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Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.


Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for compan
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 342 pages
Published March 15th 2017
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Rachel L. Demeter Hi, Chanda! I'm so happy you enjoyed Beauty of the Beast, and thank you for the question. :-) I certainly do! I don't want to say much yet, but I'm te…moreHi, Chanda! I'm so happy you enjoyed Beauty of the Beast, and thank you for the question. :-) I certainly do! I don't want to say much yet, but I'm tentatively planning either a "dark and realistic" retelling of The Little Mermaid or Aladdin next. And I'm sorry, I have no idea about the release date! <3 (less)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Little Prince Stars

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This is my first time reading Rachel L. Demeter and I freaking loved it! I fell in love with Beauty and The Beast as a little girl when I seen the Walt Disney movie for the first time. I guess it was my first taste of damaged, scarred bad boys. There is just something so beautiful about seeing past the surface and finding true love no matter the flaws. Plus beast gives Belle a whole library and what woman could resist a man that gives you a whole room full of books! So I
mxa ☂︎
"Isabelle allowed herself to slip inside the fabric of her dream world—a beautiful realm of make-believe.


This story is about a girl who made a brave choice of leaving behind a world of abuse.
This story is also about a royal prince who learns to survive his physical and mental scars after watching his family get murdered when he was just 11 years old.
These two collided and created a beautiful tale of survival, friendship,
5++ enchanting stars
"If I'm a monster, mademoiselle, it's because man's cruelty has made me so."

This book is so beyond anything I could have ever expected. The author recreated the original Beauty and the Beast story with a sexy and dark edge and I completely LOVED it.

Rachel L. Demeter's writing is just beautiful. So beautiful, in fact,my kindle is literally FILLED with highlights.

Here are some of my favorite quotes, character and scene descriptions:

"Adam was a flesh-and-blood enigma, a beautif
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Based on one of my favourite fairytales, Beauty of the Beast is a darker wonderful retelling of the classic with a Phantom of the Opera feel and, whilst there are naturally similarities, it's very much it's own story centralised around strong characters.


Rachel L. Demeter is a new author to me and her storytelling kept me gripped from start to finish: Adam and Isabelle quickly worked their way into my heart, breaking it along the way and piecing it back together.

"You must stay here
"Love is joy, love is suffering, love is tenderness, love is beautiful. Love is you."

Buddy read with this loser, who I finished without. Oops.

This is the third (??) Beauty and the Beast retelling I've read and it is unlike anything I've read before and I mean that in a good way. This book is dark, beautiful, lustful, and downright awesome. I loved reading it so much, though I had a few problems with it. I binge read this and finished it the day i started it. Thats how awesome it was
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Love is joy, love is suffering, love is tenderness, love is beautiful. Love is you.”

Well, shit.

My feels.

*searches entire room*

Question of the day: Do you guys have cameras on me??????

A lovely person recommended this book LITERALLY right after I finished watching the actual movie a couple days ago. I'm onto you peopleeeeee -.- AND YES, the movie was fantastic. (When I mean fantastic, I actually meant Luke Evans because *heart eyes* he got some strong visuals!!!)



I w

In this remake of this classic tale there is no magic, no curse, not even a singing tea cup. Belle aka Isabelle is a support your family, make sacrifices and do the best you can kind of beauty. The beast is Prince Adam is a horribly scared man emotionally and physically, his best friend is a dog named Stranger who he rescued. Sebastian, is still a servant of sort to his family, more of a friend. Belles’ tormentor is a wicked abusive man with money, power and wants to own her in the worst way.
Purely Magical,
Breathtakingly Beautiful
Dark, yet whimsical
Enchanting, and haunting
Mesmerising, and unforgettable.

These are just but a few words that come to mind when I think of this fantastical retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Not only has the author, successfully, woven a story filled with the heartbeat of the original, she has also fused it with the dark elements of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as snippets of Cinderella. I found myself immersed within the hauntingly beautiful pages fi
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
*Full review update* 2.5 stars

I need to scream the word *TRIGGER* because there is extremely graphic rape. It is not glorified but it is extremely disturbing.

The writing hooked me from page one. I mean seriously guys, this might be the best prologue I've ever read. I was floored and TOTALLY into it. I had no doubt it was going to be a five star book.

