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Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince
Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince | Serena Valentino
A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The second book in Valentino‘s Villains series focuses on the jerk beast in Beauty and the Beast. Loved how she makes Gaston a friend of the prince before he‘s turned into the beast. It would make sense those two were friends before the curse. Another good one. On to book 3!

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Gissy
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I enjoy this Beauty and the Beast retelling. It is more from the Beast perspective, before and during the curse. There were different elements that I liked because it was like those movies about Greek mythology where the gods manipulate others actions. But I wished it could add more details during the process he knew Belle. The end was a little rushed but the book only has 214 pages. Love that cover😍This is the dust jacket and the book naked 3⭐️

Gissy It was started during #InMemoryofSharonReadathon @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @professionsl_book_dragon but it was finished today. #24in4 readathon @Andrew65

February 2022 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

#2022ReafingGoals read books received in swap I received it during 2021 #HappyEverAfterSwap from @Katiedid927

February #Fairytalereading challenge @Charityann

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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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TorieStorieS
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This #BeautyAndTheBeast #retelling offers a new backstory for the soiled and vain prince who is cursed into becoming a beast. I appreciated the appearance of Gaston and the early connection to the prince. The audio performance is great and this is a quick and fun listen- though not my favorite re-imagining of the tale. I wanted more from the Beast‘s perspective as he was redeemed through his love for Belle #FairyTaleRetellingChallenge @Charityann

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ju.ca.no
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Starting my new year with two buddyreads, a Disney Retelling and cuddly Cats 🥰 I only wish I could spend the next days reading and not working😂

I hope you all had a worderful start into the new year🥰 may it be filled with amazing books for all of us!

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Roary47
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Panpan

2✨ Well, not my favorite beauty and the beast retelling. This version gives us the princes perspective. I wish the prince/beast was given a name like the book before this one did. It showed more of the transformation of the prince as he became the beast we see. The story felt forced and was pretty uninteresting. It had some twisty parts of how the beast was pretty much losing his mind, but it didn‘t talk about that much it was just there.

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vonnie862
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This is the second book in the Villains series and I enjoyed it a lot more than the first book. I gave it: 4⭐

#beautyandthebeast

Full review:
https://vonniesreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2021/09/review-beast-within.html

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vonnie862
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This is a wrap up post. My goal was to read for at least 30 minutes each day. I actually averaged about 45 minutes. Wednesday was the only day I did not read since it was the first day of school and my mind was too occupied.

The day is not over so I'll be doing some more reading later on but I won't be finishing anything.

@Andrew65
#awesomeaugust

Andrew65 Fantastic, well done. Thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 14mo
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Roary47
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Recent book haul! I love my fairytale retellings, but Beauty and the Beast is my favorite! In fact I got “Poisoned” because I loved “Lost in a Book”.

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The.Great.Catsby
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It's not that I didn't like this book... it's that I just didn't imagine it being this way. Hearing about the witches was interesting at first, but after awhile I was like, mmhmm okay, let's get back to the Beasts perspective please.
I don't know how to rate this one. It was good. But the ending was just blah for me. I added the others in the series to my TBR list, so... I will be giving it another go.

#fairytalereadingchallenge @Charityann

BookBelle84 My issue was it is supposed to be a series of villain books and I never really saw the Beast as the villain. I feel like Gaston or LeFou would have been a better pick. 2y
The.Great.Catsby @BookBelle84 that's a really good point! When I first was telling my husband about Beauty and the Beast (poor guy had never seen it) I remember describing Gaston as the villain. Wow. Just wow. 2y
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Powered_By_Plants
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A little prequel to Beauty and the beast ,a relatively quick read about how the prince became the beast, he really was a beastly human and best friends with Gaston. There was reference to Ursula the sea witch which has got me looking forward to reading her back story.
The writing style was a bit all over the place & a tad rushed but it‘s Disney so will always get my vote 💜
Love this cover
#fairytalereadingchallenge
#bookspinbingo
#dogsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads That‘s an adorable little beast in the background. 😊🐶❤️ 2y
Powered_By_Plants @rubyslippersreads 🥰 she can definitely be a beast! 😂 2y
Charityann Cute little pup! 😊 2y
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BoldCityBooks
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Watching some football, reading some books.

