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The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince (Villains #2)

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A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Disney Press
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April Sort of. It is from his point of view, but a majority of the book is a flashback. Belle is only in the story for a little bit in the beginning and a…moreSort of. It is from his point of view, but a majority of the book is a flashback. Belle is only in the story for a little bit in the beginning and a little bit at the end.(less)

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Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I decided to spend my entire rainy Sunday reading nothing but Beauty and the Beast. After finishing Lost in a Book this morning, I was still hungry for more. This review may contain some spoilers so read at your own risk.

The Beast Within begins with the Prince and how he's sickened with the fact that he's been transformed into a beast. He's tormented by the three evil sister witches who have cast a spell on him. At this poin
So Disney is now writing their own fan fiction. This wouldn’t bother me if only the fan fiction in question were consistent with the films that they themselves release.

The Beast Within is an entry in a series by Serena Valentino examining how the iconic Disney villains turned bad. Given this information, the book already has a strike against it—the villain of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast isn’t the Beast, it’s Gaston.

But the Beast is the more interesting of the two characters, being the only D
Dannii Elle
This is the second instalment in the Villains series, which rework the original tales from the initial villain's perspective.

Of the series, this is the title I was both the most eager and hesitant to get to. Eager, as the Beauty and the Beast films are so beloved to me. Hesitant, as I had never viewed the Beast as the story-line's villain and had, instead, reserved that spot for Gaston. I feared Valentino would approach the Beast from a less sensitive viewpoint than he deserved.

My fears were qui
Callie Rose Tyler
Sep 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-give-up
What an utter disappointment.

Right off the bat they are changing the story that we know from the movie replacing the enchantress with three obnoxious villainous witches that frequent the castle to torture the Beast. Who thought that was a good idea?

This is a huge letdown, the Beast should start off unlikable and then change and grow through the love of Belle, instead they've made him immediately sympathetic.

You are ruining the original!

I only read the first two chapters and could not power throu
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
"Don't forget, Beast, true love, both given and received, before the last petal falls".

No saben cuánto amo las historias que tienen que ver con La Bella y la Bestia... ¡y no saben cuánto amo cuando se ingenian giros geniales para historias nuevas!

En The Beast Within todo empieza con la Bestia recordando cómo llegó hasta el punto de depender de Bella para romper una maldición que le impusieron por vanidoso y egoísta. Ahora, lo interesante de este libro es que se aleja un poco de la versión de ma
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was so disappointed with this. I had read Valentino's previous Disney villain novel "Fairest of All" and enjoyed it immensely. I'd also read previous works of Valentino's and enjoyed those as well. So when I saw this new story out, I did something unusual for me, and bought it without looking up reviews or reading through it a bit. Valentino had established herself a competent writer with a flair for darker themes, so I was confident in my purchase.
That'll teach me.
I'm not sure if she was tryi
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Despite the fact that this tale diverges from the original Disney movie, I loved it! This is from Beast's point of view. It follows his full transition from prince to beast and slowly maneuvers into the tale that we already know. I was rather intrigued with the characterization of Beast himself. This book gives a back story. As askew as it may seem to some it's still great!

Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok

Okay. This one was rough. There's not a lot here and what is, wasn't great for me. Ugh, this hurts my heart to write this. I have all the books in this series and am obsessed with the covers and naked books. I have read the first book in the series, Fairest of All, and gave it four stars. I don't know if maybe the fact that Beauty & the Beast is my favorite fairy tale of all time made me judge this one differently - I just don't know.

First, let's get this right out of the way: I hate
Danny Phanton
Para morir, uno tuvo primero tuvo que estar vivo. Y la Bestia por fin podía decir que había encontrado el amor, que había vivido.


La verdad es que no fue nada de lo que esperaba, el libro es entretenido, muy fácil y rápido de leer pero no me convenció del todo, la Bestia me cayó mal todo el libro, si, ya sabíamos que es un hombre egoísta, superficial, etc, pero es que aquí fue insoportable por como se comportaba aun sabiendo ya lo del hechizo, además de que según yo, que recuerde, claro, en la
Karen Whittard
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The beast within tells the story of how Prince Adam becomes cursed, how the curse takes place and what he is like before he meets Belle. It continues on to the bit where Belle and Beast fall in love, beast transforms back to prince Adam and they live happily ever after.

It has some scenes which we have come to know and love from Beauty and the beast. But adds dimensions to the story that we didn't know about before. Prince Adam being best friends with Gaston, Prince Adams past loves and the fact
Jo (An Unexpected Bookish Geek)
It's pretty common knowledge, for people that know me, that I'm a rather big fan of Beauty and the Beast. I love the film, the songs are wonderful, and it just doesn't get old. Plus, that AMAZING library scene, I could just put on replay. When I spotted this book in the bookstore, I was unaware that this is in fact the second book in the series. Well, I went ahead and read it anyway.
This book was unique, and there was a different perspective shown on the Beast. I thought the story was interestin
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, ya
I think this may be where I jump off of this series. I don't think it works for me.
Here's my unsolicited advice to the author: If you are enamored of these three bird-like witches, then by all means, write their story. Write a whole bunch of them. Original stories. Write their history and all the terrible things they've done. Enjoy doing that as it appears you thoroughly enjoy writing about them, but don't shoehorn them into stories where they don't belong. This is twice now that they've overtak
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I loved this book. It showed a different story than the film and it got me out of my reading slump. It was a quick read and I'm excited to read the others by Serena Valentino!
Aug 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I bought this book while at Disney World and was really excited to read it, because Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and I've always been curious about the prince's life before he met Belle. Unfortunately, this was's just not very good. This is written like really bad fanfiction; certain choices the writer has made don't make sense time- or plot-wise in relation to the film (why would the Beast have been friends with Gaston? Why is he romancing women when the film makes ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing retelling. This is a retelling that doesn't stray away from the original story.

