Orasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne. His religion fills his heart and his mind, and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demonstrates. But on the day of the Feast of Sacrifices, Orasmyn makes a foolish choice that results in a fairy's wretched punishment: He is turned into a beast, a curse to be...more
”Proud, stupid, Orasmyn. Only a woman’s love can undo the curse. And no woman will ever love you.”When Prince Orasmyn of Persia foolishly sacrifices a camel that has been deformed (a big no-no in Islam), he has no idea how big of a mistake he has made. Cursed by an evil fairy, he will now live out the rest of his days as a lion until he can find a woman to love him. But who could ever learn to love something so monstrous?
”I am a lion. And I will die a lion, for no human woman will ever love...more
Right away I was getting irritated with the constant vocabulary words being fed to me and quickly defined. The relationship he has with his parents, especially his father and his part within the curse is interesting and then never fleshed out or picked up again.
I mentally rebelled again a pr ...more
And not just little glimpses here and there; in this book they’re as naked as baby mole rats.
In fact, ‘Beast’ is basically one giant plot device to tell a fairytale, with awkward glimpses of a novel, instead of a novel that turns out, quite delightfully, to be a fairytale.
The premise is certainly interesting: Beauty and the Beast told from the Beast’s point of view. Ooh and he’s Persian too, how exotic!
But two chapters in I realized that it was going to b ...more
I loved this take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. The blend of old and new elements was smooth and made perfect sense within the confines of the story. I especially liked how Orasmyn was turned into an actual beast (a lion) and not just a human-like beast that can talk like in the Disney version of the s ...more
This story didn't instantly grab me. The very beginning is about religious sacrifice of animals for a wedding celebration. After the main character was cursed and became a lion, it got interesting to me. It's kept more realistic in descriptions of his animal side than than a Disney version of the beast. When he meets the girl, he has to fight his animal side even. If you like fairytale retellings, or if you are looking for something a little familiar while also very different, check thi ...more
Yeah, I really don't know what to say for myself here. I'm not a fan of romance novels in the slightest. I grabbed this off my girlfriend's shelf (she hasn't read it) basically on a whim. I wanted to try reading something outside my comfort zone. As an aspiring author I've heard that's a thing I should do.
And...I liked it. I'm just as surprised as anybody, believe me. I can ...more
She gives a small gasp of amazement and stares at my words. "I don't have a choice."
I wince. "And honest."
This was a surprise... A really delightful surprise. Beast was unique in so many ways, where it was set, how it was written, and the fact that Prince Orasmyn was actually turned into a lion. An actual lion, king of beasts.
You know how you see books, and on the back are excerpts from reviews that say something like, "Thrilling!" or "Riveting!" And you're ...more
It's a prequel/retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from Beast's point of view, with the only real piece of magic being the transformation.
It starts off promisingly; incorporating his Islamic religious beliefs, his difficulties adjusting to his new form physically, and trying to reconcile the new instincts of his lion body with his human mind. He's neither fully beast nor fully human, mentally as well as physically, and that interesting struggle dominates the f ...more
Like Spinners, the ending is abrupt, so I must now conclude that this is Napoli's style when it comes to fairytale retellings. ...more
It's an ugly mashup between historical fiction, multicultural fantasy, and the fairy tale, with the weakest features of all thrown together and not developed. More page space is, effectively, given to Belle's father than herself, ferpeetsake. And I have no guess how the prince is going to reconcile all his cultural and personal history and values into his new life, because I just didn't get to know him. Not recommended for the targeted teens, or for adults.
Bonus sta ...more
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I didn't really understand the curse, the Prince seemed like a nice guy who made a judgment call. He developed a bad attitude years after being cursed, but didn't seem to have one before.
And then it was over. There was no real conclusion or fulfilling ending. Meh.
idr how the whole him turning into a beast thing happened.but i remember him being a lion. &while he was a lion he..how do i say this? did it with another lion.that was wrong on so many levels.i think back and cant even believe i read that.
that shouldn't have been in a teen book,or any book at all.why an author would write this is beyond me.so far beyond me i c ...more
One of my favorite aspects of Beast, though, is the infusion of Persian culture. Napoli clearly did her research, describing the prayer rituals and architecture of the Persian kingdom. Prince Orasmyn, the Beast, defile ...more
Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.
Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.
At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to ...more