Title: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
Author: Lisa Jensen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: July 10th 2018
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.
*I would like to thank the publicist for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
This book beats all the retellings I’ve read so far!
He is man no more. He is Beast.
From the moment I saw the cover I was curious, then I read the blurb and I knew right then and there that I need to read this book, I want to read this book.
He is breathtaking in his hideousness.
P L O T
A revenge plot, but then it isn’t. It’s so much more. I don’t know where to begin with this book.
I was drunk on my own hatred, more powerful than anything I had ever felt before.
A young maid seeking justice for what’s been done to her, but then she discovers the secrets that lay within the family of Chateau Baeumont. So many plot twists, the story is clearly its own fairytale.
I despair no more. I am elegant and strong, with no clumsy human body to be abused, no heart to be shamed. I feel no pain, no weariness, no anxiety of any kind. I do not thirst or hunger. I am sustained by his misery, and I feast upon it.
A Tale of Love and Revenge; it’s not just love between the two main characters but also the love of a mother to a child.
“Virtue is yours to make of what you will, by your actions, by your character. No one else can ever take it from you.”
I must say, the history and secrets kept hidden in the chateau is very sad. Our purpose for our actions may be made purely out of love but we sometimes fail to foresee the consequences and we may end up paying it for the rest of our lives or sometimes be haunted by it even in death.
For all his apparent menace, he is the lamb who’s been tricked.
C H A R A C T E R S
So many wonderful characters all created with much thought and care. One is driven by revenge, one beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside, one was hidden in the dark for many years and knows not of the world outside, one seems to be thinking only about paying off a debt of gratitude and bargain (I really have mixed feelings with this one because sometimes I think the person’s goal is wrong but there are also times where this person is selfless.) and two are crazy for money and would hope for their sibling to die so there will be one less person to divide the family’s money with.
I am river born, of river blood.
Until the very end I wondered if Lucie will be the one to break the curse. She put the curse on the chevalier in the first place, and the irony if she’d be the one to break it in the end.
His touch is tender in a way it never was when his hands were human.
W R I T I N G
Lisa Jensen is a wonderful storyteller. It’s like after she saw or read Beauty and the Beast, she took a step back and analyzed the entire story in a different angle with a different light. She explains how this wonderful story came to be in her author’s note by the end of the book.
“But you must follow your heart. There lies a power greater than any enchantment.”
O V E R A L L
It was beautiful, magical and touching. I cried a couple times while reading this, my little heart aching for the characters. I love the way this book ended and of course there are no open doors left.
The heart revels in its mysteries. Defy them at your peril. Embrace them if you dare. That is where magic begins.
If you love retellings and Beauty and the Beast with lots of plot twists, magic and emotion, then this book is for you. Though I’d recommend this to anyone because the message is clear and it needs to be delivered.
The heart is a dark wood — dangerous, compelling, and profound. Its pathways can be frightening, but only by plunging into its depths are we fully alive.