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Bo and the Beast Cassie Rose

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In this futuristic retelling of the classic fairy tale, Bo is the leader of a group of refugees with no homes to return to. It is the time after a great war between the inhabitants of earth and creatures from another planet. Now the humans rely on scavenging the war-torn remains of the blast zones to keep themselves alive. When Bo's father is late returning from a hunt, she knows something has gone wrong. Fearing that he might have taken her request to bring back a now-extinct rose seriously, Bo sets off to find him in the Dead Woods. Only, when she does find her father, she also finds an enemy that was thought to have left the planet long ago. Bo is forced to choose between her freedom or her father, and her refugees or a creature that killed so many humans with its bare teeth that it was dubbed the Beast.

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  • 77047 words
  • About 308 pages
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  • Heat

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  • Tears

    9

  • Laughs

    7

  • Thrills

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71 comments on "Bo and the Beast"

Reina Galí on June 22, 2017, 2:07 a.m. said:

Reina Galí


Really loved this one! I actually enjoyed the ending, but it would seem I'm in the minority there. Enjoyed pretty much everything here. At the beginning I did worry it was going to be too similar to The Lunar Chronicles, but I'm pleased that was not the case.

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Cassie Rose on June 22, 2017, 5:24 p.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Oh, thank you! :D I'm glad you liked the ending. I'm most likely going to completely change it in my next round of edits, but I'm glad that it had at least one other fan out there! :P I began writing Bo before I read Cinder, but thankfully I was still able to steer clear of any huge similarities! Thank you for reading and for your awesome comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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Emmy on June 18, 2017, 10:02 p.m. said:

Emmy


I loved the strong female lead. While I always had issues with the Stockholm syndrome in beauty and the beast in this I really feel as though two lost souls were brought together. She actually got to know him and his past just as he learned more about himself and changed. Seems a bit less Stockholm syndrome induced than the inspiration.

Well beauty and the beast obviously but I would say perhaps elements of hunger games or the host with the female lead and dystopian society. I know there are others but I am completely blanking on the titles. But it is an amazingly creative and different world that was created in the readers mind while incorporating elements of the familiar archetype of beauty and the beast.

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Cassie Rose on June 19, 2017, 12:23 p.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Thank you so much! :D Yay, I've found another person who doesn't like the Stockholm Syndrome vibes from the original! I've always thought it was so weird that Belle, who only ever thinks of adventure in the great wide somewhere, would fall in love with someone who disregards her dreams and freedom and keeps her a prisoner. So I wanted to explore that a little more thoroughly than Disney did. :P Thanks so much for reading, and I'm really glad you enjoyed it! (PS, I really love The Host and The Hunger Games, so I love those comparisons!)

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Samantha Hastings on June 15, 2017, 11:47 a.m. said:

Samantha Hastings


I just loved it! I binge-read it. I liked all the parallels and spinoff from the classic fairytale. I liked the twist that Adam was half-human. I liked how Bo always wore her scuffed boots. I liked the romance.

The ending was a little disappointing for me. 11 years apart is crazy long. I would have liked for them to keep the green growing land (the castle optional) and made a new city there. I think Bo and her father could have led the people to tolerance. Maybe convince the other people that Adam was their best protection against bandits and militia.

Similar books: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Beauty by Robin McKinley.

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Cassie Rose on June 15, 2017, 11:52 a.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Yes, a lot of readers have mentioned the ending as being disappointing. I'm actually working on a new draft right now, and I put revamping the ending as a Top Priority! So hopefully the next version of this story will have a more satisfactory ending. :) And I'm glad that you enjoyed all the parallels and the nods toward the originals! Thanks so much for reading! :D

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Samantha Hastings on June 15, 2017, 10:24 a.m. said:

Samantha Hastings


I love how Bo is a strong, kick-butt female protagonist. I'm excited to read on.

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Cassie Rose on June 15, 2017, 11:47 a.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Oh thank you! :D Bo's personality was fun to write.

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Reads.Writes.Sleeps. on May 22, 2017, 7:25 p.m. said:

Reads.Writes.Sleeps.


I like that Bo is loyal and independent and willing to go after a father she clearly loves, but her life would be easier without. The world created is easily visualized and understood. Even when Bo passes into this "other world". As far as improvements go... Maybe more time building up the people in her father's camp, and why they all respect her opinion so much and are willing to follow her. It would be nice to have that more fleshed out. Also, a little more character development for Felicia and the guy she butts heads with.

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Cassie Rose on May 23, 2017, 1:02 p.m. said:

Cassie Rose


Thank you so much for the comment! :) I appreciate your feedback on what could be improved. I definitely want to do some more world building and work on Felicia's purpose in the story, so thank you for pointing those out. It helps me see that my first instincts are correct, and helps me hone in on what I want to focus my editing efforts on. I'm glad you enjoyed the book! :)

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