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Something terrible is happening to all the beautiful maidens in the kingdom. For years, there has been an odd notice posted every so often in the town square calling forth the most beautiful maiden in the land to serve the kingdom. The Queen decides which of the eligible ladies earns the feared and elusive title. After that, the chosen one disappears, never to be seen o Something terrible is happening to all the beautiful maidens in the kingdom. For years, there has been an odd notice posted every so often in the town square calling forth the most beautiful maiden in the land to serve the kingdom. The Queen decides which of the eligible ladies earns the feared and elusive title. After that, the chosen one disappears, never to be seen or heard from again. A few months later, the game is played all over again. Some say that the Queen boils the women alive to steal their youth, and others insist that they are sacrificed to a great dragon in the North to stop him from invading. The only certain thing, however, is that being beautiful is now a curse. Belara has been terrified of coming of age for years now. Ever since she was little, people have been telling her that she is a beauty beyond compare. Over the last few years, they have said this with pity rather than admiration. Right after her birthday, the same notice is posted again. No one is surprised when Belara is sent to the palace and declared to be the most beautiful of all. She is dispatched to fates unknown by the Queen, who gives her one piece of advice: not everything is what it seems. Armed with years of careful education and everything she learned from her father's library, Belara is determined not to meet the same fate as all the others. The Most Beautiful One is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast featuring a vengeful fairy, a clean romance, and one enchanted monkey.


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Something terrible is happening to all the beautiful maidens in the kingdom. For years, there has been an odd notice posted every so often in the town square calling forth the most beautiful maiden in the land to serve the kingdom. The Queen decides which of the eligible ladies earns the feared and elusive title. After that, the chosen one disappears, never to be seen o Something terrible is happening to all the beautiful maidens in the kingdom. For years, there has been an odd notice posted every so often in the town square calling forth the most beautiful maiden in the land to serve the kingdom. The Queen decides which of the eligible ladies earns the feared and elusive title. After that, the chosen one disappears, never to be seen or heard from again. A few months later, the game is played all over again. Some say that the Queen boils the women alive to steal their youth, and others insist that they are sacrificed to a great dragon in the North to stop him from invading. The only certain thing, however, is that being beautiful is now a curse. Belara has been terrified of coming of age for years now. Ever since she was little, people have been telling her that she is a beauty beyond compare. Over the last few years, they have said this with pity rather than admiration. Right after her birthday, the same notice is posted again. No one is surprised when Belara is sent to the palace and declared to be the most beautiful of all. She is dispatched to fates unknown by the Queen, who gives her one piece of advice: not everything is what it seems. Armed with years of careful education and everything she learned from her father's library, Belara is determined not to meet the same fate as all the others. The Most Beautiful One is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast featuring a vengeful fairy, a clean romance, and one enchanted monkey.

30 review for The Most Beautiful One: A Magical Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patrizia Gallo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. To be honest this book is pretty average. Nothing really new, nothing really thrilling. The relationship between the two develops slow and steady, true, so it's really more believable than most, but there's no real tension. I prefer my B&B retellings with some more banter and here there's none. But If you like paced relation with solid friendship building maybe this book is right for you. I was prepared to give it 2.5 stars because it isn't bad, it's written 'ok', but it's truly just average, nothing To be honest this book is pretty average. Nothing really new, nothing really thrilling. The relationship between the two develops slow and steady, true, so it's really more believable than most, but there's no real tension. I prefer my B&B retellings with some more banter and here there's none. But If you like paced relation with solid friendship building maybe this book is right for you. I was prepared to give it 2.5 stars because it isn't bad, it's written 'ok', but it's truly just average, nothing memorable. Until the end. The end I admit I liked the most. SPOILER ... even if they didn't damn kiss!!!! What the heck. It's a fairy tale, for gosh sake we deserve one damn kiss! I'm offended 😑

