The Beast's Heart

The Beast's Heart

Leife Shallcross / Dec 15, 2019

The Beast s Heart A sumptuously magical brand new take on a tale as old as time read the Beast s side of the story at long last I am neither monster nor man yet I am both I am the Beast The day I was cursed to this wr

  • Title: The Beast's Heart
  • Author: Leife Shallcross
  • ISBN: The Beast's Heart
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  • Page: 416
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  • A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time read the Beast s side of the story at long last.I am neither monster nor man yet I am both.I am the Beast.The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved although it did not feel so at the time.My redemption sprung from contemptible roots I am not proud of what I did the day her father A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time read the Beast s side of the story at long last.I am neither monster nor man yet I am both.I am the Beast.The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved although it did not feel so at the time.My redemption sprung from contemptible roots I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.My Isabeau She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart she taught me how to be human again.And now I might lose her forever.Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast s heart Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 416 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Berkley first published May 3rd 2018 More Details Original Title The Beast s Heart ISBN 0440001773 ISBN13 9780440001775 Edition Language English Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Beasts Heart, please sign up Popular Answered Questions AHHH When will this be available for pre order on Im dying to get a copy of this like 9 months ago Add your answer Leife Shallcross Hey Kelsey, I m guessing you re in the US Not sure yet Stay tuned for updates UPDATE It will be out in the US on February 12 2019 Looks like you Hey Kelsey, I m guessing you re in the US Not sure yet Stay tuned for updates UPDATE It will be out in the US on February 12 2019 Looks like you can pre order now less flag What age would you recommend this for like one year ago Add your answer Leife Shallcross Hi Aila, I suggest anywhere from about 14 up flag See 2 questions about The Beasts Heart Lists with This Book Beauty and the Beast 539 books 1,623 voters My 2019 Reading Challenge 110 books 12 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Mar 08, 2018 Elle rated it it was ok review of another edition 2 stars Thank you to the author and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Disney s Beauty and the Beast without the musicals.I can see this book being enjoyable for a teen audience, or those who like a simple, understated read but for me, it was incredibly boring and unexciting The pacing, the story, and the characters Justboring.I also feel like the author was trying too hard to bulk up the story with descriptive words for the surroundings, or the 2 stars Thank you to the author and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Disney s Beauty and the Beast without the musicals.I can see this book being enjoyable for a teen audience, or those who like a simple, understated read but for me, it was incredibly boring and unexciting The pacing, the story, and the characters Justboring.I also feel like the author was trying too hard to bulk up the story with descriptive words for the surroundings, or the appearance of something, and it came across very amateur Here s an example of what I m talking about These are not direct quotes, I couldn t be bothered looking for them The gate was withered and decayed, with deteriorated rails The dress was an elegant gold, with stunning, exquisite embroidery Etcetera, etcetera There s a way to describe something without throwing a load of words into a sentence.The cover is fab though flag 33 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 06, 2018 Sara rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, fantasy, fiction, young adult, retellings, romance I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 2.5 stars rounded up A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast s perspective in a YA tone I was drawn to the new take on one of my favourite fairy tales, and the cover, which is beautiful but a lot of this just didn t really work for me One thing I really liked was the magical aspects, which manage to keep this feeling like a fairy tale without overpowering the story The secondary characters, the castle and oth I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 2.5 stars rounded up A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast s perspective in a YA tone I was drawn to the new take on one of my favourite fairy tales, and the cover, which is beautiful but a lot of this just didn t really work for me One thing I really liked was the magical aspects, which manage to keep this feeling like a fairy tale without overpowering the story The secondary characters, the castle and other settings really help set the scenes and are the world building is good, with vivid descriptions that really help put the reader into the castle with the Beast I think my major issue was the writing style Told in first person with a rather old voice, I found it a bit stilted and unemotional This made it difficult for me to really connect with any of the characters, and I felt little sympathy for the Beast and his growing feelings for our beauty , Isabeau A lot of the plot is devoted to the romance, as I would expect it to in a retelling of this kind, and although rather contrived at times, there s a decent amount of development over time no instalove here Unfortunately, I just couldn t really get invested in the relationship, and at times it I do think it verges on unhealthy and manipulative The pace is also slow at times, primarily because of the focus on the romance For a long time, not much else happens, and the ending is then rushed I also didn t really understand the side story involving Isabeau s family and the enchanted mirror, as I didn t think it really brought anything to the plot I loved the ideas behind this, and believe there s a lot of potential here, but unfortunately this just didn t work for me flag 23 likesLike see review Jun 23, 2018 Jeann Happy Indulgence rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fairy tales retold Check out Happy Indulgence Books for reviews Trigger warnings abusive behaviour, manipulation, voyeurism, attempted suicideI was excited to read this book because I loved Beauty and the Beast, but within a few pages, I couldn t help but have major creepy vibes at Beast s perspective Not only do we get to hear his terribly isolating thoughts at having to lure a woman to his den only to keep him company, but we also witness his voyeuristic hobby of him spying on her family It s like the ab Check out Happy Indulgence Books for reviews Trigger warnings abusive behaviour, manipulation, voyeurism, attempted suicideI was excited to read this book because I loved Beauty and the Beast, but within a few pages, I couldn t help but have major creepy vibes at Beast s perspective Not only do we get to hear his terribly isolating thoughts at having to lure a woman to his den only to keep him company, but we also witness his voyeuristic hobby of him spying on her family It s like the abuser has finally been given a voice, and there s nothing here that makes me emphasise with him If anything, it makes the alarm bells ring even sooner, as we know that he is truly sickened at his actions yet he keeps on doing them simply because he feels like he has no choice Looking at things from Isabeau s perspective she s asked by a terrifying Beast to stay and keep him company for a year, and is continually harrassed and cajoled into spending time with him Only the most tolerant, kind hearted woman would keep being subjected to the torture but also, you can also sense that she s doing it out of fear of repercussion for saying no.The abusive, manipulative behaviour gets even problematic as it goes on Isabeau is perhaps the only woman that Beast has found himself in the company of for decades, and he decides very quickly that he s love with her He takes it upon himself to force his company on her presence even when she rejects him and says she needs time alone He continually asks her to marry him, over and over again, making both of them utterly uncomfortable and I couldn t help but assume that it was going to wear thin At no point is it even addressed that his behaviour crosses the line into abuse or behaviour that shouldn t be tolerated, which kind of romanticises the persistance of males when faced upon rejection At no point during the book did I feel any sort of chemistry from either one of them the Beast falling for Isabeau simply for her patience, beauty and company and in reverse, Isabeau only feeling sorry for him because of his loneliness Instead, we re given a forced plotline of her