Ann Hunter – The Subtle Beauty

the subtle beauty

publisher: Afterglow Productions
published 2014
pages: 170

Book (English)


A cursed prince. A vain beauty.
Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, High King of the Twelve Kingdoms.  Glory hopes that – of all her sisters – she can escape the fate of a loveless marriage. But on the night she plans to elope with the royal falconer, her world comes crashing down: Her father announces
Glory’s betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm – a prince no one has ever seen.  The prince is said to be a recluse, cursed and deformed by the gods for the sins of his power-hungry father. Yet when Glory is trapped in Blackthorn Keep she discovers that not everything is what she expected.  An insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince keep Glory reeling.  Can she overcome her vanity to learn that what you want isn’t necessarily what you need–and save the cursed prince? (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ YA fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast
+ fluffy, light, and entertaining
+ a fairy tale at heart and I recommend reading it as one

My Opinion:

I stumbled across this retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Glory is the youngest daughter of king Balthazar, who is told by everyone how beautiful she is. While her father is looking to marry her off to some prince like all her sisters before her, she is in love with the falconer, who plans their escape. But Glory is tricked and brought to Blackthorn Keep where her betrothed Eoghan is waiting for her. Yet the prince is said to be deformed and cursed and beautiful and vain Glory is not willing to stay. But a gryphon, a ghost and a secret plan complicate everything.

Although it was somewhat clear how this story would develop since it is based on Beauty and the Beast, it had quite a few twists – some more, some less predictable and with some twists I was almost yelling at the book because I could not believe that just happened. Ann Hunters writing drew me in, I barely put the book down. It was fluffy, fluent and relaxing. Something that I needed at that time. I read it as the fairy tale and not so much as YA fantasy, and fairy tales can be as corny, with damsels in distress, and princes saving the day. I am fine with that. If you read it as YA fantasy you might be a little disappointed.

Bottom Line:

A really enjoyable and entertaining read and a lovely retelling of a fairy tale.


rating 4


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