Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thanks to Edelweiss and Random House for kindly offering the opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Vance Reigns has been exiled to the middle of nowhere partially due to his bad boy tendencies landing him in trouble with his film exec stepfather. By chance he finds Rosie who turns out to be the girl he shared his deepest hopes and fears with on a hotel balcony at last ExcelsiCon behind the mask of his character, General Sond, where he couldn’t disappoint her. The two clash as she helps organize a library after destroying a priceless edition of Starfield literature.
This Beauty and the Beast reimagining is one you don’t want to miss. Filled with pop culture references that will speak to your soul and make you feel seen and an adorable love story of not a beast, but a boy unsure of himself and a bookish girl sparking his love of reading.
I can’t say enough good things about this. It’s got great representation with a non-binary character, openly LGBT characters and everyone you love from the previous books. The excitement over the Starfield trailer was like someone wrote down how emotional I got at pretty much any Star Wars trailer.
I loved Rosie and I loved Vance who has been fleshed out and realized in this character as sort of the byronic hero. I loved Rosie’s friends Annie and Quinn, and their wish for Quinn to win the non-binary seat of Homecoming Overlord.
Ashley Poston said it herself that she wrote this because she loved Beauty and the Beast retellings and I swear she and I are the same person because this is all I wanted for this story to be and even more. It makes my fangirl heart so happy.
I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down for the life of me.