sisters being happy and the dreams that she has of being together with the Beast to force the issue and I really didn t like where it all headed.I was also creeped out with how the Beast spends his days spying on her family through a magic mirror, and at one stage he even admits to watching Isabeau undress I wasn t very interested in the subtle matchmaking that occurred when it came to her sisters, and admittedly skimmed a lot of these scenes later in the book With it s slow and agonising pace, romanticisation of an abusive relationship and the boundaries that it crossed when it came to female male relations, I really can t recommend The Beast s Heart. While I did like the twist on the Beauty and the Beast retelling, there were just too many elements that I found disturbing to be enjoyable I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. flag 17 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 11, 2018 Kate Forsyth rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves australian, aww2018, fairytale retelling, fantasy The Beast s Heart by debut Australian author Leife Shallcross is a retelling of the classic French fairy tale La Belle et la B te , told from the perspective of the Beast Like many lovers of fairy tales, it is one of my own personal favourites and I have drawn upon its symbols and structures in my own novel, The Beast s Garden, which is set in Nazi Germany Leife Shallcross s novel is a much conventional fairy tale retelling, set in a magical world of castles and forests and curses I do The Beast s Heart by debut Australian author Leife Shallcross is a retelling of the classic French fairy tale La Belle et la B te , told from the perspective of the Beast Like many lovers of fairy tales, it is one of my own personal favourites and I have drawn upon its symbols and structures in my own novel, The Beast s Garden, which is set in Nazi Germany Leife Shallcross s novel is a much conventional fairy tale retelling, set in a magical world of castles and forests and curses I do not call it conventional as a perjorative I love this type of story Authors such as Robin McKinley, Juliet Marillier, Helen Lowe, Shannon Hale and Edith Pattou have all enchanted me with their reimaginings of old tales, and The Beast s Heart deserves to take its place amongst the best of them.The original tale was written by the French novelist Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 It was then greatly reduced and simplified by Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont and re published in 1756, just thirty three years before the French Revolution It is Mme Beaumont s version which is best known, and which Leife Shallcross has drawn upon rather than the 1991 Disney animated film One key difference is that Belle has sisters in the original tale, and their challenges and love affairs add action and humour to Leife Shallcross s tale, as the Beast watches them through his magic mirror.Leife Shallcross writes beautifully, and there is a great deal of charm in the depiction of the Beast and his longing for friendship and love The Beauty of the tale is also brought to life with depth and complexity She is called Isabeau, which is a name I love I called the heroine of my own debut novel Isabeau too I also loved the depiction of the Fairy and the unexpected reasons for her casting the curse There has been a fashion in recent years for depicting fairy tales as dark, violent, and sexually charged fantasies, but I prefer this lyrical and romantic style The action of the plot unfolds slowly and sensitively, and time is taken to bring the magical world vividly to life A compelling and surprising retelling of Beauty the Beast , this debut offering from an Australian author is filled with peril, darkness, romance and beauty Utterly enchanting flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Dianne rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 01read, arc read, fantasy re telling, netgalley, own, ya fantasy How did the Beast feel, what were his thoughts in the classic Beauty and the Beast tale Leife Shallcross gives us her version of what emotional turmoil was that lay within THE BEAST S HEART.Do NOT expect a rehash of the classic, expect a darker, emotionally grueling tale The Beast gives his perspective, from his self loathing, his loneliness, to the empty pit in his chest.This is not a rapid fire tale, but there is a depth to it that puts a new perspective on what transpired between the y How did the Beast feel, what were his thoughts in the classic Beauty and the Beast tale Leife Shallcross gives us her version of what emotional turmoil was that lay within THE BEAST S HEART.Do NOT expect a rehash of the classic, expect a darker, emotionally grueling tale The Beast gives his perspective, from his self loathing, his loneliness, to the empty pit in his chest.This is not a rapid fire tale, but there is a depth to it that puts a new perspective on what transpired between the young French girl, Isabeau and the Beast From how Isabeau came to be a guest at the Beast s castle to how the Beast clearly needed her company, I was enthralled with the other side of the story We see the heartbreak of time running out for the Beast to find true love, to be accepted as he is, no longer a handsome man with a beastly heart, but a beast with a heart that has grown to learn to love and give.I was transported into this world and could see events and scenes unfold in a castle filled with magic, pain and finally a leap of faith to put everything on the line for others and their happiness I received a complimentary ARC edition from Berkley Publishing Group Publisher Ace February 12, 2019 Publication Date February 12, 2019Genre YA Fairytale RetellingPrint Length 416 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 12, 2018 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition I received a finished copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All thoughts are my own.I remember first stumbling across the news of this book on Twitter and knowing I instantly needed it in my life the trouble was I had to wait several months for it to even become available for review The wait was completely worth it.The Beast s Heart is a magically woven retelling of the everlasting classic Beauty and the Beast Shallcross does the original story justice with h I received a finished copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All thoughts are my own.I remember first stumbling across the news of this book on Twitter and knowing I instantly needed it in my life the trouble was I had to wait several months for it to even become available for review The wait was completely worth it.The Beast s Heart is a magically woven retelling of the everlasting classic Beauty and the Beast Shallcross does the original story justice with her beautifully written retelling bringing the reader into a world of love, friendship, magic, darkness and beauty.The Beast s Heart is told from the Beast s perspective, a unique insight these days when it comes to Beauty and the Beast retellings Whilst at the beginning I found it hard to grasp onto the Beast and the exquisitely written chapters, I eventually found myself being pulled into his story, feeling his anguish and desires.The magic within this book is mesmerising, it kept me curious from the very start, and stayed with me through to the end The servants , the enchanted garden and home all provided delightful moments and the interactions the characters had with the magic, whether they knew they were doing it or not was fascinating.The Beast and Isabeau s relationship was what really drew me in and kept me turning each page in anticipation The friendship they built was quite beautiful Even through distance and tough times when they were together they still found time for one another They brought joy and comfort to each other s lives, even when one of them didn t even really notice it till the end They both grew over the timeline of this novel and seeing it through the Beast s eyes and watching him start to regain his humanity through Isabeau and his own actions was an important transformation and part of his journey.I loved also that they each had their own alone time, they did not spend the entirety of the novel in each other s company It gave us a chance to glimpse through the Beast s mirror and watch how Isabeau s family was coping without her I found myself looking forward to these moments and watching other characters stories play out.The plot flows elegantly throughout The Beast s Heart and the centre of the story is forefront throughout the novel, the Beast and his curse and the young maiden to break it However I did not really enjoy the Fairy who cursed him scenes whenever she popped up she was a bit confusing to me and I felt she was not really needed The Beast s Heart is a rich and characterful retelling to a story that I love dearly I found this retelling to hold a much darker depth to it than what I am use to however, I wouldn t have it any other way.I will always smile at this book when I pass it on the bookshelf flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 21, 2017 Kayleigh Brindley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5 stars, romance, ya, scifi fantasy Where has this book been all my life As with a lot of fellow readers and romance lovers, Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite fairy tales and so the prospect of reading a re telling of the story from the Beast s perspective was too good an opportunity to miss What s strange is that reading this book didn t feel like reading just another re telling of Beauty and the Beast It s a story that is entirely it s own and in certain aspects, extremely different than the original story Where has this book been all my life As with a lot of fellow readers and romance lovers, Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite fairy tales and so the prospect of reading a re telling of the story from the Beast s perspective was too good an opportunity to miss What s strange is that reading this book didn t feel like reading just another re telling of Beauty and the Beast It s a story that is entirely it s own and in certain aspects, extremely different than the original story.The author writes beautifully, painting an enchanted world that springs to life from the pages I adore the backstory, it s fantastically detailed and complex the Fairy s motive, the Beast s life in the forest, the mirror, the house and it s servants, the garden, his gifts to Isabeau s family it all works so well to create a compelling, driving story that I was unable to put down.The Beast is captivating His inner struggles and turmoil, which run so much deeper than appearances alone, alongside his longing for company and human interaction, made the story all the compelling The love in this story is powerful, life changing and realistic in its growth it s not insta love but love and affection that grow over time from friendship In addition to plenty of backstory and a side to the beast that we ve never before seen, it was also interesting to be presented with Isabeau s family, and these three other characters who add so much to the story through their growth, tragedy and love Whilst reading, I couldn t help but draw comparisons to the original story, mostly in that this story offered mature, emotionally complex, insightful details than the Disney version we re all familiar with I also often found myself thinking of Pride and Prejudice, comparing Elizabeth and Isabeau due to their similarities in outspokenness and unwillingness to admit to one s feelings It probably comes as no surprise that the Beast s portrait and his obsession and despair brought to mind Dorian Gray Overall, I fell in love with this story and the unique viewpoint it offered through the eyes of the beast It s 5 stars from me and I will definitely be re reading this book It s the story I never knew I needed It made my heart quicken, my eyes tear and my imagination run wild Disclosure I fell in love with the Beast so many times reading this that I may need therapy flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Elyse rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves free penguin ebook arcs, challenge 2018 Penguin First to Read ARC.I thought this was cute spin on Beauty and the Beast The well loved story from the Beast s point of view It was heartbreaking I liked that Shallcross brought back the French ness from the original story that wasn t seen much in the Disney animated movie or the newer live action movie This story was a lot closer to the original It was really good and I didn t want it to end The magic of it was beautiful I look forward to Shallcross books, hopefully fairy Penguin First to Read ARC.I thought this was cute spin on Beauty and the Beast The well loved story from the Beast s point of view It was heartbreaking I liked that Shallcross brought back the French ness from the original story that wasn t seen much in the Disney animated movie or the newer live action movie This story was a lot closer to the original It was really good and I didn t want it to end The magic of it was beautiful I look forward to Shallcross books, hopefully fairy tale retellings flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Barb Boxermommyreads rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 The first thing that comes to mind with this book is that it is pretty darn wordy It clocks in around 416 pages and while it isn t filled with information dumping, it is filled with description This is sometimes annoying, but it actually fits the fairy tale style of The Beast s Heart pretty good That s not to say it could have been a tad shorter in my opinion, but on the whole, I still enjoyed it The Beast s Heart is a retelling of one of my two favorite fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast The first thing that comes to mind with this book is that it is pretty darn wordy It clocks in around 416 pages and while it isn t filled with information dumping, it is filled with description This is sometimes annoying, but it actually fits the fairy tale style of The Beast s Heart pretty good That s not to say it could have been a tad shorter in my opinion, but on the whole, I still enjoyed it The Beast s Heart is a retelling of one of my two favorite fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Beast I do find Belle somewhat annoying and some of that carried over to Isabeau, and there is one aspect of the Beast that drives me absolutely MAD in this version, but I still LOVE him In this novel, we get the story from Beast s POV and it was absolutely wonderful to see what he experienced and learn about the curse and his following struggles through his own words I also really enjoyed the side characters, Isabeau s family, who we see through a magical mirror that allows Beast to check in on them Marie and Claude are quite interesting and have stories of their own.I don t feel I really need to give you much on the plot because we all know how it ends right Or at least I am assuming most people do or why are you considering this book But I still feel if this is a tale you love, then you need to give Shallcross version a chance Just be prepared for a lengthy read but enjoy getting lost in the prose flag 11 likesLike see review Feb 10, 2018 Caroline rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves arcs 2.5 out of 5 starsTW abusive behaviour, attempted suicide.I received an advanced copy of this at a blogger night I attended here in Sydney and I was so so excited to read this book It s Beauty the Beast from the Beast s perspective which just sounded incredibly interesting to me I ll admit that I had my doubts going into this book because how do you make a character loveable when they are the villain for a lot of the story There were a few things I enjoyed a lot about this book the 2.5 out of 5 starsTW abusive behaviour, attempted suicide.I received an advanced copy of this at a blogger night I attended here in Sydney and I was so so excited to read this book It s Beauty the Beast from the Beast s perspective which just sounded incredibly interesting to me I ll admit that I had my doubts going into this book because how do you make a character loveable when they are the villain for a lot of the story There were a few things I enjoyed a lot about this book the writing being the big one I ll mention The descriptions of magic had an elegant flow to them and the world was lovely and vivid There were times when things got a little dialogue or internal monologue heavy but when it was describing scenery and stuff like that I found it did a very good job Unfortunately though, this book was a bit of a letdown The story dragged at times and then was resolved a little too quickly for my liking I also found the Beast to be an odd character who I just wasn t a huge fan of he ignored Isabeau s signals a number of times and made her very uncomfortable and his narration would just bother me at times like that Overall I didn t mind this book, there were just a few things that held it back for me A lot of people are definitely going to love it when it comes out though because there are plenty of cute moments and the writing is lovely flag 10 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2017 Annie rated it it was amazing review of another edition I had the pleasure of receiving this ARC from Hachette Publishers Date a Book Team during their exclusive blogger night and I also had the pleasure of engaging in a read along with 3 amazing bloggers who are also dear friends and the author herself Now a dear friend to us all this was so beautifully written I felt like I was reading a classical, melodic, fairytale with all the feels that really came to life in my mind An amazing story that developed beautifully, fantastically well defin I had the pleasure of receiving this ARC from Hachette Publishers Date a Book Team during their exclusive blogger night and I also had the pleasure of engaging in a read along with 3 amazing bloggers who are also dear friends and the author herself Now a dear friend to us all this was so beautifully