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.
I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Wow oh wow. I was hooked from page one. I have talked about my penchant for fairytale retellings before, especially Beauty and the Beast, so I guessed I would love it but honestly I had no idea how much.
It’s a spin on the familiar, with bits I recognise from the more traditional tales, to bits that seem more akin to the Disney movie 💙. Either way, it is refreshing and gorgeous to hear Beast’s side of the story. I think I want a Beast of my own! He is gentle and kind and considerate. I like the way he was coming back to himself somewhat as well, at the start.
Isabeau is not your typical Belle, but she is just as kind and thoughtful and sweet. Her relationship with the Beast is truly heart warming – a friendship first and foremost, with an evermore “something there that wasn’t there before”. (Sorry!! Couldn’t help myself).
Her family are lovely too, though I wish we got to see a little more about her fathers progression through the year. Her sisters in particular growing through the year are just so lovely.
For a girl that doesn’t like romance stories, this is a perfect way to read one, because while they’re there and they’re prominent, they’re not the point of the story. The friendship and the characters growth is. And that felt refreshing and honest to the story.
The language used is lovely too. It’s a slow story in some ways. Not dragging, just not rushed. Taking the time to tell the story well. I’m not sure everyone will appreciate that but I did.
Honestly I think I’d give this more than 5 stars ⭐️ if I could. Now I’m going to go away and try and get rid of all the feels this book left me with!! 😂💙