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The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross
Published by Berkley on February 12, 2019
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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.
The Beast’s Heart is a Beauty and the Beast retelling from the Beast’s point of view. I am uncertain if I have read one with only the Beast perspective. I know I have had the female one and a dual. It’s a great story in modern or historical setting; it’s magic. The setting here is historical and definitely magic is involved.
I loved the magical touches of the mirror and the letters which give a view as to what is going on with her family. These details provided added layers to the story which are much needed. In fact, they are more varied than the routine schedule Isabeau and Beast follow. But they didn’t tell each other about these things for a long time, which is a bit odd.
I found it really difficult to not know what was going on with Isabeau. She liked the Beast, enjoyed the life he provided and his company. Their routine with little change except seasons and unknown emotional upsets provided little story. Beast had seemingly limited information and strategy on how to improve things or further his cause.
The emotions from Beast, Isabeau and her father did not seem quite authentic at times. I didn’t like her father. He’s had some real tough setbacks but he left too much work to his daughters. They all used Isabeau before she went to live with Beast. Isabeau is a fan of musical instruments and having Beast read to her, rather than being much of a reader herself.
I cared about these characters and wanted to see them thrive. There was more than one happy ending here.
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