“My ultimate comfort book. I always come back to these stories when I'm happy or sad. They're just so incredibly beautiful.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I liked the idea of these stories, but I lost interest in them very quickly. Many of the voices sounded the same, and the very distant/vague narration style got old fast.
“I was not crazy about this book since I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style. I liked the premise--these fairy tales are retold with a new objective in mind. The story of Snow White no longer upholds the traditional ideal of the demure and passive princess who is saved by a patriarchal marriage. Little Red Riding Hood no longer intimidates girls into staying on the "straight and narrow." As a warning, a handful of the stories deal with drug abuse, sexual assault, and rape.”zoeythekat wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My ultimate comfort book. I always come back to these stories when I'm happy or sad. They're just so incredibly beautiful.”Dev wrote this review Tuesday, November 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ FLB is really a good writer. Her words are "lyrical" and magical at the same time even if she was talking about something totally un-magical. Its actually more poetry than prose which is the root of my problems. Half of the time I just don't understand what she is saying! Since the fairy tales are also shorten, I find myself looking for more. I especially liked to read more about "Ice" and "Tiny".”Krizia Anna L wrote this review Saturday, September 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There are nine stories, fairy-tales that are kind of vague, but modern. There really isn't a summary for this, because the stories are pretty short, and the book was a fast read. I enjoyed reading them, but I couldn't really say I *liked* where Block took the fairy-tales. I understand the modern, but not really why is should be destructive and dark. I liked one story, and just because it was the only heartwarming piece throughout the whole book.
The blurbs described it as lyrical, and I can see that, but there were passages that I felt was redundant. Still, it was an interesting read, and I'm glad I read it.”
“This book was ok. The stories seemed kind of jumbled and confused. The best one, for me, was Beast. It seemed the easiest to recognize the original fairy tale in the story.”Rebecca wrote this review Thursday, August 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great retelling of fairy tales.”Torii Savannah wrote this review Saturday, July 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Young Adult- High School Readers
The Rose and the Beast is a modern version of classic fairy tales that incorporates modern depictions drug abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. The language is fluid and beautiful and has a powerful impact.”
“Some of these modern renditions of fairy tales were better done than others. I found the need to set many of them within modern horrors made it hard to read them. It isn't so much the real horror of child sexual abuse, but that somehow child sexual abuse becomes a fantasy element in these stories that I found problematic. Francesca Lia Block does have a poetic writing style.
Reading level: high school and up”
“This YA/adult collection of fairy tales provides us with a modern day twist. Fairy tale characters are loosely based on the original stories, while modern day characters experience drug addiction, incest and violence. Being eaten by a wolf is a different kind of horror from being shot up with heroin and raped. I did enjoy Francesca Lia Block's writing style and there were some stories such as Snow and Beast that I found enjoyable. Otherwise I found it to be quite disturbing, and not at all a book I would suggest people read.”trampone wrote this review Thursday, June 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No