Book #99: Handsome and the Yeti by KuroKoneko Kamen

Audiobook Version Narrated By L.A. Johnson – Coming July 2018! 

Handsome and the Yeti 
Petra Pan 
Alister in Wonderland 

A genderbent retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast… 

A nerdy gemologist – Bellamy ‘Belle’ DeWinter – ends up the prisoner of a narcissistic yeti named Abigail Snow, who lives in a sparkling mansion made entirely out of blue quartz and whose loyal servants are living statues made out of semi-precious stones. 

When Bellamy starts to think the yeti girl might actually be kind of “cute” he freaks out about his unsettling case of Stockholm Syndrome, but decides to man-up and help Abigail find a way to break the curse. 

Will Bellamy be able to beat the evil sorcerer Agathon at his own game by unlocking the powers and mysteries of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone? 

As cracks begin to form in the rainbow-colored Aurora Borealis quartz stone time is running out…! 

I grabbed this book for three reasons: The cover, the author’s pen name, and the obvious hilarious blurb. It is one of those things that to neglect it would be a disservice. Well, for me it feels like a disservice, but only because I live for outrageous things. Like Syfy original movies and bad horror films. Books fall in that same category.

Handsome and the Yeti actually surprised me in the content. For one, it is a genderbent fairy tale retelling. With that in mind, you’d expect something that you would want to laugh at and make fun of, but in actuality, I found myself liking the book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still ridiculous, but it is a type of ridiculous that embraces itself. There is a clear difference. You can tell the author is having fun with their story and not trying to take the work too seriously to a point where mocking it is inevitable. The reader is more a part of the joke vs. making the joke.

That said, I didn’t care for the ending of the book. The book felt like it had two endings going on. The first ending was clear and perfect and it really didn’t need more. But, then there was a second ending. It was that ending I didn’t care for.

When I say there are two endings, I mean that the book itself has a clear resolution and then an addition to the story that feels more like an afterthought. That afterthought is the second ending.

I wouldn’t say this second ending ruined my opinion about the book. The book is still a solid three out of five. However, it is something to bear in mind for future readers. I did like the book and will probably read more from KuroKoneko Kamen.

Final Rating: 3/5

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