Book Review: Ensnared by Rita Stradling
ashley | A sci-fi retelling of Beauty and the Beast? That was all I needed to know about Rita Stradling’s Ensnared to know that it must be mine. No doubt there would be comparisons to Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, but if this made me feel anything like I did while reading Cinder, I knew I’d be a happy gal.
Unfortunately, I did not have those same feelings. Instead, I had a really hard time getting into this. I loved the concept, but I felt it took a long time to really get going and there were some big holes in the plot with certain events that were referenced but weren’t otherwise put into context and it made it difficult to connect the scenes. I also had a ton of questions that were never answered and so many things just sort of came out of left field without ever being alluded to before.
Likes I said, I loved the concept, but I had a really hard time believing the Beast character was a beast. Sure, he looked deformed and preferred to stay out of the light and had an issue with germs that sort of came out of nowhere, but he wasn’t overly mean or cruel and in the moments when maybe he was, in his defense, he thought Alainn was a robot built for him, not a human girl. I just didn’t think this aspect of the traditional story-line translated that well into the sci-fi plot-line.
The last half of the book picked up somewhat, but there were a lot of things happening and it all kind of seemed thrown together and by that point, I wasn’t overly invested so it didn’t make a huge impact on me. When you thought it was over, there was another whole part that to me, seemed a bit unnecessary and just drew everything out for too long.
I read an advanced copy, so hopefully things are tightened up a bit more in the final release. Though this used to be slated for December and it looks like the release date was moved so who knows. There are a few books lately that retell Beauty and the Beast really well and a few others that tackle the robot thing a lot better. If that’s what you’re looking for, sadly this isn’t where you’ll find it.
may 23, 2017