Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
I was dying to read this one because everything is about Beauty and the Beast lately with the new Disney movie. I have to say I was rather impressed with this one.
The beginning of this story is a little slow because we see Beauty not really doing much other than trying to blend in with society and hide who she really is and what she is capable of. The story quickly picks up when she has to go to the woods to try to save her father and makes her first encounter with the Beast.
The Beast is honestly what made this story so amazing. He gets to have his own story in this one because the alternate chapters are his to use to explain things in the best way that he knows how. We also get to learn a lot of his story in Beauty’s parts of the story. I just loved getting into the Beast’s head and seeing what he has suffered through all these years and why he is the way that he is. Why must he keep Beauty by his side? Why does it seem his personality is split? Where does his magic come from? I can not say it enough I loved Beast and the way he was in this book just made you finally have a greater appreciation for him as a character and not just a wild Beast.
I also loved how all of this was challenging for Beauty. She had to learn to live with herself and her feelings about being held captive and what she was going to be able to do to help the Beast or try to destroy him. I loved all of the conflicting feelings in this book because it helped the relationship seem real.
I don’t want to spoil anything so I know I’m being vague but this book is completely about the feelings for me and exploring Beast’s mind. This book may just be one of my top ten of the year and I urge you to go pick it up. It will open your mind to a different story involving Beauty and the Beast and a different system of magic.