Thursday, 24 May 2018

Review - The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross


Title: The Beast's Heart
Author: Leife Shallcross
Pages: 304
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 3rd May 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.


 My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley*

The Beast was once a man but after being cursed by the Fairy he is now monstrous.
Having lived alone for numerous years, the Beast's loneliness makes him desperate for company. Desperate enough that when a man stumbles across the Beasts's domain, he comes up with a way to meet the man's daughter, Isabeau.
Will Isabeau agree to stay with the Beast for a year?
Could Isabeau be happy living with the Beast?
Will her family cope without her?

Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairytale, so I leaped at the chance to read The Beast's Heart. Plus, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!
The Beast's Heart is told from the Beast's point of view, which I found interesting. It is also more closely based on the original fairytale (from what I can remember) in that Isabeau is the youngest sister and asked her father to bring her back a rose from his travels.
The Beast was an interesting character and I liked Isabeau. I also liked her sisters and enjoyed reading the parts about them.
The plot wasn't particularly surprising and not that much really happened.
I struggled to get into the writing style at the beginning, and while I did ease into it somewhat, I still found it a bit off-putting at times.
I have to admit to being slightly disappointed with The Beast's Heart, and I'm left with mixed feelings.

Overall this was a mostly enjoyable read.