Young Adult - Mythology/Fairy Tale
27 Pages
Reviewed on 03/05/2018
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Author Biography

Once upon a Super Blue Wolf Moon, Lori R. Lopez was born along the side of a dead-end street that led to a small red cottage with a purple and yellow door. Inside the quaint house, she found a closet filled with exceptional hats. Every hat she tried on made her act in a different manner, usually odd and untoward, occasionally inside-out with the tags of her clothing visible. One day, a mouse named Twinklenose crawled up her leg and tugged at her elbow. “Beware the Tinderfooted Frumplebee!” whispered the rodent. “She loves to sting little girls who try on her hats!”

Lori was quite a bit frightened and scurried from the dwelling hastily as she might while balancing an armful of stacked headwear. An alarming hum rose behind her, but she never looked back and continued to run until she reached a Thumbtack Store with a Help Wanted sign in the window. The shopkeeper offered the waif a position pushing thumbtacks into bulletin boards. She said no thanks. Her dream had always been to write fairytales. And nursery rhymes. And other sorts of quirky literary pursuits. She is doing exactly that to this day, I imagine. If you should bump into her on a dead-end street and the moon is Blue and Full, larger than ordinary, remember to tip your hat and wish her a Happy Birthday. Please do not sing it as she is allergic to redundant songs and high-pitched or low-pitched or in-betweenly-pitched notes.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite

Beauty by Lori R. Lopez is about a family's ordinary pit stop gone terribly different. The Aches, who are on their way to see the Grand Canyon, had to make an urgent stop after traveling for hours. They had no choice but to go for the gas station and diner with a peculiar attraction. Having read that the attraction is about a beautiful sleeping girl in a glass box, Rose - the teenager of the family - convinced her father to buy tickets for viewing. However, what they discover about the sleeping beauty is more for books of horror than for fairy tale ones.

The story of Beauty may be short, but it keeps you hooked until the very last word. Lori R. Lopez has a way with words that grabs and holds readers' attention consistently all throughout the novel. The author also has this ability to get the desired reaction from readers. The characters, most especially the Aches and the relationship between each of them, are like the sprinkles on top. They didn't overpower the story line, but they made everything colorful. The Aches were, of course, made to be more than normal, but Lopez was able to write them in a way that they could still be relatable.

As for the mood, the balance between humor and the more sinister side was just right. It is usually difficult to make humor and horror merge successfully with each other, but Beauty is a cool exception. What's cooler is that underneath all of this, there's still a lesson to be learned and a realization to think about. Lori Lopez's Beauty is an awesome read. It's funny, dark and twisted, but still suitable for teens.