Some of the scenes look rushed. I won't recommend this book to readers who haven't seen or read Beauty and The Beast.


There is something hypnotizing about Miss Valentino's writing. Her prose knows when to grab you at the right moment. My only problem is sometimes it feels like there are parts that are just there for the sake of sounding poetic and musical.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
Definitely better than Fairest of All!
I'm sorry it didn't capture my attention as much as I hoped!
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi chemin entre réécriture et nouvelle version. C'était pas mal et le vocabulaire est approprié à l'époque à laquelle se déroule l'histoire.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was about how the beast in beauty and the beast, the story is about how he became the beast and how Bell saved his life.
Alejandro Camacho
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there was a Beauty and there was a Beast too.

Everybody knows their story, the curse, the enchanted rose and the love which was born over all the obstacles and dangers giving a happy ending to the tale. But before anything of this happened…there was a Prince.

Have you ever wondered how was the life of the Prince before he turned into the Beast? This amazing retelling give us the chance to see the story under the Beast’s skin, his deepest fears and pain as he struggles his own batt
I was really surprised to learn that most of the events that take place in this story happen before The Beast meets Belle. And while it was a nice backstory, I found it kind of boring, and flat. There weren't hardly any mentions of the beloved secondary characters in the movie/book that make this such an amazing story, and to me that made it seem almost boring. The Beast mainly interacted with characters that were new to the story, and himself, and while the new characters did add dimension and ...more
Michelle Ann
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
So I was really disappointed in this book. I had read her previous take on Snow White and enjoyed it, but B&tB is a movie so close to my heart and I felt this book was on fast forward the whole time. In the beginning, I thought the twists that were introduced were interesting. I liked the added characters and how they affected the plot, but with all these new characters, it seemed the old ones were just forgotten or set aside. Basically, I felt like this book needed to be longer, more in dep ...more
Aug 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
sub par writing, inconsistencies with the Disney version and original version of the fairy tale, mixing other Disney characters randomly and unabashedly using magic as a scape goat.

The enchantress gets more of a back story, magic makes the beast older when he gets cursed instead of 10 or 11, and makes the curse more frightening.

This book seems like a very quickly made attempt to cash in on the current Disney hipster trend. I was hoping for more from this book. I was expecting more of
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
My daughter's best friend was reading Harry Potter in kindergarten. That is the type of person I see enjoying this book. Someone a little younger who has advanced reading skills. Or a die hard B&B fan. This was a fun little read that enhances the Disney version.
Alaina Meserole
“Only one thing comforted him: he had finally learned what it was to love. And the feeling was deeper and more meaningful than anything he’d felt before. He felt like he was dying. To die, one must have first been alive. And the Beast could finally say that by finding love, he had lived.”

Now I abso-freaking-lutely love Beauty and the Beast. I mean that library scene gets me every time.

Any book that has to deal with my favorite movie and disney princess will definitely fall into my lap. I will de
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
"Perhaps if he showed her how he once looked, she may have pity on him."

"Pity him, yes, but love him? Never!"

I was so excited when I saw this at the bookstore. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie possibly of all time, as I mentioned before in my review of Cruel Beauty. Because my hopes were so high, it's understandable why this book was a bit of a let down. There were just too many things changed from the actual story that we all know and love, and the Beast's love doesn't feel
Dec 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I think because this is a story that I grew up with, and happens to be my favorite Disney movie, it holds a very sacred place in my heart. I didn't particularly care for this book at all. First, many times it changes/conflicts with the original story that we know and love. Second, it made me REALLY dislike the prince..... like a lot. I know in the movie it is explained that he wasn't a great guy and that's why he was cursed in the first place, but we don't see a whole lot of that. We don't hate ...more
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince
Villians, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Picture it: I’m walking in Barnes and Noble one day on a hunt for anime for my niece, I pass these four beautiful covers on a table. My mind immediately says “YOU NEED TO READ THAT! I don’t know or care what it is it’s pretty and villains, yes all systems go” Then I looked at the back of the book and my wallet said "wait, slow down this is a lot of money". So naturally I look in the library. My l
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I did like this book more than the first in the series, Fairest of Them All, but I also enjoyed the original Beauty and the Beast movie more than Snow White. I liked that this book tied in well with the first book with characters and storylines carrying over and making allusions to the third book, but overall it just wasn’t a very enchanting story. Unlike the movie, the fantastically transformed servants are hardly mentioned and the climax of the movie is surmised in about 3 sentences.
I also di
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Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales published with SLG Publishing. Nightmares & Fairy Tales has earned her critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domain, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening w ...more
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“To die, one must first have been alive. And the Beast could finally say that by finding love, he had lived.” 6 likes
“Only one thing comforted him: he had finally learned what it was to love. And the feeling was deeper and more meaningful than anything he’d felt before. He felt like he was dying. To die, one must have first been alive. And the Beast could finally say that by finding love, he had lived.” 3 likes
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