And then things started to change. First of all, I need to commend the writing. I can't even tell you how many lines I highlighted because of how b
Rachel L.  Demeter

Beauty and the Beast has always remained close to my heart and a constant source of inspiration. It fills me with such joy to share my own retelling of this timeless, breathtaking tale. Although my interpretation is filled with shadows, it also embraces light, hope, second chances, and of course, true beauty and love.

Writing Beauty of the Beast was an incredible emotional roller coaster - one I was reluctant to get off of when I typed “The End.” Both Adam and Isabelle had attached themselves to
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Beauty of the Beast is the first book in the new adult Fairy Tale retellings series by Rachel Demeter. I loved Beauty of the Beast. Totally and completely loved this book. I have been really into retellings lately, and this is a great one. The blurb claims it is "Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera" and I can totally see that! This is a dark and gothic retelling,
Another Fairy Tale grows up, gains some dark realism and proves that without love, even a saint can become a beast from within their heart and that love can make anyone beautiful in the eyes of those who love them. Rachel L. Demeter has shown her writing chops once again as she turns an already dark tale into an edgy read that will rock you back on your heels.

He was just a child the day his world became a living nightmare that stole his family, his youth, his heart and created a monster scarred
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****

"Wherever you go, that is my home."

Absolutely beautiful. A perfect retelling of one of the most famous fairy tales. This version doesn't involve talking teapots or enchanted roses, but this retelling is still beyond magical.

Prince Adam isn't a hairy beast with sharp teeth. He is just a man with a painful past. On the outside, he has scars all over his body from being burned. On the inside, he is hiding from civilization and himself. He doesn't trust anyone. If he is a
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Prince Adam Delacroix spends his adult life in hiding after a tragic event befallen his family, leaving him orphaned and physically scarred. The experience turns him into a bitter, heartless and doubtful of people, that’s why he prefers to be alone and trusting no one.

Isabelle Rose a dutiful daughter and always looking after the health of her father, especially now that he’s old and can barely see. Even though Isabelle has two step-sisters, they are more of a burden than help, they are alway


I've never been super excited about fairy tale retellings. I'm not really sure why that is but I have a pretty good feeling that it's because when you grow up hearing stories (or watching movies) about these fairy tales, you grow attached. Beauty and the Beast was a big one for me. I adore that Disney movie and it's hard to believe that it can be improved upon. So when Rachel Demeter sent me a message asking me to give her newest novel a read, I was a bit nervous. What if I picked it up and abso
• Lisa •
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

"He didn’t save me from the darkness. He brought the darkness."


Beauty and the beast, is understandably a hot topic right now with the new adaptation soon to be coming to the big screen. That, in addition to it being one of my favourite fairy tales meant that I was more than happy to read and review this latest book by Rachel L Demeter. In my opinion this author has done a gorgeous job at retelling this popular fairy tale and I'm glad to say that I was happily lost i
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beauty of the Beast is a poignant fairy tale which reflects society's outlook on beauty, power and wealth. An epic storyline!

Adam DeLacroix has lived in seclusion since witnessing the slaughter of his family when he was barely eleven years old, twenty five years ago. He owes his life to Sébastian who is his only connection to the outside world. Stranger, his dog is the only constant in his life in the shadows.

Isabelle lives with her father and her two wicked step sisters. Her father's health is
Krystle ~A Booknatic~
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review, and once I started reading it...

I. Could. Not. Stop!

This is my first book that I've read with this author, and it's like she knew that I adore Beauty and the Beast. I think she's psychic??! Ha. That being said, if anyone is a fan of the classic, Beauty and the Beast, you have to give this book a try because you won't be disappointed! Especially since this is the grown up version * wink wink *

Okay, enough fan-girling, so about the book –

I can't even with this novel - and in a good way.

