The Curse Girl is a delightful retelling of the classic fairytale The Beauty & the Beast. Along with its promising premise, it was the other reason why I wanted to review this story (I love The Beauty & the Beast!). I had a feeling that I’m going to enjoy it and I definitely did!
One of the things why I genuinely enjoyed The Curse Girl is because it has its own distinctive story despite being a retelling. Author, Kate Ellison, brilliantly spin her own unique twist and dash of romance and mystery while keeping the main theme of the fairy tale alive.
The Curse Girl by Kate Ellison
Publication Date: May 14, 2011
Published by EllisonBooks
Source: From Author for review
When her father tries to steal a magic cure for his sick wife from the beastly master of the mysterious mansion outside her home town, seventeen-year-old Bee is the one forced to go live with him. But Will isn’t anything like she expected. He’s the same age as she is, for one thing. He’s also really handsome, contrary to local legend.
Well, maybe the whole “beast” thing is meant to be metaphorical, because he’s a total jerk.
Between the house’s weird magic and Will’s snobby attitude, the situation is nearly unbearable, and Bee only wants to escape. But the house is sealed by magic, and they can only leave if they break the curse.
The witch who cursed Will left him a way to break it, and the answer lies in a riddle. Although Bee would rather eat dirt than be nice to Will, they’re going to have to learn to work together if they want to solve it and break the curse.
Because time is running out.
The story has a perfect pace. I got instantly hooked! Ellison’s writing style is straight-forward and certainly gripping. Ellison’s version of the mansion where the Beast lives along with his cursed Butler and other servants was perhaps one of my favorite aspects in the story. The mansion itself was spooky and seemed to have its own life!
The characters worked well for me too. I think Ellison did an impressive job in terms of crafting her own version of the Beast and Belle and even with the house servants. Let’s start with Will who is the “Beast” in the story. First of all he’s not as hairy as a beast or with razor sharp teeth, he’s actually quite handsome but his snobbish and hot-tempered attitude is more “beastly”. Bee, on the other hand, the “Beauty” or the Belle in the story, is merely a simple girl but because of his father’s betrayal and selfishness, she ended up locked up in the cursed mansion. Along with Bee and Will, I really liked Will’s little sister, Rose, too. She’s such an adorable young girl. There’s a mysterious character as well, Liam. He was like Bee’s confidant during her stay at the mansion. Perhaps he’s one of the reasons why I got deeply hooked in the story. The dynamics between the characters is quite compelling
Overall, The Curse Girl is a highly entertaining story with well-written plot and characters. I definitely recommend this to fans of YA Retellings and to those who genuinely enjoy fantasy stories!