Beauty

ISBN: 0689862350
ISBN 13: 9780689862359
By: Nancy Butcher

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Fairy Tale Fairy Tales Fairytales Fantasy Maybe Paranormal Retellings To Read Ya Young Adult

About this book

Beauty to die for...Queen Veda of Ran does not believe in growing old gracefully. In fact she will shun anything that makes her look or feel less than the fairest in the land including her daughter, Ana.Luckily Ana has both beauty and intelligence. She realizes the way to remain close to her beloved mother is to make herself ugly. Ana does everything she can to maintain her new disheveled appearance: She doesn't bathe for days, doesn't wash or brush her hair, and bites her nails down to the quick. Her plan works. She has finally won her mother's love. Then Ana realizes all the lovely young girls of Ran are being sent to the prestigious Academy for Girls, including Ana's best friend, Pell. When Ana's told she must go too, she resists. She doesn't want to leave her loving mother. But Ana has no choice. She goes and once there learns how potent a drug beauty can be.

Reader's Thoughts

Maggie

I thought the plot was good and I thought the theme was that people will do anything to be beautiful even if it means hurting others. The reason why I only gave it four stars was because I did not like how the author made Queen Veda's character I thought it was too much even with the theme of the story pretty much being lust for beauty. She did not love her daughter just because of her lust to be the most beautiful person in Ran. I kept thinking to myself she is just to cruel. I also did not like how Queen Veda used Andreas to try to kill Ana and she forced him to drug the girls and trick them. The reason why they fell for it was because of Andreas character of charisma and charming looks they were drawn to him. Girls like Pell who loved doing things to look gorgues couldnt see that he was tricking them they were blinded by his looks. I liked Ana the most because she was forceful in her beliefs and not accustomed by the desire to be beautiful her character was more generous she wanted to be smart before being pretty. I liked how she stood up to her mother and became Queen in the end. Overall I give this story a B because I feel the author was doing to much to state the theme of the story I felt it was a little over the top.

Juliana Lamb

To be honest this book was a little bit creepy, a daughter who is constantly making herself ugly so her mom will LOVE her, a mom who is so obsessed with her own beauty she barely notices her daughter and when she does STILL feels threatened by her beauty( to a point that she try's killing her daughter(multiple times)), a creepy beauty guy( who is the moms advisor),and a handsome ( evil ) tutor. YES I do get that the author tried to write her version of Snow White, but this book really just was about our "heroine" feeling sorry for herself/ trying and failing to please her mother. Overall this is not a book I would recommend to ANYONE!

Genesis

In this book, Queen veda of ran doesn't believe on growing old. Because the queen does not believe this, she shuns everything that she believes that would make her look or feel old. In other words, she believes that if she shuns her daughter, that she wouldn't feel or look old. Yet her daughter has both beauty and intelligence.So basically, Ana her daughter knows what the queen is up to.I have a connection with Ana. You see what ana is facing is basically jealousy. I once faced jealousy with my enemy Jena. She used to be jealous of me in first and second grade. So basically me and Ana have a connection of jealousy. I gave this book 4 stars. The reason why is because I liked it but i didn't really enjoy how Ana had solved her jealousy between her and her mom. It was pretty stupid because if I was Ana I could have just talked to my mom like I did with Jena.

Erin (Jump Into Books)

I have always been a fan of retellings (as I'm sure you have heard me say before), so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. And let's face it, the cover is beautiful!Beauty is a retelling of the classic Snow White. But instead of being a wicked step-mother, it's a wicked mother who becomes jealous of her daughter's beauty. And Ana will do anything for her mother's approval, even if it means she needs to become hideous. But when the Beauty Consultant informs Queen Veda that her daughter will still surpass her in beauty she decides it's time to send her daughter away to a boarding school.The characters were great! I really liked the relationship that Ana had with Pell. They have such a strong friendship, even when times are tough and things start to strain at their friendship, they always seem to pull through. Ana also loved her mother the Queen, very much and was always trying to please her. They had a more unconventional bond. Although Ana was alienated by her mother, she still loved her and still desperately tried to win her approval.The story was quite good, however, very predictable. I could see where the direction of the story was going halfway through the book as soon as her friend, Pell, was accepted to a boarding school. I did wish to read more of what happened at the end of the book, instead the reader was kind of left hanging a little.All in all, this was a great first novel for Nancy Ohlin and I cannot wait to read more. I would recommend this for anyone ages 14 and up.

