Day 28 – The Best Book You’ve Read this Month
So I’m getting myself sorted to start reviewing some fairytale retellings in August after having read A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I honestly thought that was going to be my favourite read for this month but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by another so that one has definitely stolen the spot.
The best book I’ve read this month is The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross.
I came across this little wonder in my hunt for great fairytale retellings and purchased it for a few pounds from Kindle. I got stuck in about it very quickly and found myself engrossed it the story. I finished it in a day.
I won’t go too much into it because I’ll be reviewing it for Augusts Retellings but I’ll divulge a little.
It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as you’d likely figured, but it us told wholly from the point of view of the Beast. Much like the original, he tricks a man into bringing him his youngest daughter to stay with him through fear of violent repercussions. But where the original only let us see a cruel beast, throughout this story we see the full picture of a desperate man trapped with little chance of freedom. There are, of course, a lot if issues you can poke in the story of Beauty and the Beast and a lot of the things the Beast does can be considered questionable at best but it’s the story we all know and love.
The story shows us the pain and torment endured by the Beast for hundreds of years and it leaves a broken, desperate shell of a man, a man desperate not to follow in the footsteps of his father.
I did not know if I was a beast who dreamed of being a man, or a man who dreamed he was a beast.
I really enjoyed this retelling, far more than I enjoyed A Curse so Dark and Lonely which says a good deal. If you enjoy Beauty and the Beast then I whole heartedly recommend The Beast’s Heart to you.