Monday, March 26, 2012

Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse

Genre:  Steampunk Romance

Description (taken from Goodreads):
Journeying by steam-powered sled to London's Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter-and wants one thing in return. Stories.

The travellers are glad to oblige. Their host, Rolph, is especially captivated by Tara's story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, and aware of an electric pull between them, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.

When the veil between the mortal and spiritual worlds is parted, and danger threatens, will Tara make the ultimate sacrifice to save Rolph?

This is another short story that I decided to read (the cover pulled me in).  While the description definitely caught my interests, I feel it was a little deceptive.  Or maybe I was expecting something different than what I got.  Some things I missed in the plot's background (or it took me a while to figure out) were what time era it was and what on earth was the Frost Fair.

The description talks about stories.  Yes, there is a lot of story-telling.  And while the stories are amusing, they're too straight-forward.  I felt things lacked depth to really keep the reader invested in the story.

If you like paranormal and short reads, then you may want to pick this one up.  If you're not fond of shorter stories, then I wouldn't recommend you pick this one up.

Thanks goes to Carina Press and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy.

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