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Southerland

    Very well written Beauty & the Beast rewrite. Clean and fun. This is a new author for me and I’ll be checking out her other work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Fairly orthodox retelling of the original with unique twists If you like the original (not Disney) story then you'll like this book. There are enough differences to keep the reader intrigued while still feeling like the same story. Unfortunately the book is in definite need of an editor, as there are missing/incorrect words scattered throughout. However these do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book too much. The author has come up with an excellent first novel and I will definitely b Fairly orthodox retelling of the original with unique twists If you like the original (not Disney) story then you'll like this book. There are enough differences to keep the reader intrigued while still feeling like the same story. Unfortunately the book is in definite need of an editor, as there are missing/incorrect words scattered throughout. However these do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book too much. The author has come up with an excellent first novel and I will definitely be looking forward to reading whatever she does next.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Candice Allen

    I really wanted to like this book but I couldn't finish it. I really didn't like the main character, the reason I love beauty and the beast stories is for the strong kind and courageous female character. This most beautiful one was spoiled, whiney and insipid. I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to her and even the golden magical creatures in the castle couldn't keep me reading. Maybe it gets better further on but I could not finish this book. I really wanted to like this book but I couldn't finish it. I really didn't like the main character, the reason I love beauty and the beast stories is for the strong kind and courageous female character. This most beautiful one was spoiled, whiney and insipid. I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to her and even the golden magical creatures in the castle couldn't keep me reading. Maybe it gets better further on but I could not finish this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christina Lee

    Lovely Story, Could Have Used Some Editing This is a compelling and interesting retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I liked the main characters and the reimagining of the castle servants. My only complaint is that this ebook is riddled with typos. As I was reading I'd come across one occasionally and it would interrupt the flow of my reading and take me out of the story. That wouldn't keep me from recommending it to someone, but it was annoying. Lovely Story, Could Have Used Some Editing This is a compelling and interesting retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I liked the main characters and the reimagining of the castle servants. My only complaint is that this ebook is riddled with typos. As I was reading I'd come across one occasionally and it would interrupt the flow of my reading and take me out of the story. That wouldn't keep me from recommending it to someone, but it was annoying.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Very sweet retelling I enjoyed this story a lot. It was very sweet. The world was well built and the characters had depth. I especially liked the take on the Beast. This story stays pretty close the the classic interpretations of Beauty and the Beast, but is still original and engaging.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Cox

    Great read It’s been a while since I’ve really enjoyed a book and this one was great! There are a few spelling mistakes but the story was unique and very interesting despite knowing how these stories usually end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This is a good retelling. It follows the original pretty well with a few twists. I liked how Bel and Beast developed a relationship and the lack of servants was a fun difference as well. Contains: mild violence

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Dnf’ed at 14%. The heroine was too vain and superficial and the story just wasn’t holding my interest.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Fun, clean read What a fun book I stumbled across. It was a clean retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I enjoyed it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gypsy Madden

