Skip to main content

Barbie & The Beast by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Yes, I seem to be stuck on a Beauty & the Beast theme, and Barbie & The Beast by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is likely my least favorite retelling.

Barbie Bradley and her best friend Angie go to a singles party, only to learn that the address they've been given leads to a cemetery. After an encounter in complete darkness between Barbie and Darin Russell, cemetery protector and, for three days a month, werewolf, Barbie leaves her number for Darin in the parking lot.

When Barbie and Darin meet face-to-face, she can't believe someone so perfect could still be single. And Darin isn't too eager to share his shape-shifting secret because he's hoping that Barbie is The One.

At a certain point, I just kept reading to learn how long Barbie would have to wait to learn about Darin's werewolf side. Too late in the telling for my taste, and then the book just seemed to end rather suddenly--oh, after setting the stage for a book about Angie. A book I won't be reading.

My overall personal rating of Barbie & The Beast is a C-.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The May selection for my work book club is Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002). The novel follows various individuals in one neighborhood on a particular day, an ordinary day that ends with a terrible tragedy.

Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?