Title: Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)
Author: Rachel L. Demeter
Genres: Romance, Fantasy
Release Day: March 15th 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Hope is a beautiful and magical thing. Grasp it tight, monsieur, and never let go.”
Oh my what a book! I don’t read a lot of retellings but as of late I’ve read more than ever, if one of them is good you give the genre a chance and all that – and this one was by far the best I’ve read lately and it came at a perfect time since the movie is coming out. The Beauty and the Beast is a classic and a favorite, plus I loved the author’s previous book so I jumped right in and I loved it.
“For so long, I’ve lived as if I’d died. I’ve forgotten how it fees to be alive, to breathe fresh air and feel the sun on my face.”
The story starts with a brief glimpse of Prince Adam’s past and how he became reclusive and how he was left alone. Orphaned as a child, and having gone through a terrible time, he stays in his castle away from the public eye. Flash forward, we see Isabelle living with her sick Papa, and her 2 step sisters who are unbearable. She is forced to become engaged with a truly horrible person so as to ensure her father receives the best possible health care.
Until an opportunity arrises for her merchant father to make some money and she seizes the opportunity to run away and with her father and build a new life. But she doesn’t take into account the terrible snowstorm and how seriously sick her father is so in the middle of a storm she seeks shelter at a castle that seems abandoned.
“Once upon a time, in a very far-off country, there lived a merchant who had been fortunate in all his undertakings…”
The story is so beautifully written with rich descriptions and it flows so eloquently that it was impossible to put it down even though – and that was the one thing it took a while for me to get used to – it had very little dialogue. Each chapter had beautiful but long descriptions and monologues that sometimes I had to go back a few lines and re-read but that was so minor and mostly just my issue which I loved after a few chapters.
“When his youngest daughter was little, everybody admired her and called her ‘the little Beauty’ so that, as she grew up, she still went by the name of Beauty, which made her sisters very jealous…”
The romance is a slow burn and the characters and deep and slowing developing with each chapter, we get multiple POVs – from the 3rd person – so the story creates a nice atmosphere that involves so many different characters each one with a unique voice and a unique personality that adds to the dark theme and the complexity of the story. I loved how easy it was to read but also how captivating it was without being too much. If retellings are your thing then this is a great read – if you’re thinking about exploring the genre, this should definitely be on your list.
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about the author
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing dark, poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.