So by now it should be common knowledge that I am a rather big (huge) fan of retellings, especially Beauty and the Beast retellings. And an historically accurate one was just too good to pass up. And honestly that cover just screamed “PICK ME UP”
I can appreciate a well written version of any existing tale. And this rendition of Beauty and the Beast is above and beyond. The story is told from the Beast’s Point of View, giving you a glimpse of the turmoil and isolation that the curse brought. The emotive language will sweep you up in this journey of finding love and overcoming fear.
I want to compliment the author on the cultural impact of the French Landscape that is included in this story. It definitely brought new depth to a familiar tale. The significance of this cannot be overstated as it directly impacts the way certain characters behave. Keeping in mind what a woman’s role in society was and how we were expected to act deeply impacts the female characters behaviour. Do not expect to find a modern feminism character in this book, these characters are already pushing the boundaries of proper societal behaviour.
I also appreciated the high level English with interluding French of the novel, as it brought the essence of the era to life. The tone and register of this novel brings back fond memories of the classics. I can easily envision a pride and prejudice setting with great landscapes with all the light and magic the setting has to offer.
My only critique would be that most of the story happens toward the end of the book and that at times the character development was a bit stretched. This however can be completely justified by the historic setting.
But overall a great read for any adult who would love the classic tale in an appropriate read setting.
A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast’s side of the story at long last.
I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.
I am the Beast.
The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.
My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.
My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.
And now I might lose her forever.
Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast’s heart.
If you had to live in a particular fairytale which one would it be? Let me know in the comments.