Thursday, 14 November 2013

Review: Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Hardcover
Released: October 17th, 2013
Rating: 9/10

Amazon summary:

A beautiful, sexy, contemporary retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, illustrated by Les Edwards. Imagine a tower surrounded by briars, a brave prince, and a beautiful, enchanted, sleeping girl... and now read the real Sleeping Beauty story, told the way it always should have been...


Beauty is the last of Sarah Pinborough's twisted fairytale retellings (sob, weep etc.). It's a fantastic book to end the series on, just as good as Poison and Charm and, if possible, darker and more messed up than Snow White and Cinderella's respective stories. Old characters return, beloved fairytale heroes connect in magical ways and the tales come full circle... or do they? This book is set before the others, which means Poison and Charm become a lot clearer following the events of Beauty.

Beauty is the story of Sleeping Beauty with some Beauty and the Beast thrown in for good measure. There's actually several fairytales and their characters featured, but I'll leave those as a nice reader surprise. I love how Pinborough weaves stories within stories, beautifully decadent and written with an ease and precision that is a joy for everyone. Her characters are real, their histories often heartbreaking and their intentions usually very far from good. You can probably tell that I ADORE this series!

I of course have to mention Les Edwards again, the man responsible for illustrating these books and making them a visual treat. Pinborough's words would be like spun gold by themselves, but the ink illustrations make them all the more appealing. Beauty is a fantastic conclusion to this series which has fast become one of my favourites. I'm going to have to re-read all three books now to fully experience the giant story, and I can't wait to pick up on things I missed the first time around. I can't recommend these book enough: go forth and read!

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