Disney Book Review: The Beast Within by Serena Valentino

The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This series keeps disappointing me, but I keep reading it anyway. :p

In Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch, my main issue was that too much of the book was dedicated to non-canon characters. While that was also an issue in this book — although to a lesser extent — one of the things that annoyed me about this one was the way it tried to shoe-horn existing characters into parts of the story where they didn’t really belong. I just had a lot of trouble buying (view spoiler) A lot of how the prince/beast was portrayed in this book just didn’t feel congruous with the one we know in the book, and his redemption seemed to happen too quickly and easily considering how awful Valentino had set him up to be prior to Belle’s arrival. I did like the idea of the curse taking hold slowly rather than all at once, though.

Oh, and this book doesn’t give a crap about the movie timeline … as far as I can tell it takes place over a period of two years or so, rather than 10. And it doesn’t address the oh-so-awkward issue of the prince being 11 when he is cursed — he is in his teens (i.e., old enough to know better) in this version. That was just one more thing that made this interpretation feel sloppily done.

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