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Book – Beast (A Tale of Love and Revenge)
Author – Lisa Jensen
Genre – YA Fairytale Retelling
Publisher – Candlewick Press
Release Date – 10 July 2018
Oh, my word! I cannot believe I forgot how much I love the Beauty and the Beast tale.
This one was better in my opinion, more real and honest, in a sense. There is still magic and enchantments to this tale of love and beauty. Yet, in this one, the curse runs deeper than you will initially think.
The writing style is practical and enticing at the same time. Although it takes a while for the story to start completely, setting the scene and foundation, it is worth the read. Also, the plot twists are great, if not a bit predictable. There are some changes, but the essence of the Beauty and the Beast story is alive in this retelling.
Lucie is a wonder-filled character at the beginning; innocent, sweet and naive. She grows up and gets strong and proud as we read further. This makes her the protagonist. (I don’t want to spoil this, so that’s all I’m saying).
Also, Beast – what a difference from the start to the end. I was so infuriated at one point, thinking this will end in disaster, without Lucie getting her prince. (Oh, the spoilers!)
And Jean-Loup – he’s the villain you will love to hate for sure…
Get this book, read it and enjoy the classic tale with some spins and improvements. This story will be better suited to older readers and there is a bit of a dark beginning that sensitive readers (toward rape) might need to be aware of. Other than that, no spoilers, I’m for sure going to keep supporting Lisa in her writing journey. This was a great read!
My favourite quotes:
“That’s the sort of story folk love – a clear moral, a happy ending. It comforts them to think the barriers between virtue and evil, love and hate, beauty and beast, are so clearly defined. The tempest of emotions that roil in our hearts every day, the struggle that never ends to master the monsters within, to love, to live, to survive, those stories are not so comforting, nor so easily told. Happily ever after takes hard work, but folk don’t like to hear about that.”
“The heart is a dark wood – dangerous, compelling, and profound. Its pathways can be frightening, but only by plunging into its depths are we fully alive.”
“The heart revels in its mysteries. Defy them at your peril. Embrace them if you dare. That is where magic begins.”