Ensnared. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars.

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast 

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.


Crazy Beauty and the Beast retelling.

This was a very odd Beauty and the Beast retelling with a bunch of AI Robots. Very anti-Lunar Chronicles. The Beast of Lor, lives in a tower which seems more like a skyscraper without windows. The inside is all screens where anything can be displayed in high definition to look like it is real but it isn’t. It can look like windows looking out on a Paris street or the walls can look like they have works of art and lovely paintings, or the balcony can look like it has a nice little garden.

Alain moves in with Lor after he buys the Patent rights from her father to an AI robot her father created and has been delaying the release on. The robot is based on Alain so has her face, body and voice but is not yet ready and her father will go to jail if the robot is not delivered. The Robot AI can build another to replace it within about 10 days so it has Alain take her place and has a plan to switch them when it is ready.

The really odd thing though is the reason he is beastly. I won’t give away spoilers, but you know from early on that he is either a germaphobe or has some sort of auto-immune disease. You pretty much suspect he is a Howard Hughes type germaphobe, though not peeing in jars or anything, but a recluse and very clean and afraid of germs. But he is also scarred. So how he became scarred, I think could have been a much more interesting story.

Though it does have an original story and there are times when it is very funny. So overall it was a good book. I just think it was missing some explanations.

“I thought you were supposed to have an adult level of maturity,” he said, looking down at her.
Not at all liking how he was towering over her, she stood and crossed her arms. “I’m learning my maturity from you. I’m pretty sure that the silent treatment is something humans usually stop doing at age twelve.”


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