Book Reviews of Rose Daughter

Rose Daughter
Rose Daughter
Author: Robin McKinley
ISBN-13: 9780688154394
ISBN-10: 0688154395
Publication Date: 9/16/1997
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Greenwillow
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
A great book! I read the first version of Robin McKinley's Beauty & Beast with "Beauty" that she wrote in the 70s - which was fantastic! In reading this tale that she wrote about 10 years ago - it was just as great. There were some common elements, but they were so small that it did not detract from this telling of the story. This story was just as unique and had some more magical and enchanted elements to it. It also gave Beauty the choice at the end - keep the Beast as is, or change him into the handsome man. It was just a great, heart-warming story about magic and love. I highly recommend it!
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Helpful Score: 4
This was a beautifully written book, full of flowing prose and vivid descriptions. Unfortunately, the flowing prose and vivid descriptions kept me from easily following the plot. I was really looking forward to reading this book, because I love Robin McKinley, and I loved Beauty (written 20+ years ago). To be honest, though, I still like Beauty much more than this version. While I enjoyed reading this book, I don't think she gave enough interaction between Beauty and the Beast to make me believe that they fell in love. I miss the Beauty who is a bookworm and has a beloved horse. I miss the helpful "ghosts" and Gervain and Melinda and the other characters. I miss an ending that I can really understand. Hmmmmm, I think I'll go read Beauty again.
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Helpful Score: 3
I heard from someone once that this book is more popular with gardeners and adults, whereas Beauty is more for children. I liked Beauty better, though possibly because I read it first. I adore all books by Robin McKinley, but I have to say that I don't think her endings are very good...
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Helpful Score: 2
I've always loved Robin McKinley and this book only added to my impression that she is one of the best writers out there of romantic fantasy. This book is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, but it departs from the original story much more than her earlier book, Beauty. And don't expect anything like the Disney version - this book is much darker than any children's version although it is marketed as young adult fantasy.

My only complaint about this book is that I wish she had made the unicorns a bigger part of the story. They were such a surprise addition late in the book and I wish she had developed them more. And I also think she tied up the ending a little too quickly - you knew there was going to be a happily-ever-after - but she didn't take the story far enough to actually show it happening.
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Helpful Score: 1
From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up. Gertrude Stein's famous quote, "Rose is a rose is a rose...," is dispelled by McKinley in her second novelization of the tale "Beauty and the Beast." (Beauty was her first novel, published 20 years ago.) Both books have the same plot and elements; what is different is the complexity of matured writing and the patina of emotional experience. Here, she has embellished and embodied the whys, whos, and hows of the magic forces at work. The telling is layered like rose petals with subtleties, sensory descriptions, and shadow imagery. Every detail holds significance, including the character names: her sisters, Jeweltongue and Lionheart; the villagers, Miss Trueword, Mrs. Bestcloth, and Mrs. Words-Without-End. Mannerisms of language and intricacies of writing style are key in this exposition. The convoluted sentences often ramble like a rose and occasionally prick at the smoothness of the pace. Word choices such as feculence, sororal sedition, numen, ensorcell, and simulacrum will command readers' attention. McKinley is at home in a world where magic is a mainstay and, with her passion for roses, she's grafted a fully dimensional espalier that is a tangled, thorny web of love, loyalty, and storytelling sorcery. Fullest appreciation of Rose Daughter may be at an adult level.--Julie Cummins, New York Public Library Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Gr. 6^-12. Almost 20 years after her well-received, award-winning Beauty (1978), McKinley reexplores and reexpands on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. This is not a sequel, but a new novelization that is fuller bodied, with richer characterizations and a more mystical, darker edge. Although the Library of Congress catalogs it in the 398s, the book really belongs on the fiction shelves alongside Beauty. The familiar plot is here, but the slant is quite different, though Beauty's sisters are once again loving rather than hostile as in de Beaumont's original version. A few scenes are reminiscent of Beauty. For example, in the dining room scenes in the castle, Beauty eats but the Beast merely is present: "I am a Beast; I cannot eat like a man." In Rose Daughter, Beauty has an affinity for flower gardening, particularly roses, because of her memories of her deceased mother; it is a talent that serves her in good stead as she nurtures the Beast's dying rose garden. Also, in some nicely done foreshadowing, Beauty suffers from recurring dreams of a long, dark corridor and something--a monster?--waiting for her at the end. Rose Cottage, where Beauty and her family settle after the father's financial downfall, and the nearby town and its residents, as well as the opulence of the Beast's castle and the devastation of his rose garden, are vividly depicted. Among the fantasy elements are a prescient cat, the spirit of the greenwitch who willed Rose Cottage to Beauty's family, unicorns, and preternatural Guardians. There is more background on the Beast in this version, allowing readers to see how he came to be bewitched, and Beauty's choice at the end, a departure from that in Beauty, is just so right. Readers will be enchanted, in the best sense of the word. --Sally Estes
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked McKinley's Beauty better than this retelling, however this is nothing like that one. I was afraid it would be the same story with minor variations, but it really is very different and with a much more evolved writing style (Beauty was her first novel). Definately a good read.
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Trying to describe something as complex and hauntingly beautiful as Rose Daughter is a remarkably hard thing to have to do. It takes your breath away with all the beautiful descriptions. It stays in your thoughts long after you've finished and will leave you wishing for more. Ms. McKinley has really outdone herself here. There is really only one way to describe a book like this...

