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.
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.
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