Coranne's DNF Review: The Beast Within (Beauty and the Beast retelling from Disney)

By Serena Valentino
Published on July 22, 2014
Published by Disney Press
Source: Netgalley
A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

Ok, so this book is about Beast, like from Beauty and the Beast.  It is published by Disney and it has a picture of Beast on the front.  So why on earth wouldn't you just write the story from his point of view as the movie played out?  Why fix something that isn't broken?  Whoever decided this story needed to change the entire plot of Beauty and the Beast was sorely confused.

I can't even tell you how much they changed about this story- and I only read the first 50 pages!  Gaston and Beast were best bros when he was a prince, the prince was engaged to be married but then got changed into a beast because he dumped her, the Beast knew Belle before he was changed (say what?), Mrs. Potts and all of our lovely characters are evil demons to him that scare him... erm no.

So needless to say, this was a big fat disappointing DNF for me.

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