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Pulchritude tells the tale of Bella, a beautiful girl caught between her selfish father and an enchanted prince ready to sweep her into a dangerous romance built on deception and betrayal. This debut novel by feminist blogger Ana Mardoll returns a classic fairy tale to its origins as social commentary and in doing so holds a strange mirror to our own world.
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By Christine Morgan on 03-31-18
Best Fairytale Interpretation
This is the best version of a Disney fairytale I have ever heard, read or watched. It wasn't derivative at all. Ana uses Beauty and the Beast almost as a setting for xer story. The story is all xers. It is short, simple and bitter sweet. The narrator has a wonderful voice.
small spoiler below.
It does not end happy. I recommend Ana's fairytale trilogy Poison Kiss and then Survival Rout if you want happier endings. Though I suppose she hasn't finished the last one yet, so who knows. Either way, I usually like happy endings, but I liked this ending too, it was really good if sad.