Review of The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

2 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie so I was very excited to read this retelling of such a classic tale.  This book is told from the beast’s perspective and I’m sorry but was I the only one getting creeped out? Getting to hear all of his isolating thoughts and getting to hear the whole story from his side while he is in the beast’s body were honestly a little disturbing.  I feel like this book should have came with some trigger warnings as it is targeted towards a younger audience but it’s almost as if the pretty cover draws you in and you think this is going to be a happy retelling of the romance between them.  It’s really not.

The only thing this book really had going for it was the magical aspects and the author’s wording when describing things.  It really brought the story alive and made you picture the story vividly and in detail.  There were times I felt like it was drawn on and a little overly descriptive but then it would pick back up and move on to something else.

Honestly having read many retellings of The Beauty and the Beast I was very disappointed with this one.  Definitely one of the darkest retellings I’ve ever read and I don’t think this should be aimed at such a young audience.

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