Kari

This and other reviews can be found on my blog, Ramblings of a Reader.I sat down to read this yesterday, and I honestly didn't get up until I was done {very engrossing + shorter book + Little D was taking his long nap = getting stuff done!}. Beauty combined newer YA with {dare I say it?} a bit of classic Disney. The story was great, and the plotline was really good, but there are some "buts"... I'll get to that in a minute. First, characters!Ana is a love-starved young woman when she's first introduced. She craves her mother's love and affection, and has seen the only way she can obtain that is by trying to be as hideous as possible {think Snow White and her stepmother type of relationship, if Snow White was aware that her stepmom }. And the author does describe her as being pretty hideous {boils, zits, pock-marks, green and black nails, no personal hygiene whatsoever}, so it is a little weird that she can go from that to absolutely stunning within a short period of time when she goes to the Academy and starts actually cleaning herself up. But its also kind of interesting that Ana {our Snow} knows her mother resents her for the beauty people saw in Ana when she was young {before she started to make herself physically repulsive to earn her mother's love}.Ana craves her mother's love like its a drug. She will do anything for it, which is evident by the way she treats herself. Its a little sad to read a story about a girl who will pretty much harm herself to make her mother not hate her {I honestly can't write that her mother even likes her... I just can't...}. Thank goodness she goes to the Academy, because she finally gets some self-worth and starts to value herself and treat her body like something she cares about {no more junk food 24/7, taking baths, just overall learning decent hygiene}. Too bad for her, that also makes her look more and more beautiful {beauty from the inside is able to blossom on the outside as well!}.We all know the premiss of the Snow White story: girl is beautiful, stepmother is jealous when girl becomes more beautiful than her, stepmother hires someone to kill girl. The twisted part to this story is the stepmother is her actual birth mother who eventually wants her dead.I enjoyed this book, but it was a little too anticlimactic for me. I had to read the ending twice just to be sure I didn't miss something, it all happened so fast. It was only 175 pages, and I think the first 145 or so felt like it was just the beginning of the story {not in a bad way}. Some of the characters could have used better development, but I am also used to read slightly longer books, so 175 pages doesn't seem like enough to do a really in depth story. Overall it was a nice read, but for such a quick read I think I would go with something a little "fluffier".

Justine

I am usually not so critical of books but I just really did not like this book. There was just many things wrong with it. the synopsis originally sounded really intriguing to me but it did not turn out to be what I hoped it would be. The book follows the story of Ana the daughter of very beautiful Queen Veda. Queen Vedas goal in life is to be the most beautiful person of all time. So when she sees how beautiful her daughter is becoming she shuns her. All that Ana wants though is to have her mother love her. In result she tries to make herself as ugly as possible. But still her mother is worries of Ana becoming more beautiful then her so she sends her away to a special academy. But at the academy the girls are as obsessed with being beautiful as Ana's mother and maybe even more. The thing that was the biggest issue for my was the way the author wrote the story it was written in a very exaggerated and over the top voice. Sometimes it also sounded kind of childish to me too. She also wrote the story in a very dark way sometimes which I wouldn't originally object to but sometimes it just came out being really strange. There was also not much character development in the book. I also couldn't stand the main character Ana. She was so whiny at times and came across desperate and annoying. I could not connect to her at all and that made the book hard to read. Not one of the characters in this book actually stood out to me in a good way. They were either annoying, strange, or just boring.Overall this book just did not don't for me, it was dark, annoying, and strange. I think this book could of had potential with the interesting synopsis but the author just did not execute it the right way.

