Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen's multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier'...

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Title:Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
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Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge Reviews

  • Erin

    PLEASE don't let this book pass you by. Lisa Jensen's personal spin on a "tale as old as

    time " is perhaps one of my favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast. People,

    it's full of magical goodness and I slowed my pace with the last few chapters because I LOVED it!

    We have peasant girl Lucie, who narrates our story. Lucie find herself working at the Chateau Beaumont for the selfish and cruel Chevalier Jean-Loup. A man

    PLEASE don't let this book pass you by. Lisa Jensen's personal spin on a "tale as old as

    time " is perhaps one of my favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast. People,

    it's full of magical goodness and I slowed my pace with the last few chapters because I LOVED it!

    We have peasant girl Lucie, who narrates our story. Lucie find herself working at the Chateau Beaumont for the selfish and cruel Chevalier Jean-Loup. A man who treats Lucie in the worst way a woman can imagine(Major trigger warnings). Angered and bent on revenge, Lucie seeks out a local woman that puts all under a spell and turns the nobleman into a ferocious creature. Enter magic and roses and a young woman named Rose and you might believe we are going to get the classic B&B tale, but prepare to fall in love with the Beast! But not the Chevalier -he's still pretty despicable!

  • Kelsey

    ***I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***

    *Trigger warnings at the end of my review*

    So you think you know the story of Beauty and the Beast? Do you think you've read all of the retellings? Think you know how this story ends? Well...be prepared to find a unique take on this beloved classic...

    What if the real hero wasn't the Prince in the end? Or even Belle? What about the Beast? Isn't he the one who has a change of heart and becomes a better "person"?

    ***I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***

    *Trigger warnings at the end of my review*

    So you think you know the story of Beauty and the Beast? Do you think you've read all of the retellings? Think you know how this story ends? Well...be prepared to find a unique take on this beloved classic...

    What if the real hero wasn't the Prince in the end? Or even Belle? What about the Beast? Isn't he the one who has a change of heart and becomes a better "person"? I think the Beast needs his time in the spotlight.

    I will start by saying that this is definitely an "adult" retelling. Or maybe just a more mature take on the story. I'll explain more after my review. Also - I REALLY struggled to get through this book due to the writing style. It's just not for me. Now that I'm done with the book, and looking back, I actually REALLY like the story, just not the style. Which is totally just me, nothing against the author. It's just very formal? I guess that's how I would describe it.

    Okay- so about the story. This story has a few more pieces/characters than any other BatB story I've read. We have Lucie, this is whose point of view the book is in. She has come to work at the Chateau Beaumont. She is a poor girl who has been sent here by her mother to keep her out of the path of her step father. Then we have Jean-Loup, Chevalier de Beaumont. He is handsome and cruel. One night Lucie finds herself on the receiving end of said cruelty, and in her despair and want for revenge, an old wise woman helps grant her wish to see Jean-Loup suffer. Enter the Beast.

    Beast- he is ghastly, a patchwork of numerous animals. But he is kind, patient, remorseful, loving, and compassionate. Lucie has made it her life's mission to make sure Jean-Loup suffers for what he did, but Jean-Loup is no where to be found. Lucie and the Beast form an unlikely friendship and a bond deeper than either of them know.

    But here's the catch - we have another player in the game. Enter Rose...

    Rose comes to the Chateau after her father becomes indebted to the Beast. All Beast wants is companionship, but soon Rose starts scheming, and Lucie must find a way to protect the Beast from Jean-Loup and have her "Happily Ever After".

    *Trigger Warnings - There is a rape scene in the first part of the book. There are also two scenes of attempted suicide. Neither scenario is descriptive/graphic, but I thought people might want to know anyways.

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    One of my favorite books while I was growing up was the Beauty and the Beast. I usually love retellings,as they show me a different side of the story that might be, that I have never considered before. This book, however, almost ruined it all for me. The only reason it didn't was because I wouldn't let one bad retelling to ruin my childhood favorite!

    The story is about Lucie, who is a servant in Jean Leup's palace. Through Lucie's story, we see

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    One of my favorite books while I was growing up was the Beauty and the Beast. I usually love retellings,as they show me a different side of the story that might be, that I have never considered before. This book, however, almost ruined it all for me. The only reason it didn't was because I wouldn't let one bad retelling to ruin my childhood favorite!

    The story is about Lucie, who is a servant in Jean Leup's palace. Through Lucie's story, we see Jean Leup as a horrible person who only cares about money and the respect he received from his aristocratic community. He treats the servants badly and doesn't even bother to look at them.

    Lucie likes the thought of him. He is a very handsome man, and all she dreams about is for him to notice her. And one day, he does. And something really bad happens. Jean Leup does something horrible to Lucie.

