August 07, 2020

#BookReview: The Beast's Heart by @leioss






Synopsis: 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.
 


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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: Although this was sold to the US as an adult fantasy. I say that it is closer to a young adult one.  I loved every second of this amazing debut! The was a beautifully written retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  I loved how it was all in the beasts POV as it really allowed us to feel what he was feeling.  


The flow of the story was wonderful.  I loved how the story felt as old as time but the wording used was more modern and it worked so well.  There was no real danger in this story which was kind of weird.  No Gaston to deal with, no village with pitchforks or fires, etc.    

My only issue with this one was towards the end.  When the beast of course is dying away and Isabellu (that is so spelled wrong) races back to save him it just felt very anti-climatic.  I wished that this story would have had more danger within the story.  







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Praise for The Beast’s Heart
“A vividly written, emotional text.”—Entertainment Weekly 

“Poetical, imaginative, and inventive.”—New York Journal of Books 

“What a delight! This is a beautifully crafted, deeply romantic reworking of the fairy tale.”—Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim series 

“A lush retelling of my favorite fairytale classic. Beautiful, poignant, and enchanting...Leife Shallcross’s Beast shines.”—C. L. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Sea King

“Glorious....retells Beauty and the Beast in a compelling and surprising novel filled with peril, darkness, romance and beauty.”—Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl

“Utterly beautiful....Gorgeous writing, magical romance at its best.”—Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

"Leife Shallcross weaves her words like a fairytale enchantment....like nothing you've read.”—Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings

About the Author

Leife Shallcross lives at the foot of a mountain in Canberra, Australia, with her family and a small, scruffy creature that snores. She is the author of several short stories, including "Pretty Jennie Greenteeth," which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story. The Beast's Heart is her first novel.









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