By Rachel Demeter
Series: Fairy Tale Retellings Book 1
Publication Date: March 15, 2017
My Rating: ★ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ( 1 out of 5 Stars )
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…
This book left a lot to be desired. With a Goodreads rating of 4.38, I was so excited to dive right in. The only word I can think of to describe this read is 'meh'. The very first chapter sucked me in, describing Adam's past, the way that his family was murdered. Rosemary's death was heartbreaking, and brought tears to my eyes within the first few pages. It all went downhill from there.
It seems like a huge chunk of this book revolves around Adam and Isabelle imagining having sex with each other. Seriously. I recall ten scenes off the top of my head that are of one or the other character fantasizing about some sexual act the other. It was beyond irritating. One or two would have been sufficient in my opinion, but it was a constant theme throughout three quarters of this book. They were in love with each other, yet too scared to confront their feelings. But they were living together. And touching each other. The plot just made absolutely no sense to me. Both characters were way too consumed with self hatred and pity for my tastes. The flow of the story was boring and monotonous to the point that I had a difficult time finishing it. Not to mention the fact that it was completely predictable in every possible way. There were no surprises or plot twists whats so ever. And there was totally room for something remotely interesting within the 300+ pages of monotony, dammit. The roses that were always in bloom.. what the hell was up with that?! There was never an explanation, or even a hint at explaining the weirdness of the Beast's garden. Sigh.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It read like a cheesy Harlequin Romance novel. You know the ones I'm talking about, right? Our moms all read them. All the same basic plot. The cover features a picture of some buff guy, hair blowing in the wind, no shirt, etc. And the endings were ALWAYS the exact same. Blah! Don't read this book folks. You will waste a few good hours of your life with nothing to show for it but a vague sense of nausea. And we all lived sadly ever after. The end.
“Love is joy, love is suffering, love is tenderness, love is beautiful. Love is you.”
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