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!

  • Kelly Brigid

    I genuinely enjoyed this retelling, and thought it offered such a unique take on the classic tale. While most retellings alter the perspectives of the two chief characters – in this case, being the Beast and Beauty – I love how Jensen chose to have the story narrated from a third character – Lucie, a servant in Jean-

    I genuinely enjoyed this retelling, and thought it offered such a unique take on the classic tale. While most retellings alter the perspectives of the two chief characters – in this case, being the Beast and Beauty – I love how Jensen chose to have the story narrated from a third character – Lucie, a servant in Jean-Loup’s household. After being deeply wronged by the Chevalier, Lucie longs to watch him suffer for all eternity. A witch grants her dark wish, and transforms the Chevalier into a hideous beast, and Lucie into a candlestick, so she may forever watch his suffering without fearing any pain being inflicted upon her. While the premise and perspective were highly original, I did find the narrative to be a bit boring at times. There were even moments when Lucie merely sat in a cupboard for days, without anything eventful happening. The writing itself was simple, yet pretty. But, the constant dragging did damper its elegance.

    I for one, loved the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality of Beast and Jean-Loup. The twists in this story is when the Chevalier is transformed into a beast, he doesn’t recall who he is or how he came to be in the estate. The stark contrast between who he was and who he then becomes, is very unique and I loved the way Jensen plays with this idea. I viewed the two as wholly separate individuals, so any ill behavior the Chevalier performs, I didn’t consider to be the same actions from Beast. Although some of Beast’s dialogue is occasionally too cheesy for my cynical mind, I enjoyed his kind nature.

    I truly admire the risk Jensen undertook in choosing to write this novel from Lucie’s point-of-view. It’s certainly one of a kind, and the depth it adds to the story is so intriguing! I was pulled into the story after the first few paragraphs, and was incredibly curious to see how everything would unfold. Unfortunately, once Lucie becomes a Candlestick, her narrative becomes quite uneventful. She is, after all … an inanimate object. There were times when this was entertaining, but for the most part, it was repetitive and dull. I would’ve preferred it if her time being a candlestick, was significantly trimmed.

    After a very traumatic event happens to Lucie, her initial reaction is to end her life. Although forces prevent her from doing so, I didn’t necessarily like how it wasn’t clearly stated that Lucie shouldn’t have considered this. Suicide is never the answer to any issues, no matter what degree of severity it holds. I also thought that it was a bit disappointing how the Beast/Jean Loup never learns a lesson. Call me traditional, but I love how the Beast gradually uncovers his virtuous nature in the original fairy tale. By creating two different individuals, this side of the story was eradicated. I do admire how unique Jensen made her story, but I just wish I could’ve seen some form of redemption on Beast’s part. But, I did love how Lucie overcomes her struggles with wrath and revenge.

    but it had some elements that I thought were incredibly original in a story that has been retold hundreds upon hundreds of times. I liked the inclusion of Lucie’s character, despite how dull her narrative could be, and thought that all the twists involving Beast were entertaining. Overall, a neat book, that I can imagine some people enjoying, and others, loathing. Also, I think it’s quite fitting that this book was published by

    You may now proceed to roll your eyes.

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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**

  • Aila

    Well, this made for a rather peculiar retelling.

    Before I begin the actual review, I do want to let readers know about certain important triggers that they should be notified of:

    - 12% into the book, a rape scene occurs where the heroine experiences it - and the consequences - first hand. It is mildly described.

    - 16% into the book, the heroine is devastated after the rape and tries to drown herself.

    These are not light topics, and it was rather shocking to see it in the story, and so ear

    Well, this made for a rather peculiar retelling.

    Before I begin the actual review, I do want to let readers know about certain important triggers that they should be notified of:

    - 12% into the book, a rape scene occurs where the heroine experiences it - and the consequences - first hand. It is mildly described.

    - 16% into the book, the heroine is devastated after the rape and tries to drown herself.

    These are not light topics, and it was rather shocking to see it in the story, and so early. The revenge after the rape is what serves as Lucie’s driving motivation - and basic plotline - of the book. Soon enough, Lucie’s wish for revenge is granted when the handsome chevalier who attacked her gets transformed into a hideous beast, forcing all the servants to flee. Everyone leaves except Lucie, who gets turned into a candelabra so he can see his ugliness every day. Or something like that. It was a weird explanation for keeping her there.

    Now that Lucie is a candelabra, she can’t speak or feel time. But the chevalier, or Beast at this point, knows that she’s sentient and banishes her in a dark drawer or room or something. A period of time passes, and suddenly the door is opened and the Beast is kind. Is this Jean-Loup? How did he have a 180 degree turn in personality? And how will this newfound knowledge affect the Beast’s future after Belle (from the original story) comes into play…

    The thing about this retelling is that it’s just… weird. I can’t quite wrap my head around the “twist” the author wrote, and I really think there was a better way of executing it. After finishing, I kind of just had the reaction, “What in the world just happened.” The plot went into directions I didn’t expect, I give you that, but it also rubbed me the wrong way. I wasn’t quite comfortable about the fact that Lucie’s driving motivation was revenge from being raped, and I’m not sure how I feel about the mitigation of this plot point being addressed. I did appreciate the author’s message about how beauty isn’t everything in the world, and how if you dig beneath the surface, you can find hidden facets.

    I do admire Lucie’s resilience throughout all her troubles, and her determination in getting justice. There was an odd dynamic, though, because the central characters were just Jean Loup, him as a Beast, her, and Belle, which lends for a quietly intense atmosphere. The setting wasn’t very explored (I suppose we just know that we’re in historical France where magical things happen) and the main focus of the story was just the twisty retelling. I usually enjoy Beauty and the Beast retellings, but something about the twists in this one was mainly uncomfortable for me. None of the characters were really explored past their superficial descriptions and actions, save Lucie.

    Perhaps readers who want a darker twist of Beauty and the Beast would be drawn to this one. I myself didn’t really quite mesh with it, and I wouldn’t really recommend it for readers drawn to romantic stories. Revenge, perhaps. But romance? I never quite felt a connection, especially as the whole plot point with rape kind of ruined the whole premise for me. The one word I would use to sum this book up was just ODD, and more with negative connotations than anything.

  • 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**

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