RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2015
AUTHOR: Lindsay Mead
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
SUMMARY: Demon possession has swept through Glace’s neighboring kingdom, turning humans into hellhounds. These great, fanged wolves are wild, desperate, and hungry. Only the sworn Hunters have kept them back for five long, bloody years.
At the young age of fifteen, Belle LeClair became a Hunter. She no longer remembers how many hounds she’s killed, or how many friends she’s buried. Still, Belle leads the hunt till a tragedy forces her deep into the dark kingdom. Her heart will be turned, her loyalty tested— and fate will intervene.
The Beast is a unique retelling of Beauty And The Beast fairytale which is one of my favorite fairy tales. When I first read the synopsis I knew I had to read it because I’m sucker for the B&B’s retellings. At this point, I’ve read a fair number of Beauty and the Beast retellings. Some were good and some were not. The Beast falls in the good category and I really liked it but still it wasn’t perfect because I really think the author could’ve done so much better. Nonetheless, it was a good start for a new fantasy series but needs more work.
Belle LeClair is a kickass character and also a hunter who kills hell hounds with her group to protect their village. Her father is the founder of the Hunter Organization and they work under the catholic Church. During a journey, her father goes missing when he and his group were attacked by large pack of hounds. When Belle hears the word of it, she immediately sets out her own journey to find her father and she is quite astonished to find a castle in the middle of nowhere. Later, she comes to learn about a cursed prince who is living in that castle and also the true nature of the curse, and how it all actually started in the first place.
I liked all the characters in the plot. Belle is a strong character who is sassy and quite rebellious in nature. She is the only female hunter and she isn’t ashamed of what everyone thinks about her and that’s what I like most about her. I’m really surprised to find Gastone as the friendly nice guy because he was totally different than the original Gastone who is cocky and arrogant. Alexander, our very own beast in the story is another character that I’ve liked to know but there isn’t much depth in his character and I wasn’t able to connect with him. He was a total gentleman and regal, and he always respects Belle even though she’s a hunter. I adore the relationship between Belle and Alexander, I really liked how their relationship slowly developed with every interaction but I felt the romance lacking in their relationship.
The plot is very unique especially with the mix of Norse Mythology and Steampunk, and the story takes place in 18th century of France. The Author has creatively done this retelling by adding different elements to the plot and it’s really a great concept. The plot was slow paced at the beginning but things got interesting after Belle enters the castle and finally meets the cursed prince. The writing was good for a debut author but still there are some grammatical errors which can be overlooked. Although the concept is very unique with so many changes, it stayed true to the original tale which is the best thing about this book.
Despite it’s flaws, it’s an entertaining read with great storyline. The best aspects of the story was the Norse Mythology and the characters. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book! Though it has somewhat happy ending but there are still some unanswered questions and mysteries which needs to be revealed. So, yes I would definitely read it’s sequel. Do I recommend this book? Yes, I highly recommend this book to all the readers who love reading fairy tale retellings.
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