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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
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Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Berkley (first published May 3rd 2018)
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Elle♣
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sara
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars rounded up.

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast’s perspective in a YA tone. I was drawn to the new take on one of my favourite fairy tales, (and the cover, which is beautiful) but a lot of this just didn’t really work for me.

One thing I really liked was the magical aspects, which manage to keep this feeling like a fairy tale without overpowering the story. The secondary characters, the castle and oth
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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
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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
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Sarah
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
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Elyse
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
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Kayleigh Brindley
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.
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Caroline
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Annie
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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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.
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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'
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Johnny (Aurora Sights)
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
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♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
"'There is always a way to break a curse.'"

Okay, so, Beauty and the Beast is quite possibly my favourite fairy tale of all time, and I was nervous going into this reimagining because I badly wanted it to do the original tale justice.

I was not disappointed.

Told from the perspective of the Beast, we see the intricate details of what makes people fall in love with who a person is rather than how they look. The Beast attempts to clumsily charm Isabeau into falling in love with him, in an utterly
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He is angry, he is fierce, he is feared, he is cursed, he is lonely. “I was a man once before, but I was enchanted-cursed,”. The Beast’s Heart is parallel to The Beauty and The Beast classic fairytale story. You get to experience The Beasts’ point of view in this epic fairytale. His desires to have someone to speak to, someone who does not fear him, someone to treat him like a man not a beast. After over a century of solitude a trespasser stumbles onto The Beasts’ enchanted property. A trespasse
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Laura Trenham
I am the biggest Beauty and the Beast fan and this book was just a major disappointment. It was written poorly, it has absolutely no plot, the characters were flat and had no chemistry whatsoever and it was just painful to read. It’s only redeeming quality is the pretty cover. I really liked the concept but unfortunately it was a let down. I’m giving it 2 stars because I’m aware it is a debut novel but I think Shallcross should avoid attempting to try and write about fairytales for her next book ...more
Alexandra
Reading a Beauty and the Beast inspired novel is always a treat. What I truly enjoyed in this one was hos deeply heartfelt the POV of the Beast was. How he began from being completely mindless from the curse and how gradually he tried to regain his humanity.

Also how he and Isabeau slowly became friends and then fell in love. It was very refreshing seeing through the eyes of the Beast. The only slightly creepy part was when the Beat had discovered the mirror and used it to watch over Isabeau's fa
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Carolyn
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross is certainly an enchanting and captivating retelling of Beauty and The Beast.

Enjoy magic nights under fireworks and stars dancing until all hours ~ have taken your breath away.

It's deep, dark, mysterious and 'a touch weird' inside the ivy entwined gates of the overgrown forest where The Beast himself lives out his days.

Can his spell be broken?

Find out how in this new and very different story of Beauty and The Beast.

Find magic, see into the past and present
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Melanie
ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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Bryony
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel McMillan
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guys!!!! Remember the Beast in Beauty and the Beast? Ever wonder what he's thinking? THIS BOOK IS HERE FOR YOU


I confess that there were more than a few times, I drifted away into "come on guys, get some chemistry happening"

But the narrative voice is confident and engaging, the magical realm is beautifully developed and with a few twists and turns for those of us (like me) who are like WHY YES THIS IS THE EIGHT BILLIONTH BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING I AM READING, WHAT IS IT TO YOU?


Also, really
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michelle
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the beast that we all know and love. It's told by the 'beast's prespective. The story tells us of his family and how he was cursed and became the beast. Also the background of Isabeau and her father and two sisters and how the beast fell in love with Isabeau.

This was a magical tale, which was different and unique to the original one. I didn't want it to end as I enjoyed it very much.
Kathleen Jennings
Stately, charming and very gentle, with an ear for the deeply traditional, an eye for both domestic comfort and the eerie fantastic and a heart for two characters I never realised before were underserved.
Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars.

I really enjoyed this book, and I hadn't expected to. Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favourite Disney movies (not exactly rare, I know but still Mulan and now Anastasia, since Disney bought Fox, are my ultimate favourites) and I have never read any of its retellings and thought this onewas artfully done.

The setting and description are beautiful and I really liked how the prose was written like it really was
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Naima
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
If it was a living nightmare that took me into the forest, it was most certainly a dream that brought me out of it.

I will confess, I have a weakness for fairy tales. And I especially adore retellings of Beauty and the Beast which is my favourite of all. When I discovered that the story is told from the Beast’s perspective, I was completely sold. I didn’t just want it, I needed it. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed.

To put it simply, it is a gorgeously written retelling of the famous tale
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Aneesa
Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Hodder & Stoughton

O.M.G! Where do I begin with this book? I read this book instantly in one sitting and I fell in love with everything about it. I loved Beast and Isabeau (although in my head I kept referring to her as Isabelle but shhh...don't tell anyone).

How do I convey my love for this book? I am so incoherent right now, secretly whilst typing this review out I am dreaming of the lines Beasts says to Isabeau. How can someone so g
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Theresa Smith Writes
I am a big fan of Beauty and the Beast. It’s hands down my favourite fairytale, always has been, so it was with much excitement that I bought this as soon as it was released and began reading it immediately, despite being in the middle of another novel.

The first thing you need to know upon reading this novel, is that it is not the Disney version retold by the beast. I had to get used to that because I spent the first 50 pages waiting for Lumiere to pop out and Mrs Pots to wheel in with some advi
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Rebecca
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this!

This book was a gorgeous example of the contents of a book reflecting the beauty of the cover. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairy tales, and this retelling is definitely up there among the best I've read.

In this version, the Beast spends much of the early part of the curse roaming the forest near his castle, unaware of his previous life as a human being and terrorising the local wildlife. When he finally remembers who he is after a little magical intervention, he's ho
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ClaireEva
"Let all who look upon you see the nature of the heart beating in your chest."

Ah this book was tough to rate.
The writing in this novel is very good, brilliant and beautiful. However I didn't like the story. It is hard to retell a classic story in a new, fresh and captivating way. Perhaps it is the fact that I have seen and read Beauty and the Beast too many times to count that put me off this retelling.

The Beast's Heart is as I said a retelling of the classic story, Beauty and the Beast. Howeve
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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 i ...more
“Enchantments and dreams: I suspect they are made of the same stuff. They each beguile the mind and confuse the senses with wonder and strangeness so all that was familiar becomes freakish, and the most bizarre of things intimate and natural. 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.” 2 likes
“He is not a CREATURE.
He is a GOOD MAN!”
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