Review: BEAST by Lisa Edward

Title: Beast
A Twisted Tale Series
Author: Lisa Edward
Genre: Fairytale/Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2018


Life had always been good to me, and I made sure to keep it that way. My mom had given me the only tool I’d need to succeed—manipulation. Add to that the fact I was beautiful, confident, and rich, and I was on my way to having it all.

My name is Annabelle, and I was the stereotypical head cheerleader, dating the star quarterback. The school was mine, and I couldn’t wait to be crowned prom queen.

One night, my world changed forever. All I believed my future would hold was ripped from my grasp in a ball of flames. I lost my identity, my boyfriend, and my friends. Suddenly, I was the monster nobody wanted around.

A scarf hid my true identity, and I was left staring at the beast in the mirror. My appearance now matched the ugliness I once had inside, but I’d do everything I could to prove I still had some beauty buried deep within.

Sometimes, you have to lose who you are to become who you were meant to be.

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3 stars 

Rich, beautiful, popular, but ugly on the inside.  This author does a unique spin on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast in which the heroine is the beast. Annabella learns at a young age from her mother that using her beauty can get her anything she desires.  To use that beauty to manipulate others into doing what she wants.  What happens, when that beauty is only skin deep and that beauty is destroyed? 

This books makes for a great YA novel and the author showed wonderfully just how beauty on the outside doesn’t always equate with beauty on the inside.  For the first third of the book, I didn’t just dislike Annabella, I loathed her.  The author did a great job of painting her at the beginning of the book as a selfish, manipulative teenager .  She didn’t seem to love anyone, but herself, including her star quarterback boyfriend and her cheerleading friends. When all was stripped away from her, she learned the true meaning of beauty.  As the book progressed, I came to like Annabella as she transformed from a selfish princess to a loving, generous young woman, but I still didn’t love her. She could have just wallowed in pity, but she picked herself back up and tried to become a better person. I enjoyed reading how she turned her life around in helping others.  

I found Tyler to be a very likable hero and I wish that the author developed his character a little more - maybe more about his background, why he volunteers, his thoughts on Annabella or something along those lines.  I just felt like I needed to know more about Tyler. I also would have liked to have had more scenes with them together - watch them form a friendship and eventually move towards a romantic relationship.  The secondary characters of Bert, Chelsea, and Robbie were wonderful. 
I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review.

Author Bio

Lisa Edward is the author of the Songbird trilogy, the novels Ripped and Broken, the novella Duty of Care and a contributor to the collation of short stories in Hook & Ladder 69, and Bleed Blue 69.

While Lisa has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel.

By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking, and leave a lasting impression. She can't write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke those of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.

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