Title: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
Author: Lisa Jensen
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 352
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Notable Notables: A unique Beauty and the Beast retelling with a main female character who isn’t Belle/Beauty
Recommended Readers: Those with incredibly open minds
Thank you, NetGalley and Candlewick Press, for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Well, this was… Hoo boy.
Let me back up. I’m a sucker for a Beauty and the Beast retelling. No matter how close or how far a retelling gets from the source material, I usually rate it an easy five stars because I am just that easy to please.
However, from its clunky prose to its yikes-worthy content, Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge was a book that was hard to swallow from the start. I almost DNF’d it with a one-star rating, and it’s a rare occasion for me to not finish a book. In the end, I am glad I stuck with it, so I could get a full picture of what Lisa Jensen intended with her story, but I can still only award two stars, mostly out of pity, because I do not like what was accomplished with this retelling and how it reflects on the original.