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"****SIX HEARTBREAKING, BEASTLY STARS****
I can't even with this novel - and in a good way.
Rachel L. Demeter has yet to disappoint with her outstanding writing techniques, and pulling a reader into her work. Beauty of the Beast was an outstanding read that drew me in, and kept me there. Seeing as Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite fairy tales, this novel was a must read for me. The cover art was outstandingly beautiful, and really captured the original tale of the beast that lives in the broken down castle, forever broken, and forgotten, a human being resting in the shadows where he watches the world pass him by. Other than a lone servant that has stood by his side for twenty-five years, Adam Delacroix, is a mysterious, powerful character who was absolutely stunning to fall in love with." - Battery Operated Book Blog
"Another Fairy Tale grows up, gains some dark realism and proves that without love, even a saint can become a beast from within their heart and that love can make anyone beautiful in the eyes of those who love them. Rachel L. Demeter has shown her writing chops once again as she turns an already dark tale into an edgy read that will rock you back on your heels." - Tome Tender Book Blog
"Absolutely beautiful. A perfect retelling of one of the most famous fairy tales. This version doesn't involve talking teapots or enchanted roses, but this retelling is still beyond magical." - LYLY 5 STAR BOOKS
"5++ enchanting stars. This book is so beyond anything I could have ever expected. The author recreated the original Beauty and the Beast story with a sexy and dark edge and I completely LOVED it.
Rachel L. Demeter's writing is just beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, my kindle is literally FILLED with highlights." - Katie's Book Blog
"I loved Ms. Demeter's Finding Gabriel, so I when I saw her Beauty of the Beast, I jumped at the chance to read it! The fact that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, my favorite fairy tale, only made me want to read it even more - and wow - was it good. Although good is too weak a word to describe it, it really was amazing and I positively loved it!" - A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia
"Once I started reading it... I. Could. Not. Stop!" - The Booknatics
"This story is darker and grittier than the story from your childhood. Fairy tales don't get much better than this.
Beauty of the Beast has unbelievable character development. There are no magical teacups or candelabras in this story. But there is a sweet, sometimes poignant development of an enduring love that transforms all. A beautiful, bold retelling of a timeless classic that, like the original story, gives us hope for tomorrow. We all need that. I can't wait to see what childhood tale Rachel Demeter breathes life into next!" - Amy ~ Love at 1st Read
"Speechless! That's what I felt when I'm done reading this book. I was amazed how beautiful it was flawlessly written turning a classic story into this edgy, dark and sexy story is just brilliant. The pacing is just right and the characters are well defined! This is my first book by Author Rachel L. Demeter and what an introduction it was. - Myla ~ Goodreads
"This. This is what Beauty and the Beast should have been. It's probably what it would have been if it had been written for an adult audience. Isabelle was the perfect heroine. She was the perfect combination of contradictions. She was so very strong but at the same time, very fragile. She was extremely brave yet skittish. She loved beauty but also saw the beauty in flaws. She was exactly what I envisioned our beloved Belle would be like. And Prince Adam... you want to just weep for him but at the same time, you're rooting for the handsomely scarred prince.
THIS is what Rachel L. Demeter was meant to do. These fairy tale retellings. It blew me out of the water and I'm so excited about this little sub-genre but I know I can't read something from someone else because it just won't be as good. Just have to wait for the next one from Demeter. And it won't be a patient wait!" - Little Miss Bookmark
"Rachel's take on Beauty & The Beast truly pulled me into a magical place. Even though it was shrouded in darkness & layered with pain & sorrow, it also wrapped me in the most gorgeous blanket of love, acceptance & trust.
I found myself so absorbed in the story that time flew by in a blink. The story, plot twists & character development were so well paced & effortless, that the characters became easy to connect with from the moment I met them, tugging a whole range of emotions from within. I felt their heartache & anguish, but also rejoiced in their dreams & hopes." - Unbound Book Reviews
- Publication date : March 15, 2017
- File size : 3969 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 342 pages
- ASIN : B01MUGRH44
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #158,871 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I agree with ALL of the one star reviews. It was way to wordy. There were descriptions of completely unnecessary things. There were stupid conversations with random people that seemed just there to make us believe what we already know; that Isabelle is sweet and kind.
I love dark stories where good hearted people overcome horrific situations. The dark elements were not handle well. The first chapter almost gave me nightmares. Spoiler below.
