Heart of the beast book
The Beasts Heart by Leife ShallcrossA sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beasts side of the story at long last.
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.
Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beasts heart.
Henry Cow - Living In The Heart Of The Beast
The Beast’s Heart
I enjoyed how Shallcross introduced the sisters, here named Marie and Claude, as one-dimensional side characters, then built them into more well-rounded women. However, the description of their sisterly teasing about their respective gentlemen callers quickly grew repetitive. Also repetitive were the descriptions of how Isabeau and Beast spent their days. I get it; Isabeau agreed to spend a year with Beast, so a year must be transcribed. Goodness knows my days and nights are largely spent going from the office to the couch, lather, rinse, repeat.
Bonnie Redding had come to the isolated Arkansas research lab to be reunited with her father, a figure who had sacrificed family for his scientific career. But the man who greeted her was strangely detached -- so different from her dim childhood memories. Even more mysterious was Nicholas Shepherd, a brilliant doctor who had warned Bonnie that her father wasn't what he seemed -- that there was evil at Redding Institute. Bonnie's instincts told her to flee, but she couldn't bear to leave Nicholas behind. Nicholas knew bonnie had to get away before it was too late. Because he had a deadly secret -- and it guaranteed that falling in love would destroy them both.