Sunday, March 12, 2017

REVIEW: Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter

Book Blurb: Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST
Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

My Review: So this book is the Phantom of the Opera meets Beauty and the Beast and it works surprisingly well. Granted our hero is not born with his deformities but gets them the night his parents and sister are killed. Apparently the servants in the castle rose up and killed most of the royal family. Like who does that? From the way the author writes it didn't seem like the royal family were horrible people, There really was no reason to kill them at all but I guess we needed a tragic backstory for the prince.

Now the family that our villain is from needs to be wiped out more than the royals. And Raphael's mistress she needs to go too. Raphael forced Isabelle into an engagement and then tried to force himself on her and Vivian was just horrible in her attempt to be with him. She killed her husband so that she could marry him. Not that it really got anywhere as both of them meet their fates at the end of the book.

This book should be read by new adult and up as there are some graphic scenes in the story. I will read this book again in the future.

* I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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