By Jessica Eldred
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross is a fairytale retell book told from the beast’s point of view.
The story follows the inner battles of the beast of being neither monster nor man, and a growing connection between himself and Isabeau — a young maiden tricked into staying with the lonely beast.
Isabeau’s family is forced to learn to survive without her. Refusing any help from the beast, they each must learn to find their place in the world.
With the beast watching over them through his magic mirror, the sisters find their passions in their life and begin to let happiness and love back into their lives.
I really enjoyed reading this book because I felt like the beast was very relatable, having shown his struggles in dealing with his past, curse and feelings towards Isabeau.
The beast learns to find his way through guilt and depression after he begins to understand his human life.
It has shown me a depth to this character that no other story has done justice to.
I feel like this novel really showed how the two main characters came together as any real connection would build.
It is enjoyable to see the beast giddy and longing around Isabeau, it made me feel a connection to the realistic character. This was a real ‘‘page turner’’ for me.
The beginning of this story felt a little confusing to me when I first started.
I felt a little lost and wasn’t sure of what was happening but as I read further I realised that it was an attempt to show the beast’s confusion of identity.
Later in the story, I honestly got frustrated at Isabeau’s father for not accepting the beast to be a good man, but it was indeed important to the story.
Personally, I would suggest this fantasy book for late teens to adults or anybody who loves fairytale retells.
I recommend reading this enchanting romance, which was released on April 24. This book deserves a rating of 8/10.
Jessica Eldred is in Year 10 at Mooroopna Secondary College.