A Beauty So Beastly
Series: The Beastly Series #1
By RaShelle Workman
Published by Polished Pen Press Corp
On July 3rd 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling
Source: Personal Library
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“For your vanity, your cruelty, and your cold unfeeling heart, a curse I leave upon you . . .”
What happens if the beauty is also the beast?
The stunning Beatrice Cavanaugh is considered American royalty. She has everything except the ability to love. Cursed on her eighteenth birthday, she becomes more beastly than ever, having a newfound craving for raw meat, and an undeniable yearning for the night. Bitterness is her only companion.
After accusing a maid of stealing, a disgustingly kind and exquisitely handsome guy named Adam shows up asking Beatrice to drop the charges against his mother.
Infuriated by his goodness, Beatrice vows to break him. Destroy him. Make him hurt the way she hurts. So she agrees. On one condition: Adam must take his mother’s place as a servant in the mansion.
Because Beatrice won’t stop until he’s more beastly than she is.
The blurb does give an idea of what this about, but there is so much more to the story. Bea isn’t the normal teenage girl, yes she is beautiful, rich, and popular. But can you cay, stone cold bitch. She doesn’t feel, anything. Every around her does everything she wants, buys her what she wants and bends to her every need and when they don’t, she just just writes them off as if they don’t exist. But everything changes in just one night and then she meets Adam, and all these changes take Bea into a world she never knew about, and now there seems to be someone after her. Finding out who and why, and as unfeeling as Bea was, I wondered if she would be able to change in time and find who was after her.
I have to admit, I didn’t really care for Bea at the beginning, but know that was kinda that point, at least at first. The transformation for her wasn’t easy but watching her go through it, made me like her more and more as the story progressed and I ended up being pretty impressed with her at the end. I like there is a crossover of character, it was great to have Professor Pops being a big part of Bea’s world. There is a lot to be learned about him, and I am sure we will get even more as this series goes along. Adam and Cole were a fantastic addition to the cast and of course I had my favorite. But I hope we get to see a lot more of both of them.
This is a fairly fast paced read, with Bea’s parents abruptly going missing, her birthday and the curse taking place early on that is no shortage of excitement. There is so much to be learned about Bea and where she came from, and it is all set in a world that I was familiar with, being that it was the world that Blood and Snow took place in. Even if you haven’t read the B&S series, Workman describes everything so well, you won’t feel like you have missed a single thing. I love this about her writing. Now, what would a Beauty and the Beast be without a romance, it is a subtle and slow building one and I an not going to give away who it is, but I was happy that it ended up being who it did. With all the little twist and turns, I couldn’t get enough and before I knew I was at the end. And wanting the next book badly. I can’t wait to see what happens with Bea.
A Beauty So Beastly is an amazing start The Beastly Series, and fans of retellings will enjoy this one for sure.