“‘There is always a way to break a curse.'”
Okay, so, Beauty and the Beast is quite possibly my favourite fairy tale of all time, and I was nervous going into this reimagining because I badly wanted it to do the original tale justice.
I was not disappointed.
Told from the perspective of the Beast, we see the intricate details of what makes people fall in love with who a person is rather than how they look. The Beast attempts to clumsily charm Isabeau into falling in love with him, in an utterly devoted, love-stricken account that saddened my soul. Leife Shallcross writes so beautifully. The imagery in this novel is captivating, and the deep description of rose gardens, and forests, and chateau rooms, really brings the setting to life.
Although this proved to be unnecessary; initially I thought that there would not be an adequate amount of plot to truly be entertained with, therefore the careful use of semantics, descriptives, verbs, nouns, similes, would be required. The novel has this, and more.
The addition of the sisters was a smart choice. Adding the activity and romances of Isabeau’s sister’s, Marie and Claude, gave the story a little something extra so the reader doesn’t get bored with the long process of winning Isabeau over.
The story unfolds at a slow and steady paced; nothing is rushed, and I was enchanted. The author wrote like everyday with the Beast and Isabeau was crucial, and held a turn in each encounter.
Overall, the story was enthralling, utterly magical, with unimpeachable romance, lighting up the dark, murky corners of the Beast’s nature with it’s personal hope.
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.