REVIEW by Damien: Roses by G.R. Mannering (@DarkeRealmEnt, @rose_mannering)

A dark rendition of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast!

‘As the gates clicked shut behind them, she heard the distant roar of a beast.’

She bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in a fantasy realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is sent to live with the cruel, rich Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the furthest point of the country.

But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life.

But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time.


I had the opportunity to read and review Roses by G.R. Mannering and I must say I found it very intriguing. Definitely a different take on a Classic but it can definitely hold it’s on sitting a long side any other rendition of Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoyed the brand new world in which to step away into this tale it was very creative and very colorful.

What I didn’t care for is very simple and very quick and that was the build up. For me it took too long because we were pretty much a part of her childhood years for a bit too long for me, but once it got rolling it was worth reading through those times just to get to become a part of who Beauty was.

Again, I feel that this book can hold its own with any other version of the Classic tale. Its different but in a way that will leaving you longing to want to read more. Its a good book for YA and those who still remain YA at heart.

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