31 May 2014

The Beast Within; Serena Valentino

The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince by Serena Valentino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This isn't as much of a fractured fairy tale as it is the Beast's story (you know, the one from Beauty and...). I'm giving it a 4 even though the overly heavy Disney-effect - all the characters have Disney-designated names, names that will resonate with teens who grew up knowing that version and not, like older readers, using their imagination about who and what worked in the castle. There's a Dorian Grey-like portrait, which deviates from that story in that the portrait starts to match reality (or perhaps I've got that backward). Since I never saw the movie, how closely this hews to the story of what happened to turn the Prince into the Beast is unknown, but the story certainly worked for me.

Probably better for teens who loved the movie than anyone else, given the character names.

ARC provided by publisher.

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