Friday, April 27, 2018

The Beast Within by Serena Valentino - OPTIONAL

Valentino, Serena The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince (Villains, #2), 215 pages.  Disney Press, 2014. $17. Content: Language: PG (3 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. 

The Prince reflects on his life before Beauty arrived when he was friends with Gaston and engaged to a girl named Circe.  When the prince finds out from Gaston that Circe is a pig farmer’s daughter, the prince breaks off their engagement.  Circe’s a witch and so are her sisters, so to punish the prince, Circe’s sisters put a curse on the prince that slowly turns him into a beast.  The beast tries to get another girl to fall in love with him, but his beastly ways start to take over.  

This is a closer look as to why the prince is turned into a beast.  I felt like the three sisters were the villains and that the beast isn’t ever considered a villain, so it’s confusing what this book is doing in this series.  My other disappointment with this book is that Beauty isn’t hardly in it at all, and the subtitle of the book implies that it will be about Beauty and the prince.  I don’t like the three witches and this story was annoying.  

EL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.    

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