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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Meagan Spooner spins a thoroughly thrilling Beauty and the Beast story for the modern age, expertly woven with spellbinding romance, intrigue, and suspense that listeners won't soon be able to forget.

Beauty knows the Beast's forest in her bones - and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who's ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there's no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva's father's misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he'd been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast.

Deaf to her sisters' protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory - a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical creatures that Yeva's only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin - or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty or the Beast?

©2017 Meagan Spooner (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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It was ok

The story fell short for me. I found myself hooked in the beginning but the romance felt dry in the end. I also feel the male narrator did amazing while the female voice was just ok.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An excellent story!

Megan Spooner is a very talented storyteller. I enjoyed this version of a familiar tale and recommend reading it. You will be pleased with the twists.

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  • mel
  • VERSAILLES, KY, United States
  • 05-31-17

SLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWW

45 minutes in and I can't seem to catch. Sad really, as I wanted to love this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Yawn Fest

I can't begin to describe how mundane this book was to listen to. It's a re-telling of beauty and the beast and it is SO boring. I would skip honestly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great stand alone book!

This book was recommended to me and it was perfect! I enjoy retelling of fairytales and this did not disappoint!

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The story is Beauty and the beast

I was disappointed that I paid for a story I am already very familiar with. It is my own fault, I read title and reviews/recommendations, but not the summary (so as not spoil the book). Lesson learn. Buyer beware/ not as dumb as me.

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  • alicia
  • Morningview, KY, United States
  • 05-26-17

fantastic book. <br />

I loved listening to this amazing story. loved the retelling and honestly wouldn't mind listening to it all over again.

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a new angle on an old tale

This writer has successfully reinvigorated a long loved fairy tale. The world woven of words builds from something mundane and easily relatable to a world of magic; a world with it's very own set of rules. This book could have quite easily been drug out over several volumes but I'm heartily glad that the writer kept the story moving along without overburdening the reader with detail that our imaginations are perfectly capable of providing.

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Fantasy that feels realistic

The first 30-45 minutes I could have stopped and not gone back. Hour 2, I'm interested, hour 4 I'm obsessed. This is a great "beauty and the beast" retelling that is both magical and realistic. Perhaps the best part is the moral of its story. If you enjoy fantasy, dark love, and folklore, you will enjoy this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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So well written, so we'll performed. Fantastic!

I am so pleased Kylie Scott tweeted about this book. It is such a familiar tale that I was surprised to find myself so engrossed, as if I had never heard it before. Not one single second was wasted acknowledging the narrators because they were so perfect for this story it was as if they did not exist. I would recommend this book to anyone. Thank you!

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  • Sibhy
  • 03-22-17

loved it

Great story and great performance. I would recommend it to any fantasy lovers or beauty and the beast fans ☺

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