Honestly, I only got 15% through, so please check to see if you may like it.
But I was forcing myself to read it.
The scene that describes how the eleven year old prince got his scars is his baby sister burning in her crib. Descriptions of a baby screaming in pain while burning to death is a super hard NO for me.
Raphael rapes Isabelle with his fingers. Amazingly, it’s not described well at all. Just coarse and gross and she doesn’t fight or scream. She seems to get over it way to quickly. Creepy and shocking.
There's a major problem with your rendition of Beauty and the Beast though, If the "poor provincial town" is more interesting than the enchanted castle. Once 'Belle gets there, one big plot point happens, and then.....lots of longing looks, lots of recycled prose. Adam admires her "molten chocolate locks" a few times verbatim, before she suddenly compares his locks to the same. Every few pages it seems, the author needs to remind us in the same exact language what the characters look like.
A few funky staging issues happen: in one instance, a dog pads over to 'Belle and licks her hand. Adam pets the same dog and then "reaches her position in a few quick strides"....? Either thats one biiiig dog, or 'Belle has severely misjudged his height, as you'd think a 6"3' guy could manage to outpace even a large dog in perhaps half a stride. Maybe two skips. There are other instances, but this one quite amused me.
Most disconcerting though, is the character's attachment to their parents.... now, the original story is rife with material to explore the bonds of parent and child, but.....did the author have to attempt do it in the middle of the steamy scenes? I thought this was extremely off-putting. Several times, it's mentioned that 'Belle is wearing his late mother's clothing, immediately before or in the middle of him touching her or fantasizing about her. I wonder why the author included this, since she later uses this to point out the perversity of the Gaston-character, when he dresses her up like his mother?
Adam, the hero, wants their first time to be 'perfect', so he <i>leaves his mother's ballgown in her room for her to wear the night they do it for the first time. </i> She even mentions it's a few inches too short for her, and obviously was someone else's....his mother's... AGGGGGHHHHHHHH! NONONONONONO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Overall, enjoyable, but some elements kept me from really immersing in the story....and a few that made me squirm, NOT in the way one would hope in an adult fairytale.
Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter is a dark, adult fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast (with a teeny-tiny nod to Cinderella, too?).
**** Warning: this book contains mature content and dark themes, most of which are graphic.****
In an attempt to better her life, Isabelle Rose travels with her ailing father to the merchant's fair in LA Florin, leaving her two selfish step- sisters, Clarice and Elizabeth, and her cruel and heartless fiancé, Raphael Dumont, behind. Before they were able to reach their destination, Isabelle and her father Bernard get caught in the middle of a serious snow storm and have to venture off their route to find safety. Eventually they find a decrepit castle, seemingly abandoned, and immediately seek shelter inside. What they find, however, was something way beyond what they could have imagined.
The writing is filled with vivid descriptions and details, but certain things felt repetitive and that got slightly annoying.
This is a stand alone book, but its also the first installment in a series of (more to come) classic fairy tale retellings with dark and realistic twists (which I'm definitely looking forward to). In some ways, this book reminded me of M.J. Haag's Beastly Tales trilogy, Depravity (mostly because of the MC's two evil step-sisters, and some similar dark themes), but Rachel L. Demeter puts her own unique twist on this fairy tale; one that's filled with strong emotion, tragedy and a slow-burning romance.
I loved that there was no magic used in this story. Prince Adam Delacroix was made into a "beast" by a horrific event in his past, not cursed to be one. However, he does own an old aged "beast like" wolf-hound named Stranger (and I loved him, haha).
Besides Stranger, Adam's only other friend (and only connection to the outside world until he meets Isabelle) is Sébastien, a man who served him and his family before they were horrifically attacked. Unfortunately, I felt their friendship was underdeveloped. I didn't really feel a strong connection between these characters, which was strange considering everything they've been through together.
Raphael Dumont, Isabelle's fiancé, is handsome, rich, powerful and absolutely despicable. While I am not forgiving his actions, I was glad to know his history and learn why he became so villainous. I almost felt bad for him at times.
If you're an adult who enjoys dark gothic romances, happy endings and Beauty and the Beast retellings, then this is a book for you.
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I wanted a sumptuously told story about a dark, brooding hero full of pining and trauma.
And really... I got that.
