Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review: Beauty Of The Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by: Rachel L. Demeter

Release Date: March 15, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic


Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.


Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.


Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

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Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.

Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18."

My Thoughts:

I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan. It's my favorite movie and I'm obsessed with anything slightly related to it. So obviously I was immediately drawn to it the moment Michele (A Belle's Tales) introduced me to it. This was a really enjoyable twist on one of my favorite stories and I liked the slight Phantom of the Opera vibe it had too. That is another one of my very favorite stories.

Isabelle and Adam are both really great characters. They have both been through hell and through fate they find one another. They both have a very dark past and grow a lot over the course of the book. They both broke my heart, but I loved watching them grow to love one another. Adam in particular grows a ton over the course of the book and really becomes the person he always had the potential to be. Clearly, I adored him.

This book moves at a slow pace, but it's a good slow pace. It's the kind of book you pull back piece by piece and the romance is such a slow burn. Also, the setting will pull you in and you will get lost in the pages of this book.

Beauty of the Beast was a good read and one Beauty and the Beast fans won't want to miss. It's a dark take on one of my favorite fairy tales and I really enjoyed Adam and Isabelle's story.


  1. Nice review! I keep debating about this one! I think I was misguided by the first review I read, the rest have been mixed. Overall it seems like this one might be a good read, but for now I think I'll keep it on the backburner as I look for more reviews!

  2. I loved reading this book with you and discussing all things Adam and Isabelle. I'm so happy you enjoyed this story! Completely agree with you about Adam's growth and the slow burn. I'm spoiled now; I wish every book we read could be read together. I love this wonderful review, and I love you.

  3. Wow, this does sound good and that cover is stunning. I LOVE the thorns and roses and the dark vibe...

  4. I'm always iffy when it comes to retellings and Idk how I feel about a slow pace read, but I'm glad you enjoyed this book nonetheless.


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