Beast by Lisa Jensen


Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen's multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants ...

Details Beast

Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult, Fairy Tales

Reviews Beast

  • Kara
    I'm one-starring this because I'm mad. Very mad. Let me explain.This book turned me off very early with a brutal rape scene, so MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING for that, and it should be in the Goodreads blurb so that any rape survivors know ahead of time before stumbling on that by accident. I read 22% of the book in and I cannot possibly see how this man can get transformed into a beast and redeem himself. Because, see, here's the thing: I don't give a...
  • Ivana A.
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | One of my favorite books while I was growing up was the Beauty and the Beast. I usually love retellings,as they show me a different side of the story that might be, that I have never considered before. This book, however, almost ruined it all for me. The only reason it didn't was because I wouldn't let one bad retelling to ruin my childhood favorite!The story is about Lucie, who is a servant in ...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    I read Jensen's Alias Hook a few years back, and that was a way better read for me. We've established from that and Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge that this author knows how to turn her favorite stories into completely different books.In Beast, the heroine Lucie is turned into a candle--I appreciated the unique perspective, but that's the only positive thing I can say about this one. For one, I was incredibly bored. Since the narrator is, well...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.PLEASE don't let this book pass you by. Lisa Jensen's personal spin on a "tale as old as time " is perhaps one of my favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast. People, it's full of magical goodness and I slowed my pace with the last few chapters because I LOVED it! We have peasant girl Lucie, who narrates our story. Lucie find herself working at the Chateau Beaumont for ...
  • Kelly Brigid
    “The heart revels in its mysteries. Defy them at your peril. Embrace them if you dare. That is where magic begins.” Wow, I’m just filled with unpopular opinions lately, aren’t I? I genuinely enjoyed this retelling, and thought it offered such a unique take on the classic tale. While most retellings alter the perspectives of the two chief characters – in this case, being the Beast and Beauty – I love how Jensen chose to have the story...
  • Jackie
    This should be titled: How to ruin my favorite fairytale 101. “Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge” begins with Lucie a girl in need of a job who finds her place working as a maid under a cruel master and when he finds himself transformed into a hideous beast to pay for his crimes and she too is bewitched to watch his suffering until a girl arrives with the ability to set him free if and only if she can fall in love with a monster. Let’s get ...
  • Aila
    1.5 starsWell, this made for a rather peculiar retelling. Before I begin the actual review, I do want to let readers know about certain important triggers that they should be notified of:- 12% into the book, a rape scene occurs where the heroine experiences it - and the consequences - first hand. It is mildly described.- 16% into the book, the heroine is devastated after the rape and tries to drown herself. These are not light topics, and it was ...
  • Lisa Jensen
    Seriously, I must think this is a 5-star book, or I wouldn't have spent years writing it! But giving my own books 5 stars just seems weird to me. Anyway, the opinion that really matters is yours!
  • Minni Mouse
    DNF around 35% and 1.5 starts because hel-lo, most disliked-by-Goodreads book of the year. You'll be hard pressed to find a review that isn't a one star, spat on, or full of rage. I'm bizarrely drawn to dark and controversial subject matter, though, so some part of me thought I'd end up secretly enjoying this book.Nope.THE GOOD1) The potential and/or attempt at creativity. From what I read what I learned through other reviews, this is less a stor...
  • Scrill
    ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review. When Lucie begins working at Château Beaumont she is besotted with it’s master Jean-Loupe, despite the rumors of a curse. That is until she is affected by his monstrous personality. A spell is cast on him turning him into a beast and Luce gets her wish to watch him suffer. But as time passes she learns that the beast that has taken Jean-Loupe’s place is actually nothing like the cruel man.The St...
  • Kelsey
    ***I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review ****Trigger warnings at the end of my review*So you think you know the story of Beauty and the Beast? Do you think you've read all of the retellings? Think you know how this story ends? prepared to find a unique take on this beloved classic...What if the real hero wasn't the Prince in the end? Or even Belle? What about the Beast? Isn't he the one who ha...
  • Alexandra
