Beauty of the Beast ★★★★★

4.5 stars 

“Nutrisco et extinguo. I nourish the good and extinguish the evil.”

This book was adorable. Unconsciously I’ve been reading a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings and that’s probably because the movie comes out soon (or already has come out). I will say that I hated the beginning and there will definitely be some trigger warnings at the end of this review because I feel like some of the stuff in this book will affect certain people.

*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*

Goodreads summary:

Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

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.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

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.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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.

My review: 

Okay so I took a lot of notes for this book and I’m probably going to talk about each point that I made. I did feel like this book had elements of Cinderella in the beginning but after a while, those elements faded away.

So first, I loved the main character. She was a strong main character and she took no one’s shit. She would be an amazing role model for any young child because of her values and the way she tries to protect her family no matter what they put her through. Just like in the original Beauty and the Beast, Rose never suffers from Stockholm syndrome and that was a really good thing. The main character was never supposed to suffer from it and if Rose had then the entire book would have become something else entirely.

Now I have nothing against insta love because it is something that happens every day. People get crushes and sometimes it goes further. What I have a problem with is when it becomes so unrealistic that it seems forced and doesn’t connect the reader to the characters. Because of all this, I was incredibly happy that the love story in this book was a realistic form of “insta love.” I mean, if they fall in love within one book, isn’t it basically insta love? I mean I’m not sure but this book has a realistic love story and it creates a connection between the reader and the characters.

So I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Beauty and the Beast because this is a really good re-telling! I will say, as before that there are trigger warnings such as abuse, sexual assault, and violence. This book is definatly for older readers, if not only because of the topics covered but because of the sex scenes. Everyone can make their own decisions about what they read though because only they know what they are comfortable reading about.

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