It is hard to get much mileage off of a reimagining of a fairy tale as well known as Beauty and the Beast. However, Sarah J. Maas successfully manages to engage readers and convince them that they might not know exactly how this version will end. Feyre isn’t Belle. She is gruff and rude and illiterate. The tasks set before her aren’t as easy as falling in love. She will battle more than her conflicted feelings — the tests she must pass are deadly and they may come at the price of her soul. The beast isn’t an enchanted man — he is a powerful fae fighting for the freedom of all he holds dear. This book takes readers to unexpected places and it is an enjoyable journey. The romance is a little more intense than Maas’ YA fare, but it is still appropriate for high school readers. The action is intense, and the mix of dark and light in this book will horrify and seduce in the very best of ways. The slightly damaged, strong female protagonist is all a reader could ask for, and when her strength and independence falter, it is only in the most human of ways. I will recommend this book highly to my readers, especially those who enjoyed Heir of Fire or those who are fans of fairy tale retellings. Of couse, it is already on my classroom library wish list since I would read the list of ingredients on a shampoo bottle if Maas wrote it.