Title: A Curse of Thorns
Author: Nicole Mainardi
Synopsis: In order to repay her father’s debt to the Regime and save her sisters from a terrible fate, Belle Fairfax—an eighteen-year-old girl with a love for forbidden books and the thrill of the hunt—must risk everything to find the reclusive Beast and steal the ring that cursed him.
But the Beast is not what she expects.
A young king cursed by a witch and forgotten by his village, all Bastian wants is to win the heart of the forest girl with the silver scars. But he’s a hideous Beast that abandoned his people for the sake of vanity, and he knows it won’t be easy to earn her affection.
But there’s more to the girl than he thought.
Belle only has one purpose once she makes it to the Beast’s castle: find the ring, take it, and leave the Beast to rot. But as she comes to know about the Beast, she realizes that she has more to fight for than just her family. Bastian knows he’s left his people in the hands of the corrupt Regime, and the guilt of their suffering gnaws at him. The more time he spends with Belle, though, the less he hates what he’s become.
With Briar on the brink of falling completely under the control of the Regime, Belle and Bastian find that, together, they may be the key to freeing their home from the reaching grasp of the tyrannical Emperor
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author but all thoughts are my own
I haven’t read many retellings which I want to change so I was excited when I saw that this is a beauty and the beast retelling! I also really love the cover so that was another draw for me aha. It was fun to read this and see which characters were sort of this books version of the ones in the Disney movie. I thought overall that this was a good retelling.
Belle. I liked Belle. She was sort of a Feyre and Disney movie Belle combo. She had to hunt for her sisters like Feyre did and she loved books like Belle and she didn’t want to marry the person who she was “bethrold” to. She was brave and she was always putting others in front of her.
Bastian/Beast. I have mixed feelings about the Beast. I liked Mainardi’s version of the Beast. However I thought she developed him too closely to the actual Beast and I wish she added more of her touch to him.
I liked the plot of this story. While it stayed true to the original Beauty and the Beast, she added her own twist to it which I found interesting. Since the Beast became the beast, he stopped looking after Briar(the town)this group called the Regime took over. In a way this was a dystopian and beauty and the beast retelling. The Regime basically controls everything and if you do something against their rules, the punishment was death. I liked the twist Mainardi did on this tale with the Regime and the town and people of Briar.
One thing I didn’t like about the plot was the ending. It got a bit confusing and I felt that there was a lot happening and it felt a bit rushed. I was also confused with some things concerning the Beast and his magic and the person who cursed him.
I liked the writing. The book felt well written. I also liked how it switched perspectives between Bastian and Belle. It was cool to get insight with both characters and how they felt.
There was a bit of instant love which I wasn’t a huge fan of. But not only was it instant love but it was also like one sided instant love which I did not like and thought it was a tad bit weird.
In the end I enjoyed this book and thought it was a solid retelling. I’m definitely going to try and read more retellings after this book. I liked Belle as a character along with the little twist the author put on her as a character. I also liked the twist she did on the town with the Regime. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.