Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L Demeter
The world thinks Prince Adam Delacroix died the day his whole family was massacred 25 years ago, he didn’t.
He was only a child but his horrible scars keep the memory of that brutality alive and him hopeless and alone, hidden in his ruined castle.
Beautiful Isabelle Rose and her father get lost in a storm and find shelter in the castle not knowing there’s a tortured prince lurking in the shadows.
Their trespass is harshly punished and, in order to spare her gravely ill father, she offers to stay as a prisoner in his stead.
Adam’s soul, like the flowers he takes care of, is not lost though
“That first season, when I planted the flowers, I watched them with a morbid anticipation-waiting for winter to choke them like it does everything else, waiting for their petals to fall away and rejoin the earth. But they endured. They survived that harsh winter, unchanged, beautiful, complete… I thought I was living in a dream of sorts…”
A friendship is forged that soon evolves into love.
When a men from Isabelle’s past threatens them both, Adam has a decision to make.
Will he abandon the shadows and walk into the light?
~ DNF ~
The one star rating depends on my very personal opinion about retellings.
I think retellings should offer a different take on the stories they’re “re-telling”.
There must be something original about it that makes it original on its own right.
This book IS NOT “one star material” per se.
The writing is good but it feels almost like watching the Disney movie…
What’s the point of a retelling when it’s almost identical to the original story?
I read it up to 50% then skipped and read bits here and there that weren’t at all bad.
The thing is that few added details and adult scenes (there’s also an almost rape) weren’t enough to make this book stand out as “different” and engage me.
Rating a book 2 stars means to me, a specific book was an “OK read” hence forgettable but little things here and there were good and made me read the whole thing,
3 stars means I enjoyed it…
I can’t give neither.
It didn’t feel “Ok” reading a story without a truly original take on the classical tale we all know and for me that’s the whole point!
Mostly people LOVED this book so, if you’re not picky about originality in retellings, don’t let my review discourage you from giving this book a chance.
⭐ 1 Star ⭐
Almost Rape, Explicit Scenes
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