"Beauty and the Beast has always been a story about looking beyond appearances (among other themes), but this version extends that far beyond the original scope. Neither Alys nor Grace nor even the rosebush are what they originally appear. While there is a romantic relationship, it’s not the one you expect. Not everyone earns forgiveness, or a happily ever after."
"I was first sucked in by the beautiful world Jones created. Everything has a plushness with an underlying fragility. Every page was a new exploration into a complicated set of characters and a world where magic felt so real I could practically smell the roses."
"In this book, the author does a great job of portraying the exhaustion and lack of space that can be caused by a toxic relationship: the way someone has to be pacified, the emotional energy that goes into keeping them pleased, the constant, unrelenting, but not overtly cruel encroachment into one's personal time, space, and agency."
"[R]ather than fairy-tale romance of men’s animal nature being tamed we get a fairy-tale mystery which covers romance, intrigue and also women deciding to be true to themselves. The romance here is the emotional beats left unsaid until the last minute and they really pack a punch."