Review: The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

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Review: The Beast’s Heart by Leife ShallcrossThe Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross
Published by Berkley on February 12th 2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 416

A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last.
I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.
I am the Beast.
The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.
My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.
My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.
And now I might lose her forever.
Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast's heart.

This was a rather unique take on an old classic. Beauty and the Beast told from the Beast’s perspective. Leife Shallcross was a new to me author and I find her voice unique and compelling.

We all know the story. The Beast was cursed into a lonely and broken existence until Beauty came along and suddenly he has hope of breaking the curse. It’s a familiar well treated story which means there’s really not a lot of surprises here. But that’s okay. There were other things that I found enjoyable in this book.

For one, I liked that the author spent time developing the romance between Isabeau and the Beast. The time they spent interacting were the highlight for me. I believed they really fell in love and it wasn’t just Stockholm Syndrome.

I did enjoy how this was told from the Beast’s point of view. It was definitely interesting. I wasn’t creeped out by his POV at all which was a plus because it could have easily gone wrong. But it didn’t. I genuinely liked the Beast and can see why Isabeau could fall for him.

Overall, I enjoyed the Beast’s Heart and would read another book by this author.



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