Published by Createspace Independent Pub on March 15, 2017
Series: Fairy Tale Retellings #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Gothic, retelling, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Author
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.
Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.
Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. 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.
Beauty of the Beast is the first book in the new adult Fairy Tale retellings series by Rachel Demeter. I loved Beauty of the Beast. Totally and completely loved this book. I have been really into retellings lately, and this is a great one. The blurb claims it is “Perfect for fans of <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> and <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i>” and I can totally see that! This is a dark and gothic retelling, so it is not going to be light and fluffy, but it is so heartbreakingly romantic. I just loved seeing Isabelle and Adam.
Isabelle is taking care of her sick father and Adam is a Prince and also the sole survivor of a raid on his castle when he was younger. He now lives in seculsion and when Isabelle and her father happen upon his castle she trades herself to save her father and that is really where our story starts. This story made me super emotional. Both happy and sad emotions. There are two events that took place that really gutted me. View Spoiler »When Isabelle’s father dies at the start of the story! At the start! and when the dog stranger was shot. I’m sorry, but there is never any reason to kill a dog! It is a testament to how much I loved the rest of the story if I still gave it five stars when a dog died. That is normally the kiss of death for me. #isthatweird « Hide Spoiler But still, I loved the writing and the characters and the rest of the story so much that I still gave this book five stars! Which is really big for me if you know what one of the things was. That is normally a huge no-no for me in books/tv shows/movies. But Beauty of the Beast was good enough that I made an exception in this case.
I’m not sure who was more wounded and who I felt for more in the story. Adam and Isabelle really are kindred souls. Adam with his obvious hardship and past and Isabelle with her awful fiance and dealing with family issues. Watching them come together and form a slow friendship and even slower romance was so sweet and satisfying.
I really loved the slow burn romance in Beauty of the Beast. If you like retellings that take the bones of the tale and tell a really strong story with the basic plot, you will love Beauty of the Beast. Rachel doesn’t do anything too radical with the storyline and it feels pretty true to the original but she does do a really cool mash up beauty and the beast and the phantom of the opera. The end result is a great slow burn romance with a tortured hero and a really likable heroine. I devoured this story in one sitting! This is a fantastic retelling. I can’t wait to read more from Rachel. This is a book you do not want to miss, and it is one sale right now for preorders!5 Star #Review! Beauty of the Beast by @RachelLDemeter is a @BookBriefs top pick of 2017! see why and enter the #Giveaway! #GothicRomance #Retelling Click To Tweet
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Oh my GOD, that cover is absolutely stunning! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed this book 🙂 Thanks for the lovely giveaways!
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Awesome review!! I was already excited to read this one, now I definitely have to start it this weekend. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I’m SO happy to see you loved this! Especially since I’m starting it tonight, YAY! Here’s hoping I love it as much as you! 🙂
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This sounds very good! Plus it’s has the Beauty and The Beast retelling. Great review, Michelle. 🙂
Great review! I have this book and started too read it but have not finished it yet, but so for I am really loving the book I am almost half way done with it. But I have been really busy these couple of weeks too finished it hopefully I can finished reading it soon! Thank you so much for the awesome post.
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie so I am glad that you really enjoyed this book and found that this was a good retelling of the story. I am absolutely excited to read this book and this was a great review! 🙂