Bookish and the Beast
Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.
On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.
When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.
But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and it just so happened that I actually watched both Disney and the Emma Watson this week without planning. I didn’t buy the book until Kindle had a promo going on for spend $30 and get eight dollars, so that was my oops story behind buying this even though I was technically in a book buying ban.
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston was sooooooooooo good. I laughed and got those feels so many times in this book. It is fluffy and good and just perfect. All of the elements of Beauty and the Beast were there.
One of my favorite parts where was the “magic spells, daring sword fights. A prince in disguise” line was used. I laughed and cheered and did a dance during that line. And it also made me think that maybe Poston has more in mind for this series too. I HOPE!!
Anyway, the other elements we have are a Gaston character, Belle and the Beast. And I think possibly Lumiere? Of course they were all different names but it was clear which roles they were.
There was even a explosion like in the stories but of course that’s different as well.
I loved the fact that homecoming was one of the elements. The homecoming and the whole missing cell phone bit made me think of Cinderella and I figured out what was going to happen during that part easily but it was still good.
I did feel bad for the AP English class because they were reading Twilight, but that didn’t really mark down points for this book.
I just loved this book to pieces, it is now one of my favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings. It was as good as A curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer even though those are two different subgenres.
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston might not work for you if you aren’t into the whole fairy tale retelling stuff, but if you are looking for one that is so fluffy that will make you cheer, laugh and feel some feelings then this book is for you.
Bookish and the Beast was a five star rating and I can’t wait to see what is next in store for this author!
Sorry I kind of rambled a bit in this review! Five star rating reviews are actually kind of hard to write when the book is just so perfect. Thanks for reading!