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The Beast's Heart

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,928 ratings  ·  771 reviews
A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Berkley (first published May 3rd 2018)
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars to this Beauty and the Beast retelling!

The Beast’s Heart is a Beauty and the Beast retelling from the Beast’s perspective. Set in seventeenth century France, it’s a magical tale reminiscent of the original.

The Beast lives a broken, reclusive existence in his grimy chateau filled with unlikely servants. He has been cursed, and this is the life he is dealt.

A lost and tired traveler arrives at the chateau, and it just so happens he has a beautiful daughter. The Beast wants the daughter,
Berit Talks Books
A magical tale as old as time.

This was an enchanting retelling of Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast’s perspective.... my only true knowledge of this story is from Disney and from that movie I had a bit of a soft spot for Beast... so I was really excited when I heard this book was going to tell us the story from his point of view... and this book did not disappoint... although I do have to admit because this book had a bit of a young adult vibe the Beast wasn’t quite as alpha as I would
2 stars

*Thank you to the author and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" without the musicals.

I can see this book being enjoyable for a teen audience, or those who like a simple, understated read- but for me, it was incredibly boring and unexciting. The pacing, the story, and the characters. Just...boring.

I also feel like the author was trying too hard to bulk up the story with descriptive words for the surroundings, or the
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
4.5 beastly good stars

The most enduring romance...

The Beast's Heart is so beautiful. It is the most intricately written retelling full of longing, dreaming, romance and heartache. From the Beast's point of view, this stunning novel reveals the innermost feelings of a man cursed to find true love while trapped in a beast's body. Perhaps a story you find mirrored in many other stories and fairy tales, usually it is a curse that sends a princess to sleep to await love's true kiss or some other way
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

Now I am such a big fan of anything remotely related to the fairy tale "Beauty And The Beast" so when I saw this a narration of my favourite childhood fable but told from the beast POV a totally unique concept and one that I had never encountered before: well I just had to read it.
Sadly this didn't quite live up to my grand expectations which really is a shame as this was one book I was ever so looking forward to indulging myself with.
Now first I just want to say the front cover on this is absol
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~*Review first appeared on The Bent Bookworm!*~

I love Beauty and the Beast retellings. LOVE. I’m slightly obsessed with that particular story arc/plot and love seeing the different spins authors put on it. I think part of it is because I absolutely adore castles, and COME ON who hasn’t been obsessed with the Beast’s library?

When I first read the blurb for this one, I got super excited – and then read a very negative review (by a reviewer I usually agree with and whom I really respect), which ma
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Trigger warnings: abusive behaviour, manipulation, voyeurism, attempted suicide

I was excited to read this book because I loved Beauty and the Beast, but within a few pages, I couldn't help but have major creepy vibes at Beast's perspective. Not only do we get to hear his terribly isolating thoughts at having to lure a woman to his den only to keep him company, but we also witness his voyeuristic hobby of him spying on her family. It's like the ab
Anja H.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

“There is always a way to break a curse.”

I love retellings, and Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale ever, so I was totally hyped when Netgalley provided me with a copy of this novel! I loved that we got to experience this beautiful tale through the Beast’s eyes. I loved the unique magical aspect of of it all, even though I did miss all the original secondary characters like Lumière and Cogsworth!

The story itself unfortunately progressed very slowly and it took
Kate Forsyth
The Beast's Heart by debut Australian author Leife Shallcross is a retelling of the classic French fairy-tale ‘La Belle et la Bête’, told from the perspective of the Beast. Like many lovers of fairy-tales, it is one of my own personal favourites and I have drawn upon its symbols and structures in my own novel, The Beast’s Garden, which is set in Nazi Germany.

Leife Shallcross’s novel is a much more conventional fairy-tale retelling, set in a magical world of castles and forests and curses. I do
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/14/...

