Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Curse of the Forgotten by Elizabeth A. Drysdale #beautyandthebeast #retelling #bookreview


Curse of the ForgottenCurse of the Forgotten by Elizabeth A. Drysdale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Fairy-Tale Retelling
Source:  Received to Review


Wren wants to escape her new life in Nowheresville with a mom who didn't want her until it was convenient. She finds gold in a cavern, but instead of using the gold to buy a ticket back to her beloved New York City, she becomes lost in teh cavern and stumbles on an underground castle.

As if being stuck in the castle isn't bad enough, Wren is accosted by an unhappy, ill-tempered beast. She quickly learns that in order to gain her freedom, she must do the impossible-- LEARN TO LOVE HIM!

My thoughts: The Old West meets the modern-day in this retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Wren is not happy that her mother uprooted her from her home in New York to live in a backward town in the middle of nowhere. Her life becomes interesting the moment she falls into a cave and finds her way to the home of the beast.

Unlike the beast in the classic, I felt that Prometheus was generally a good guy who made a very stupid mistake. He actively helped Wren to break the spell on her, not for him. He wanted to have her live a normal life and escape the castle. He was willing to sacrifice himself for her.

This was a fun retelling. I loved that Elizabeth A. Drysdale was able to take a classic and make it her own. I love the characters, the unique setting, and the reveal of the sorceress.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author: Elizabeth A. Drysdale won her first writing award at the age of seven and has followed it up with more awards, including 1st Honorable Mention in the category of YA First Chapters in the Quills League of Utah Writers Competition. Elizabeth is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and an advocate for NaNoWriMo. She spent much of her childhood roaming through woods and climbing trees creating adventures to be someone else in. These childhood daydreams often find their way into her many novels, although with much more finesse and a lot less hanging upside down. After graduating from Excelsior College, she’s kept her nose in a book, either writing or reading, ever since. Elizabeth has a love of travel which often inspires her heroines to end up in places very different from where they started. Originally from the backwoods of Massachusetts, she lives in a small town in Northern Utah with her husband, three sons, one dog, and eight chickens. Each day is filled with noise, more than a little dirt, and enough chaos to fill a hundred pages.

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