“She moves like beauty.”
“… she is Beauty. She will be free. I wish her to be free.”
This is guaranteed to break your heart! I wasn’t sure at first that I would like the book, mainly because I wasn’t that fond of Yeva. As the story went on, though, I got sucked in more and more, until I finished it in 2 days. What captured my attention the most was the Beasts’ writing. As the chapters wore on, you got to see a more human side of him, and he became this gentle being who was just as much a prisoner as Yeva was. Honestly, the few characters who made me fall in love with this story were the Beast, Yeva’s sisters, Lena and Asenka, and Solmir who is supposed to be the “Gaston” of the book. I’m not sure I can exactly pinpoint what it is about Yeva that I didn’t really care for. She is a strong character, which I appreciate. Somehow, though, she irritated me a bit.
Another aspect to this story that I liked that it also involves the Russian fairy tale of the Firebird. I really enjoyed seeing these two tales blended together so well.
“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest–and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of life long past. She reminds us of what we used to be.
She whispers to us what we could be.”
It was great to see this not be the typical Beauty & the Beast romance (i.e. Stockholm Syndrome). She does form a bond with the Beast when she is first imprisoned, but when she learns that he is the one that killed her father, she struggles against her feelings for him in order to avenge her fathers death.
Another romance that I was championing (or shipping) was the between Solmir and Asenka. From the beginning I was wanting them to be together, so when he proposed to Yeva, I was so sad.
This was a clever retelling, and much darker and unique. I definitely recommend!
“We are always the beast.”