Monday, May 5, 2014

A Beastly Tale by DreamingPoet1988

A Beastly Tale by DreamingPoet1988

Anthony Edward Masen has it all. He's popular in school, is the son of a wealthy businessman and can manipulate just about anyone with his killer good looks. He and his friends take it upon themselves to ridicule and bully anyone who doesn't meet their standards of wealth and beauty. Jasper is particularly plagued by Anthony and his cronies. All he wants to do it get through each day with little to no pain. One day Anthony's behavior catches up with him when a witch curses him, making his outward appearance just as ugly as his insides. Will he learn his lesson before it's too late, and will be Jasper, even after all the pain he's been caused, be the one to help him?

This is the classic Beauty and the Beast story with a Twilight twist. Anthony (later referred to as Edward) is absolutely reprehensible when we first meet him. He finds enjoyment in others' misery, especially Jasper's and anyone who doesn't fit his warped perception of perfection. I couldn't help but cheer a little when Edward is cursed, but seeing his transformation, both physically and emotionally, over time was quite touching. Jasper, on the other hand, must not only deal with the jerks at school, but also an alcoholic father and a "disease" he must kept hidden each night.

I was amazed how DreamingPoet1988 managed to make me sympathize with such a hateful character like Edward, almost to the point where I had a lump in my throat a few times due to the emotionally-charged scenes. This is one of those stories that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride, but it's oh so entertaining and worth it!

~ M

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