Ensnared by Rita Stradling ARC Review

***Book provided for an honest review.


Well, well, well, another review you say? My answer is yes!

I know I’ve been doing a lot of book reviews lately and less of how books relate to life, but in order for me to do a “how books relate to life” post I need to read books.

Mostly all books I read I usually  would post a review on Goodreads, whether I liked it or not, in here I just post reviews of books that I’ve been provided for and books that I really, really liked.

So please stay with me, don’t give up because I turned into a reviewer blog, PLEASE!!

Now, I’ve told you a few times how much I DON’T like retells and that I avoid them as much as I can, there are some worth reading and talking about.

Last week I decided to give Ensnared by Rita Stradlinig a chance and I was very impressed. Here is what the book is about:

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Sounds great doesn’t’ it?

Well it was and for that reason it got a 4 out of 5 stars on my reviewing book!

Saying that it’s a Beauty and the Beast retell is correct , but I would have to say it is just on the core part of the story. You know, leaving home to live with a complete stranger for the good of the father, something happening in the middle of the book (or story) to bring the stranger and the main character closer, them falling in love and then the climax where she leaves and then has to come back to rescue her former captor.

Yes, Ensnared was a retell in the most basic way and that is why I liked it.

The concept of a futuristic book where Robots can be created to be just like humans, is intriguing and when is done right, it makes for a great book.

I definitely had my doubts when I first requested this book because I’m not too fond of the Beauty and the Beast and because is a retell, but I had to swallow my words and hatred toward retells one more time.

What I liked most about this books is how different it felt when I read it, the whole idea of bringing human like robots that can think and act for themselves and then override their own code to make themselves better was unexpected and fascinating.

The way the relationship between Alainn and Lorccan was like watching a couple of teenagers fall in love for the first time is awkward and painful to watch, but still those romances make the best love stories.

Then Rose created some expected, but unexpected drama that sort of throws you for a loop because once it happened it seemed impossible for things to go back to the way they used to. Which they didn’t, but it made it seem impossible for Alainn to go back, I was definitely surprise and I could really not guess what was going to happen.

So in conclusion, the story had an amazing plot, it’s a dark and twisted Beauty and the Beast take was unexpectedly amazing and I’m thankful for that. Also there is tons and tons of drama, and you know I’m a sucker for drama.

The only things I didn’t like and the reasons it got a 4 out of 5 stars is because I was missing some backstory on how the world came to be what it was and why Lorccan had never left his castle, I mean it gave a little explanation, but I just needed more context on that side.

Overall, Ensnared was a very amazing, surprisingly good read that makes you want to read more. Is captivating with a dark twist that makes for one great story.

Ensnared comes out December 18, preorder links are not avalable yet, but I will keep you posted as to when you will be able to get your hands on a copy.

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