written I felt like I was reading a classical, melodic, fairytale with all the feels that really came to life in my mind An amazing story that developed beautifully, fantastically well defined characters, the author did such a great job in reimagining the tale that s old as time and really took us deep into the heart of the beast a story no one has heard before but must read now Beautiful writing and language, amazing characters you grow to love and a beast who I just want to hug Special thanks to Hachette Publishers Date a Book Team for this ARC, my blogger friends and author Leife Shallcross for an epic read along experience Oh the love the feels a book I needed to take a moment of silence for right at the end Just beautiful flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2017 Sam Hawke rated it it was amazing review of another edition Disclaimer to pinch the lovely transparent wording that Robin Hobb uses I obtained an ARC from the author who is a personal friend I don t think this influenced my opinion, but disclosing in the interests of transparency I posted on twitter after I finished this book this morning that I think I might have a new favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling This was at least on par for me with my previous favourite Robin McKinley s Beauty I don t read a lot of fairy tale retellings but I h Disclaimer to pinch the lovely transparent wording that Robin Hobb uses I obtained an ARC from the author who is a personal friend I don t think this influenced my opinion, but disclosing in the interests of transparency I posted on twitter after I finished this book this morning that I think I might have a new favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling This was at least on par for me with my previous favourite Robin McKinley s Beauty I don t read a lot of fairy tale retellings but I have a real weakness for BatB and this managed to encapsulate all the things I love about it while avoiding the problematic aspects of the classic tale I particularly liked the origins of the curse in this version, and the twist on Isabeau s father s health.Gorgeous writing, perfect characterisation, and a level of magic and romance that provides a welcome respite from the real world at the moment Couldn t recommend highly enough flag 9 likesLike see review Jul 20, 2017 enqi joons marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves 2018 wishlist, high priority tbr i don t know what this is but i know i need it flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 20, 2018 K.S Marsden rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley A lonely Beast in a long forgotten, enchanted castle is desperate for anyone to come After a chance encounter with a lost traveller, Beast gains the company of Isabeau, a young woman who is feeling displaced with life.I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.This is a Beauty the Beast retelling from the Beast s perspective as if you hadn t guessed.OK, normally I start with what I like, and work towards the stuff that didn t impress me With this review, I A lonely Beast in a long forgotten, enchanted castle is desperate for anyone to come After a chance encounter with a lost traveller, Beast gains the company of Isabeau, a young woman who is feeling displaced with life.I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.This is a Beauty the Beast retelling from the Beast s perspective as if you hadn t guessed.OK, normally I start with what I like, and work towards the stuff that didn t impress me With this review, I m working backwards Maybe because I only liked the book towards the end, or maybe because the Beast s situation just annoyed me.As I said before, this was a Beauty the Beast retelling We all know the basics a smart, and beautiful young girl gets trapped in a castle by a terrifying Beast The Beast is a rather horrible human, cursed to exist as a monster He is temperamental, prone to fits of rage and stubbornness Stop me if I m wrong.The Beast s Heart agrees for the most part It tells you that the Beast is a cursed man, who was horrible and arrogant, and blind to the hurt he was causing others It s tweaked slightly, in that his father was the aggressive one, and the Beast was cold hearted and distant.So that s what we are told about his history, and how that might affect his characterI never felt it had any bearing the actual Beast we are following.Along with the historical tone of the book, it made me feel like I had opened Pride Prejudice half way through, at the point where Darcy has overcome all of his character faults, and the reader can see what a good man he is, even if Elizabeth Bennett is still ignorant of all his good doings.What I m trying to say is, we are told that the Beast has X, Y, and Z faults but they were never displayed He is a good chap, very thoughtful and caring towards Isabeau and his magical servants He has flashes of stubbornness and depression, but overall he is a nice guy, and you know immediately that he wouldn t harm a fly.I was left wondering why the Beast had been cursed in the first place.Isabeau was a nice character She was brought up in a wealthy family, who hit hard times She isn t afraid of hard work, and has been shouldering a lot of the family s duties She has a stubborn streak, and can be as morose as the Beast, so they make a perfect pair.Overall, I found the story between Beast and Isabeau to be very dry and dull They are both nice people, and as they are trapped within an enchanted castle, things are very repetitive.My favourite part of the story, was Isabeau s sisters In many stories, they are cast as lazy and spiteful, etc But in The Beast s Heart, they are fully rounded characters with their own desires and troubles They do depend too much on their little sister, but once Isabeau has left, they come into their own, and find joy in their new lives.I loved following their stories to the very end.I was about half way through this book, when I realised I did care what happened to the characters, and how they would work out their conflicting lives.I came away with a somewhat fond feeling towards the book It is really sweet, in the end, it is just a very slow builder flag 7 likesLike see review Mar 16, 2018 Johnny Aurora Sights rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves ebooks I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review The Beast s Heart by Leife Shallcross was beautiful.Synopsis The story of the Beast is a famous one but this tells you the thoughts and emotions behind every action Told from the Beast s view, we learn how and why he was cursed, what spurred his reign of terror and the decision to blackmail a sick old man We learn how the curse can be lifted but we also see how the Beast s actions continue to affect the I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review The Beast s Heart by Leife Shallcross was beautiful.Synopsis The story of the Beast is a famous one but this tells you the thoughts and emotions behind every action Told from the Beast s view, we learn how and why he was cursed, what spurred his reign of terror and the decision to blackmail a sick old man We learn how the curse can be lifted but we also see how the Beast s actions continue to affect the people left behind Can the Beast learn to love More importantly, can the Beast BE loved I want a Beast I found him to be so charming and loveable He was the perfect gentleman to Isabeau and I believe the curse saved him He is very worthy of love Was he depressed the majority of the book Yes, he definitely was but can you blame him All those years roaming the forest losing his humanity whilst never knowing how the curse could be broken I m sure anyone would become despondent and ill tempered by that I know the Beast is a man but I was stupidly surprised with how human he seemed Not in the way he dressed or acted but in his thoughts and the way he reasoned with himself After many years of solitude, the Beast was very mature in the way he came across and handled situations.Even though the book is about the Beast and how Isabeau can break the curse, there are many other characters within the story The Beast has a way of keeping in touch with Isabeau s family and so we are able to understand how they cope with the loss of their sister Their story runs parallel to the Beast s and occasionally they entwine I found this addition to the story entertaining and integral to Isabeau s progression The character I enjoyed the most after the Beast is the magic I suspect the fairy was behind the enchantments available within the house but sometimes the magic seemed to have a personality It could admonish and be humorous which I found amusing.I am most familiar with the Disney version of this tale however I much prefer this version of events After reading this book, I did some research and noticed that the original story of Beauty and the Beast is much similar to this book There are of course slight differences but the overall story is the same and I love it because of this There were some themes that were troubling Suicide