Beauty of the Beast – Rachel L. Demeter | Book Review*

 

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…

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

It’s a retelling! who doesn’t love those! The moment I read the blurb and it mentioned

“Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera”

I. Was. Sold

What I loved about it

Although this is a retelling I never felt like I was reading the same story yet again. It even had suspense and unexpected plot twists which are always a surprise with a retelling.

Very little happens for a large part of the book whilst we explore the characters feelings for one another. This should make for a really boring book, but it doesn’t. The dialogue and character POV flowed, add in some “steamy” scenes and it was a very enjoyable read.

What I loathed about it

One thing, and one thing only. This being a Beauty and the Beast retelling, obviously it’s set in France, you’d expect there to be some French in the book and I have no issues with that, however I did find the phrase Mon Dieu overused to the point of annoyance, sorry, it just made me cringe every time after a while :/

Thoughts

A steamy and enjoyable retelling of a classic fairytale. I look forward to finding out what story Rachel will tackle next.

When and where can you get it

You can purchase Beauty of the Beast on Amazon* today

* Book provided FOC in exchange for an honest and fair review

20 Comments

  1. May 28, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites. I’m totally reading this

  2. May 28, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I’ve never heard of a retelling genre, how interesting! I LOL’d at what you loathed, it would have annoyed me too! C’est la vie 🙂

  3. May 29, 2017 / 5:27 am

    It seems so obvious yet I hadn’t even thought about reading it! Great summer read!

  4. Halley Wright
    May 29, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of this version, thanks for sharing your review! Beauty and the beast is my favorite Disney story, I’m kind of interested in reading this now.

  5. June 2, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Ooh I love beauty and the beast, I might need to read this it sounds like an exciting retelling! xo

  6. June 20, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    so glad I came across this review, I’ve been meaning to get something to read while I’m stuck at home trying to stay cool in this brutal NYC heat. This book will be my companion 😀
    anything disney related has my heart instantly 😛

  7. June 20, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Sounds like a great read- I’ll have to give it a try for sure!

  8. June 21, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Never heard of this before, but looks interesting. I might leave it for a while since I watched the movie not too long ago, I don’t know if I will OD on beauty and the beast ?

  9. June 21, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of this version before so might have to look out for it in future! I loved the film recently so love anything beauty and the beast at the moment! Sounds like a good read x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  10. June 21, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    I absolutely love Beauty and The Beast! I would’ve thought the story was just a “retelling” and would’ve never thought to get it to read, but now I’m very intrigued ? Thank you for your honest review, tons of positive vibes your way.

  11. June 21, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my childhood favorite fairy tales! I definitely need to check this version out! Thank you for your input on the book!

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart
    http://www.tinasweetheart.com

  12. June 21, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Very Interesting & Great Review! My children really love Beauty and the Beast (novel and movie).

  13. June 21, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get back to reading, but haven’t had a chance. Will add this to my list.

  14. June 21, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I love how you’ve done a review of this but not gave anything away! It sounds like a great read and I’m such a massive fan of phantom of the opera! Will have to add to my reading list x

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  15. June 22, 2017 / 1:23 am

    I so want to read this now… it’s so true- who doesn’t love a re-telling? especially a steamy one 🙂

  16. June 22, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourites. I would definitely want to read this to see how they portray it.

  17. June 26, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I’m so excited to check this book out! I absolutely love retellings of fairy tales, I”m a bit obsessed.

  18. July 14, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Ohh great review! I might just have to check it out hehe

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