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Bookish and the Beast: Once Upon a Con, Book 3

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cute, modern, but bland take on "Beauty and the Beast."

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It is a sweet romantic drama book and I loved reading it but it has some language like the s-word and the a-word, so definitely for older kids but still a great read and interesting from the very beginning says my 11 year old daughter.
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This modern take on Beauty and the Beast is a light confection of a story but is lackluster overall. Readers who love the two other books in the Once Upon a Con series will likely enjoy Bookish and the Beast, too. Everything is there: the meet-cute, the misunderstood handsome bad-boy, the fighting that ultimately sparks respect and romance, and the big romantic finale. Those looking for deeper plot and character development will be disappointed.

This installment of the series is missing some of the depth of the previous two. Yes, these are fairy tales, so the reader knows to suspend disbelief, but even so, the setup in Bookish and the Beast feels especially forced. When the reader knows the story's outcome, as most do with fairy tales, the author has to work a little harder to create great characters, settings, and dialogue to keep the reader engaged, and Poston does only a so-so job on that front.

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