By: Rachel L. Demeter
Publication Date: March 15, 2017
Publisher: Rachel L. Demeter
Author Website: http://www.rachelldemeter.com/
Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden for years, his scar covered body a constant reminder of the brutality of humanity. Desperate circumstances have required that the beautiful Isabelle Rose remain at the mercy of her debauched and unstable fiancé. When Isabelle has reached the limits of her endurance she flees her home only to find herself confronted with a monster out of her worst nightmare or if she sees with her heart a dream come true.
Twist on fairy tales can be a bit precarious as most people reading them are already set in how they envision the story based on their interaction with the original work. Rachel L. Demeter boldly shakes up the well established telling of Beauty and the beast, as she strips it down to its raw foundation and opens up a new world of possibilities with her vivid imagination and richly detailed writing. This author uses her strength at revealing the angst of her characters while guiding them in their quests to finding a serenity of spirit in Beauty of the Beast. Relying on the embellishment of her words to transform her depictions, from dark hopeless to cherished and loved, was where this author incorporated magic in this book. Isabelle and Adam’s realization and acceptance of each others goodness, even as they wore the scars of others cruelty inside and out, made their devotion to each other touching and true. Ms. Demeter’s development of her lead’s relationship from a place of seemingly unpardonable actions to one of understanding and forgiveness was seamless, believable and speaks well of her complex writing and plotting ability. Beauty of the Beast brings readers a gritty retelling of a beloved classic!
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.*