Beauty and the Beast! Dragons! Whimsy!

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

From the start to finish, this book was impeccably written. So much seems to have gone into it and it has turned out a masterpiece.

Beauty and the Beast retellings are hard to write. Books are hard to write. The problem with the Beauty and the Beast is that, if written wrong, can be construed as a Stockholm Syndrome-esque romance. Yet this book turned out, well, amazing. This story is a vibrant, slow burning romance that is unlike any other book I’ve read.

It’s hard to explain without the aide of spoilers, but trust me; you want to read it. The characters fly off the page and the plot and story will keep you reading long after midnight. The tale that Meagan Spooner spins has the darkness of other worlds, the whimsy of a fairytale, and an inventive spin on a tale as old as time.

The beauty and the beast has always been one of my favorite fairytales. I think what always drew me in was that it featured a “princess” of intelligence. One that didn’t get where she was with her looks. She was selfless and well-learned and brave. All of these qualities transferred well to the Beauty in this story. She was willing to do anything to save the people she loved. Face anything, kill anything, live with anything. And while she was beautiful, I think her intelligence was what really made her beautiful.

We need more heirones with the beauty of intelligence.

PSA: THIS BOOK WILL BREAK YOU INTO A MILLION PIECES AND GLUE YOU BACK TOGETHER WITH HAPPINESS AND WILL ALSO GLUE YOUR HANDS TO IT BECAUSE IT WILL NOT LET YOU PUT IT DOWN AND ALSO YOU WILL LOVE IT BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING AND WONDERFUL AND WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE GO PREORDER IT AHHHHHHHH

CONTENT GUIDE –

Sexual – kissing, character is naked for medical reasons in one scene

Violence – this gets pretty dark at points and descriptive of violent-ish scenes

Cussing – I don’t remember anything

Drinking/Drugs – none

 

What’s your favorite fairytale? What’s your favorite retelling of that fairytale?

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