This was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a new take on both "Beauty," who she is clearly not, and the reasons for the Beast and the enchanted house. Bryony has the most abominable sense of humor and an amusing grasp of the absurd. I found myself laughing many times at her too-weirded-out-to-freak calm/amused responses to both the awful and the incomprehensible. The beast was more boar than bear at times, though he specifically had bear paws, and was far more sweet than his situation would normally create. The two sisters were mostly caricatures, but were still amusing for their plot leverage and comparisons to our heroine.
I picked it up because I just met Ursula Vernon and wanted to read one of her "adult" novels. (Yeah, it has some titillation and some grossness, but any girl past Arrows's Flight will be fine.) I recommend it to AmazonMink for the absurdity of it all.