is attempted and talked about than once Rape and abuse are hinted at too Despite these subjects, it s ultimately an uplifting book There are plenty of smiles, laughs and jokes amongst the gloom that it reminds me of a spring day showers of rain and the sun fight for dominance continually.I really enjoyed this book It is a slow read, there is no real action or heart pumping scenes however there were many scenes in which my eyeballs threatened to leak It is a perfect view point of the Beast and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final copy If it was a living nightmare that took me into the forest, it was most certainly a dream that brought me out of it flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Alexa rated it liked it Shelves friends with arcs, read in 2019 I think what I find most interesting about THE BEAST S HEART is how it offers readers a look into what might have been going on in the Beast s head and heart during the course of the story we all know It has the same basic elements woven into it, though it took me a while to get into the rhythm of story flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 29, 2018 Kayleigh Kehoe Awkword Reviews rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, historical fiction, retellings, netgalley, fiction 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 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 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. wordpress tumblr bookstagram twitter flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves rebe He is angry, he is fierce, he is feared, he is cursed, he is lonely I was a man once before, but I was enchanted cursed, The Beast s Heart is parallel to The Beauty and The Beast classic fairytale story You get to experience The Beasts point of view in this epic fairytale His desires to have someone to speak to, someone who does not fear him, someone to treat him like a man not a beast After over a century of solitude a trespasser stumbles onto The Beasts enchanted property A trespasse He is angry, he is fierce, he is feared, he is cursed, he is lonely I was a man once before, but I was enchanted cursed, The Beast s Heart is parallel to The Beauty and The Beast classic fairytale story You get to experience The Beasts point of view in this epic fairytale His desires to have someone to speak to, someone who does not fear him, someone to treat him like a man not a beast After over a century of solitude a trespasser stumbles onto The Beasts enchanted property A trespasser with a beautiful daughter Beast doesn t want to be feared but he wants to not be alone any Even though bargain is made as the trespasser leaves he knows nor does he expect to lay his eyes on Isabeau The hope now crushed until Isabeau, against her father s wishes, shows up to the gates The magic that surrounds the estate, doors open without a doorman, clothes appear and adjust without a seamstress, food appears without a chief, drinks are delivered without a servant, rooms are cleaned without a maid do not frighten Isabeau nor does the Beast I friendship forms but is it enough to break the curse Truly Enchanted Truly cursed This was a sweet story of friendship and love flag 6 likesLike see review Apr 26, 2018 Laura Trenham rated it it was ok review of another edition I am the biggest Beauty and the Beast fan and this book was just a major disappointment It was written poorly, it has absolutely no plot, the characters were flat and had no chemistry whatsoever and it was just painful to read It s only redeeming quality is the pretty cover I really liked the concept but unfortunately it was a let down I m giving it 2 stars because I m aware it is a debut novel but I think Shallcross should avoid attempting to try and write about fairytales for her next book I am the biggest Beauty and the Beast fan and this book was just a major disappointment It was written poorly, it has absolutely no plot, the characters were flat and had no chemistry whatsoever and it was just painful to read It s only redeeming quality is the pretty cover I really liked the concept but unfortunately it was a let down I m giving it 2 stars because I m aware it is a debut novel but I think Shallcross should avoid attempting to try and write about fairytales for her next book There was no real issue in this book that needed to be solved Oh and the Beast asking Isabeau to marry her every single day Please give up She s not interested There was no villain in this either, like where is my Gaston flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 16, 2018 Alexandra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 1018, beauty and the beast themed Reading a Beauty and the Beast inspired novel is always a treat What I truly enjoyed in this one was hos deeply heartfelt the POV of the Beast was How he began from being completely mindless from the curse and how gradually he tried to regain his humanity.Also how he and Isabeau slowly became friends and then fell in love It was very refreshing seeing through the eyes of the Beast The only slightly creepy part was when the Beat had discovered the mirror and used it to watch over Isabeau s fa Reading a Beauty and the Beast inspired novel is always a treat What I truly enjoyed in this one was hos deeply heartfelt the POV of the Beast was How he began from being completely mindless from the curse and how gradually he tried to regain his humanity.Also how he and Isabeau slowly became friends and then fell in love It was very refreshing seeing through the eyes of the Beast The only slightly creepy part was when the Beat had discovered the mirror and used it to watch over Isabeau s family There is a mix of the original book of Beauty and the Beast, along with the slight appearance of a Fae And the ending was as sweet as I had expected it flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 26, 2018 Carolyn rated it really liked it review of another edition The Beast s Heart by Leife Shallcross is certainly an enchanting and captivating retelling of Beauty and The Beast.Enjoy magic nights under fireworks and stars dancing until all hours have taken your breath away.It s deep, dark, mysterious and a touch weird inside the ivy entwined gates of the overgrown forest where The Beast himself lives out his days.Can his spell be broken Find out how in this new and very different story of Beauty and The Beast.Find magic, see into the past and present The Beast s Heart by Leife Shallcross is certainly an enchanting and captivating retelling of Beauty and The Beast.Enjoy magic nights under fireworks and stars dancing until all hours have taken your breath away.It s deep, dark, mysterious and a touch weird inside the ivy entwined gates of the overgrown forest where The Beast himself lives out his days.Can his spell be broken Find out how in this new and very different story of Beauty and The Beast.Find magic, see into the past and present through a magic mirror but, what does the future hold This was great Winter reading as the snow melts away the ice flower and we begin to see the first days of Spring arrive.I look forward to this author s next retelling of a famous fairytale.Thank you, Annie at Read3r z Re Vu for a copy of this novel flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 08, 2018 Melanie marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves fantasy, romance, retellings, young adult, arc ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2018 Bryony rated it did not like it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Ok, because my lovely friend Marta is sitting on my desk flicking through museum pamphlets and telling me I should start my review on a positive to soften the blow, I ll say that the writing in The Beast s Heart was pretty good Leife has a lovely style of prose, there s no doubt about that It s just a shame about the content.So The Beast s Heart is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast as told from the perspective of the Beast This makes for a difficult story to tell, admittedly, since in the o Ok, because my lovely friend Marta is sitting on my desk flicking through museum pamphlets and telling me I should start my review on a positive to soften the blow, I ll say that the writing in The Beast s Heart was pretty good Leife has a lovely style of prose, there s no doubt about that It s just a shame about the content.So The Beast s Heart is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast as told from the perspective of the Beast This makes for a difficult story to tell, admittedly, since in the original tale the Beast spends a lot of time presenting as the villain of the story Finding that balance between staying true to the original story and making the Beast a likeable, compelling character isn t easy Yeah, erm, The Beast s Heart does not succeed.The story is close to the original in terms of plot sadly, because there were points that read so much like the rapid descent into a horror novel, such as the points when the Beast smashed his house up because the love interest had the