I did enjoy this. Nice, fairly clean romance. I would have liked it a little more had there been a little more steam. Nice set-up at the beginning, I would have liked more in the middle once Ana got to the castle. I did like the ending, it didn't feel rushed like the middle of the book felt. I did really like that Alistair truly saw Ana as his equal. While Ana was very sheltered, she was quick to stand up for herself.
This would be appropriate for older teens.
For Ripped Bodice Bingo, I'm using this for the Fairy Tale Retelling square.
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It starts like the Disney movie but the ending is different. I liked it--a lot! The main characters are there but there are additional characters who flesh out the story and add dimensions that were not there before. The back story is told more and the characters learn through their flaws and errors. Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series. One for the keeper shelf.