Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

Book Review #535

Title: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

Author: Lisa Jensen

Publisher: Candlewick Pressy,

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Pages: 337

Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.

They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never 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 dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell. 

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge is a retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast which has a more different take than what I was originally expecting. It talks about some pretty heavy stuff and the writing is quite lyrical.

Apart from that, the plot to me is a bit all over the place and there were just some things that I couldn’t quite grasp. From a certain point, I get what the author is trying to convey but I find the execution to be a bit of a miss. Also, there are certain scenes that I find way too excessive and without any trigger warning could be very problematic. I think it could be so much better than how it is originally is right now.

I’m afraid this is another book that I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped. Beauty and the beast has always been my favourite fairytale so I was really hoping that I would end up enjoying this one but I just couldn’t force myself. And this is just a terrible retelling that I wouldn’t recommend.

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