Title: Beautiful Beast (Beautiful Beast #1) // Author: E.J. Hill
Date of publication: June 8th 2020 by Independently Published // Print length: ebook, 334 pages
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My name is Kalista. They call me the beast.
Kalista has been cursed by a powerful sorceress and is now a prisoner in her own palace. As petals fall from an enchanted rose, her fate and the sorceress’s victory draw nearer. But Kalista refuses to be defeated so easily and uses her own magic to push against the bindings. Yet what if it is not enough and the only way the curse might be shattered is through the help of another?
When Arawn crosses into the beast’s domain, he has one motive: revenge for his brother’s death. But as he draws nearer to the beast and is surrounded by invisible servants, magical banquets, and an enchanted forest, he realizes that this beast is much more complex and much more human than he first thought.
As their paths intertwine, Kalista must risk opening her heart to another, while Arawn must learn to see past his hate and prejudice. Together, they struggle against spells, wolves, and time itself to break the curse. If they fail, Kalista will fall asleep and will never again wake.
Trigger Warnings: Some violence; however, there will be no sex or profanity.
Diversity Tags: N/A
Writing Quality 4/5, Character Development 5/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 4/5, Intellectual Depth 4/5, Originality 5/5, Overall 4.4/5
Scepticism may be able to describe the way I felt about this novel when I first started it, but soon, as I got deeper and deeper into the book, the characters and the story started to grow on me. There were things I liked and disliked, but without a doubt, the good outnumbered the bad and Beautiful Beast had been a wonderful Sunday read!
But I am no longer a child who is shocked at the sight of her family’s corpses. No, I am stronger now, so I will fight. And I will have my vengeance.
As you know, the ice shall be broken with the characters and the overall writing quality of the book. The book started a bit clicheic, but even so, there was the mystery element. We know darn well that Kalista was cursed and that Arawn came to her with the desire of killing her. What we don’t know is why Arawn was so eager to end Kalista’s life and why she let him into her house, even if it was clear as daylight that he wanted her dead. Even so, while reading the first third of the book, I didn’t see anything special; it all seemed like an ok-ish Beauty and the Beast retelling.
He turns his face towards me and in his expression, I see nothing but stone and silence.
It all became clear that there was bound to be an enemy to lovers trope, and this is when the story became different. Kalista and Arawn both had problems, and together they managed to fight through them. Each started by defeating their pain and sorrows, but by the end of the book, they fought for the same purpose. It was truly magical, and there wasn’t toxicity involved.
This prince, this soldier, sees the true beast and that should frighten me, but it doesn’t. It makes me stronger.
The book was very easy to read, and it is quite light. I surfed through the pages, and without a doubt, you’ll do the same. The only downside was that there wasn’t any map, which would have made the experience even more magical and enchanting. I hope that there will be one in the next book of the series. Also, there weren’t any diverse characters, but even so, it did not affect me. I think some LGBTQ+ representation would have made the book more interesting.
We lie there together for what seems like a long while. Perhaps it is only moments, but time stretches its jaws and laughs at us.
Overall, despite the lack of diversity and some cliche moments here and there, this Beauty and the Beast retelling deserves to be read. I highly recommend it for avid romance and fantasy readers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From the day I learned to piece together coherent sentences, I have been capturing my stories with ink and paper. I love roses, cats, rain, tea, music, and of course, Jesus! Most of my time is spent powering my way through university, but there are a few precious moments throughout the week that I spend with my latest draft.
I am the author of Ashes of Glass, a Christian retelling of the fairytale Cinderella.
Here you can find her blog.