Beastly Beauty by Jennifer Donnelly

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Lovely Retelling

“Beastly Beauty” by Jennifer Donnelly is a remarkable read that served as the perfect antidote to my day’s blues. It was a day dedicated to the comfort of books and tea, which was a delightful respite, despite not feeling my best.

This novel offers a fresh take on the classic “Beauty and the Beast” tale, with a twist that includes a gender reversal and a profound message about embracing one’s imperfections. The protagonist, Beau, is a thief burdened with the responsibility of caring for his younger brother—the last of his kin. Intent on using a hidden stolen ring to forge a new future for them, Beau’s plans are unexpectedly thwarted when he and his band of thieves encounter a castle that seems deserted. A chase by a mysterious beast leads to Beau being abandoned by his comrades, forcing him to face his inner self and the castle’s hidden perils in order to survive.

Jennifer Donnelly’s storytelling took unexpected paths that captivated me, a quality I’ve come to admire in her writing. From the intriguing opening with Espidra and a young girl engaged in card games, to the cleverly disguised identities of Arabella’s court ladies—each revelation was a delight. The narrative masterfully interwove elements like the enigmatic clock that initially intrigued but later terrorized the thieves. Although I anticipated the conclusion upon learning about Arabella’s curse, the way it unfolded was nothing short of exquisite.

I eagerly anticipate revisiting “Beastly Beauty” to uncover any subtle clues I may have overlooked on my initial journey through its pages. Prepare to be so engrossed that you’ll want to devour this book in one sitting, and perhaps keep a box of tissues within reach, just in case emotions run high.

Beastly Beauty by Jennifer Donnelly

Rating out of 5
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