Book Reviews

The Beasts Heart Book Review #10

Author: Leife Shallcross

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

the beasts heart

‘Because I love you,’ I said. Four simple words. And I had never thought to speak them to her.

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

I am the Beast.

I know why I was cursed; I know the legacy of evil I carry in my tainted blood. So how could she ever love me?

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart when I was struggling just to be human.

And now I might lose her forever.

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This was a beautifully written Beauty And The Beast retelling from the POV of the beast and it was a very intriguing idea. I know I have a soft spot for broken, lost souls especially cursed ones in the literary world and reading all of this from his POV was sad and yet enlightening. I loved reading his fears and insecurities. Even when he is threatening, he is shocked and saddened by his own brutality.


The book is slow paced, not my favourite but works with the story, and articulated for its time, which I appreciated greatly, its easy to fall into modern habits when writing but this read well-researched and professional. Overly described areas and repeated thoughts did not bother me as it gave the POV more depth, as we are all prone to repeat ourselves and be overly focused on certain areas in our surroundings.


Instead of talking, animated objects, we have a sassy, non-speaking magical French chateau, hidden in the depths of a ‘haunted’ forest. Instead of a daughter saving her father, the beast makes a bargain with the man, to bring his youngest daughter to him or the beast shall harm him and his three daughters. Monsieur de La Noue does and Isabeau’s and Beast’s relationship blossoms beautifully however was repetitive at times. The love story was expected, a little of the insta-love (on the beasts part) but I don’t mind, it is Beauty And The Beast after all. The last 15% of this book flew for me as everything is explained, well and not rushed. The curse is different and explained completely, giving you more empathy for the beast than the Disney telling.


Honestly, I struggled with the language and the slow pace, but all in all I did enjoy it. This is the second BATB retelling of the year and it was different from the first but no less enjoyable.


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Would recommend to fans of: slow-burn romance, Beauty And The Beast and flowery language.

Star Rating: 4

4 stars

I was sent/given this book by Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review, thank you both.

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