Few retellings invite more scrutiny from me than Beauty and the Beast, one of the most beloved fairy tales, so I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this. As retellings go, The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross is pretty low-key, focusing on atmosphere and emotion instead of miring itself in attempts at audacious new twists. This makes it a somewhat slow and plodding tale, and while not all will have the patience for
destiny ♡ howling libraries
I'm actually REALLY enjoying this story, and Jim Dale's narration in the audiobook is just... *chef kiss*

That said, I'm super not in the mood for audiobooks right now, so I'm setting this aside for a bit. ♥
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For the longest time after the curse fell, I did not know if I was a beast who dreamed of being a man, or a man who dreamed he was a beast."

The Beast’s Heart is a retelling of the classic Beauty and Beast told from the beast’s POV. That’s exactly what drawn me to pick it up and to be fair that’s the biggest strength of this book. The Beast’s character quickly stole my heart, you guys know how tormented male characters do that to me.

As for the world building, the depiction of this well known set
BAM the enigma
So Jim dale, narrator of the Harry Potter series, is reading this book so it’s a tad surreal. One character sounds like hermoine after a lifelong addiction to Marlboros. So it’s a sweet book although BEAST is way too solicitous. But it’s a great light read when one has been shoving de Balzac down her throat.
Kay Weston
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where has this book been all my life?

As with a lot of fellow readers and romance lovers, Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favourite fairy-tales and so the prospect of reading a re-telling of the story from the Beast's perspective was too good an opportunity to miss.

What's strange is that reading this book didn't feel like reading just another re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. It's a story that is entirely it's own and in certain aspects, extremely different than the original story.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beast's Heart is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling. It's a bit different than most as the story is told from the Beast's perspective.

I enjoyed this story. Shallcross' writing has a lyrical, fairy-tale feel to it. I liked the imagery and descriptions. It builds the emotion of the characters and the story to maximum...but it does make the story progress more slowly. If looking for a story that makes you feel all the feels...this is perfect. For those who want a more gripping, story-centric re
How did the Beast feel, what were his thoughts in the classic Beauty and the Beast tale? Leife Shallcross gives us her version of what emotional turmoil was that lay within THE BEAST’S HEART.

Do NOT expect a rehash of the classic, expect a darker, more emotionally grueling tale. The Beast gives his perspective, from his self-loathing, his loneliness, to the empty pit in his chest.

This is not a rapid fire tale, but there is a depth to it that puts a new perspective on what transpired between the y
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Well, this was okay. No big issues really, I just found myself bored reading it. We have how many retellings following Beauty from Beauty and the Beast? Well we get one told from the Beast's point of view. I compared this book a bit to "Beastly" since that's the only book I have read that told the story from the Beast's point of view. I have to say that this Beast doesn't seem to have been pretty pathet
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a finished copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I remember first stumbling across the news of this book on Twitter and knowing I instantly needed it in my life… the trouble was I had to wait several months for it to even become available for review! The wait was completely worth it.
The Beast’s Heart is a magically woven retelling of the everlasting classic Beauty and the Beast. Shallcross does the original story justice with h
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Whimsical and enchanting!

Leife Shallcross’s latest reimagining of the classic storyof Beauty and the Beast is more similar to Beaumont’s 18th century abridgedLa Belle et la Bête than it is the Disneyclassic—which is a total compliment! No offense to Disney, but the classic version of this story really has much more depth and darkness.


In The Beast’s Heart,the story is retold from the perspective of The Beast. After spending over 100years trapped in an enchanted and dark forest, with no
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
2.5 out of 5 stars

TW: abusive behaviour, attempted suicide.

I received an advanced copy of this at a blogger night I attended here in Sydney and I was so so excited to read this book. It's Beauty & the Beast from the Beast's perspective which just sounded incredibly interesting to me. I'll admit that I had my doubts going into this book because how do you make a character loveable when they are the 'villain' for a lot of the story?

There were a few things I enjoyed a lot about this book- the writ
Penguin First-to-Read ARC.

