Bryony and Roses

Bryony and Roses Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city But when Bryo

  • Title: Bryony and Roses
  • Author: T. Kingfisher
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  • Page: 403
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments Is the Beast that lives there her captor, or a felloBryony and her sisters have come down in the world Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments Is the Beast that lives there her captor, or a fellow prisoner Is the house her enemy or her ally And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard Armed only with gardening shears and her wits, Bryony must untangle the secrets of the house before she or the Beast are swallowed by them.

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    1. 3.5 stars for this Beauty and the Beast retelling. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:Seventeen year old Bryony and her sisters, Holly and Iris (I’m sensing a horticultural theme here) were the daughters of a wealthy merchant who lost his fortune through risky investments three years earlier. They moved to the remote village of Lostfarthing, where the now-orphaned sisters are barely scraping by. Bryony, a dedicated and enthusiastic gardener, hears about some particularly hardy rutabaga [...]

    2. I 'discovered' T. Kingfisher, aka Ursula Vernon through 'The Seventh Bride,' (/review/show) and became immediately enamored. If you liked 'The Seventh Bride' you will also love this one - it's very much in keeping with it, as far as tone and themes.This one is a retelling/re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast. In the introduction, the author says she was inspired by Robin McKinley's 'Rose Daughter.' Coincidentally, it was, I believe, McKinley's other retelling of the story, 'Beauty,' which introd [...]

    3. I loved this version of the "Beauty and the Beast" story. The main character Bryony is a gardener who gets stuck with the Beast, and never lets him forget that he's keeping her at the house against her will. Bryony is no weak-willed, ornamental creature, being used to hauling and digging in her garden at home. The Beast is not the emotionally manipulative and threatening creature I think of when I think of the "Beauty and the Beast". Both Bryony and Beast have witty, sardonic exchanges while Bry [...]

    4. It didn’t surprise me when I finished reading this and read T. Kingfisher’s note that it was inspired originally by Robin McKinley’s Rose Daughter. It’s definitely not the same story, but something of the same atmosphere came across, and of course there’s the gardening aspect which is important in both. This explores the force that punishes the Beast rather more, I think: rather than a long-standing curse which fades into a known factor in the background, the Beast’s curse is very mu [...]

    5. So, this book, this story, it was one of a very small number of books that I was able to read this month. But more than having read it, what is more important about it, is that I actually loved reading it.As you well know, I am partial to retellings.This one, not only fits that bill, but it also had the advantage of having been approved by most of my bookh friends.So, one of these days in which I was reading _ and still am _ a particularly boring story, I decided to just start with this one. Jus [...]

    6. A Beauty and the Beast retelling, with twists, most of which worked well.It starts with Bryony herself getting lost in the forest during a snowstorm and stumbling on the house. (The merchant father was murdered by bandits.) She enjoys the hospitality, wants to take the rose, and discovers that it traps her.The rest involves her planting a garden, reading poetry, talking to the Beast in code, dreaming (in a way reminiscent of the original Beauty and the Beast, but don't trust it), wardrobes with [...]

    7. "Bryony and Roses," by Ursula Vernon writing as T. Kingfisher, is a fantastic retelling of the popular fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast." My absolute favorite "Beauty and the Beast" story is Robyn McKinley's "Beauty." It comes very close to being dethroned by "Bryony and Roses," however, which is a very fine addition to the canon.As with all my favorite "Beauty and the Beast" retellings, we see the action from Beauty's point of view. She has two sisters with whom she has a close, not antagonisti [...]

    8. Quite charming, and full of witty banter between the protagonists, with a spunky heroine who's spunky without being annoying, and a Beast that is (surprisingly!) not an angry ass like it's common in these retellings. Plot-wise, the author follows the Gabrielle de Villeneuve original storyline, which pleases me because that one is, for me, theone and true, so to speak. All the crucial elements are here, but the author isn't slavishly adhering to every one of them and has included a few touches of [...]

    9. I found this version of the Beauty and the Beast tale completely engrossing and enjoyed nearly everything about it. Both Bryony (the ‘Beauty’ equivalent) and the Beast are portrayed as believable, interesting characters, and the interactions between them are clever and witty and often very funny. I also very much enjoyed Bryony’s sister Holly, who, like Bryony herself, is practical, sensible and clever (only more so). I did feel that the third sister, Iris, was somewhat short-changed by be [...]

    10. Another utterly glorious fairytale-ish story from this author, who I've been glomming. The writing is just so quietly excellent, neither showy nor plain, and the imagination so vivid, and the stories have so much heart and humour. These are books that just make you feel better for having read them.

    11. I loved this book so much - it may be my new favorite fairy tale retelling. In the prologue, the author mentions loving Robin McKinley's Beauty and the Beast story - and this reminded me of that in a way, but it was its own unique take. The story was great, but what really made me love it was the characters and the dialogue. I loved Bryony, and I loved her inner dialogue and her conversations with Beast. It was just a great, fun book.

    12. This is a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and it's an excellent one.Bryony and her sisters, Holly and Iris, grew up as the daughters of a wealthy merchant--the wealthiest merchant in the land, he made sure everyone knew. After the death of their mother, though, their father grew more and more reckless in his investments, wand finally, when Bryony was fourteen, lost everything. Now the girls are living in a little cottage none of his creditors wanted, in the out-of-the-way village of Lost [...]

    13. I picked this up after devouring The Seventh Bride. I didn't enjoy this quite as much--though I've read quite a few reimaginings of Beauty and the Beast, so perhaps it was that it was harder for this book to feel original. It does have the elements that I really liked in The Seventh Bride, though, like a willingness to incorporate the grisly elements of true fairy tales ((view spoiler)[the servants in the windows!! the bloodstained room!! (hide spoiler)]) mixed in with a humorous narrative voice [...]