    After this big spoiler scene, the first reaction Lucie has is to kill herself. I am aware that this was a huge trauma for her, and people react differently, but if the author gives me this as a solution to her problem, do I want to continue reading? Is this really the lesson she learns?

    With a bit of help of magic and wisdom words, she decides that now she wants for Jean Leup to suffer, and she wants to be able to see this happen. Suddenly, wish becomes a reality and the next thing we know, she is a candle that can't move, and Jean Leup has turned into a Beast.

    Do you get the Beauty and the Beast reference now? We see the story from the candle's point of view, who is Lucie.

    Because here's the twist - the Beast doesn't remember what happened before. He doesn't know he was Jean Leup. He doesn't know he was bad in the past. The Beast is good by default, and a bit sad that he's alone in a big castle. So I have to ask again - Where is the lesson? Where is the punishment? If he can't remember he was bad, he'll never learn why he is a Beast.

    To continue and shorten the story - Lucie (the candle) can talk to the Beast through her mind. The Beauty (Rose) comes to the castle and the story goes on. Lucie decides that she is in love with the Beast, and I won't reveal the rest, in case you want to read the book and see for yourself.

    Now - I know that the author's point wasn't the lesson that the Beast learns as in the original story. Her point was to tell the story of the Beast, and Lucie, and how this tale can have a different plot, and ending, and back story. But I really believe that this was the wrong way of saying it, and it didn't leave a clear message.

    The writing was poor, and it went from one moment to another, leaving me there in the middle, wondering what happened. One scene begins, and another starts before anything is finished. It was disorientated, and I felt lost in the first 40 pages.

    This is a no from me, and I will give it 2 stars because I managed to finish it.

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  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

    I read Jensen's

    a few years back,

    . We've established from that and

    that this author knows how to turn her favorite stories into completely different books.

    In

    , the heroine Lucie is turned into a candle--

    . For one, I was incredibly

    . Since the narrator is, well, an inanimate object, there were times when she (

    I read Jensen's

    a few years back,

    . We've established from that and

    that this author knows how to turn her favorite stories into completely different books.

    In

    , the heroine Lucie is turned into a candle--

    . For one, I was incredibly

    . Since the narrator is, well, an inanimate object, there were times when she (it?) literally just sat on a cupboard, doing nothing. Fucking exciting, right?

    The writing didn't make anything more bearable, either.

    , and if I see someone call the heroine "girl," one more time, I'm going to turn

    into candlesticks! That's right, beware!

    That's pretty much it for this one. I'm surprised I managed to push myself to read the entire thing. The ending was really predictable, too, so

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  • Kara

    I'm one-starring this because I'm mad. Very mad. Let me explain.

    This book turned me off very early with a brutal rape scene, so MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING for that, and it should be in the Goodreads blurb so that any rape survivors know ahead of time before stumbling on that by accident.

    I read 22% of the book in and I cannot possibly see how this man can get transformed into a beast and redeem himself. Because, see, here's the thing: I don't give a SHIT if the beast acts like a completely differen

    I'm one-starring this because I'm mad. Very mad. Let me explain.

    This book turned me off very early with a brutal rape scene, so MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING for that, and it should be in the Goodreads blurb so that any rape survivors know ahead of time before stumbling on that by accident.

    I read 22% of the book in and I cannot possibly see how this man can get transformed into a beast and redeem himself. Because, see, here's the thing: I don't give a SHIT if the beast acts like a completely different person that expresses remorse for what he did. The fact of the matter is that he's not. He's still a man that RAPED someone (and maybe others) and I don't like how that is completely brushed aside. It's problematic as FUCK. I don't like that somehow Lucie falls in love with the beast (HER RAPIST) because that is disgusting and not at ALL realistic.

    I'm not sure how this book got published. But I'm FURIOUS.

    SPOILERS FOLLOW, SO DON'T READ IF YOU WANT TO READ THIS AWFUL, AWFUL book.

  • Jackie

    This should be titled: How to ruin my favorite fairytale 101.

    “Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge” begins with Lucie a girl in need of a job who finds her place working as a maid under a cruel master and when he finds himself transformed into a hideous beast to pay for his crimes and she too is bewitched to watch his suffering until a girl arrives with the ability to set him free if and only if she can fall in love with a monster.

    Let’s get right to it and say this is not your Disney fairytale be

    This should be titled: How to ruin my favorite fairytale 101.

    “Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge” begins with Lucie a girl in need of a job who finds her place working as a maid under a cruel master and when he finds himself transformed into a hideous beast to pay for his crimes and she too is bewitched to watch his suffering until a girl arrives with the ability to set him free if and only if she can fall in love with a monster.