Rachel

This was a very interesting loose version of Snow White. Great writing, great story, I just wish it were a little longer.

Susan

Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her only daughter. And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain and earn her mother’s affection, she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires. But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?While there were some good things about Ana standing firm, some of the plot was disappointing and the story ended abruptly without many details. It could have been far richer and interesting. The little man who made potions for Queen Veda- who the heck was he? It was pretty clean, which I did appreciate.

Jodie

Ana has known her place for many years now. Growing up under the Queen's beautiful shadow, she knows that looks are the most important thing to her mother. Nobody should ever attempt to be at the same level as the Queen. Even if it's her own daughter. Never being able to experience life in it's fullest, Ana knows that if her mother is happy, then that is all that should matter. If only the woman would give her some attention every now and then, all would be perfect. She's alright with not bathing or brushing her hair. Setting of a radar within the Queen that her daughter could ever be beautiful would lead to such tragic events. It's when Ana starts hearing of other girls getting accepted into a private school only allowed for the elite, that something in Ana stirs. She wants to be accepted. She wants to be loved. This is her chance of finally being open and herself. She can be away from her mother's watchful eye and flourish. The school isn't what anyone had expected. Certainly not Ana. And as time goes by, she learns what the school's main purpose is, just as her mother learns hidden truths.

Michelle

This book could have used more character development. I definitely like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale much more!

Jennifer Wardrip

Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.comAna wants to be ugly. She has worked very hard at it, ever since she was twelve years old. Ever since the day a man complimented her on her beauty and she saw the look of hatred, jealousy, and anger in her mother's eyes. Now she doesn't bathe, doesn't trim her toenails, doesn't brush her hair, and eats nothing but pastries, bread, and moldy cheeses. Her nutrition has left her body pudgy and her face blemished. She is happy because she seems to have her mother's favor; however, staying ugly takes a lot of effort. Queen Veda, Ana's mother, is a calculating ruler. Vanity is her main focus and she is never without her strange Beauty Consultant. He is a creepy little man that is always lurking around. His eyes turn red whenever he approves of the way the Queen looks. He mixes beauty potions and creates creams out of ingredients like spiders and leaves for the Queen to use to maintain her beautiful appearance. It is Queen Veda's jealousy that leads her to devise her most diabolical plan ever. The Queen creates a new Academy for the best and brightest girls of the land. About fifty girls receive personal invitations to attend this prestigious academy and Pell, Ana's best friend, is one of them. Ana is heartbroken, thinking that she will lose her best friend forever. But on the advice of the Beauty Consultant, Queen Veda sends Ana to the Academy, too. Pell and Ana are thrilled to be attending a school that will provide rigorous academics, while at the same time being roommates. However, a sinister plot awaits all the girls that attend the Academy. BEAUTY is a fast-paced fairy tale that pulls at your heartstrings. The reader will cheer for Ana when she finally realizes the truth about her mother. The sinister plan could have been more sinister and the ending a little more complex, but overall this is a fascinating story, definitely one for fans of queens, princesses, and fairy tales.

Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

I have a weakness for fairytale retellings, and I really like what Nancy did with Beauty. She took the story of Mirror, Mirror / Snow White and gave it her own touches, and spin. I have loved Snow White since I was young, and Nancy's Snow White is a little different than the one I grew up loving. In Beauty we get to see the relationship between Ana and her beautiful mother Queen Veda. While the Queen looks more like the classic Snow White than Ana, Ana does have her own beauty, and it's one she grows into, by learning to accept who she really is.Ana is a character who is strong in her own right. She wasn't a character who stood out to me as being incredibly strong, but instead it's her quiet strength that I liked. She's defiant in a way you wouldn't except a Princess to be. Yet she also grows into the person her Father had trained her to be. I have to say I liked the way her deceased Father played a role in the story and aided Ana. Ana is a beautiful girl despite her out ward appearance. The Queen is constantly told her daughter will rival her for beauty, but Ana wants nothing to do with her mother, and does everything she can to make herself look ugly. I mean she literally lets herself go. She doesn't take care of her body and eats all the wrong things. In her "ugliness" she wins the Queen's favor. I admit, I liked this defiant side to Ana, because she didn't want any sort of approval from her mother. Her mother really is a wretched character. One thing is for sure, Ana can't hide from who she is forever, and at the Academy her mother set up for 50 of the land's elite girls, Ana finally steps into the role she's meant to have. Just like in the classic story, the Queen is jealous of anyone who rivals her beauty. Ana's best friend and each of the girls start to change in ways that aren't what I or Ana excepted. There is definitely something sinister going on at the academy, which Ana takes it upon herself to uncover. Let's just say this is an enjoyable read with a creative spin on a beloved story. Beauty is a fast paced, enjoyable read, and one I'd recommend to fans who enjoy fairytale re-tellings.

