Young adult fantasy Beautiful: A Tale of Beauties and Beasts by independent author Fran Laniado tells the story of a young woman who always felt out of place.
In need of change, she leaves the fae to venture out into the world where humans roam. Hurt by the words of another, she curses them and immediately takes steps to undo the damage wrought, thus setting the stage for the story.
Laniado wonderfully weaves in the theme of beauty and uses it to drive the story onwards in a satisfying way. As a reader, you may be left to ask what beauty is if not in the eye of the beholder, and would such views change over time?
Beautiful is written in a first person perspective, focused on two characters. While centred on the woman, the alternative perspective provides unique insights that further drive forward the tale.
Ultimately, Beautiful is a quick read with a satisfying ending. It gives the reader a glimpse into the author’s imaginative world, so much so that I look forward to seeing more of her work. Highly recommended!
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