    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Not only am I fan a hard-core fan of everything Beauty and the Beast related but also I enjoy books retelling the 'tale as old as time'. Lisa Jensen's second book of retelling characters from fairy tales deals with the Beast. If you haven't read her book "Alias Hook", do so. It's amazing!So here's a trigger warning: there's a rape scene...
  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)
    I still haven't completely settled on my rating, so watch this space!This book had quite a slow pace, particularly at the start.The writing style was quite lyrical, which definitely helped to draw me in.The perspective of the story was a bit odd, and I liked that it tried for something different, but it just didn't really connect with me a great deal.It actually dealt with really heavy stuff, which I wasn't at all expecting. I was keen for anothe...
  • Faith Simon
    I received an advanced copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 1/2 stars. When you hear of a Beauty and the Beast re-telling, they all tend to be really similar in some way, and after awhile you just can't pretend you sense much originality after so many so alike each other. But this was really original and really enjoyable. Before I decided to ultimately read this book (and ended up really enjoying it), I read a few...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Here's the thing: fairy tales are sexist in general, if not downright misogynistic. If you are reworking a fairy tale for today's audience, you are already contending with hundreds of years folk tradition feeding the zeitgeist. Let's also remember that fairy tales were never originally intended for children. Some were cautionary tales for those entering adulthood (a concept which is fluid...
  • Jenny Q
    I think I've read at least half a dozen Beauty and the Beast-inspired books in the past year in historical romance, contemporary romance, and young adult. It's one of my favorite types of stories. This one is unique in that it takes place during the original time period in France and features some wonderful twists that turn the story on its head. I thoroughly enjoyed it!The first difference you'll notice is that this story is narrated by Lucie, a...
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    I liked the way this story went down! I can’t really elaborate since that would spoil half the story but to me, this is a pretty good retelling of Beauty and the Beast.Virtue is yours to make of what you will, by your actions, by your character. No one else can ever take it from you.Our main characters are Lucie and Jean-Loup / Beast.Lucie herself is very focused on getting revenge, wanting to see Beast suffer. She honestly doesn’t bother wit...
  • Tangled N Books
    Thank you to Candlewick Press for sharing an early release of this title.I'm in awe and humbled by this clever tale told through the eyes of a lowly chambermaid. I was expecting splendor and grace, I wasn't prepared for the cruelty that comes with the abuse of power and wealth. It is a wonder how stories are told of "the prince as the hero and the Beast as the spell" when in truth the Beast is more deserving of love and beauty. We are often disil...
  • Tammie
    They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup ...
  • Bethany
    Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge is a unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast that takes an unexpected approach to the story. Told through the perspective of a chamber maid, this version takes a darker turn, inverts expectations, and questions what we think we know about beauty and monstrousness. This is one where saying to much will spoil the story, but you should be aware that there is a trigger warning for rape, and one that takes place earl...
  • Clephiro
    DNF. Note: I think this is a 'love' story in which the Beast is a rapist. I am so not into this.
  • Isabel
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC.DNF at 34%. I really tried with this one after a particular triggering scene but it had no redemption points for me. It's basically just romanticizing an abuser. The writing in itself is good, but the story is way too bad. This does not feel like a beauty and the best re-telling at all. Also, there is an attempted suicide here but that isn't WAY too graphic. I would not recommend this book to ...
  • Lauren (The Novel Lush)
    Okay, uuuuuum, okay. So thoughts. Firstly, I got this book in my grabby little hands and was reading it within the hour and continued to binge-read it in one sitting (at work, mind you), and did not, COULD not put it down until completion. My knee-jerk reaction is to give it 5 stars because I was so enraptured, but the truth is, the beginning of the book sets you up to think it's going to be way more problematic than it is.This book is dark, and ...
  •  pagesofteastains
    Thanks a lot to NetGalley for sending me an e-ARC of this book, I had a fabulous time reading it!Alright, so, I'm not too big on Beauty and the Beast but the blurb for this caught my attention. And I'm surprised to say but this has become one of my favourite retellings of BatB.What I liked was the how faithful the story was to the one we are so familiar with. But the take on this worn out story was fresh enough to be intriguing and the plot twist...