Books, Fiction

The Beast Within (Villains #2) by Serena Valentino Book Review

“To die, one must have first been alive. And the Beast could finally say that by finding love, he had lived.”

Excerpt from:
Serena Valentino,
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince
Synopsis from Goodreads

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?

The fairy tale I like the most is Beauty and the Beast. It was fantastic beyond words for me, and it conveys a profound lesson about love: no matter how you may appear, someone will accept you for who you truly are, and true love is able to sense the beauty of your soul rather than your outward appearance. It taught me to see the beauty in everyone and to not make judgments on looks, which is why I treasured that fairy tale as a child. Each of us has beauty within us, and that beauty should be acknowledged.

I didn’t understand the inclusion of Beast in the Villains Bundle when I first saw it. I was interested since I had never thought of him as a villain before. Thus, I assumed when I started the first chapter that it would take place before the prince changed into a beast. When my guess proved to be true, I was quite happy. I’m curious in the kind of prince he was and what led to his transformation into a beast. I am aware that his haughtiness has been briefly mentioned in novels and movies, but this book gave a more thorough picture of who he was and what happened to him.

The way Serena Valentino writes her novels truly astounded me. A narrative like this is pretty startling to me in many aspects since I adore fairy tales. Actually, I didn’t anticipate it. Like the relationship between Gaston and the Beast, I was astounded by how the twists and turns played out. For me, it was a really fortunate turn of circumstances. I also couldn’t figure out how the three witches pulled off their ruses and ended here in this tale. They are, in my opinion, the most evil villains there are. They are so awful that every time they were in the scene, I felt irritated and annoyed, which to me gave the scenario its wonderful quality.

I particularly appreciated learning about the beast’s vast history, something all book lovers should be aware of. I was unaware that he had dated two other women before meeting Belle. I was curious about Tulip’s fate and whether or not she will show up in another villain story. Circe also intrigues me. In fact, I’m considering her a lot, especially if she appears in more villain tales in the future. As long as she keeps me thinking that way, which is a pleasant stress reliever for me, I can say that Valentino did an excellent job.

This book is incredible, and it has deepened my appreciation for the Beauty and the Beast story. It improved my understanding of the beast, which gave me the want to see the film again from a different angle. I am ecstatic and want to urge everyone to read this book. You’ll envision the fairy tales as though someone were reading and giving the opposing viewpoint, which will make you feel young again.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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