Beauty of the Beast
by Rachel Demeter
Book: Fairy Tale Retelling #1
Publisher: Rachel Demeter
Pub Date: March 2017
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.
My Review: I love a good retelling! Especially if it's on one of my favorites.
Prince Adam has hidden from the world. He's led everyone to believe he died with his family. While in fact, he's hidden away in his home with just the ghosts from the past to help the days pass. His humanity is nearly gone, hes disfigured, never had the childhood he expected, and frankly is just waiting to take his last breath.
But then Isabelle and her dad show up at his castle and she was able to hit his last piece of humanity. So he lets them in the castle and they are all safe from the storm. It isn't long before her dad does something to anger Adam. He tosses Isabelle's dad in the dungeon. That on top of a beat from Isabelle's past, she really doesn't have the strength to fight back when Adam makes her stay.
Soon things get better. They start to interact, from talking to slowing growing that connection they have, which will blossom in a way you didn't plan on.
This really was a unique retelling, with a big focus on dark, light, happiness, pain, etc. Its beautifully written and a story won't forget. I have read many retellings, and I either love it or hate it fairly quickly. This one is definitely in top of my retellings list.