Review of Belle by Cameron Dokey

BelleTitle: Belle
Author: Cameron Dokey

Series: Once Upon a Time Book 14

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love.

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 2 out of 5 stars. I was very disappointed with this book especially because Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite stories. This book only has the beast in the book for 25% of the entire book. The majority of this book is Belle’s family and background, which there is nothing wrong with that. I just feel that the author should have spent more time with the Beast then as well. This book was only 204 pages long. When you do finally get to the part about the Beast it feels like it is insta love and not the gradual love that I am personally use to when it comes to this tale. I wanted more in terms of how the Beast was seen and how Belle develops her feelings for him.