Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Beauty of the Beast by Alexandra Lanc, Book Review

Blurb from the short story:

Leroux has spent his life having everything handed to him – everything except the hand of the alluring Beauty, which he covets above all else. When Beauty is “kidnapped” by a Beast, Leroux sets out to reclaim what he feels is rightfully his from the frightful monster, but when the unexpected occurs, Leroux discovers that not all monsters take the form of a Beast. 

A fast-paced, reflective Fairy-Tale retelling in the tradition of the Grimm’s Tales, The Beauty of the Beast is a dark visit to the land of possibilities. 

My Review:

When I first started reading I was a bit confused on who was who, but once I backtracked  and figured it out, I literally flew through this short story (approx. 26 pages).  I know it is a short story, but I  felt like we didn't really get to know Beauty well enough.  However, it did seem fitting since this version is truly about Leroux, the Gaston of this re-telling.  I loved the author's take on him and her insight into his character and why he thought and acted the way that he did.  I was completely surprised by the ending which was nice, yet I was left wanting more of something.  A resolution, some magic, I am not sure, I simply felt like it was missing something.  That said, if you like fairy tale re-tellings and you don't have a lot of time to read, this will be the perfect fit for you!  

You can pick up The Beauty of the Beast via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review


  1. Thanks for reviewing! :)

    I'm glad that you liked it. Actually, I have thought of expanding this story, but we will have to see. Of so, I'll let you know!


  2. You are welcome, thank you for the opportunity! I think expanding it would be great, I truly felt like something was I would be happy to if you wrote more! Thank you again!!!

    Crystal :)