Prince Everard’s father spent the boy’s youth forging the prince into a warrior. Upon the king’s death, however, Everard realizes he’s lost himself somewhere along the way, and in his pain, makes a decision that brings a dark curse upon both him and the great Fortress that has so long guarded the people of Destin.
The prince’s sin doesn’t simply affect those of his citadel, however. Isa, the daughter of a local merchant, has suffered the prince’s hasty temper before, and it changed her life forever. When Everard’s final outburst cuts off his people’s source of protection with the curse, he demands that she, a crippled commoner, comes to help him break it. All the while, Destin’s northern enemy crouches at the foot of the Fortress’s mountain, waiting for the right moment to capture the stronghold that has stood for a thousand years.
I went and did it again, I read another Beauty and the Beast retelling. What can I say I’m an addict! And you know what? Bring on more, I’m always up for another one!
So in the long line of BatB (is BatB a thing? I’m going to make it a thing) retellings I thought Before Beauty was just okay. I did enjoy it but it won’t go down as one of the most memorable for me. I don’t know if I can peg anything wrong with the book exactly. There just wasn’t anything that made it amazing either.
It was sweet, well paced, and easy to follow so that’s nice. The concept of the Fortress and the power it gives was interesting. Instead of the royal line possessing special abilities or magic it’s the Fortress that grants strength to the king and queen. That is until they make the Fortress angry. Maybe not a groundbreaking idea but still of note.
As for the characters, they were pretty typical for the most part. I did think the villain had a little more depth to her, unfortunately she was defeated way too quickly in my opinion…..
*Brace yourselves, there be spoilers ahead!*
So here is a strong female villain with military training and some kind of power over minds who has been tormenting the prince since they were children (for her own complex reasons) and she goes down in practically one punch by the heroin who has never fought a day in her life. Meh.
I was also left wondering why exactly the prince blames those crippled in his country for his father’s defeat on the battlefield. Like something about them making the country weaker or whatever but again, why? It’s an important plot point with no explanation.
I guess in the end Before Beauty was a quick fun read. Not bad just not awesome, which can be a nice change of pace if you’re coming off an intense book and just want something light.