4 stars · Books · Fantasy · Retellings · Reviews · Romance · Uncategorized · Young Adult


This puts a spin onto what we knew as Beauty and the Beast. There are some moments where it resembles it and some moments where it won’t (there isn’t a character who will kill the Beast). And I enjoy this Russian inspired retelling of it, not a carbon copy but keeps familiar scenes of it. And unlike Belle, Yeva does not have any chance to be found in gorgeous clothing.

Yeva, in the beginning craves for the Forest. And when she does get it, it is when her father loses all his money on a trade caravan. And most importantly, all of her sisters are not happy, but they deal with this loss resolutely and quickly try to sell their possessions for as high a price as possible. Do I welcome this change? Yes.

And that Solmir(the parallel of Gaston), isn’t horrible and a pretty nice guy. And does wait for her, as well as willing to marry her, and his ending is one that I think will be happy. He does deserve it since he’s not a jerk unlike the Disney version.

As for both her sisters, they are relatively important. They do what is necessary and doesn’t give up hope, but I can’t really figure anything out other than this.

As for the way the romance was, it is slow, and their instances are more realistic than any other. I could feel their slow romance and their interactions were indeed different from the original but I greatly prefer it too. Yeva isn’t someone who needs saving, and she depends on no one other than herself and is a trained hunter. It was refreshing as compared to it, and the spin and liberties are all the more interesting.

Instead of a beast who was too in love with himself, it is a man who eventually lost sight who didn’t know what he wanted and eventually searched for it continuously. Eventually falling to desires, and the whole basis of this goes down to Russian myths. Which I’m sorry unaware of. But in such a setting, it makes sense to do so.

As for the ending, it doesn’t answer much questions. It’s more open and like an ending to a folk tale instead of a happily ever after, short and distant. But enough to surmise their romance and story together.

Rating: 4 out of 5′


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