Review: Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by Rachel L. Demeter

March 15, 2017 Review 0

Review: Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by Rachel L. Demeter

Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.


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.


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.


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…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Genres: Historical Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Adult
Disclaimer: Suitable for adults.

Title: Beauty of the Beast
Author: Rachel L. Demeter
Series: Fairy Tale Retellings #1
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: March 15, 2017
Genres: Fairytale Re-telling, Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
Pages: 363
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

This is my first fairytale retailing of which is very much obviously of the Disney movie that has been on repeat in my house. Before I completely lose my mind on the G movie, I thought I would give what I’m hoping is a more adult version with Beauty of the Beast. Oh boy, oh my! I had such a hard time putting this down.

The beast in this story is Adam. He’s not a beast because of a curse but because of severe scars from being burned. He witnessed his family’s brutal massacre at a young age and now is a recluse in a decrepit castle with only a fateful servant and a dog for companionship. Belle, I mean Isabelle is the beauty of her village. Trapped in an engagement with Vicomte, Isabelle takes her ailing blind father to a merchant fair in hope of an opportunity to escape and start their lives anew. Caught in a storm during their journey, Isabelle and her father seek shelter at a castle, not knowing who or what lays behind the door.

Really anybody who knows the Beauty and the Beast story can pretty much figure out how and what the storyline plays out. What makes this one so different is sad, and painful Adam and Isabelle’s stories are. Adam, losing his family, burned and now in hiding, oh that just killed me. Isabelle, willing to do anything for her dying father. The getting to know each other, building trust, revealing their secrets, falling in love, it’s all such a beautifully haunting story well worth losing sleep over.

The story isn’t without its villains, the kind you’d love to hate. Vicomte Raphael is a man I could feel a bit of pity for if he wasn’t so selfishly evil. There are also the evil step-sisters, Clarice and Elizabeth, for an added Cinderella flavoring. And then there is Vivian. Her I would take a pair of scissors to her hair. All four of them are nothing but cruel to Isabelle and I can’t help but applaud what happens to them.

This is my first book by author Rachel L. Demeter. She has certainly taken me on a journey with Beauty of the Beast. Her dark, haunting story of Adam and Isabelle is beautifully told and perfect for those who love HEAs. Definitely worth recommending. I look for to the next in the series.



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