audacity to have any agency or call him her friend , I thought that turning it into a horror story might be it s saving grace right at the end The Beauty, who in this book is called Isabeau, is coerced into staying in the Beast s derelict castle for a year Because she is so sweet and perfect and lovely and just a little bit mischievous and very occasionally clumsy but only to the degree that s it utterly darling and not actually a character trait let alone a character flaw the Beast s cobweb and moth ridden home starts to magically improve, which sets you up well for understanding that the magic system in this book is based entirely on convenience to the plot, as needed The Beast starts to fall in love with her but oh no, he s a Beast, she ll never want him Frankly, his appearance isn t the problem the problem is he s a voyeuristic creepy with violent tendencies and an overall desperate, unpleasant personality.The Beast, for his part, spends most of the story stalking well, everyone really Not only, through the aforementioned Magic Powers of Convenience , does he constantly know and follow where Isabeau roams in his abode, but he also owns a magic mirror that allows him to watch her family s home life at his leisure While this in itself is deeply problematic and creepy and gave me even reason to hate the Beast with a furious passion, it was also kind of the saving grace of the book that just about pulled it out of a 1 star rating Isabeau s sisters, normally portrayed as selfish and vaguely antagonistic in retellings, are refreshingly by far the best things about the book Unlike their honestly insipid sister, Marie and Claude have well developed and neatly completed character arcs that have them learning how to care for themselves without their sister s help, and they get their own little romantic subplots that are a lot enjoyable and a lot less yikes I just rather wish the whole book had been about them, or at least had not been told in first person from the Beast s perspective so the view of them wasn t imbued with his opinions If the book had solely been about the sisters I might have actually enjoyed it.In the end, I found The Beast s Heart deeply frustrating to read and downright worrying that it was framed as romantic The Beast is manipulative and abusive and Isabeau is so unbelievably na ve and child like that I felt uncomfortable reading it I think, because Leife s writing style is often beautiful in itself, she might go on to write some good things That, however, will require a drastic change in subject matter flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 10, 2018 Rachel McMillan rated it really liked it review of another edition Guys Remember the Beast in Beauty and the Beast Ever wonder what he s thinking THIS BOOK IS HERE FOR YOUI confess that there were than a few times, I drifted away into come on guys, get some chemistry happening But the narrative voice is confident and engaging, the magical realm is beautifully developed and with a few twists and turns for those of us like me who are like WHY YES THIS IS THE EIGHT BILLIONTH BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING I AM READING, WHAT IS IT TO YOU Also, really Guys Remember the Beast in Beauty and the Beast Ever wonder what he s thinking THIS BOOK IS HERE FOR YOUI confess that there were than a few times, I drifted away into come on guys, get some chemistry happening But the narrative voice is confident and engaging, the magical realm is beautifully developed and with a few twists and turns for those of us like me who are like WHY YES THIS IS THE EIGHT BILLIONTH BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING I AM READING, WHAT IS IT TO YOU Also, really lovely attention to historical And fantastical detailme lovely imagery flag 5 likesLike see review Mar 11, 2018 michelle rated it it was amazing review of another edition This a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the beast that we all know and love It s told by the beast s prespective The story tells us of his family and how he was cursed and became the beast Also the background of Isabeau and her father and two sisters and how the beast fell in love with Isabeau.This was a magical tale, which was different and unique to the original one I didn t want it to end as I enjoyed it very much flag 5 likesLike see review Mar 06, 2018 Kathleen Jennings added it review of another edition Shelves 2018 books Stately, charming and very gentle, with an ear for the deeply traditional, an eye for both domestic comfort and the eerie fantastic and a heart for two characters I never realised before were underserved flag 5 likesLike see review May 31, 2018 Jordanne Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, fairy tales, books read 2018, review copies I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.4 stars.I really enjoyed this book, and I hadn t expected to Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite Disney movies not exactly rare, I know but still Mulan and now Anastasia, since Disney bought Fox, are my ultimate favourites and I have never read any of its retellings and thought this onewas artfully done.The setting and description are beautiful and I really liked how the prose was written like it really was I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.4 stars.I really enjoyed this book, and I hadn t expected to Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite Disney movies not exactly rare, I know but still Mulan and now Anastasia, since Disney bought Fox, are my ultimate favourites and I have never read any of its retellings and thought this onewas artfully done.The setting and description are beautiful and I really liked how the prose was written like it really was the Beast s inner monologue and not just the parts required from the movement of the story We got self reflection and memories and it was brilliant And yet, it was all still important and it still felt as though we uncovered something relevant with each revelation I would usually prefer dual or multiple perspectives but I think the single perspective works best for this as we really are getting the Beast s entire an unabridged version of events.This book also feels like its actually set in France which, with the exception of the odd bonjour or mention of French food, most adaptions don t feel that way It felt authentic The magic aspect I quite enjoyed also, as well as Isabeau s family s story arc though I m not sure how much of this derives from the original story having never read it.This retelling also slightly redeems the previous issues this story has arising from terms like Stockholm Syndrome and what really qualifies as valid consent ish, I ll get to that though I don t dispute the validity in this case I m not certain how old Isabeau is meant to be in the story but she feels like a fully fledged adult.I had to knock a star off for a few minor points I wasn t so hot on, but none of them are very major issues.Firstly, Isabeau I think she benefits greatly from the preconceived idea of Belle AKA Beauty being independent, intelligent, brave and well read as she doesn t exhibit a great many of these features and the ones she does, it s not a lot and whilst I grant the main focus of the book is the Beast himself it would have been nice to see layers of her personality.Secondly, the proposals It got a bit much over time and is what I m referring to when I say about consent It s really of an issue of how many times should a question be asked before the person being asked is simply worn into submission view spoiler There are a lot of proposals in this book, too many to count and whilst the beast understands why this is an issue And my occasional proposals began to distress her once again Indeed, the only thing preventing us from being perfectly comfortable together was my obstinate insistence on proposing to her every few days And, laments over it at length and grieves the upset it causes her, he doesn t stop Again, this could be taken from the original tale, and when they do eventually agree to marry it s is not to one of his incessant proposals and it s doesn t come across as pushy or forceful in the book it s still annoying to read, even if I get why he has to do it hide spoiler Overall, I think those who loved the live action remake will love this as well and those who love the original tale and the Disney film though you won t find Cogsworth or Lumiere will love this book too and I did really enjoy it overall flag 4 likesLike see review May 02, 2018 J.A Ironside rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs, coming 2018, definite tbr jan june 2018, fairy tales, fantasy, folklore, netgalley edelweiss, ya, beauty and the beast retellings ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewIf you are expecting a modern, dynamic and innovative take on the classic fairy tale then look elsewhere, this is not the book for you Shallcross has created a lush retelling of Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve s 1740 story told entirely from the Beast s perspective There are obviously