Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

Title: The Rose and the Beast:Fairy Tales Retold
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Published: 2001
Synopsis from Goodreads

With language that is both lyrical and distinctly her own, Francesca Lia Block turns nine fairy tales inside out.

Escaping the poisoned apple, Snow frees herself from possession to find the truth of love in an unexpected place.

A club girl from L.A., awakening from a long sleep to the memories of her past, finally finds release from its curse.

And Beauty learns that Beasts can understand more than men.

Within these singular, timeless landscapes, the brutal and the magical collide, and the heroine triumphs because of the strength she finds in a pen, a paintbrush, a lover, a friend, a mother, and finally, in herself.

WOW!! I'm speechless. Not many books can do that to me. Normally I can take a really cool book and make fun of it but not this book. This one just blew me away.

The Rose and the Beast is exactly what the title says. The author takes 9 fairy tales and retells them. She put her own twist on them.

My three favorites were Charm, Bones, and Ice.


The reason I loved these stories so much is because there was a bit of rock-n- roll in them. They brought up past memories in this thirty-something that I was only able to dream about in my youth. Memories of wanting to crowd surf. Wanting to find that wild boy that only I could tame. Thoughts of becoming an artist and smoking cigarettes until my fingers turned gold.

OH my dearies!! Those stories were great!! Such inspiration!! They make me want to pick up a pencil and write a world of broken girls and t-shirt flavored boys. SO perfect!! So delicious!! So forbidden, wicked, and young.

If any of you like poetry, lived in the 90s, and like modern twist on fairy tales... then this books is for you. I adore it so much that I would love to own it.

It's brilliant!! I hope everyone looks into it!!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by Read Love! This cover is really gorgeous. I'm weird about fairy tale retellings, though. I either love them or hate them, and I guess I'm always afraid I'll hate one! :)

  2. This sounds right up my alley. I'm going to need to investigate further. :)