The Curse Girl
Kate Avery Ellison
Young Adult. Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Release Date: May 14, 2011
A retelling of classic Beauty and the Beast.
Ms. Ellison takes the whole story to a new level.
Seventeen-year-old Bee is forced to live in the “Curse House” with the “Beast” all because her father tried to steal a magic curse for his sick wife, leaving his daughter to take his punishment instead. Growing up Bee has heard many things about mysterious house, and she’s scared out of her mind to be going there. Entering the house nothing is what she thought it would be, Will is not the “beast” everyone thought. At least he doesn’t look like one, his attitude is another matter all together. All Bee wants to do is leave but too bad the house is sealed by magic and the only way to leave is by breaking the curse. The witch who cursed Will left the answers for him, but its in the form of one big riddle. Helping that stuck up jerk is the last thing Bee wants to do but if she ever wants to leave, she and Will, will have to work together but they must hurry because time is something they don’t have a lot of.
Can I just say how much I loved this book?
While the book might be based off Beauty and the Beast Ms. Ellison really made the tale its own. I really enjoyed this story it was sweet, intriguing, dark, funny, sad, fast paced, witty, and everything else you want in a good story. Will and Bee both had their own stories that only added to the main story keeping things fresh and interesting without have too much information and not enough of anything else. What I loved most was the mystery, there were things that were unknown adding to the mystery of the curse. I really liked the different between Bee’s world and Will's world. Bee's outside world was normal and average then you had Will's world where behind the walls of the “curse house” nothing was as it seemed. The secondary characters also brought life to the world making Bee realize that while she is a victim of lies and trickery, these other people are victims of the curse and they need her help. The tension between Will and Bee was thick and at times really funny. Another thing I loved is how the story flowed together and not in way that seemed forced. It was well written and so good.
With witches, faeries, shapeshifters, evil curse, magic houses, and origami come to life, this story is one you won’t want to put down. This isn’t your mother’s Beauty and the Beast.