Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
By Lisa Jensen
Hi! I loved this book! This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, except an unsuspecting character has the main role. This character’s name is Lucie. She is a servant for Jean-Loup. He is cruel and unkind. All that he cares about is himself and his good looks.
At first, Lucie is unsuspecting and thinks that he would make a great ruler, but when she figures out how cruel he really is, then she is determined to do something to stop him. She finds a witch, and the witch helps her. The witch transforms him into a beast. But when that happens, Lucie is transformed. She becomes a candlestick. When Beast sees her, the personality of Jean-Loup is still there, and he smashes all the windows and locks Lucie in a cabinet. Yet, Lucie’s flame will never stop shining.
Lucie sits there for a number of days and a number of nights. She loses count after a while. Suddenly one morning, Beast iss exploring the castle and he comes upstairs and takes Lucie out of the cabinet. He looks at her like he has never seen her before. He keeps exploring the house. It is as if he doesn’t remember a thing from when he transformed. Lucie soon comes to love Beast, when suddenly, a stranger arrives. A merchant comes seeking shelter from the storm. Beast gives him a fire, food and a warm bed to sleep in.
The next morning, the merchant plucks a rose from the garden. Beast has cared so tenderly for the roses. They are his prized possessions. So it hurts to see that someone has plucked a rose from his garden. Beast gives the merchant a fortnight to go and say goodbye to his family. (A fortnight is two weeks, if you were wondering.)
Eventually, the merchant comes back with his youngest daughter. She stays instead of him. But when Rose, the merchant’s daughter, transforms the Beast back into human form, the personality of Jean-Loup takes over the personality of Beast, and Rose is to be his wife.
Were all of Lucie’s efforts for nothing? Or will Lucie be able to get Beast back before there’s none of Beast left to save? As I always say, read the book to find out!
A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:
“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor – zero being not scary at all and five being majorly scary): 3
“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor – zero having no yucky-lovey parts in it and five having major yucky-lovey parts): 1
I give this book 5 wands.
This was a great book! It is a story of how a servant tries to save the beast that she loves before it is all too late. If you love magic and fairy tales, then you will love this book!