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Rose Daughter Library Binding – Aug 11 2008


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  • Library Binding: 292 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439522294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439522295
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorina on Nov. 30 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading Rose Daughter, having read Beauty a couple of times before. In short, I preferred Beauty to this retelling. There were a few problems I had with this novel and in the end, I was not satisfied. One of the elements of Beauty and the Beast that I enjoy is the developing relationship between the Beast and Beauty. Realistically, as in Beauty, our heroine is terrified of the Beast in the beginning. She does not warm up to him nearly as fast as she does in Rose Daughter. I remember a scene in Beauty when she tries to leave her room at night only to find the door locked, and in a panic, bloodied her fists from banging on the door. In another scene, forgive me if I get the details wrong, Beauty asked the Beast to let her go and he denied her. Her panic was palpable - the feeling of being trapped and never again to see the people you love was easy to feel and understand, reading that particular scene. In her panic, she passed out and the Beast cared for her until she awoke. Moments like those are why I love Beauty and the Beast so dearly. I can imagine myself feeling that way, reacting the same way to the circumstances. The moments when the Beast reacted to her sorrow or noticed her injured hands added to the romance, brought out the tenderness that the Beast could express, and made us love him more.

In Rose Daughter, it felt as though Beauty did not feel much of anything. I was surprised, to say the least, of her lack of emotion at being taken away from her family and imprisoned in the Beast's castle. I was expecting at least some emotional outburst, but Beauty's character remained pretty flat, aside from the odd recollection of her sisters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 7 2007
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I guess there's a reason why authors rarely retell the same story twice -- it's not going to be as good one of those times. Sadly this is the case with "Rose Daughter," Robin McKinley's second adaptation of the traditional Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. It overflows with pretty images and words, but there doesn't seem to be a lot underneath them.

Beauty's mother died when she was only a tiny child, leaving her with only the memory of roses. Because magicians failed to predict her mother's death in a riding accident, her father turned against magic completely, even though it ruined his business. Then one of his ships turns up again. When the father asks his daughters what they want, Beauty only asks for a rose.

But that rose comes with a price -- her father takes it from the garden of a strange Beast, who demands that Beauty be sent to his palace. Beauty goes voluntarily, if reluctantly. But she finds that the Beast is actually peaceful and gentle, and asks her to marry him regularly. So, of course, Beauty must unravel the curse that keeps him a Beast.

Robin McKinley started her career with "Beauty," a version of "Beauty and the Beast" that let us see Beauty not as a vapid victim, but as a strong, intelligent young woman. The problem with "Rose Daughter" is simple: It runs along a lot of the same story tracks, and adds nothing except a few pretty turns of phrase and some peculiar subplots that lead nowhere.

Her writing is truly exquisite -- McKinley definitely has a way with descriptions and evocation. "Rose Daughter" is verbally lush as few fantasy books successfully are. If there had been a plot to go with it, then this might have been a worthy classic.
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I have now read both "Beauty" and "Rose Daughter" and have to say that I think an ideal retelling of the faiy-tale would actually be a mix of both books.

I found Beauty a much stronger, more fleshed out character in "Beauty" - however I prefer Jeweltongue and Lionheart in "Rose Daughter" over the one-dimensional sisters in "Beauty". However "Rose Daughter" provides a lot more background to the Beast's story than does "Beauty"

Overall I enjoyed reading "Beauty" better. "Rose Daughter" is just a little too dense for my tastes. I found myself skimming over large portions of the text in an effort to speed up the story. And because Beauty, as a character, has fewer interests and is not as fleshed out, the extra text just bogs things down.

However the one thing I definitely DID like was the ENDING! I know a lot of people (who may have missed the entire point of the story) objected to it but I found it very satisfying.
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By A Customer on April 10 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay I will admit that she wrote this story very well. I have read many books and I know a good writer when I read their books. The reason however that I gave this book only four stars was the ending. I have to agree with many others when they say that the ending wasn't right. A girl marrying a beast? The idea was definatly original but kind of silly. I personally think that she should have gone with the beast becoming human again. On the other hand, I was enthralled with the rest of it. I couldn't guess what was going to happen next, and the book held on to me until the end. So all and all I would say good job but needs new ending.
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