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The Beast’s Heart Review

The Beast’s Heart Review

Another DNF

April has not been a very good month in terms of reading. I will still share my full wrap-up at the end of the month, SPOILER ALERT: I didn’t read many good books.

In case, you’re unfamiliar with the term DNF, it means Did Not Finish in the Book World.

Without further ado, my review.

The Beast’s Heart

by Leife Shallcross

Published May 3rd 2018


2 out of 5 stars


A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .


Pages: 304

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series? No, I believe it is a standalone.

** I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher.

MY REVIEW OF The Beast’s Heart:


Young Adult – Fantasy – Retellings

To be completely honest, I was SO excited for this retelling. But here is the thing with retellings, they are so overdone, so if you are gonna write one it needs to bring something new and exciting to the table. This book attempted to do that by narrating the story from the Beast’s perspective. And for me, it just didn’t work.

It was incredibly boring, in the first three chapters.

I then read reviews, to see if it would get any better, hoping for more dialogue and action. But the reviews, I read did not seem promising.

I only made it to chapter four, so I’m not going to drag this review on.

It wasn’t the book for me, but if you LOVE retellings and Beauty and the Beast there is definitely a chance that you will enjoy this one!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this review!

Sarah June


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