty straight forward Beauty and the Beast re-telling in regards to the direction the plot took. There difference that the author did bring is what made the book not boring. Harper has cerebal palsey, which I believe is own voices, and she doesn’t let that stop her from being a fierce female protagonist. Being an able-bodied person, I can’t speak to the disability representation, but I did feel like it was done in a sensitive way, while also being educational.
I really enjoyed the character of Grey and I can’t wait to see how his story continues in the next book. While I feel like the book could have worked as a standalone, I’m excited to see the rest of the story.
Overall, if you’re not absolutely sick of Beauty and the Beast re-tellings, I really recommend this book.
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