by Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Format: ARC from Edelweiss
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Evie has created a career for herself in healing people and diagnosing symptoms. Her life is turned around when she rejects her friend, Wormy’s, proposal and a meddling fairy who disapproved of Evie’s decision turns her into an ogre until she accepts another proposal in 62 days.
I know the description said this book was a companion to Ella Enchanted and I did not need to re-read the book, but I decided to remind myself of the world. While the stories are not connected, there are some characters who were in Ella Enchanted who are portrayed in this book. I enjoyed seeing who these characters were as individuals before they became couples.
This story is definitely a Beauty and the Beast inspired retelling. I felt the pacing was quite slow, but once the ball gets rolling the pacing starts to pick up. There were times where Evie’s romantic endeavors did annoy me, but she has been limited in her experiences. Seeing her try to figure things for herself from outside her usual environment and gain her own experiences was pretty liberating. I was also very intrigued in the healing aspect and wondered how it would be incorporated with the story.
The romantic element in this story does not over shadow all the action in the story. I did like learning more of the ogre culture in this world especially since the ogre language was explored. The fairy tale element of this story is sort of stereotypical. We have a clear antagonist who has his own personal agenda that he wants to fulfill no matter the means. However, the heroine is not some damsel waiting for someone to save her. She is determined to lift her curse and tries to find solutions to all the situations that she is in.
Again another story by Levine that I found myself intrigued by.
Read in July 2018