Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pre-order blitz + Giveaway + Review: "Beauty of the beast" by Rachel L. Demeter


Book 1 in series Fairy tale retellings
Main characters: Adam Delacroix and Isabelle Rose

Synopsis

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera,Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Content Warning: This is an edgy retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

             

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) and when it came to rating / reviewing this story I had sooo much trouble with it... :) why? oh I'll tell ya ;) I feel like the first thing you need to know about me when it comes to this particular book, is that I am a huge "Beauty and the beast" retelling fan :) but it's sort of a double-edged sword ;) because on the one hand, yes... all sorts of retellings of that particular story always catch my eye and I am more than curious to read them... but on the other hand, I usually have certain expectations when it comes to them as well... ;) and this one... oh, this one was hard for me :) because as much as I loved certain aspects of it, I definitely had some problems with other ones :) so I will try my best to tell you all about my thoughts and feelings about it, without actually spoiling you stuff ;)

So the first thing I feel like you should know about, is the basic premise of the story plus our main characters... soooo... the book takes place in the early 1800s in the fictional country of Demrov, which is situated on an island near France, and Adam is the... let's call him *the lost prince* because in the very prologue we learn that he lost his whole family during the night of the rebellion, and he himself was left hurt and scarred... not only physically but mentally as well... after that prologue we skip ahead 25 years to meet the heroine of the story, Isabelle... she lives in a village with her sick father and two stepsisters... she also caught attention of Rafael, the rich and handsome vicomte, who is not as beautiful on the inside as you might think just by looking at his features... I don't want to get into too many details, but after a very bad encounter with him, Isabelle decides to run with her dad to avoid even worse fate.. on their journey they stumble upon the old castle where Adam now lives and the rest... well, I can't really tell you any details about the rest ;) but I will tell you my thoughts and feelings about it ;)

When it comes to our main couple, I definitely had some troubles with them getting together... I enjoyed them separately, because they both went through some pretty hard stuff, and each of them had qualities I absolutely adore in characters... Adam hadn't lost all his vulnerability, even thoguh he was mostly living on his own, separated from people, and Isabelle had this internal strenght and courage that I admired... unfortunately when it came to them getting together... I had troubles getting behind that idea, mainly because it felt to me like a case of too-much-too-fast... I felt that it took too little time for them to develop that sort of strong feelings to one another, because not only they didn't spent much time together in the same place, even when they were in the same place, they weren't actually spending much time together... so I just couldn't really connect with that quick change to them being sooo in love... I'm not sure if it's a matter of my personal preferences as a reader, but I would really love to see more of the in-between stuff... more scenes showing us their interactions and how they change, so I could connect more to them as a couple...

Now that I told you about stuff I had problems with, let me get into things I loved about this story... and my absolutely favourite part was the writing style... *sighs dreamily* it was absolutely mesmerizing and wonderful... it's because of that magical writing style, it took me a very long time to actually realize that I have some issues with the book... ;) #NoJoke :) I read like more than half of the book before stopping to think about my feelings ;) it truly is the highest compliment I can give an author... when I am so enchanted by the way she creates her world, that I am pulled from the very first chapter into the story she created and forget about everything else... ;) we all have our own personal preferences when it comes to certain types of characters / stories we like to read about, but when the writing style is great I am always that much more interested in trying out something else by this author, even if that particular book wasn't my favourite ;) and trust me, this author... oh she caught me in the very first chapter... :) #NoRegrets ;) I definitely enjoyed her spin on one of my all time favourite stories and I definitely encourage you to give it a try :) read some other reviews, maybe take a look at an excerpt here or there and then make up your own decision ;)












a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:


Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of fourteen years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.

Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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XOXO

A

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