The Beast Within by Serena Valentino (Parragon Publishing) PB RRP $14.99
Reviewed by Ellie Royce
They’re fairytales, but not as we know them! This book from the Disney Villains series tells the tale of Beauty and the Beast from an unknown perspective -- the Beast's. How did a handsome prince, once jovial and beloved by his people, become a bitter and reclusive monster? Find out in this story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness and, of course, beauty. It's a fascinating journey into the characters we didn’t meet and the story we didn’t hear in Beauty and The Beast.
Have you ever wondered just how the beast became cursed and alone? Then this is the tale for you. It’s an engaging read that builds on what we already know without repeating it, as well as introducing us to some wonderful new characters. Less like a fairy tale and more like a myth or legend where actions have consequences and villains are not cardboard cut outs but realistic characters facing choices and dilemmas, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Definitely worth a read it’s suitable for readers aged 12 years and up.