Published by Hodder & Stoughton on May 3rd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult
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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.
This is a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. A tale this is so familiar that I think I could tell the story myself. Yet The Beast’s Heart manages to be so captivating and so new that it will pull you in and make you turn each page with delight.
So many retellings have been told from Belle’s point of view that it is so refreshing to have the story told from his point of view. To hear his thoughts and reactions. To see his inner turmoils and struggles as he goes through each day. I just wanted to take the beast and give him a big hug. To let him know that he would be okay and that he would get through it all.
This was a fab retelling that manages to avoid some of the problems of the original tale. I loved the origins of the curse for this tale. And Isabeau’s fathers health. I loved that the story was simplified and the attitude each person has. Determined, thoughtful and kind. The tale feels like an entirely new story.
This is a tale that will make your heart quicken and your imagination run wild as each page is beautifully presented to you. I can promise that you will fall in love with this tale over and over again. This is a tale that is as old as time.
The Beast’s Heart is a gorgeously written tale, that has a wonderful level of magic and romance and will sweep you off your feet into the midst of the story.