I thought this was cute spin on Beauty and the Beast. The well-loved story from the Beast's point of view. It was heartbreaking! I liked that Shallcross brought back the French-ness from the original story that wasn't seen much in the Disney animated movie or the newer live action movie. This story was a lot closer to the original. It was really good and I didn't want it to end! The magic of it was beautiful! I look forward to more Shallcross books, hopefully more fairy
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The first thing that comes to mind with this book is that it is pretty darn wordy. It clocks in around 416 pages and while it isn't filled with information dumping, it is filled with description. This is sometimes annoying, but it actually fits the fairy tale style of "The Beast's Heart" pretty good. That's not to say it could have been a tad shorter in my opinion, but on the whole, I still enjoyed it.

"The Beast's Heart" is a retelling of one of my two favorite fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast.
K.S. Marsden
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A lonely Beast in a long-forgotten, enchanted castle is desperate for anyone to come. After a chance encounter with a lost traveller, Beast gains the company of Isabeau, a young woman who is feeling displaced with life.

I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This is a Beauty & the Beast retelling from the Beast's perspective (as if you hadn't guessed).

OK, normally I start with what I like, and work towards the stuff that didn't impress me. With this review, I'm wo
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of receiving this ARC from Hachette Publishers: Date a Book Team during their exclusive blogger night and I also had the pleasure of engaging in a read along with 3 amazing bloggers who are also dear friends and the author herself! (Now a dear friend to us all) this was so beautifully written - I felt like I was reading a classical, melodic, fairytale with all the feels that really came to life in my mind!!! An amazing story that developed beautifully, fantastically well defin ...more
Sam Hawke
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Disclaimer (to pinch the lovely transparent wording that Robin Hobb uses): I obtained an ARC from the author who is a personal friend. I don't think this influenced my opinion, but disclosing in the interests of transparency.**

I posted on twitter after I finished this book this morning that I think I might have a new favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling. This was at least on par for me with my previous favourite (Robin McKinley's Beauty). I don't read a lot of fairy tale retellings but I h
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Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Reviewer✦
3.5 STARS!

The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross is a spellbinding retelling of the classic story, Beauty and the Beast yet Leife makes the story her own!

Told from the Beast's point of view only, there is lots of magic and one creepy looking fairy, but there is no talking candlestick here.

The beginning was difficult for me to grasp, as the story progressed I began to feel the anguish of the Beast. He's wounded, angry, filled with self-hatred, and lonely. The Beast's Heart was very descriptive bu
3.5 stars.

Slow-moving Beauty and the Beast retelling, from the Beast's POV. Bit too ponderous and long-winded sometimes, but I loved seeing more of Beauty's family and came to enjoy seeing their side of the story more than even Isabeau and Beast's. It doesn't do a whole lot different or unique from the original fairytale, I don't think, except just giving a lot more content and delving a lot deeper in some spots.

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J O H N N Y (Aurora Sights)
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

'The Beast's Heart' by Leife Shallcross was beautiful.

Synopsis: The story of the Beast is a famous one but this tells you the thoughts and emotions behind every action. Told from the Beast's view, we learn how and why he was cursed, what spurred his reign of terror and the decision to blackmail a sick old man. We learn how the curse can be lifted but we also see how the Beast's actions continue to affect the
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, new-adult, fiction
Can't believe how much I thrilled over being carried away by a retelling of my favorite story set in the same time and general format--only told from the Beast's perspective. Of course there were plenty of elements that were different from the various tellings and retellings I've encountered over the years, but this is the first version I have ever found that revealed the interior lives of not only the Beast, but also of many other characters as well--including the Beauty! Shallcross does an exc ...more
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Leife Shallcross’s first novel, The Beast’s Heart, a "luxuriously magical retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale", will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2018. She is also the author of several short stories, including Pretty Jennie Greenteeth, which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story. Leife has a bit of a thing for fairy tales, and is particularly inspi ...more

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