Synopsis: A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself. I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both. I am the Beast. He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation. Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .
Author: Leife Shallcross
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Published: February 12, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much again to Berkley Publishing (Imprint of Penguin Publishing) for giving me an ARC of this beautiful book!
This book is a retelling of the classic, Beauty and the Beast and it is told on the POV of the beast. I loved how the beast’s POV is very melancholic and heartfelt. The beast that the author wrote in this book is very different from the movie. I got an insight on his heart, as the title says, and how he sees Isabeau in a whole new light from the traditional ‘she’s sho beautiful I love her now’ kind of way. The story is fairly similar to what we know from the classic story and the film but it has a deeper background story to the characters. Furthermore, the beast is longing for friendship and love in this book and it’s pretty obvious that he longs for a family as well.
The romance is the same as the classic yet different in terms of how it was written. We don’t know what Isabeau is thinking but what she says to the beast makes his heart melt. Suffice to say, she’s got him wrapped around her finger all throughout the book and the beast is very much taken with her. The classic story is there and there isn’t a huge twist which is probably why I cab’t consider this book as a perfect one. It’s the same as the classic except for the beast’s heart and how his relationship with Isabeau progresses.
I highly recommend this book to fans of The Bear and the Nightingale because of the writing style and Beauty and the Beast of course. You will definitely love this if you enjoy books with a classic type of writing style as well as fantasy retellings that are more mature in writing style as well as storyline which is like The Bear and the Nightingale series.