Ensnared by Rita Stradling
Genres/Themes: Sci-fi, Retelling, Romance, New Adult
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This was a very interesting take on Beauty & The Beast. I am very glad I read it. Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]
It was awesome reading the story where the beast isn’t actually turned into an animal and he doesn’t kidnap her. He isn’t an asshole to her– at all. So, all around it started as a decently healthy relationship, until you remember he thinks she is a robot…. that is a bit weird, but somehow I feel it is better than a woman falling in love with a part-animal, also there is a part in the book where a scientist remarks about pheromones or something about humans always unconsciously knowing when they are with another human sooooo…… not as creepy?
The biggest missing piece? World-building!
I had no idea what century we were in or how advance society was or in what ways robots were being used. Somethings were weird….like Lor’s building (also, how does he get food???). Mentioning that people’s jobs would be replaced by androids, but besides Rose, the others seem very basic… how far along are those? what other work do those androids do regularly? Why the switch???
So many questions about this world–seriously.
The romance part, as I mentioned was a bit weird because of the robot aspect, but the slow build up was nice. No one was in love at first sight.
I would recommend this book to people who like Beauty & The Beast and to those who like romance.