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In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe as bad boy Vance Reigns meets his match in fanfiction writer Rosie Thorne.

Rosie Thorne and her father have been short on luck - and money - for years. So when she loses her grocery store job in a heated moment of smashing the patriarchy, she knows she may be forced to give up on her dream of leaving her small town for a prestigious college creative writing program.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as Rosie’s been clipping coupons and secretly writing massively popular fanfiction. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA.

Rosie and Vance’s paths collide in a chance encounter, and suddenly cataloging the Starfield library at Vance’s manor house is Rosie’s only shot at saving money for school. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to Vance, Rosie has realized something about Vance: he’s a huge jerk, and she can’t stand him.

Still, there may be more to Vance than meets the eye. As Rosie and Vance begrudgingly get to know each other, secrets are revealed that could change their minds - and their hearts - forever.

©2020 Ashley Poston (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Ce que les auditeurs disent de Bookish and the Beast

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Not good, but that's why it's entertaining

I'm not in the target demographic for this, but I do enjoy a good young adult novel and love fairy tale retellings.

First, I'm not sure where the Beauty & the Beast story was supposed to be, as the love interest is "super hunkin hot" and our heroine's celebrity crush. He does describe his own behaviour as "beastly" as well as his migraine, but we don't really see it, as the heroine is just as much, if not more, unlikable. Her personality is being irresponsible, clumsy, and talking a lot about her deceased mother and deciding her mom is why people don't want to date her. They do throw in random quotes and character names pulled straight from the Disney cartoon, but the point of the fairytale is MIA.

Then we have some continuity issues like Elias saying he is going to the grocery store & inviting Rosie for dinner, then her calling him and being surprised he is at the grocery store, then him returning & being surprised she is still there even though he invited her for dinner. Quite amusing.
It feels like the author threw nerd culture, Disney quotes, LGBTQ+ & fanfiction in a blender & this is what came out. It is so heavy-handed that I questioned whether it was supposed to be a parody of the genre (in which case they should have leaned into it even more) and the characters speak in a way that I have never heard anyone speak.

That being said, I was thoroughly amused because of all of this.
The audio balance between the two narrators is off, but I liked the gal who read for Rosie and downloaded another audiobook with her on it.

  • Au global
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    4 out of 5 stars

Not as good as Geekerella but still cute

This was a good story but didn't have me at the edge of my seat / feeling all the emotions as much as Geekerella. It was cute though. Nice fluffy romance.

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  • Megan
  • 2020-08-05

Pandering

One of the most obviously pandering books I have ever read. I am not done with the book yet, but so far it's just so unnatural and felt like she was just checking all the boxes to make it as PC and progressive as she possibly could, to the detriment of telling a story.

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  • Doha
  • 2020-09-06

Cute Book

As much as I adore this series I have to say this book was my least favorite although it has so many things that could make it so amazing
In this book we will follow Rosie and Vance, Rosie lives in a small town and she os very sad that her mother died that she is barely functioning to save up for her college and what not .. also she is a nerd and a bookworm
and Vance is the actor who plays the villian of the show Starfield but his real life is not going well, so his father decides to put him in a house in a quiet area (Rosie's town) until everything is back to normal again .. they meet and the story picks up from there

the book had so many right things going for it but mostly I didn't like Vance overall

As for the narrators I liked the girl performance a lot .. but the guy wasn't that good to be honest

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  • Justicepirate
  • 2021-01-13

Least favorite in the series

This was my least favorite from the Once Upon a Con series, but it was a lovely story still.

This is a Beauty and the Beast take with a modern tale to go along with the stories we've already enjoyed that go around the first two books. The idea is that some rich actor kid who has been a bit of a trouble maker ends up going to a place in the middle of nowhere to just relax and not cause any more issues. Honestly the problem with this book is that there is not enough build up of characters. There is a little, but I feel like I barely had the ability to connect to these characters compared to the other two books. There wasn't enough meat to it. It was not bad though. I had been looking very much forward to reading this, and now I don't feel too badly about that.

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  • SFreader
  • 2020-08-23

Terrific and geeky fairy tale retelling

I loved the story, the characters, and the world of the series. The narrators are quite good too -- but one inconsistency drove me crazy. The pronunciation of one of the main characters' last names changed throughout the books. In print, it's Reigns, and sometimes, it was said as "rains", but more often, as "re-gins" (hard g sound). It makes no sense -- why wouldn't the production/editing process catch and fix this? It was very distracting, in what was otherwise a really enjoyable experience.

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  • Sherbertlane
  • 2021-08-18

Feels like propaganda

The story is fine, if unimaginative. But does the author really want young girls to aspire to follow the footsteps of a penniless girl with no aspirations who majors in English at NYU?? What about doing something that won't put you in debt for the rest of your life. SMH...

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-15

hallmark movie vibes

Y’all I’m the biggest fan of the hallmark Christmas movies. Like I love the cheesy scenes and tropes. This movie obviously isn’t at Christmas time but it’s gives the cheesy romance vibes that the movies do. It’s an easy read, two perspectives. Famous boy forced to a small town after getting in trouble, he ends up having to sort books in a library with a nerdy girl. It includes lgbtq+ which is always a thing I’m happy to see in books. If your looking for a simple cute romance book this is def for you!

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  • 🐺 SCARLET PIMPERNEL 🐺
  • 2020-08-06

REACH FOR THE STARS IN BOOKS

A UNIQUE ADDITION TO THE SERIES, STAYING CLOSE TO THE TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST . THERE WERE SEVERAL ASPECTS IN THE BOOK THAT I DIDN'T REALLY CARE FOR,
1. IS THAT ROSES FATHER IS GAY AND RAINBOWS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.
2. THERE IS A SCENE WHEN THE BEAST COMES DOWN FROM THE SHOWER WRAPPED IN NOTHING BUT A TOWEL THAT DOES NOT REMAIN ON HIS BODY, THOUGH NOTHING WAS DESCRIPTIVE THAT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT I WAS EXPECTING IN A AUDIBLE BOOK MEANT FOR TEENS,
3 THE NARRATORS DID A FANTASTIC JOB WITH THE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY, AND THE 5 STAR RATING IS FOR THEM.!!!!!

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • C. Haggard
  • 2022-05-13

Not what I was expecting

I enjoyed the premise and the writing style but noticed some inconsistencies and really repetitious inner monologue. Sticking with the beauty and the beast storyline, the first half dragged a bit and I was already considering putting it down since it lacked the banter I enjoy in a YA romcom. This, combined with the blazing hints that the main male love interest was bi, was quite a turnoff. By a little over halfway through the book, all of the men were heading toward being bi, which seemed really forced and unusual for the books in this style and genre. It was not what I was expecting from the cover and description. I had to put it down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-05-12

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Enjoyable but predictable and simple characters. It was interesting how diverse characters were included in the story although they weren't very developed.

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  • Samantha Lewiston
  • 2022-05-11

Highly recommend

If you love the idea of After mixed with Beauty and the beast this book is for you! Loved the character’s personalities. Author has done an amazing job of giving this book a 21st century voice!!! I’m a 90’s baby so characters were a bit young but this story kept me on the line!