Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) By Rachel L. Demeter [Review]

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)RELEASE DATE:  March 15th 2017
AUTHORS: Rachel L. Demeter
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Dark, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Rachel L. Demeter 
SUMMARY: 

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…

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* I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite fairytale that I’ll never get tired of and I always love reading its retellings including the ones that are set in modern world but I mostly like to read the ones that are placed in historical or fantasy setting. I haven’t heard of Beauty of the beast before but when I accidentally came across the cover reveal of this book, I couldn’t tear my eyes off it. The cover definitely looks beautiful and captivating with its thorns and roses. I can also see that this book is slowly gaining popularity. Anyway, personally I enjoyed reading this book and It’s kinda darker than the normal retellings so it’s highly advised to read it with caution because of certain scenes in the book. 

Prince Adam Delacroix is only eleven years old when his parents were brutally murdered leaving him severely scarred. Even after twenty five years, he is still living a secluded life in a ruined castle far away from the people and the town. Isabelle rose lives with her two greedy step sisters and her loving father who is now sick and blind. With no financial aid to help with her father’s sickness, Isabelle is left with no choice but to agree to marry the handsome Raphael Dumont, a vile creature who had some kind of mad obsession with her. When Raphael takes it too far, Isabelle and her father decides to escape from him and when a sudden snowstorm struck them during their journey, Isabelle comes across a run down castle and decides to take shelter until the storm passes but when the mysterious stranger in cloak who is living in it is totally against it, she wouldn’t back down easily and eventually he gives in. During their stay, when tragedy struck her, Isabelle blames Adam and since then she couldn’t face him but eventually they slowly open up to each other and develops a mutual bond which grows into something more. When Isabelle’s past finally catches up with her, can Adam finally forget his old demons and save her before its too late?

I loved Isabelle! She’s a strong female protagonist who is stubborn, feisty and fearless. She’s one of those heroines who wouldn’t give in without a fight but she also got a vulnerable side to her that makes her more realistic. Adam is a great character. He’s a broody, angry and aloof guy who has hard time in trusting others and he has a pet dog named Stranger, his only companion in the entire castle. His horrifying past has left him scarred on the outside and broken in the inside. When Isabelle comes into his life somewhere in his lonely heart he finds hope. The relationship between Isabelle and Adam is complicated at first but eventually they start to open up to each other and their grief brings them even more closer. The romance is definitely slow burn and I’m glad that it isn’t insta-lust or insta-sex thing which happens in most of the adult reads. I enjoyed how their relationship grew from friendship  to love. There is lots of sexual tension between them and their chemistry is definitely hot, steamy and swoon worthy. The way they are enamored with each others beauty seemed a bit over dramatic sometimes but I wasn’t bothered with it much. As for the secondary characters, I hated Raphael and his mistress Vivian. Raphael is  beautiful on the outside but totally ugly on the inside. He’s not only a drunk but also has lots of issues. Vivian is a bitchy character who likes Raphael and she hates Isabelle because of his obsession with her. 

The plot is well written and beautiful! It’s a mix of three wonderful tales Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and the phantom of Opera. The dark and realistic twist of the tale made the story even more interesting to read. The pacing is perfect and I never got bored while reading it. I liked the dual pov of the book and the writing style is simply beautiful but I did find some parts repetitive which kinda annoyed me a bit but not enough to hinder my enjoyment. The world building is good but honestly, I wasn’t really paying much attention to it because my focus was mostly on Adam and Isabelle. I also loved the character development of Adam who has turned from bitter angry person to sweet, loving and caring person. 

Overall, I loved it! This is really an emotional dark tale and it’s definitely going to one of my favorite B&B retellings list. I immensely enjoyed it and I can’t wait to know what the author has in store for us next.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend this book to everyone who is  above 18 years of age because of strong sexual content, profanity and a attempted rape scene. If you’re comfortable with the above aspects then definitely give this a try. 