Beauty and the Beast type stories from cultures all around the world the Hindu The Tiger s Bride and the Norwegian East of the Sun, West of ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewIf you are expecting a modern, dynamic and innovative take on the classic fairy tale then look elsewhere, this is not the book for you Shallcross has created a lush retelling of Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve s 1740 story told entirely from the Beast s perspective There are obviously Beauty and the Beast type stories from cultures all around the world the Hindu The Tiger s Bride and the Norwegian East of the Sun, West of the Moon are two of my favourites Ultimately like all fairytales, however, Beauty and the Beast is deeply problematic I mean it s one of my favourites Irish Fairy tales pip it to the post for me but it is still a story about a young woman being imprisoned until she falls in love with her captor No amount of desperation on the captor s part really excuses that Ok so we all know the Beast let s the Beauty go proving that he is no longer a beast inside the shaggy pelt but it s all still a bit squickky A few hundred years ago it was a parable for accepting that you may not be especially happy with your family s choice of husband for you if you were a young woman but that no matter what your bridegroom seemed like on the outside, he could well be a prince on the inside You were enriching your family with his wealth There s also a thinly veiled hint that sex is not quite the ordeal or monster you might as a blushing bride believe it to be All this is quite distasteful to a modern audience so I was intrigued at Shallcross decision to set it in Eighteenth century France and or less retell the best known version of the fairy tale Forget the Disney film, which has given us the most enduring version of the Beauty in the zeitgeist The author has not drawn on Disney at all for inspiration as far as I can see ok there area few books scattered around in the story but that s it Really the marketing department using the tale as old as time in the blurb is a bit misleading in that respect Instead the author has drawn heavily on Jean Cocteau s 1946 French film La Belle et la Bete an interesting if somewhat old fashioned aesthetic On the whole Shallcross does make the unsavory aspects of the fairy tale palatable to a modern audience The Beast is portrayed fairly sympathetically Of course since he is a prisoner both in his castle and in his shape, there is very little action and great lengths are gone to with a magic mirror in order for him to have a voice in the parts of the story that wouldn t normally involve him Isabeau the beauty has interesting interactions with her family two sisters and father than she does with the beast unfortunately You can see why Disney dispensed with invisible servants and brought in an army of singing kitchen appliances because without that, this story has two characters for most of the tale and it really stretches thing to make every walk, inner etc at all gripping So to compensate the beast uses the magic mirror to watch Isabeau s family unbeknownst to her and we see what her sisters get up too Those were some of my favourite scenes in the book actually which is a mixed blessing because the focus should be on the love story and yet I just wanted to hear about Marie and Claude In the end I was left with mixed feelings about this book On one hand the prose was gorgeous, the romantic plot was allowed plenty of space to bloom, it was interesting to see the beast s perspective and even I unromantic and unsentimental as I am found the story quite sweet On the other hand the magic was a bit too convenient without any explanation, the reason for the beast being cursed makes no sense at all seriously was the fairy drinking that day and there is no antagonist to help drive the plot Disney added Gaston which turns out to be a wise decision Even Cocteau had an under developed love rival in his film You need antagonists in order to create tension and jeopardy This had none.And there were a few things that really made me raise an eyebrow Isabeau spending most of the book in tears or having fits of vapours We have hundreds of years of fairy tales and books written by men telling us this is what women do, we so don t need any of them imo The beast spending so much of the book just not using his brain at all And also crying Considering there was no antagonist and no obstacle to them being together other than stubbornness and a flimsy situation with Isabeau s father, there is a lot of needless heartbreak going on here which I grew impatient of tout de suite And the mirror The mirror really was an issue for me because it wasn t like turning on the tv to catch the tail end of the news No, the beast was glued to it whenever he couldn t be with Isabeau That and the way he watched her when she was walking in the garden having said she wanted to be alone was epically creepy Towards the end of the book he even watches her changing clothes I thought it was an editing blip and he d turned away but no it s brought up later and taken as a sign devotion Maybe if it hadn t been on top of all the other micromanaging and spying it would have been of but as it was Bleurgh I know a traditional component of the fairy tale is the beast asking the beauty to marry him every night after dinner but to have it replay exactly that way here was troubling It smacked too much of not taking no as an answer if you re a man who wants a woman It s not as if the beast even asks why she keeps saying no, he just keeps asking even though it distresses her All in all there was just too much manipulative male BS in this book the father s gambit to keep Isabeau home was despicable for instance And just so you don t think I ve got it in for the beast, aside from the mirror and the proposals, he acted well towards Isabeau throughout the book and she did not treat him especially well Which probably all sounds pretty damning It s not meant to because I actually quite liked this book Despite no action, no antagonist, no tension and an old fashioned take on a fairy tale I know inside out, I was still enthralled If you like quiet, clean fantasy and chaste romance this could well be for you If you prefer dynamic and modern retellings then I d give this one a miss flag 4 likesLike see review Mel Epic Reading Wonderfully comprehensive review The pretty cover caught my attention but I needed info Thanks JA Jan 30, 2019 10 33AM Jan 28, 2019 Joleen starlightbooktales rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley This arc was provided to me for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 2 StarsThe Beast s Heart is a retelling from the classic Beauty and the Beast but told in the Beast s perspective An interesting concept behind my favorite fairytale, but it fell flat for me.Alone and cursed, the Beast has been without human contact for a very long time, so when a stranger appears and seeks shelter, the Beast looks into his dreams Becoming bewitched by the stranger s daughter, the Beast deman This arc was provided to me for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 2 StarsThe Beast s Heart is a retelling from the classic Beauty and the Beast but told in the Beast s perspective An interesting concept behind my favorite fairytale, but it fell flat for me.Alone and cursed, the Beast has been without human contact for a very long time, so when a stranger appears and seeks shelter, the Beast looks into his dreams Becoming bewitched by the stranger s daughter, the Beast demands the stranger deliver his youngest daughter to him When Isabeau arrives but only agrees to spend the year at the ch teau, the Beast must figure out how to win her heart.There were so many issues with this book, it s meant to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but yet I felt like it was focused on Isabeau s family Which I admit, I found the family way interesting than the Beast and Isabeau s story The book is told from the Beast s point of view so everything was one sided and I found that incredibly frustrating If anything I wish we would have gotten than one point of view as I think it would have made a better story.This book had great potential with a fantastic concept I LOVE the idea of retellings but through a different perspective, but this one wasn t for me.Blog Bookstagram flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 28, 2018 Naima rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc If it was a living nightmare that took me into the forest, it was most certainly a dream that brought me out of it. I will confess, I have a weakness for fairy tales And I especially adore retellings of Beauty and the Beast which is my favourite of all When I discovered that the story is told from the Beast s perspective, I was completely sold I didn t just want it, I needed it I m happy to say I was not disappointed.To put it simply, it is a gorgeously written retelling of the famous tale If it was a living nightmare that took me into the forest, it was most