Chateau Beaumont is said to be cursed but Lucie ignores the warnings not believing that the handsome master of the keep, Jean-Loup is anything but kind and brave. She is soon relieved of that notion and in revenge, she seeks the help of a wise woman who changes the master into a Beast as ugly as his soul. However, Beast is not all that he appears to be for no evil man could tend the roses as sweetly as he does, attempt poetry, or 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 hopes that the Beast has replaced the chevalier permanently until a young woman shows up with the power to break the curse. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was published on July 10th, 2018.
This book was an interesting retelling of the age-old fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. The characters were compelling and in a world filled with magic where everything is not so black and white. Beauty and ugliness are blurred along with beastliness and humanity. I liked the book but at times I was bored by it. However, the unique retelling and plot plus stunning characters still recommend the book.
I was drawn into this tale by the main character, Lucie who suffers greatly at the hands of the Chevalier of the grand estate of Beaumont. Her growth from hatred to understanding to love was intriguing to read about and the author excellently portrayed her growth as a character. However, I could not stand the fact that she spent a major portion of the book as a candlestick. It was boring to read about how as a candlestick Lucie would sit in a single place for weeks just ruminating. There were a couple chapters where I wanted to set the book down. But I powered through and it was worth it to reach the middle to ending chapters.
In these, we realize that Rose also known as Beauty may be more than just a frightened maiden entranced by the Beast. And the Beast is more than just a frightening creature. His humiliation and gentle side show through and the constant rejections from Rose are heartbreaking to witness within his character. I loved the Beast and through every riotous emotion I followed and understood him.
The Beast was a phenomenal addition to the story but what I really adored was the world building. The author created a setting in which magic is possible in an extravagant world told from the point of view of a servant. The roses of the Beast and the Chateau in which he lived were wonderfully described and I could almost smell a hint of roses in the air. It was stunning for the author truly created a gorgeous world.
In the end, I would recommend the book. It wasn’t a favorite, though and I would rather read other books before this one. However, it was worth it to see a unique take on an age-old fairy tale.