    14. I loved this novella. Here's why:1. If you garden, you will get the protagonist. The section where her sister plants mint in the ground and she basically goes into a fit of despair is, well, apt. You've been there. You totally know someone who put mint in the ground. (MINT DOES NOT GO IN THE GROUND.)2. It's basically the same thing that's great about all of Kingfisher's heroines: she's real and functional and more accurately, nonfunctional. She faints in appropriate situations. Embarrassing thin [...]

    15. It's like someone decided to take Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley and make it good. And funny. And with rutabagas. Seriously, though, I love retold fairy tales. I'll pretty much read any version of Beauty and the Beast you give me. I honestly have lost track of the number of Beauty and the Beast stories I've read. Heck, I'm even writing one. So let me just say that this one is worth reading. It took me a few chapters at first, because retellings tend to be very lush and have evocative prose, to [...]

    16. Уїїїї! Це був гарний, годний ретеллінг!Урсула Вернон, яку я раніше знала під "рідним" ім'ям та за одним чудовим оповіданням (і трохи за коміксами, але їх я ще не читала), з казками поводиться рівно так, як мені подобається: залишає базовий сюжет, але змінює фокус; зберігає закон [...]

    17. As is often the case with popular fairy tales, there’s very little new story to be wrung out of “Beauty and the Beast” these days, so I was a little skeptical of Bryony and Roses. Even after reading T. Kingfisher’s (a pen name of Ursula Vernon) Toad Words and Other Stories, which is full of superb fairy tale reimaginings, I was unsure if there was anything she could do to freshen up such an old and well-worn story path. An opening note that admitted an enormous debt to Robin McKinley, wh [...]

    18. Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up. I've enjoyed many retellings over the years, and am pleased to have found this one to be very faithful to the original (with a dash of its own very clever deviations). That said, I think I still favor Kingfisher's The Seventh Bride. I just didn't feel the same level of suspense and intensity as I did with the latter. Though the mystery was intriguing and the resolution ultimately satisfying, both felt undermined by the tedious s [...]

    19. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading this. There are some genuinely funny moments in there. On the other hand, I wasn't invested in the story. On the fence about the writing, too.

    20. "Beauty and the Beast" is probably my third all-time favorite fairytale after "Tam Lin" and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and arguably the origin of the woman-goes-to-live-with-man-in-his-house-and-despite-his-appearance-falls-in-love-with-him-through-spending-time-with-him trope that eventually gave us Jane Eyre, among other classics. It is the source of the source. This week, I needed something to tide me over until the new live-action Disney Beauty and the Beast movie came out, so, on a fri [...]

    21. Wow. This book blew me away. It's probably the best Beauty and the Beast retelling I've read since McKinley's Beauty. It's the story you know, with a couple of twists and surprises along the way. It also subtly corrects some problematic aspects of the original story that tend to bother modern sensibilities.I absolutely loved Bryony, our Beauty, and the Beast (he's definitely in my top five favorite Beasts). It's hard to get witty banter and sarcasm pitch-perfect in writing since so much of sarca [...]

    22. A Beauty and the Beast retelling with a particularly sardonic cast and unusually haunted mansion. At onset, this feels a lot like Robin McKinley's retellings, the result of inspiration and parallel evolution; they have the same premise, same setting, similar magic and humor. Bryony and Roses distinguishes itself in its later half, as the house's magic is revealed and the tone becomes more diverse, haunting and even morbid, in successful contrast to the irreverent banter. This isn't a revelatory [...]

    23. I want Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher to write an entire series of novel length fairy tale retellings. "Bryony and Roses" is a fantastic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. As expected from Kingfisher we once again have an unusually pragmatic heroine, this time a gardener. Bryony is given more agency in this story then the Beauty character usually has in the story, and her developing relationship with the Beast is well drawn, and, without giving anything away, less problematic then in many versions [...]

    24. I read this starting early this morning during my public transit commute. I finished it walking home late this evening. I was so absorbed that I walked into a tree. Oops.This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Both of them are pretty snarky this time around. They seem older. Sadder. Less full of rage and fear. But quite good for each other. I love the relationship betwen Bryony and her sister, too. It's so very helpful to have someone practical who loves you and is willing to tell you when [...]

    25. You can always, always count on Ms Kingfisher (and her alter ego) for a heroine who appreciates the value of good chicken shit and kindness. I loved this homey updated fairy tale and its practical main character. Bryony and Roses was a quick, delightful read that, like its content, was full of magic with its roots firmly in the dirt (high quality topsoil, at that). I would have loved for it to be longer, just so I could spend more time with Bryony, Beast, House, and Holly.My only complaint is th [...]

    26. What you are all witnessing is my transformation into a complete and utter sucker for everything and anything T. Kingfisher writes. This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in which everything that ever sort of annoyed me in the story is gone and what's left is the tale's beating heart, surrounded by a world that's both fully detailed and vital a way that you rarely see in a fairytale retelling. A truly wonderful read!

    27. Beauty and the Beast retelling. The backstory about the curse seemed slapped together and the entire ending was all over the place. There were some lovely things like this:“The library did not trouble her the way that her bedroom did at night. There were too many books, and books were everyone’s friends.”So, 3 stars. It'd be 4 if the ending was more coherent.

    28. This author continues to amaze me with her attention to detail and her flair for comedy. She's the Tessa Dare of YA. I quite liked the way it ended, even if it took me a while to figure out what on earth was happening. And everyone needs a sister like Holly.Holly needs her own book.So please?

    29. 3.5 stars. A much needed comfortable and comforting read after a bad reading slump during hard life events. While I appreciated the Rose Daughter homage, I actually liked the book best when Kingfisher's humorous, dry voice and sardonic style showed through most. Would read again.

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