    I’ve read quite a few Beauty and the Beast retellings, and most of them do new spins on the stories, taking the tale in imaginative directions. This one kept the story very close to the original. So, if you’re looking for something new, this isn’t it. Granted, this is more of a mix of the Disney and the original. There are enchanted objects playing servant, there’s a library, there’s an enchanted mirror, there’s even the typical ballroom scene right before she leaves to visit her family. It felt I’ve read quite a few Beauty and the Beast retellings, and most of them do new spins on the stories, taking the tale in imaginative directions. This one kept the story very close to the original. So, if you’re looking for something new, this isn’t it. Granted, this is more of a mix of the Disney and the original. There are enchanted objects playing servant, there’s a library, there’s an enchanted mirror, there’s even the typical ballroom scene right before she leaves to visit her family. It felt overly descriptive, which made the pacing incredibly slow. It felt like it was borrowing from Regency romances with the constant changing of clothes (dinner dresses, riding habit, morning dress, afternoon strolling dress with lengthy descriptions of each and every outfit). The story focuses mainly on Bel getting to know the Beast and spending time around his castle, whiling away the hours and dragging on, adding to the slow moving and making the book feel a whole lot longer than the just over 100 pages. Dialogue tags are missing, making it difficult to tell who is talking. I had to take guesses half the time and I don’t think I was right quite a few times, especially since there wasn’t much difference between Bel and Beast’s way of speaking. Both of them seemed rather stilted. There are typos on nearly every page. And the final act has Beast doing something really out of character considering that he has been a perfect gentleman and kind, and sweet, timid, and almost shy through the entirety of the book. Unlike the Disney version, never once did he show any rage or violence, so that climax just look forced and out of character. Over all, I do like the rendition of the Beast this time around, though Bel came off as being vain and superficial the entire way through the book, and in the end it didn’t really feel like the characters actually loved each other. Bel, seemed like she felt like she needed him, and like something was missing from her life, but there didn’t seem to be any actual romantic passion between the two. I did love the castle, and the remoteness and haunted hollowness of it, and the magic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    A solid 3.5 If you can’t tell by my reading habits I love discovering new fairy tale retellings. I’m not sure how many B&B retellings I’ve read alone this year but that number is growing steadily (likely I’ll read more before 2019 is over). The Most Beautiful One is a different take on B&B compared to the other books I’ve read. I liked it but there was something missing here (what? – I don’t know). I liked the Beast and Belara well enough. One aspect that I can pinpoint which didn’t fulfill my re A solid 3.5 If you can’t tell by my reading habits I love discovering new fairy tale retellings. I’m not sure how many B&B retellings I’ve read alone this year but that number is growing steadily (likely I’ll read more before 2019 is over). The Most Beautiful One is a different take on B&B compared to the other books I’ve read. I liked it but there was something missing here (what? – I don’t know). I liked the Beast and Belara well enough. One aspect that I can pinpoint which didn’t fulfill my reading experience was the ending. Belara’s behavior towards the Beast after the curse was broken was a little unsettling (he looked different—no longer a beast but a man— she had difficultly processing that information and instead treated him as if he were a complete stranger). I felt as if there were no resolution between them. I’m just going to assume it worked out well for them. Overall, it’s a good book and I do look forward for more stories by this author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    I'd say 4.5 stars. This book isn't the most creative retelling ever, but it does have a new plot in terms of how beauty meets the beast, and the heroine matures a bit through the story. She starts off seeming extremely shallow (she IS the most beautiful of them all, after all) as opposed to the typical self-sacrificing Belle. But she grows to love the Beast despite his appearance, and that in and of itself improves her. A fun read for anyone looking for another Beauty & the Beast retelling. I'd say 4.5 stars. This book isn't the most creative retelling ever, but it does have a new plot in terms of how beauty meets the beast, and the heroine matures a bit through the story. She starts off seeming extremely shallow (she IS the most beautiful of them all, after all) as opposed to the typical self-sacrificing Belle. But she grows to love the Beast despite his appearance, and that in and of itself improves her. A fun read for anyone looking for another Beauty & the Beast retelling.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I couldn't get past the first chapter. The MC was so annoying and immature I couldn't put up with any more. DNF. I couldn't get past the first chapter. The MC was so annoying and immature I couldn't put up with any more. DNF.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kay J

    I loved this love story! Bel was a cool heroine that tried to make the most of a bad situation using her intelligence. I was trying to figure out how they would break the curse the whole time

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Goodman

    Interesting interpretation This is an interesting Beauty anf the Beast. Definitely some twists and i'd have loved and epilogue. it is sweet and clean. No profanity either Interesting interpretation This is an interesting Beauty anf the Beast. Definitely some twists and i'd have loved and epilogue. it is sweet and clean. No profanity either

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annette

  19. 5 out of 5

    kconroy

  20. 4 out of 5

    LAURA J

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Saffron

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Holman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anniebelle

  26. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnnReeder

  27. 5 out of 5

    Booboorocksout

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fifi | A Fairytale Dream

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth Hudson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaylynn

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