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Sammidnightsun
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Loved

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JaneyWaneyB
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Absolutely love my new Beauty & the Beast book buddy from Wander Stitch Studio on Etsy. I haven't read the tagged book waiting for when I need a quick read, I've got a few of Valentino's books on my TBR trolley...I'll get to them

#BookBuddy #Beauty #Beast #FairyTales #Magic #Books #BookNerd #ReadABook #Bookaholic #ReadingDay #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #Readers #Tea #Reading #BookLover #BookWorm

Caroline2 Wowwwwwww! I love that fabric!!!! 😍 3y
JaneyWaneyB @Caroline2 I couldn't resist one of my fav disney films so had a 'Treat Yo self' moment 😂 3y
Geenie 😍 3y
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jessinikkip
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This was a pretty good read that explains HOW the prince became the Beast. He turned down a girl at Gastons request because she was just a lowly pig farmer, but her sisters are witches who doom him with a curse. I wished for more about him but for a juvenile book it was good.

#B #LitsyAtoZ2020 #Book1of100

hannah-leeloo Have you tried a curse so dark and lonely or the beast's heart? Both really good remakes of the original. Of course the original is good too 3y
jessinikkip @hannah-leeloo I have read The Beasts Heart thanks to Netgalley last year. Ive not read the other as my small town library hasnt had a copy, but I want to! 3y
hannah-leeloo It's well worth it, the sequel is new out and I can't wait to read it 3y
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jessinikkip @hannah-leeloo I will keep bugging them about getting a copy! Right now I'm out of work due to health so I have to rely on the library, which when you live in a small town can be rough 3y
hannah-leeloo @jessinikkip i hope you feel better soon and fingers crossed you get to read it 3y
jessinikkip Thank you @hannah-leeloo I'll let you know when I get the chance! It's been rough dealing with being out of work due to mentam health but good news it gives me time to get better 3y
hannah-leeloo @jessinikkip yer for sure hun, health comes first. 3y
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jessinikkip
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Well it took a while but I finally have a book open again. After my wife shared the flu and the medicine for it made me even sicker... Its been a rough couple weeks. But I have had food and am reading a book, so I might live through it.

Eggbeater The flu is miserable! Glad you're starting to feel better. 3y
Crazeedi seems like the flu is a long time getting over from those Iknow who have been sick, get well soon! 3y
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Horsedancer98
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This is the second Disney Twisted Tales book I‘ve read and I‘ve loved both of them. I think this is another great perspective on a popular Disney film. I recommend it to any of my fellow Disney fans.

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Lovesbooks87
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Second book in this series and I am still loving it. Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie so I was very excited to read this story. This book talks about how the Prince was cursed and how he dealt with it. Now on to the next book!

MayaB1226 As a fellow Beauty and the Beast lover (and pianist for a high school production of it), this looks so cool! Are the other books in the series all BatB-related, or are they other fairy tales/Disney movies? 3y
Lovesbooks87 @MayaB1226 no this is the only Beauty and the Beast one in this series. But Disney also has another series and it is called A Twisted Tale and they take the fairy tale that we all know and love and put a twist on it. The twist on the BatB is "What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?" I really enjoyed this series as well! 3y
MayaB1226 @lovesbooks87 That sounds awesome!! I‘ll have to read it. 3y
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shadowsdogs

It was cute

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Sarah83
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This month's #litsylovechallenge was a great one. It's the story of the beauty and the beast from the beast's view. The story even start earlier, when the beast is still a prince and three witches tell him, what will happen to him. Of course it is a mix up of several Disney fairy tales, but it was still quite entertaining. 😁😍 Thank you @IamIamIam for that.

Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling I read this one and I really enjoyed it 🤩 3y
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Sarah83
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Next book in line is my monthly #litsylovechallenge book. 😍 I am quite curious about it @IamIamIam

IamIamIam YAY!!! I'm excited to see what you think! I wanted to try the Ursula book. 😘🤗💙 3y
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Very interesting cover(s) – or cover backside(s). Now I‘m curious about what you will be posting about this. 3y
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling das eine ist ein Buchumschlag und das andere mit dem Prinz ist das Buch ansich. Ich hab gerade das nächste Königskinder Buch gefunden 😍😍😍 3y
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Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Ich hab auch deine Rezension schon gefunden. – Oh, welches Königskind❓ Vielleicht ist es ja eines, das meine Bücherei auch hat … 3y
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling ich bin noch unterwegs. Ichmache gleich ein Foto. 3y
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 😃 Find ich gut, danke. Komm gut – und gegebenenfalls trocken ☔️ – heim. 3y
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling hier regnet es gar nicht 🤔 Post über Königskinder folgt jetzt. 3y
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Sarah83
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So I put together all my current reads for the next days... Mhm...quite a few. The Kindle and the iPad are for my current #netgalley reads. Hope to finish these books before I have to work again next week 😮😐

