Author: Lindsay Mead
Genre: YA Fantasy
Received: For Review
Published: June 22nd, 2015 (Self-published)
Demon possession has swept through Glace's neighboring kingdom, turning humans into hellhounds. These great, fanged wolves are wild, desperate, and hungry. Only the sworn Hunters have kept them back for five long, bloody years. At the young age of fifteen, Belle LeClair became a Hunter. She no longer remembers how many hounds she's killed, or how many friends she's buried. Still, Belle leads the hunt till a tragedy forces her deep into the dark kingdom. Her heart will be turned, her loyalty tested— and fate will intervene. Amid a backdrop of Steampunk inventions and a harsh winter landscape, The Beast is a re-imagining of the infamous love between a beauty and a beast.
The Beast is a steampunk fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale and my favorite Disney movie. This is Lindsay Mead's debut novel and I have been eagerly awaiting its release. This is definitely a book that I will be pushing on people as much as possible. I was absorbed into this book from page one and read it very fast. I think this book is fantastic and an incredible start to a series.
I really liked the characterization of Gaston. I felt like he was more of a three dimensional in this book than I have ever seen in other stories. That being said I think the one thing that is holding me back from giving this book 5 stars is that the majority of the side characters were very flat and not very memorable. Even Belle and Aleksander could have had more depth to their characters.
I loved how action packed this story is right from the get go; Belle is kickass. The idea of hellhounds and Beauty and the Beast is just fantastic; it works so well. I haven't read much steampunk, but I loved this. It was just cool.
The fantasy aspects to this story were wonderful. I loved the mixture of mythology used in the story from Norse, to Greek, to the use of Catholicism and even it being alternative history. It was really interesting and I enjoyed reading about how all of this intertwined really well. I really like that it isn't a straight forward retelling as you read on through the story there is a lot of inspiration from Beauty and the Beast.
The romance was great. It really drew me even more into the story. I can't wait to see even more of Belle and Aleksander's relationship in The Beauty. It was really swoonworthy and I hope we still more growth to their relationship because it did happen very fast.
Fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses will really enjoy this book. This was a great fantasy read that really kicked me out of a reading slump. It is a fantastic debut and I can't wait to read Lindsay Mead's next book.