“The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince” Book Review and Summary

🟒 Written By 🟒

Serena Valentino

🟒 Jacket Illustration 🟒

Disney Enterprises Inc.

🟒 Publisher / Date 🟒

Disney Press / 2014

🟒 Book Synopsis 🟒

Beauty and the Beast has been told over and over again, but not this time. This time it is the Beast’s turn to be in the spotlight. Valentino answers the questions we have all been wondering. Like what was is that transformed the Prince into a beast? What in the Prince’s past made him so awful? What was his life like before Belle?

🟒 Non Spoiler Review 🟒

This was such a great book! I love that we got to see into Beast’s life before he met Belle. When it comes to Belle and Beast all we ever stick to and see is Belle’s side of the story. So it was great to finally see Beast’s side and see how he became the Beast. Valentino’s retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast was honestly fantastic! She puts a fun twist on the classic fairy tail. All you have to do is have an open mind to this version ofΒ Beauty and the Beast.

It was great to get a retelling of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but told from Beast’s perspective. I have always wondered what exactly it was that Beast did to become the Beast. And I have always wondered what the process was like turning into a Beast. Valentino has done an awesome job expanding on the story of Beast. There are also some twists and turns that I honestly did not see coming. We are also introduced to new characters who also add an interesting twist to this story we have come to know very well and love. Valentino really enhanced the story of Beauty and the Beast. At the end of the book I was completely satisfied with the story Valentino was telling.

I truly thoroughly enjoyed this second Villain book in Valentino’s Villain book series. This first one was just as great! I can’t wait to see what the rest of her Villain book series has in store.

🟒 Villains Books Series Order 🟒
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen – Book 1
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince – Book 2
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch – Book 3
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy – Book 4
Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch – Book 5
The Odd Sisters: A Tale of the Three Witches – Book 6
Evil Thing: A Tale of That De Vil Woman – Book 7
Cold Hearted – Book 8 (Coming out in June 2021)

πŸ”΄ Spoiler Summary πŸ”΄

I do like that we actually get to see just how awful the Prince really was. In the movie all we get is a quick line of the narrator saying that the Prince was selfish, spoiled, and unkind. So I really enjoy that Valentino tells us just exactly how awful the Prince was. Valentino tells us that the Prince has a HUGE ego and LOVES to be worshiped by his Kingdom.

We also learn that he cares very little for romance. Since he does not care for romance, he truly treats women pretty terribly. Prince was very shallow and superficial. All he cared for were beautiful woman. Since he just cared for himself he pretty much didn’t want his women to think. He felt they had their place.

How he feels about his status as Prince really comes to fruition when he calls off his engagement to his FiancΓ©, Circe. He calls it off because he doesn’t want to be humiliated by her because she is the daughter of a pig farmer. What a jerk right?! He did all of this because his bestie Gaston told him marrying Circe would ruin him.

Yeah you read that right! The Prince and Gaston were best friends. BEST FRIENDS! This is one HUGE curveball that Valentino gave us and I freaking love it! It’s so crazy to think they were friends. Especially because in the movie Gaston wants to kill the Beast (Prince). Once the shock settled in. I started to think that this made A LOT of sense. Gaston only cares about looks, he likes to be the center of attention, and he wants everything his way. This is exactly how Valentino writes the Prince’s personality.

Actually, another curveball Valentino gives us is a change to how the Prince gets cursed. So, after the Prince breaks up with Circe, her three sisters come to her aid. We find out her sisters are the same witches who messed with the Evil Queen from Snow White! (It is so cool how Valentino connected the Odd Sisters to this book as well. I am starting to think this will be a pattern). Since the Prince hurt their sister they wanted revenge on him. What was interesting about the twist on the curse is that it was a slow curse instead of an instant one like in the movie. So little by little the Prince’s appearance began to change, and he tried to break the curse.

To try to break the curse the Prince he becomes engaged to a princess, Tulip. Since this was not true love the curse was still taking over the Prince’s appearance. He than became very angry with Tulip because she wasn’t breaking the curse. After Tulip left this is when the Prince really started to turn into a Beast.

Throughout the story the witches really want the Beast to fail. This makes sense to me because I know I would want the same if my loved one was hurt. They were the reason Wolves went after Belle when she left the castle, why Gaston wanted to put Maurice in a mental institution, and had Gaston want to attack the Beast.

I also really enjoyed that Belle was not a major character in the book. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Belle. She is my favorite Disney princess. But this book is focused on Beast, so I am glad that Belle wasn’t a major part of it. What was funny to me, that I chuckled at, was that Belle was actually at the Prince’s ball. Since Gaston already had his eyes on her, he spoke bad about her to the Prince so he wouldn’t like her.

Well, at the end of the day we all know how this story ends. We know that Circe lifts the curse, Beast and Belle fall in love, and everyone in the castle becomes human again. . . And they all lived happily ever after.

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