certainly a dream that brought me out of it. I will confess, I have a weakness for fairy tales And I especially adore retellings of Beauty and the Beast which is my favourite of all When I discovered that the story is told from the Beast s perspective, I was completely sold I didn t just want it, I needed it I m happy to say I was not disappointed.To put it simply, it is a gorgeously written retelling of the famous tale told through the eyes of the Beast Though the essential backbone of the story is same as the Disney version, there are differences aside from this main fact For starters, at the start of the novel, we learn that the Beast has forgotten his former, human self He lives in the forest that surrounds his long abandoned home and terrorises the other creatures that live there His recurring vivid dreams torment him, often confusing his vision of what is real and what he has dreamt Only after dreaming of his human past one time does he recall the life he once lived and the curse that brought him to this state.From there, the story starts to mirrors the original, when a old man stumbles upon his estate one night As expected, the Beast blackmails him into bringing his youngest daughter, Isabeau, who though reluctant at first, agrees to offer him a year of companionship.The thing I loved most about the book was getting to see the mindset of the Beast He is gentle and kind, despite struggling with the nature of what he has become His suffering and desperate longing for company was made crystal clear through his words and it broke my heart The author did a great job of showcasing what so much time in solitude can do to someone This is not only the most vulnerable Beast I have come across, but also my favourite one It was his character that kept me engrossed in the book because I wanted to see him okay in the end.The way the relationship between him and Isabeau grows slowly from friendship into something was also beautifully done We see them spend a lot of time in each other s company, be it dining together, Isabeau playing instruments in the music room for the Beast, or him reading poetry yes, poetry to her It allowed me to get to know both of them really well, and see them develop realistically throughout the story I also enjoyed getting to see the lives of Isabeau s family and how they cope with her departure It made for a bigger story that existed far beyond the boundaries of the Beast s Chateau.Additionally, I found the way Shallcross threaded magic into the story to be very captivating The estate and household objects have minds of their own Though they can not speak, they never fail to let the Beast know when they aren t or, are pleased with his doings The house has superior knowledge, as if it knows how to break the curse, even before he does I liked that the magic was it s own character in this book I cannot tell all the emotions that arose in my breast as I eavesdropped on my dreaming guest The warmth of his love for his children first suffused me, then became a bitter ache as I realised I could never hope for such My heart soared at the tenderness in the youngest daughter s eyes, and shrivelled as I ground my teeth in rage at the remembered image of my own face, covered with fur and crowned with twisted horns Eventually, I shut my mind to his sleeping visions, unable to bear them any longer. This is the type of writing you can expect from this book It often reminded me of Pride and Prejudice I couldn t help but think that the author s chosen style was inspired by classics, but with a Young Adult audience in mind The writing, in my opinion, provided half of the charm of this book I believe fans of Austen, or anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted sentences, will adore how it is written.My main criticisms of the book are that I felt that the middle of the story got a little repetitive I wish there was a bit plot there I also thought that the reasoning for the Beast being cursed should have been stronger than the one we were given Aside from that, I have no complaints, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a refreshing take on Beauty and the Beast Despite being a slow moving story, it offered a perspective I didn t know I needed, and I finished this book with a content heart Trigger warning Suicide attempt Thank you to Hodder Stoughton for providing me with an advanced reader s copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Blog Twitter Instagram flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Leife Shallcross s first novel, The Beast s Heart, a luxuriously magical retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale , will be published by Hodder Stoughton in May 2018 She is also the author of several short stories, including Pretty Jennie Greenteeth, which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story Leife has a bit of a thing for fairy tales, and is particularly i Leife Shallcross s first novel, The Beast s Heart, a luxuriously magical retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale , will be published by Hodder Stoughton in May 2018 She is also the author of several short stories, including Pretty Jennie Greenteeth, which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story Leife has a bit of a thing for fairy tales, and is particularly inspired by those characters that tend to fall into the cracks of the usual stories She can be found online at leifeshallcross and on Twitter leioss


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    1. 2 stars Thank you to the author and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Disney s Beauty and the Beast without the musicals.I can see this book being enjoyable for a teen audience, or those who like a simple, understated read but for me, it was incredibly boring and unexciting The pacing, the story, and the characters Justboring.I also feel like the author was trying too hard to bulk up the story with descriptive words for the surroundings, or the 2 [...]


    2. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 2.5 stars rounded up A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast s perspective in a YA tone I was drawn to the new take on one of my favourite fairy tales, and the cover, which is beautiful but a lot of this just didn t really work for me One thing I really liked was the magical aspects, which manage to keep this feeling like a fairy tale without overpowering the story The secondary characters, the castle and oth I rece [...]


    3. Check out Happy Indulgence Books for reviews Trigger warnings abusive behaviour, manipulation, voyeurism, attempted suicideI was excited to read this book because I loved Beauty and the Beast, but within a few pages, I couldn t help but have major creepy vibes at Beast s perspective Not only do we get to hear his terribly isolating thoughts at having to lure a woman to his den only to keep him company, but we also witness his voyeuristic hobby of him spying on her family It s like [...]


    4. The Beast s Heart by debut Australian author Leife Shallcross is a retelling of the classic French fairy tale La Belle et la B te , told from the perspective of the Beast Like many lovers of fairy tales, it is one of my own personal favourites and I have drawn upon its symbols and structures in my own novel, The Beast s Garden, which is set in Nazi Germany Leife Shallcross s novel is a much conventional fairy tale retelling, set in a magical world of castles and forests and curses I do The Beas [...]


    5. How did the Beast feel, what were his thoughts in the classic Beauty and the Beast tale Leife Shallcross gives us her version of what emotional turmoil was that lay within THE BEAST S HEART.Do NOT expect a rehash of the classic, expect a darker, emotionally grueling tale The Beast gives his perspective, from his self loathing, his loneliness, to the empty pit in his chest.This is not a rapid fire tale, but there is a depth to it that puts a new perspective on what transpired between the y How d [...]


    6. I received a finished copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All thoughts are my own.I remember first stumbling across the news of this book on Twitter and knowing I instantly needed it in my life the trouble was I had to wait several months for it to even become available for review The wait was completely worth it.The Beast s Heart is a magically woven retelling of the everlasting classic Beauty and the Beast Shallcross does the original story justice with h I r [...]


    7. Where has this book been all my life As with a lot of fellow readers and romance lovers, Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite fairy tales and so the prospect of reading a re telling of the story from the Beast s perspective was too good an opportunity to miss What s strange is that reading this book didn t feel like reading just another re telling of Beauty and the Beast It s a story that is entirely it s own and in certain aspects, extremely different than the original story Whe [...]


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