kingshearte

There are enough teen books kicking around these days that do a really good job of exploring some really interesting ideas that I had high hopes for this one. It seemed like a take on Snow White that could have some good strong female messages about outer beauty vs. inner beauty, sacrificing yourself for someone else, and stepping out of others' shadows as you find your own true self. And to be fair, it did have all that. It just presented it in such a superficial way that I was left pretty unfulfilled.For example, beauty as a potent drug? I figured that would be a metaphor. Maybe Ana would even succumb, and set some sort of catastrophe in motion that would require her to rise above it all and find her inner strength to save the day. But no. The drug was literal. There was an actual drug. Called Beauty. Which Ana herself never took. She just found out about it and then went to get some help to arrest people and get all the girls' stomachs pumped or whatever. Yawn. She didn't really learn anything except that her mom's extremely selfish and that it's OK to be pretty. Like I said, I just wanted more.

WJ

I understood where Nancy Ohlin was going with Beauty but I don't think that the premise was executed very well. It's meant to a self-empowering story and I appreciated that there was no prince introduced to swop in and save the day. Instead it's entirely up to Tati/Ana to save her friends. However, I think that the plot was rather simplistic and it was just missing that extra something that Thorn Abbey had (and I'm not talking about a love interest). Ana's very desperate for her mother's love. Her mother is Queen Veda, the most beautiful woman in the kingdom of Ran. However, Ana knows that her mother can't stand for her position to be challenged and deliberately sabotages herself so that she looks ugly and can continue to enjoy some of her mother's attention and care. However, the Beauty Consultant warns Queen Veda that she will not remain so youthful-looking and beautiful forever and that her daughter, Ana, will rival her beauty one day. Later, Ana is sent to an exclusive boarding school with her best friend Pella and strangely enough, the school is filled with many beautiful girls as well as a handsome (though smarmy) headmaster/teacher.I think just by reading the description you probably have a good idea of where the story is going to go with this. And yes, it's every bit as predictable as the blurb makes it sound. I was really hoping that there would be a great twist at the end or some entertaining character but nope, it's quite a formulaic story and it was predictable. (view spoiler)[ Getting young girls to take a pill that siphons off some youthfulness to the queen could've been a pretty cool idea. However, when you call the pill Beauty it really takes away any possible intrigue to the pill. (hide spoiler)]Ana was also one of the most dullest MC that I've read about recently. Although she's supposed to be sixteen years old, I don't think her maturity level is quite there yet. (view spoiler)[ She doesn't seem to realize that no matter what she does, her mother's obsession with beauty would always take precedence over her. This lesson's only drilled in at the end of the book O.O And she takes forever to figure out what was going on as well. (hide spoiler)] And Ana's also got to be one of the most placid and obedient teenager too, eager to do whatever her mother asks her to. (view spoiler)[ And her only joy in life seems to be about feeding rabbits??? I don't get it. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

KassandraAllie

Interesting concept, but it seemed rushed and a lot was not explained. For a girl who's about to be sixteen Ana is very immature and speaks mostly like a child, the tone I got from the writing was that she was closer to twelve.

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