Review: Beauty of the Beast by Rachel Demeter


Beauty of the Beast

by Rachel L. Demeter
Fairy Tale Retellings, #1
Publication Date: March 15, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Gothic Romance



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 company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.


Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.


Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Isabelle Rose is a hardworking woman who looks after her blind father and endures her two selfish stepsisters. She has to dodge the advances of Vicomte Raphael Dumont even though they are already betrothed.  A trip to the Merchant’s Fair is exactly what Isabelle needs to get away from the vicomte’s clutches. But is she really willing to defy the snow storms with her ailing father?

Adam Delacroix has shut himself from the world when his parents were murdered and his younger sister died in fire. No one else knows he still exists, except for his faithful servant Sebastien. His world is in darkness, shrouded by the hood that keeps his monstrous face at bay. When he meets Isabelle in his threshold, his eyes alight with splendor and suddenly he comes alive. But death is imminent within his reach, and that death could very well be the reason Isabelle will never accept nor see him for the human he truly is. Not a monster, not a beast.

I love how this tale teaches us readers how to look beyond what’s in front of you. Like the fairytale, it teaches us to see what’s inside the heart. In this story, it also shows us the brutality of man that lives copiously in wealth doesn’t mean that he is rich in attitude. Because that man of wealth could very well be vicious, a savage, a monster… More monstrous than the Beast himself.

I am truly at a loss for words after reading this beautiful retelling of one of the greatest fairy tales of all time. Aside from Cinderella, Belle of Beauty and the Beast has always been a favorite character of mine. I’ve read a number of retellings of this story over the years but I could never grow tired of reading them.

What made this tale different and stand out is the lack of magic and enchantments and spells on the characters. I must warn you, this isn’t the typical fairytale that kids would prefer. This version is quite mature, more intense and definitely not for the little girls dreaming of rainbows and unicorns and Prince Charming. No, this one is bolder and more forward. And definitely more intimate. Just the way I like it.

This is my first book by Rachel Demeter and I am already a fan. I loved how she took so much care and attention to her stories, particularly this latest book, which came out just in time with the Disney movie. I loved how it’s different from the usual fairytale retelling. I loved how beautiful and beastly the characters turned out to be. I loved how I was mesmerized by it from beginning till the end.



15 Comments Add yours

  1. stateofindie says:

    Hi im really interested in reading this, is this from a book tour or did you get it from the author? If so, how?


    1. Hello ☺☺ I get the book both ways.. through the book tour and from the author herself via email


    2. You can also check out her website and join her newsletter for more info


      1. stateofindie says:

        thank you so much! And may I ask where I can access the book tour?

        Liked by 1 person

      2. stateofindie says:

        oh oh nevermind i found it! 🙂

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  2. ravenblake99 says:

    Nice Review! I’m glad you loved it! I’m so excited to read this soon! Beauty and the beast is one of my favorite fairytales! This book sounds so beautiful and I totally fell in love with that cover. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Raven 🙂 I fell in love with the cover too 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for your post and stunning review! I find myself completely humbled by your words. ❤ THANK YOU! Could you do me a wonderful favor? Can you please cross-post your lovely words to Amazon and Goodreads? 🙂

    Thank you again for reading ~ I'm so thrilled you enjoyed the story! ❤

    And a big, warm hell to everyone dropping by The Coffeholic Bookworm today!

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    1. I have posted my review both on Goodreads and Amazon 🙂 Thanks for a very beautiful tale!


      1. Oh, thank you so much for doing that! Have a lovely day! Xoxo.

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  4. I love the idea of a bold version of this timeless tale. Can’t wait to read.

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    1. Hope you’ll like it… it’s for the more mature audience 🙂


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