Monday, February 11, 2019

Book Review: The Beast's Heart by: Leife Shallcross

Release Date: February 12, 2019
from Berkley
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

Beauty and the Beast is pretty much my all-time favorite story. It’s been my favorite basically my whole life. I always jump on Beauty and the Beast retellings and I have to say this one delivered. 

With all the Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve read, I don’t think I’ve ever read one that was told from the Beast’s point of view and I found that it was a refreshing perspective. It’s interesting to see how he has coped with his solitude and just how unhappy it made him. It’s also interesting to really see behind the mask and see his motivations. I did like though that in this case the Beast gave Isabeau much more choice than in other iterations and she really wasn’t much of a prisoner in this tale. I think that makes a whole world of difference. I mean, he’s not perfect, but he is much more desperation driven in his actions here.

This story definitely moves at a very slow pace, but it’s still enchanting and very much a fairy tale. But for readers who crave action, this is not the story for you. It’s a slow story that takes its time with the reader and really relies on the reader knowing the story to begin with. Because being in the Beast’s head you know he is cursed and so you lose that mystery of the Beauty discovering the curse. It’s much more about the characters and watching them grow together. I will say, with the slow pace and it not being all that short of a book, I think it could have done without some of the secondary storyline of Isabeau’s family. We spend a lot of time with the Beast dropping in on them in his magic mirror and I think in this case less of that would have helped move the story along a bit faster. But overall, I liked the slow and almost lyrical pace of the story.

All in all, The Beast’s Heart was a good retelling. This is definitely a read for those who love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling.

2 comments:

  1. I love B&B retellings as well. And I've read a few. I'll check this one out on GR. And by the way, I love the cover!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

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  2. Beauty & the Beast of my fav too, Teresa! And a retelling from the Beast's POV? Refreshing, indeed! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I'm off to add it to my tbr. ;)

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