Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I LOOOOVE IT! The book itself is shimmery and stunning! I love it!!
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
BEAUTIFUL! This book wasn’t what I was expecting. I knew it was a Russian version of the story but I still wasn’t prepared for what I got, I love it when that happens!!! I am very familiar with MANY MANY versions of this fairytale and I’ve read them all throughout my life. So many aspects of this story I have read before in a previous childrens version. The setting is inspired by rural medieval Russia. Lots of coldness, snow and ice, and it fits with the tale perfectly.
This book isn’t the really romantic type retelling. There was never really any time given for those lusty encounters or stolen kisses from a not so scary beast. Nooooo. Instead the relationship between Beauty and the Beast was harsh, revenge driven, misunderstandings, curses and much more that made this story so different from, well, Disney’s version.
Yeva or Beauty as her family calls her. Is beautiful but the author doesn’t use that or focus on that aspect of her character. Instead she is a hunter and her passion lies with her family and hunting.
When her father loses their fortune on a venture, they have to sell everything and go live in one of their hunting cabins. When Yeva’s father returns after hunting, he is different and crazed muttering about something after him. Something smart and calculating. When her father leaves again Yeva decides to follow even after her father told her not to, she goes anyway.
When Yeva (Beauty) comes across her fathers blood and then her father’s lifeless body with a beast looming over she is enraged and tries to kill the beast that she believes killed her father. Then this beast turns on her and somehow tricks her and knocks her out.
When Yeva awakens she is chained and hurt in a dark cell. When she cries out for something it is granted. She a voice responds she realizes she’s not alone but when asked to see to whom she’s talking to she isn’t allowed to see them. So begins the friendship between that someone with a voice that helps her and Yeva.
I really liked Yeva, she’s awesome for a female character. She’s smart, faulty, strong, kind yet she makes mistakes which is super important in any main character. It makes for a good story and I loved it.
The story of the curse and what the curse is, really was different and unexpected in this one. I appreciated that. I appreciated to much about this story. The world building the well rounded characters. Characters with imperfections, romance wasn’t what this version was about which I so appreciated. There IS romance do not get me wrong it’s the main theme of Beauty and the Beast but that wasn’t all of it.
Overall I LOVED this version and would recommend it to anyone!
Sexual Content: mild