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars1 4-stars14-stars1[4/5 Stars]

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21 thoughts on “Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) By Rachel L. Demeter [Review]

  1. bookwonderlandweb April 17, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I adore retellings and I love how this is more mature. I recently read The Beast Within and I liked how it was a bit darker but it seemed a bit immature so I can’t wait to give this one a shot!

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    • ravenblake99 April 19, 2017 / 1:19 am

      This book is really good and I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on it! 🙂

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  2. TeacherofYA April 18, 2017 / 12:12 am

    Is it a little more “adult” if you know what I mean? Or is it pretty tame? (I’m not a fan of racy books, lol).

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    • ravenblake99 April 18, 2017 / 12:31 am

      Yeah, It’s an adult book with strong sexual content but it is definitely not one of those racy books that only revolves around sex.

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  3. Kelly April 18, 2017 / 1:03 am

    I don’t read much in terms of adult fairy tale retellings, but this sounds like something I would love. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorites, too. Amazing review – thanks for sticking this book on my radar – definitely adding it to my TBR list!

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    • ravenblake99 April 18, 2017 / 1:35 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as well! Let me know what you think of it. 🙂

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  4. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books April 18, 2017 / 1:34 am

    Ah, this sounds exactly my kind of read. I love Beauty and the Beast and seeing a great retelling is definitely great news! 🙂 I’m adding this to my tbr right now and I hope to read it asap! Loved your review!

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    • ravenblake99 April 18, 2017 / 2:27 am

      Omg! I’m so excited for you to read it! This book is really good and I hope you enjoy as much as I did. Let me know what you think of it. Thank you! 🙂

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  5. toomuchofabooknerd April 18, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I read this book a few weeks ago and I also thought it was great! I loved both Isabelle and Adam and how their relationship developed! 🙂
    I agree that some things were repetitive and the very explicit scenes scared me off a little but overall this was a great read! Lovely review! 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 April 19, 2017 / 1:16 am

      Thank you! I’m glad loved it as much as I did! Despite the explicit parts, it is definitely a great read. 🙂

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  6. SERIESous Book Reviews April 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

    You know, I’ve never read an adult fairy tale retelling so I might have to give this one a try. I love darker stories so this sounds perfect for me! I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for it.

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  7. Candid Cover April 19, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    OMG!! I haven’t heard of this one before and you have me so excited for it! Honestly, anything Beauty and the Beast related has me jumping up and down. This one sounds incredible and I am so happy that you enjoyed it. 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 April 19, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Then you’ll definitely enjoy reading this book! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! 🙂

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  8. Lashaan (Bookidote) April 22, 2017 / 3:16 am

    I’ve been seeing this a bit more often nowadays and I can imagine why! That cover is pretty nice and, even for me, the whole “darker” take of Beauty and the Beast has me super intrigued. Glad to hear that this managed to get on your favourite retelling list. I wonder what the author will do next. :O

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  9. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate May 5, 2017 / 3:02 am

    Interesting book… I’d never seen a Beauty and the Beast adult retelling so I’m not sure what to think of it! Still, your review makes it sound super promising so I might give it a try 🙂
    Great post, Raven ^^

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    • ravenblake99 May 9, 2017 / 2:31 am

      Thank you! It’s really a great retelling! I really hope you enjoy it if you decide to give this a try! 🙂

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  10. Summer @ Xingsings May 20, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I’m also the same way. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of Beauty and the Beast and BATB inspired retellings. I hadn’t heard of this one but after reading your review I’m interested! From what I can see, the storyline seems like it follows the original pretty good, too. And it’s great that this features another strong heroine. They’re also my favorite. As for the steamy romance, I tend to not like them… but after reading ACoTaR/ACoMaF recently I feel like I’m up for anything now, lol. But it’s a relief to hear that there’s no instasex. Though I guess it can be realistic in a sense, it’s just a bit too much for me. Anyway, great review, Raven!

    Summer

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    • ravenblake99 May 22, 2017 / 2:06 am

      Thank you summer! This is a wonderful read! I hope you give this a shot. If you don’t like steamy romances then skip the parts you’re not comfortable with.

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