A sci-fi, near future retelling of Beauty & The Beast (and just in time for the live action release with Emma Watson)!! The idea definitely grabs attention, but sadly for me, it fell a bit flat.
It’s got some lovely writing, and an interesting plot, but what really hinders the book is the lack of world building. Yes, it’s a near future retelling so we don’t need much information; however, no background is given about the history of the use of robots, or what Alain’s father’s deal was with Mr. Lorccan Garbhan. The reader is just sort of thrust into this world, and while you can pick up the plot fairly quickly, their is some confusion is regards to that deal.
Another issue I had, and what made this a DNF for me (I did skim to the end, though), was the fact that Alainn was supposed to take Rose’s (the robot Lorccan ordered Alainn’s father to make) place at Lorccan’s tower. She is supposed to impersonate her AI until her father can finish rebuilding the model he was supposed to make for Lorccan so that he doesn’t go to jail. Instead of acting anything like her AI however, she acts more like a human, and it is hard to suspend belief and accept that Lorccan can’t see through her act.
The romance was sweet (from what I read of it) and it was cute to see it develop, but I would have liked to see the plot and the world building more developed.
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
*I received an arc copy via Netgalley from the author in exchange for an honest review.