18 December 2013

Review: Beauty's Sister by James Bradley

Beauty's Sister by James Bradley book cover
Beauty's Sister by James Bradley is a Penguin Special, an e-book developed for commuters to read on a long trip or readers to enjoy in one evening.

Did you know that Penguin have different colours for their front covers depending on the genres?  

Here's a breakdown of the Penguin Livery: 
  • Orange - Fiction
  • Dark blue - Memoir
  • Yellow - History
  • Pink - Cookery
  • Turquoise - Contemporary nonfiction
There you have it! Now, back to the story.

Beauty's Sister is a re-telling of the well-known fairytale Rapunzel.  Fairytales have been popular for the last couple of years, however this tale is told from the point of view of Rapunzel's lesser known sister, Juniper.  

There is a witch and a tower in this tale of jealousy and relationships, and Beauty's Sister is a very quick and easy read. I'd love to have seen James Bradley write this as a full-length novel, but as a Penguin Special it's tantalisingly compact and entertaining.

My rating = ***

Carpe Librum!

For another fabulous Australian re-telling of Rapunzel, you must check out Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth; one of my absolute favourite reads of 2012.

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