What a special little book. This book is told in a fairy tale fashion that reminds me of some of my favorite [a:Juliet Marillier|8649|Juliet Marillier|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1373081365p2/8649.jpg] and [b:Robin McKinley|9691190|Robin McKinley|Lambert M. Surhone|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347667895s/9691190.jpg|14579297] books. So many of the sentences resonate so deep and so true. This is not pop-ish or immature and I can't agree less with the reviews that compare this book to pop-paranormal-romance books. Honestly it reminded me more of [b:The Alchemist|865|The Alchemist|Paulo Coelho|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1287827991s/865.jpg|4835472] than a "ya romance" (not that I have anything against ya romance obviously); while the main focus of the book is "love" I think the pursuit and ultimate choice runs much deeper than that---but the interpretation is in the heart of the reader.
The only complaint I had was it's length, while it was perfectly complete I wish I had more to read. I guess that this will just have to go into my to-be-re-read asap pile.
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Beauty by Robin McKinley