Buechersuechtling Oh, what a lucky girl you are. 🤗 I needed to go to work again today. And I know I shouldn‘t say this but: Sorry office, you were awful. 3y
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling it's only today and tomorrow. On Monday I have to go to work again 😪😪😪 3y
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 But until then you have the prospect of a long, wonderful bookish weekend. 📚 3y
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling That's definitely true 3y
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emmalouise1
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Having one of them days where all I want to do is cry . So my bf suggested I buy some books to cheer my self up :) managed to get some from my tbr list and I few I liked the look of . He was right books are definitely the cure to sadness :)

erzascarletbookgasm “Books will always be there for you” Cassandra Clare. Hope you‘re already feeling better! 4y
Naj Books are a cure for almost everything. Hope you're better now 🤗 4y
emmalouise1 Thankyou guys :) I'm feeling a bit better think I'm just over tired :) 4y
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ElizaMarie Sorry you are having one of those days. 4y
emmalouise1 @ElizaMarie 😘 thankyou I'm going to bury myself in a book till bed time I think 4y
Bklover Hope books and rest lift you up!❤️ 4y
LaLecture You seem to have an amazing boyfriend! Hope you‘ll feel better soon :)! 4y
juliegumdrop Time Traveler‘s Wife was really good. 4y
emmalouise1 @juliegumdrop I watched the film of been hunting the book down for ages :) 3y
Pricel101 Great stack of books! Your BF is so right, books take you to where you need to be when you you need to get away from it all🙏 welcome to Litsy! 👋📖🐎 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺🌸 3y
emmalouise1 @Eggs thank you 😘 3y
starlight97 What a smart bf 🙂 welcome to Litsy! 😊 3y
emmalouise1 @starlight97 yeah he's pretty great :) thankyou 😘 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago, all sad and teary, then after dropping some things off to the local OP shop I went in for a browse, 11 books and $11 dollars later and I was a happy chappy! My heart always skips a beat when I go past a book shop, library, or even a book shelf. 3y
emmalouise1 @Curiouser_and_curiouser I love to shop for books when I'm feeling low then i get home nearly put them on the bookcase and leave them there for about 2 months 😂😂 3y
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Jovy
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Mehso-so

Interesting backstory with a different perspective but felt a bit rushed in the end. #Booked2019 #fairytaleretelling

Cinfhen Not sure these fairytale retellings are working out so well 🤣😂😂😂 4y
Jovy @cinfhen The first one was a pick for me. I will have to read the third to break the tie 😂 4y
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️: Final read of 2018! Interesting premise. Slow start and quick end- pacing was all wrong.

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rubyslippersreads
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I received this very generous #kindlitsy gift from @Literary_Siren and Amazon reminded me I already own it and must move it up my TBR list. But I was very excited to be able to exchange it for a book I‘ve been drooling over, about my favorite film. Thank you so much, Jayme! 😊 @kindlitsy

Literary_Siren You‘re very welcome! Happy Holidays! 4y
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jfalkens
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Very good, it was interesting to see how much influence the sisters had on events. #blameitonlitsy

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jfalkens
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Quirkybooknerd
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My lunchtime book!

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LibrarianRyan
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I love this series because it has a different book cover from the jacket. I received the next book in the series at #bea18 (galley) but I may buy a real copy when it's published just for the undercover. #beast

#coolbooks @Linsy

Purrsistently I love when they do things like this 4y
LibrarianRyan @Purrsistently the entire series is done this way. I didn't notice it until book 4 because the vibrant green stands out. 4y
ladym30 Great photo! 4y
Purrsistently @LibrarianRyan 🙀oh my goodness 4y
Linsy That is awesome! And so fitting. 4y
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BookishRedhead
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Another good back story.
Loved that cameo for the next book

rather_be_reading 😍😍 4y
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readingjedi
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2 of 3

Love love LOVE these covers!

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Menjivar1978
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Panpan

I found this book to be disappointing. To me felt like the author basically took ideas from other movies and books. The witches reminded me of the Sanderson sisters x 1. Given a great opportunity to write a twisted tale and this is what she came up with.

