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Publisher's Note:

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, Be…

Becoming Beauty

by Sarah E. Boucher

Overall Book Review:

Beauty and the Beast enthusiasts will love Sarah Boucher’s interpretation of the beloved fairy tale. The story has many familiar elements but she adds many of her own twists. The alterations Boucher chose to make to the typical characters are superior to the original story (in my opinion) as they helped make the plot less gloomy. You’ll appreciate the traditional perseverance of the characters as well as the new addition of feistiness and sarcasm. I also really liked the transformations that all three main characters go through and that none of them were ever portrayed as perfect (even in the end), making them relatable. Beyond fans of fairy tales, this book will also appeal to those who enjoy Shannon Hale novels as Boucher’s voice and characters are similar.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sweetwater Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Few (8) brief incidents including character imagines throwing another due to jealousy; character worries about getting murdered in sleep; four secondhand reports of deaths; character passes out; angry character tears apart bedroom, damaging many things in the process.

Sex/Nudity:  Many (38) incidents including dancing; hugging; kissing; touching face; hand and head on shoulder; touched knee and arm; character being held; holding hands; hugging; walking arm in arm.

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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.