Enchanting.
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Helpful Score: 1
From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up. Gertrude Stein's famous quote, "Rose is a rose is a rose...," is dispelled by McKinley in her second novelization of the tale "Beauty and the Beast." (Beauty was her first novel, published 20 years ago.) Both books have the same plot and elements; what is different is the complexity of matured writing and the patina of emotional experience. Here, she has embellished and embodied the whys, whos, and hows of the magic forces at work. The telling is layered like rose petals with subtleties, sensory descriptions, and shadow imagery. Every detail holds significance, including the character names: her sisters, Jeweltongue and Lionheart; the villagers, Miss Trueword, Mrs. Bestcloth, and Mrs. Words-Without-End. Mannerisms of language and intricacies of writing style are key in this exposition. The convoluted sentences often ramble like a rose and occasionally prick at the smoothness of the pace. Word choices such as feculence, sororal sedition, numen, ensorcell, and simulacrum will command readers' attention. McKinley is at home in a world where magic is a mainstay and, with her passion for roses, she's grafted a fully dimensional espalier that is a tangled, thorny web of love, loyalty, and storytelling sorcery. Fullest appreciation of Rose Daughter may be at an adult level.--Julie Cummins, New York Public Library Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Gr. 6^-12. Almost 20 years after her well-received, award-winning Beauty (1978), McKinley reexplores and reexpands on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. This is not a sequel, but a new novelization that is fuller bodied, with richer characterizations and a more mystical, darker edge. Although the Library of Congress catalogs it in the 398s, the book really belongs on the fiction shelves alongside Beauty. The familiar plot is here, but the slant is quite different, though Beauty's sisters are once again loving rather than hostile as in de Beaumont's original version. A few scenes are reminiscent of Beauty. For example, in the dining room scenes in the castle, Beauty eats but the Beast merely is present: "I am a Beast; I cannot eat like a man." In Rose Daughter, Beauty has an affinity for flower gardening, particularly roses, because of her memories of her deceased mother; it is a talent that serves her in good stead as she nurtures the Beast's dying rose garden. Also, in some nicely done foreshadowing, Beauty suffers from recurring dreams of a long, dark corridor and something--a monster?--waiting for her at the end. Rose Cottage, where Beauty and her family settle after the father's financial downfall, and the nearby town and its residents, as well as the opulence of the Beast's castle and the devastation of his rose garden, are vividly depicted. Among the fantasy elements are a prescient cat, the spirit of the greenwitch who willed Rose Cottage to Beauty's family, unicorns, and preternatural Guardians. There is more background on the Beast in this version, allowing readers to see how he came to be bewitched, and Beauty's choice at the end, a departure from that in Beauty, is just so right. Readers will be enchanted, in the best sense of the word. --Sally Estes
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What a great book! I read this one, then followed it with Beauty, her first retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. I liked this book much better. I did think she spent some time making it much more in depth, and the details were more vivid. If you have the time and interest, read this one, and Beauty. If not, I'd say this is the better book!
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Another version of Beauty and the Beast by the same author of Beauty. I liked it, although I much prefer the first one.
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Really well-crafted and written fantasy. Enjoyable read.
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very good book - an interesting and surprising twist on a familiar fairy tale!
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Robin Mckinley is always a joy to read. Very good, although not her best. This is her second remake of the fairy tale "beauty and the beast".
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Excellent book. I'm pretty surprised an author wrote a new version of a story she'd already handled before, but she pulled it off quite well. The characters, story, setting, pace, all were quite what I needed. I don't find that McKinley's books 'start in the middle' as some claim. The story builds layers of emotion into the storyline so that when something happens, it not only moves the plot along, but stirs eddies of emotional resonance for the reader. This book is in no big hurry to get anywhere; and I was in no big hurry to finish it. It was a good match for me.
My one quibble is the long drawn out discussions towards the end that sort of wrapped up the main questions and plotline in a way that felt a little hasty for the rest of the book. Well, whatever dreamland McKinley was in, I guess even there were publishing deadlines, lol.
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A definitely grown up fairy tale. An awesome read.
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A sweet retelling of her original, but Beauty will always be my favorite. A little too much emphasis on gardening, I suppose, but the ending was satisfying to me since it focused so heavily on loving someone for who they really are on the inside and not focusing on the outward.

Between Rose Daughter and Beauty, this ending was better.
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Robin McKinley's second take at novelizing the tale of Beauty and the Beast has almost nothing in common with her earlier book, Beauty, other than the basic plot outline. This book is much more complex, harder to understand (some of its original plotlines aren't explained all that well), and not as heart-warming as Beauty. It gets a little too bogged down in the details and symbolism of gardening and the ending is abrupt and a little startling.

It's worth the read if you like fairy tale novels, but not my favorite of McKinley's books.
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A wonderful retelling of "Beauty and the Beast". Not just for Young Adults.
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I enjoyed it, but having read Beauty first, I like Beauty better.
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McKinley has another go at "Beauty and the Beast", after her novel "Beauty". This one darker and more complex, with lots of flowery prose and vivid imagery. So much so that the plot suffers from it - it's rather hard to tell towards the end what's happening. 3 sorcerers, and unicorns, and magical cats, good heavens. The end is the same: Beauty marries the Beast, although in this version one's imagination flinches away from how it's going to work.
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