Beauty of the Beast
Rachel L. Demeter
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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.
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Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Dark historical romance
Beauty of the Beast is a realistic historical fairy tale retelling. I’ll let you figure out which fairy tale. 😉
From the start I was lost in this epic tale. The setting (though over described for this particular readers tastes) was epic and beautiful. The heroine kind and caring. The hero, beyond damaged. And the villain? Just when you loathe him beyond imagination, the author gives you a taste of his backstory and you almost don’t hate him as much. Almost.
It was fun to read this book and compare events and scenes to the Disney version, at times they were nearly identical, but at other times they were brand new. I much preferred the brand new, because it was something… new!
I loved the backstory of Prince Adam, how he was forced to watch his family murdered, how he was burned and badly disfigured. It was at times TOO well described. Leaving me feeling a little sick. (I mean that in the best way.)
I honestly didn’t care as much for Isabelle, I’m not sure if it was her use of Mon Dieu all the time or what. But something about her kept me from fully connecting. She was well developed, so I think its just me. Isabelle and I probably just wouldn’t be good friends if she was a real person.
Raphael, the villain, is a selfish, arrogant, drunken jackass. I was absolutely repulsed by him. I couldn’t believe Isabelle would ever have agreed to marry him, no matter how dire her situation. In other words, he was a great villain.
I liked that Demeter also added in a couple of “wicked step-sisters” for Isabelle. It was a nice touch, one of those changes from the Disney version that I appreciated.
The love story built slowly. So slowly that I can’t really pinpoint the moment their relationship turned into “something more”.
I would recommend this for fans of sweeping epic historical romances. Those looking for the magic and wonder typically found in a fairy tale will be disappointed that there are no evil witches and curses. A word of warning though, this book gets very dark in a few places.
Being my favourite fairytale ever and with the new film adaptation that just came out recently, it seems that looking for all things Beauty and the Beast has become my current obsession (if not always). And picking up this book is definitely a great decision.
Rachel L. Demeter had managed to come up with a brilliant twist to the dark original story of Beauty and the Beast, and I can’t get enough! the writing was so enchanting I can’t help being totally invested in the story. Beauty of the Beast has got to be one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever came through. If not for the fact that my friends keep on dragging me out, saying that “I need to live,” I would’ve probably finished this book a lot sooner. The characters and their development had also earned themselves extra points. I really enjoy watching the main characters grow from perfect strangers to start caring for each other.
Overall, this book deserves a 5 perfect stars. That’s all I’m going to say.
Fantastic retelling but heed warnings
With the sudden popularity of fairy tale retellings and the wildly divergent results of those retellings, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Rachel L. Demeter's Beauty of the Beast. This was the first book I've read by Ms. Demeter, after all. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Ms. Demeter has taken this popular fairy tale and made it her own, whilst making it clearly recognizable.
Prince Adam Delacroix is horrifically scarred and a recluse. He hides in the ruins of his family's castle, having witnessed their brutal murder. Isabelle is kind-hearted and would do anything for her ill and blind father. When a storm forces her and her father to take shelter in his castle, it is only a matter of time for Isabelle and Adam to clash - and eventually, for them to fall in love.
Ms. Demeter makes it clear from the opening pages that this is not a book for the faint of heart as the opening scene is the one that scars Adam. Whilst he is the beast in outward form, I would also argue that the villain of this piece serves as the beast, given his actions. Heed the warnings provided in the blurb!
As a testament to Ms. Demeter's writing, all of her characters are complex, including the villain. As horrific of a person as he is, I couldn't help but feel a tiny bit bad for him. While the plot line is familiar, the author tackles it with aplomb and draws the reader into the world she creates. Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to reading Ms. Demeter's future works.