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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Review: Beast: a Tale of Love and Revenge

Title: Beast: a Tale of Love & Revenge
Author: Lisa Jensen

Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen's multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.
They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.



Review:

So, this books cover intrigued me most. And the fact that I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast- one of my favorite fairy tales. I just had to read this book.
It's not your normal telling of B&tB which you learn early on.
Lucie was sent away by her mother to become a servant- and she travels to Beaumount Chateau, where she meets Jean-loup. She is awestruck by his looks- but once the cruelty of who he truly is is revealed, she wants to watch him suffer- so a spell is placed upon Jean-Loup  turning him into a Beast, and only a girl of virtue who agrees to marry him will the spell be lifted. Lucie takes joy in watching her revenge unfold- until she realizes that Beast may not be the same person as Jean-Loup. He is more gentlemanly and noble than Jean-Loup ever was. But what happens when a beauty stumbles upon the Chateau threatening to break the spell?
This isn't your normal telling of Beauty and the Beast. And it does contain some topics that may trigger  (rape, abortion, suicidal thoughts & attempts). It took me a little while to get into the story. I didn't care for Lucie's character early on, but liked her more as the story went on. And I loathed Jean-loup's character. And skimmed over their full names almost every single time they were mentioned (way to long). I loved Beast character- and would have loved to see more from him. It saddened me a little that he only went by Beast- since that was what he was- but not who he was. It was an interesting read and a different take on Beauty and the Beast. 3⭐ out of 5 ⭐. After a slow start & quite a few triggers, it picks up a little & has more potential but in the end it wasn't enough to redeem it.

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