But there's still a little something missing from this sensual retelling. The plot is non-existent and nothing with surprise anyone. Only the villain (who, props to the writer, is both horrific and interesting) and the "beast" have any real depth. The Beauty of this tale is defined solely by her relationship to her father and then her relationship to the beast. She's sweet and sympathetic but largely uninteresting.
The writing style is interesting. The prose is rich and vivid, but way over the top and often unnecessary. Everything is described, detracting from the story. Every time Isabelle/Adam entered the room, half a page was given over to describing them. At one point a room is on fire and it's being described.
Other people have commented that they didn't buy the main relationship and it was too lustful. Yes, the lust was there, but for someone not really into "thirst" I thought it was actually one of the better elements and found the relationship an awful lot better than other retellings I've read. It was sweet.
There were some truly beautiful moments between the two –Isabelle watching Adam play and the hot spring scene come to mind– and I definitely think this book as a lot to recommend it. It was just a bit overlong and superfluous. I think this is the author's debut so I imagine she's had time to polish her craft a bit now, and I wouldn't be adverse to reading her other work. This one just didn't fully hit the mark.
This is my first Rachel L. Demeter book and my new favorite retelling!! My heart is full of nothing but love towards this book!!! Beauty and the beast will always be one of my favorite fairy tales no matter what format it's in or the creative license an author chooses to take; it never gets old. I mean is there a more powerful message in a fairy tale than true beauty is found within?
“I know these walls are filled with shadows. But that doesn’t mean you have to live in darkness.”
I just wanted to give this book a giant hug after I finished because not only did it take a story I already love and made me love it even more but it also gave it a sexier darker edge. Rachel L Demeter writing and backstories were incredible, they really humanized the characters. I ended up having a greater appreciation for this story because I could understand where each character was coming from and how that affected their choices. This is an adult retelling and I have to say it’s much darker and twisted in nature than the original but it’s also so so good. The writing is incredibly detailed and vivid.
"It was a lullaby, the somber whispers of a past life; he sang the words with such depth, such soul, and agony. Beautiful. Terrible. Gut-wrenching. A crush of emotions stirred in each word, each chord, every breath. In spite of herself, Isabelle felt her heart shatter for him a little bit. "
What I loved most was Adam & Isabelle's chemistry it was on fire. There was a real build up from blinding hatred to a shaky friendship to them coming to understand each other and turning that into a trust which eventually became love. I felt this book captured the true essence of beauty and the beast, most of the changes were subtle but effective. The biggest change for me was that this book is a historical fiction with zero fantastical elements. There is no curse. Adam "the beast" was permanently disfigured by burns that cover over half his body which he got the night his parents and baby sister were murdered. It's those events in his childhood that led him to have hatred and distrust toward humanity and inevitably caused him to close himself off from the outside world... until Isabelle comes along and slowly he starts to see the world in a different light.
"Every time Isabelle came near him, he experienced surging emotions and a jarring connection. Admiration. Respect. Gratitude for her friendship. And a blossoming love for both her inner and outer beauty"
You might know the story because it's been told time and time again but it only scratches the surface of this book.I end up loving this book so much that shortly after reading I went back and bought a physical copy because I know this is a story I will go back to when I want a fantastic retelling. If you enjoy retellings with darker feel check out this beautiful and captivating story of Beauty of the Beast!!
Things do not start well, some triggers for sexual abuse, the language restrained but disturbing. Isabelle apparently has the world at her feet but it is a dark world and a darker future and in an attempt to escape her Father and her leave on a pretence. Caught in a storm a spooky Castle appears and it's owner, a dark and hooded figure, very reluctantly takes Isabelle and her Father in.
Things do not improve and the old man dies. Isabelle falls ill and so is trapped in the castle with its beastly deformed owner Adam.
Can forgiveness bloom and grudges be forgot? Can two broken people fix each other? Maybe... but shadows loom in every twist and can either escape their pasts or futures?
So well written. Sweetly erotic, so romantic, a bit frightening. As a feminist I loved Isabelle and her strength and her weakness. Adam was perfect; lonely, tortured by his past, dark, seductive, male. And the voice of course, so so important to get that across.
The piano scene is beautiful as is the final seduction.
Pacing nice. Language lovely. A brilliant retelling. Let your darker side give in.
Im actually going to add the print version of this book to my library so that should tell you just how much I like it.