Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Author: Soman Chainani

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A new look at old fairy tales written with exceptional depth! Fairy tale lovers and those who seek an eerie and fantastical journey to familiar worlds in a new light will love this book!

If you think you know these stories, you are wrong; you don’t, not like this. Twelve different tales of magic and mystery with a twist showing a different side of the characters we’ve never seen. Paths to true happiness are not always what they seem, and the villains might not be as bad as we were led to believe. Each tale is a beloved classic but spun in a way readers see different angles and point of views that will leave them surprised, satisfied and wanting more.

Beasts and Beauty was a fun and entertaining read that made me look at the fairy tales I had known since childhood in an entirely different light. I’ve always loved fairy tales and look forward to different takes on them, Snow White and the Huntsman movie gave us a new look at the characters from the beloved fairy tale that had never been seen before and I, for one, loved the version. The normal reaction when discussing fairy tales is your damsel in distress and a big strong man coming in to save the day. But with this collection, you see it all very differently, but in a way that makes the stories make sense and won’t leave the readers scratching their head in confusion. There is very little throughout the book that I didn’t like and would not recommend for younger readers. It is a little darker but nothing so scary pre-teens couldn’t read and enjoy. The pacing is quick, the writing is clear, even when there is dialogue and no quotation marks. At first, I thought this was an odd way of writing but didn’t take me out of the story. I recommend this book to readers that are looking for a fun new story that is different from a lot of what is out there.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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