Friday, April 30, 2010

Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful
by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Aurora Belle is a beauty.  She's beautiful both inside and out.  Her mother recently died after a very long battle with cancer and now Aurora and her father have moved to a new town, away from memories.  She wants to make friends and make her father proud.

Lucius Wolfe is a beast.  Or at least he looks like one.  A tragic accident has claimed both of his hands and he's chosen to have hooks instead of prosthetic hands.  Now he's in a new school to try and make a new start, even if his family doesn't believe in him.

When Lucius and Aurora first see each other on the bus to school, it's an instant connection.  Now Lucius needs to learn how to connect to others and Aurora needs to learn to stand up for herself and what's right.

Will this Beauty ever be with her Beast?

Final thoughts:  I usually love re-tellings of fairy tales.  This one was ok, but not great.  There were a few things that felt forced (Wolfe = beast; Belle = beauty) and the story itself was a bit of a mess.  There were moments of greatness, but as a whole, there were problems.  There are better re-tellings out there (Beastly by Alex Flinn, comes to mind).  Hold off on reading this one.

Rating: 2/5

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