Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is unwillingly forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.
Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. He has given up all hope of shattering the curse, and has only disdain for Elle.
Unfortunately, the pair can’t seem to avoid each other thanks to the meddling of the chateau’s cursed servants. Eventually Elle’s playful manners and Severin’s hidden gentleness draw the pair together.
But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country. When Elle risks everything to save Severin, will he be able to forgive her for her lies?
I thought since the new Beauty and the Beast movie was coming out, it would be fun to do a review on the Beauty and the Beast story. I've had this book on my kindle for who knows how long. I don't know where I got it (I'm assuming it was free on Amazon once) and I didn't know anything about it, other than it was a retelling, and we all know what a sucker I am for those :) Besides the fact that the cover had nothing to do with the content of the book (well, I guess she does wear a rose colored dress, but that isn't at all how I pictured it in my mind) can I say that I was pleasantly surprised by this retelling?
Elle is a great character. It took awhile to get her, and honestly it wasn't until the end of the book that I really understood her and what made her, her. I like the twist on the curse with the servants and I thought the description of the Beast was fitting. He was a great character. I also enjoyed his relationship with his brother (although his brother is not my favorite character).
This matches the (I want to say original story, but I'm not sure I've ever read that...so I guess I'm thinking Disney) story well enough, but it has some differences that I really liked and approved of. I can't wait to read it again, and I'm excited that I saw she had written other fairy tale retellings. Can't wait to get started on those!
Title: Beauty & the Beast
Author: K. M. Shea
Published: December 2013