The Subtle Beauty (Crowns of The Twelve: Book 1) by Ann Hunter

The Subtle Beauty: A fractured Beauty & the Beast retelling (Crowns of the Twelve Book 1) by [Hunter, Ann]

Publisher: Afterglow Productions

Date of publication: January 2nd, 2014

Series: Crowns of The Twelve

The Subtle Beauty—Book 1

Moonlight—Book 2 (review here)

Fallen—Book 3 (review here)

A Piece of Sky—Book 4 (review here)

The Rose in the Briar—Book 5

Ashes—Book 6

In The Mean While—Book 7

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Young Adult, Beauty and The Beast, Retellings, Romance, Fairy Tale Retellings, Fantasy Romance, Magic

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo |Apple Books


Goodreads synopsis:

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.

In this retelling of BEAUTY & THE BEAST, can Glory overcome her vanity to learn that what she wants isn’t what she needs—and save the cursed prince?


My review:

I enjoyed reading this book. From the first chapter (where we meet Xander and Aowynn), it had me hooked. Put it this way; I finished the book in a day, which never happens these days.

I think it was the combo of it being a retelling of a fairy tale and the fact that it takes place in Ireland that made me love it. The author included Gaelic phrases and put a directory at the end of the book so you could reference it.

The Colin/Eoghan/Glory triangle was heartbreaking. I did like seeing Glory’s character change. It was a huge transformation.

Oh and Colin got what was coming to him, just saying.

The ending made me cry. I mean, who wouldn’t. It was the perfect ending to the book.

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