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Ensnared by Rita Stradling Review

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Let’s get back to the fun stuff!

I received a digital ARC of Ensnared by Rita Stradling. The book is set to be released in December 2017. It has an average of 3.5 stars on Goodreads, and I gave it 5 stars!

Ensnared by Rita Stradling features a storyline reminiscent of the classic fairy-tale Beauty and the Beast. As you all may know, I am OBSESSED with Beauty and the Beast. Rita Stradling took this classic tale and put a modern-day science-fiction spin on it, and I enjoyed every minute of it! The fact that this book is based on Beauty and the Beast hooked me even before I started reading. I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings. There are so many retellings of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White (*cough cough* Marissa Meyer *cough cough*) but lately there have been a resurgence of Beauty and the Beast retellings and I’m living for every minute of it. Moral of the story: Dear Authors, PLEASE WRITE MORE BOOKS BASED ON BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

 

(And for all of my fellow theatre geeks, I also got some STRONG Phantom of the Opera vibes from this book.)

 

This is the trashy romance novel I have been looking for. I do enjoy epic high fantasy and science fiction novels, and I thought that I could never read romance novels, but I have been craving a cheesy and predictable romance. (Thank you, Outlander.) I will give this book props though because it wasn’t completely predictable and the romance itself wasn’t instalove. I did think that Mr. Garbhan’s willingness to date a robot, and have sex with one for the matter, was unnerving. However, I looked past the weirdness and was met with a perfectly trashy and gushy relationship. The angst in their romance really made me want to invest my time (and soon my money) in this ebook. I liked how even though it was a romance novel, there was not the whole “I don’t want to hurt you” dynamic in their relationship. To put it simply, their cuteness was chicken soup for my soul.

 

Not only did this book contain a cute romance, but it also had genuinely interesting storylines. In other words, there were other things happening in this book than the romance. The real Rose 76GF’s role in the last third of the book really surprised me. Rita Stradling writes amazing plot twists! (SPOILER WARNING) I especially liked when Rose 76GF trapped Alainn in the stairwell filled with Carbon Monoxide because it was terrifying yet completely unpredictable. I also really enjoyed that she tied up all of the loose ends at the end of the book. She had Rose 76GF arrested and a safe and stable future for both Alainn and Mr. Garbhan and Alainn’s brother and father. If the romance was expected, everything else was not.

 

I apologize that this review is so short, I am still getting back into the swing of things since I’ve finished finals and move out! I will be posting a review of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas soon so stay tuned! Thank you for reading and I hope that you all are able to get your hands on Ensnared by Rita Stradling when it comes out in December.

 

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