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lauraodom
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Day 29: Nook
Do you have a special place for reading? I read all over the house, but most frequently I try and get in a few chapters before going to sleep at night. #Ampersand2018

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TheQuietQuill
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I'm getting into beast mode before work this morning 😈❤️

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khristova
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Currently reading this beauty 🌹

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TheBookKeepers
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Happy new year everyone! Here is my first book of 2018! What is yours? This was an interesting twist on a classic tale, where the reader gets to learn more about the Beast in his life before the curse. A short and sweet read. If you are a fan for #disney classics & don‘t mind new approaches to stories we all love - then give this book a shot! #bookreview #thebookkeepers #fantasy #youngadult #fiction #fairytales #litsyreview #firstbook2018

tif Ooh, it's part of a series of villain stories!! Thanks for posting!! 5y
KaeleyScruggs Have you read any of the other villian stories?and did you like them? 5y
Meeko93 I'm on the last one right now and I love them all! @KaeleyScruggs @tif 5y
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KaeleyScruggs Oh nice! Have you read any of the other Dinsey Hyoerion press books? 5y
TheBookKeepers No this was my first one! I didn‘t realize it was a part of a series until after I finished it! I have Fairest of All on my kindle to start next!!! 5y
TheBookKeepers @KaeleyScruggs @Meeko93 @tif Glad other people are just as excited about this as me! 5y
Coco Yes there are 4 books in this series and a 5th coming in August!!! Woohoo! I don‘t think this is a series that has to be read in order or anything, I picked my favorite villains first 😛 5y
KaeleyScruggs Oh nice! I've noticed there have been a lot of books published by Disney lately. I'm excited to read the Mulan one coming out! 5y
TheBookKeepers @KaeleyScruggs oh yes Mulan is one of my favorites as well! That will for sure be a great read! Just can‘t go wrong with Disney! 5y
KaeleyScruggs I know!!! It's cool they're doing some original things. I'd like to see that more from them. 5y
James-Knirs Love it 5y
ju.ca.no I have the twisted tale of Aladdin on my TBR 😊 5y
TheBookKeepers Oh!! Have you started it @ju.ca.no ? Tag me when you review it! I haven't heard of that one! 5y
ju.ca.no @TheBookKeepers not yet, but I‘m planning on starting it soon😊 5y
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Meeko93
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Mehso-so

On my break at work and I finished this little story. I feel like it took me forever to read because the beginning and middle we're not that great to me, but towards the end it got better. I would still recommend this series to anyone who likes Disney.

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coffeewithbooks

I read two chapters and didn't want to go on with this book. It was to much like the actual fairy tale. I knew what was going to happen next.

MinDea It is actually the story from the beasts point of view... why he might have been the way he was. I thought it was an interesting take on the fairy tale... 5y
coffeewithbooks @MinDea yes but it just seem like to much of the original 5y
coffeewithbooks @MinDea did you get your bookmarks? 5y
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MinDea No, I haven't received anything... 5y
MinDea I just emailed you to discuss! 5y
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coffeewithbooks
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So I request the second book of the Villians series by @SerenaValentino form my library has a e-book. I'm almost done with the first book.

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mydearwatson
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This was a fun book! I enjoyed the backstory. Once it reached the more familiar parts of the (Disney) fairytale, it began to get a little frustrating to read, but Valentino manages to keep it fresh by alternating with her own characters. I couldn't tell the age group this book was geared toward--younger children or older children--with the words and names she chose, but overall, I really enjoyed the read.

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Naz786
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Loved this one by Serena Valentino aswel

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mariaku21
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It was off to a good start but at some point, it starts to feel rushed; as if the author assumes that the reader has picked this up because they know the story so any potential to bring in something new or inventive to this is forgotten.
The inclusion of the additional witches doesn't really work. The book became less about the Beast and more about them.

Overall, I can see where a lot of people do like and enjoy this book but this wasn't for me.

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mariaku21
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Just got this one from Prime Reading so let's see what the fuss is about yes?

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lostincabeswater
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What is your favorite Disney princess movie? I'm going to have to say either Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid because I remind myself of Belle 🙈 and because I am actually a mermaid.

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NerdyBibliophile
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This was an interesting perspective. I loved the narrative and the point of view. It's very different from the traditional tale we all grew up loving. #beautyandthebeast #thebeastwithing #beast #hisstory #great lead #shortread #amazingcover art

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LibrarianRyan
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So we moved the book shelf to the house but it's still in the garage because we are pretty sure it won't fit up the stairs. So my books sit in super@packed bags. I think I have 7 or 8 of these lying around the house. All unread. #shelfie #riotgrams and today I go for a tofer, my #mostanticipated is getting these things unpacked. #junebookbugs

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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
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Countdown: 5 days until opening day (6 days until I get to see the movie)!
#storiesasoldastime Lumiere: Book + Candle
#squeakybookishlibrary Barely even friends
#livelaughbooksmarch Cover Buy
#bookishmusicals Foreign Author (Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve)
#bibliophilespring Character with a positive attitude (Mrs. Potts)

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BookishRedhead
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