Rachel L. Demeter has yet to disappoint with her outstanding writing techniques, and pulling a reader into her work. BEAUTY OF THE BEAST was an outstanding read that drew me in, and kept me there. Seeing as Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite fairy tales, this novel was a must read for me. The cover art was outstandingly beautiful, and really captured the original tale of the beast that
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
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As I've stated before, I love fairytale retellings and BEAUTY OF THE BEAST was a good one. Prince Adam Delacroix has lived a life of solitude in a secluded castle for 25 years, ever since he witnessed the massacre of his family during the revolt. His solitary existence is disrupted when Isabelle and her sick father seek shelter from a storm. After what he perceives as a transgression against his hospitality, Adam locks her father away in the dungeon. And then we all kin
✰ Liz ✰
~4.5 Fairy Tale Stars~

Beauty of the Beast is a beautifully crafted romance of redemption and hope. With a severely damaged hero (both physically and emotionally) and a beautiful young maiden, this retelling of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast held me captive the entire time.
"What have I done?"
Prince Adam Delacroix has lived his whole life hidden away in his castle. The painful memories of his past haunt him day in and day out. Living a life of solitude has left him completely devoi
A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia
I loved Ms. Demeter's Finding Gabriel, so I when I saw her Beauty of the Beast, I jumped at the chance to read it! The fact that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, my favorite fairy tale, only made me want to read it even more - and wow - was it good. Although good is too weak a word to describe it, it really was amazing and I positively loved it!

Isabelle is every bit as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She's kind, sweet and compassionate, but she's also so strong and
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** Disclaimer: Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Firstly this is my first Beauty and the Beast retelling and I couldn't have been happier that it was this one. When the author reached out to me and informed me that it was a retelling but with a dark and gritty edge, I really wasn't sure what I was getting into. In my head I was already singing all the Disney songs especially when Isabelle, our main character, goes into town and meets the *sings* baker lik
***5 ‘Always Together’ Stars***

I’m a true blue sucker for Beauty and the Beast inspired stories. It doesn’t matter in which manner the author chooses to take it, contemporary, historical, paranormal or even switching things up where the Beast is female. This trope is my catnip and I’ll readily admit that I’ll more than likely trip over myself to get my hands on it (and before you ask, Yes, I will be seeing the Beauty and the Beast Disney movie the day it releases ;)) So it’s no surprise that
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review.

What a take on the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. This is definitely the adult version with a lot of angst, a gothic twist and strong emotional depth. Oh, also sexual tension and c h e m i s t r y!!!

Isabella is beautiful and kind hearted. She lives with her not so nice stepsisters and cares for her ill Father. She is engaged to a wicked suitor who she goes to for a favor. Isabella's father wishes (Isabella fears this is his last
All the stars!!!

A brilliant and breathtakingly beautiful reimagining of Beauty and the Beast!!! Fans of the iconic fairy tale can now relive the story as a grown up.

I loved the dark twists. I loved every character. I loved the Gothic setting and imagery. And wow, the writing style - maybe I loved that most of all.

The descriptions were vivid, beautiful, and often dreamlike. My heart ached for both Isabelle and Adam - Demrov's forgotten prince - and I admit to ugly crying on more than one occasi
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Beauty of the Beast' by Rachel L. Demeter is book One in the "Fairy Tale Retellings" series. This is the story of Isabelle Rose and Prince Adam Delacroix. This did remind me allot of 'The Beauty and the Beast' story but with a much darker and hotter story line. Isabelle lived with her father and two step sisters. Isabelle had thought she fell in love with Raphael but soon learned that as handsome as he was he was actually a monster inside. Now she tries to do everything to avoid him and doesn't ...more
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Another classic fairytale told with a modern dark twist. Prince Adam was just a boy the day his world came crashing down on him and he lost his family and his youth leaving behind a monster scarred, disfigured and full of hate. All alone in his castle, Adam has no one except the ghosts of his past until storm brought strangers to his door, a beautiful young woman and her sick father. Adam was hesitant to let them in for fear if they saw his face they would draw back in hate and disgust but the s ...more
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4.5 Beautiful, Beastly Stars!
Absolutely amazing! This story had it all!

The Review:
What a fantastic read!

Steeped in a dark realism, this remarkable retelling of an enchanting classic held no charmed curses or dancing tea cups. In fact, Prince Adam Delacroix’s beastliness was the result of a horrific string of events that lead to his disfigurement. But just because there w
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: Tweebs♥️
First, a big thanks to Tweebs who recommended this awesome book.

I was never a fan of retellings. Well, I always thought they're super cheesy and ridiculous. A prejudgment on my part. Now, I really regret it because I think they're wonderful! I read around 4 last month and I while didn't love all of them, I will certainly be reading more from now on.

I had so much fun reading this book, maybe a bit too much. I think I'll need to make a guilty-pleasure shelf because while I enjoyed reading this bo
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