Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey

Happy Friday everybody!!

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader.
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Today I am reading a book from my TBR stack. Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey has been sitting on the stack since Nov. 4, 2011. I chose it because I like werewolves and I like Mercedes Lackey. I also like the way Lackey takes the traditional fairy tale tropes and switches them up into a story with romance and humor. Here is the description:
The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella—Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant—vows to escape the usual pitfalls.

Anxious to avoid the Traditional path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman.

But on the way home she's attacked by a wolf—who turns out to be a cursed nobleman! Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh—when he isn't howling at the moon.

Breaking spells is never easy. But a determined beauty, a wizard (after all, he's only an occasional werewolf) and a little godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending.…
The door opened, spilling out light and heat and laughter and a snatch of music into the darkened street.
Friday 56:
He led her through the door at the end, and once again, it was as if these rooms belonged to an entirely different building.


  1. Mercedes Lackey is a wonderful author. I've looked at her books. Once read one about swans???? If I were her, I would have to choose him. Looks like a fun book for the weekend.

  2. Great beginning. I hate to admit I've never read anything by Mercedes Lackey but I clearly need to add her books to my list.

    Here's my Friday Meme:

  3. Very mysterious 56; and the opener is beautifully full of visual images. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Eerie 56... I wonder where it goes...

  5. I have one of her books on my TBR pile. I should dig it out and start reading.

  6. I've never heard of this author, I love the cover!
    Here's My F56

  7. I usually will not read werewolves novels but this one has piqued me. I might have to add it.

  8. I'm not a werewolf fan, but I like that opening sentence -- you are immediately inside the scene.

    Thanks for adding your link to Book Beginnings!

  9. Great 56...I love the creepy feeling it creates!


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