    Let’s get right to it and say this is not your Disney fairytale because guess what ladies and gentlemen the pre beast prince is a serial rapist! But wait before you get upset just know that it’s not his fault because why should a man be responsible for his actions when you can blame another woman and in this case it’s his mother, because why not?

    Please for the love of god stop writing stories that romanticize abusers. I don’t care that they tried to make this as though he was a beast as a man and a man as a beast just stop it. And to have his victim fall for him over the course of this curse is absolutely disgusting and not to mention the complete and total willingness for a three way “agreement” between Lucie, the Beast and this versions Belle because at the end of the day he still can’t be faithful.

    I’m at a loss really this was so awful.

    **thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Update 4/23/18

    Just got approved for this on Netgalley! Now I just need to find my way out of my mini reading slump and start reading all the ARCs I have.

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    9/7/18

    Release pushed back from September 12, 2017 ---> March 6, 2018 ---> July 10, 2018

    WHY does this publisher want for me to suffer!!!?

    On a more positive note, I like the classic looking cover

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    4/22/17

    Release pushed back from September 12, 2017 ---> March 6, 2018

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!! It's just getting further and further away

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    When yo

    Update 4/23/18

    Just got approved for this on Netgalley! Now I just need to find my way out of my mini reading slump and start reading all the ARCs I have.

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    9/7/18

    Release pushed back from September 12, 2017 ---> March 6, 2018 ---> July 10, 2018

    WHY does this publisher want for me to suffer!!!?

    On a more positive note, I like the classic looking cover

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    4/22/17

    Release pushed back from September 12, 2017 ---> March 6, 2018

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!! It's just getting further and further away

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    When you're waiting for a book, but it's release date keeps getting pushed back

    Like, come on from March 7th to September 12th!?

  • Stacee

    DNF at 12%

    I really liked the idea of this and was eager to see how this retelling worked, but it’s a big nope from me.

    I’m not going to continue a book that has a two page rape scene of the MC. Oh and it’s by the other MC of the story and that’s who she falls in love with? The question mark applies to the love part, not the character involved.

    **Huge thanks to Candlewick Press for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Minni Mouse

    DNF around 35% and 1.5 starts because hel-lo, most disliked-by-Goodreads book of the year. You'll be hard pressed to find a review that

    a one star, spat on, or full of rage. I'm bizarrely drawn to dark and controversial subject matter, though, so some part of me thought I'd end up secretly enjoying this book.

    Nope.

    1) The potential and/or attempt at creativity. From

    what I learned through other reviews, this is less a story about Belle and the Beast as it is about the can

    DNF around 35% and 1.5 starts because hel-lo, most disliked-by-Goodreads book of the year. You'll be hard pressed to find a review that

    a one star, spat on, or full of rage. I'm bizarrely drawn to dark and controversial subject matter, though, so some part of me thought I'd end up secretly enjoying this book.

    Nope.

    1) The potential and/or attempt at creativity. From

    what I learned through other reviews, this is less a story about Belle and the Beast as it is about the candlestick and the Beast. Belle comes into the picture later, which could have opened doors for a wackily unique and creative retelling like

    But...nope.

    2) I love it when Beauty and the Beast retellings go the route of more realistic, time-period medieval settings like

    . Even though this version still went the route of the magical enchantment, we started going the route of period France.

    3) I respect what Lisa Jensen tried to do with this novel, I do.

    1) If you're going to write a novel from the point of view of a speechless, immobile candlestick...you better be one heck of a writer. Lisa Jensen doesn't quite reach that mark, I'm afraid, and as a result much of what I

    skimmed was narrative exposition as Lucie the Candlestick sits in a cupboard and thinks our story for us. Yaaaawwnn.

    2) Yes, the Beast rapes Lucie while she's still human and yes, it's devastating for her. The Beast is also a despicable person to other people and animals alike, and seems ruthless and cruel. On one hand, with a skilled writer there could have been potential in that. The prince/Beast is, after all, supposed to be a detestable human pre-curse so if we hate him so much by a few chapters in, we're on the right track. One could argue this was merely going to be a very grim and realistically evil portrayal of what a truly deplorable human being would act like with no holds barred.

    Problem is there needs to be a big turn-around-come-to-Jesus maturation to get from that evil thing to the eventual character we root for by the end. Not only was Beast's character transformation not headed that direction but from what I learned through other reviewers, the reason behind his curse wasn't going to do his transformation storyline enough justice. Hence, waste of potential to do something gritty and raw with his character, and a rather tasteless use of sensitive subject material.

    3) I just got so bored right away.

    Trigger warnings aside, this isn't a book with anything remotely enticing to offer. It's like a sadly failed attempt to imitate the storytelling prose of Robin McKinley's

    Pick up literally any other Beauty and the Beast retelling out there -- there are at least a dozen mature, fantasy-based one star that are terrific.

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