Demon possession has swept through Glace’s neighboring kingdom, turning humans into hellhounds. These great, fanged wolves are wild, desperate, and hungry. Only the sworn Hunters have kept them back for five long, bloody years.
At the young age of fifteen, Belle LeClair became a Hunter. She no longer remembers how many hounds she’s killed, or how many friends she’s buried. Still, Belle leads the hunt till a tragedy forces her deep into the dark kingdom. Her heart will be turned, her loyalty tested— and fate will intervene.
Amid a backdrop of Steampunk inventions and a harsh winter landscape, The Beast is a re-imagining of the infamous love between a beauty and a beast.
Many of you probably know that I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings. Like, you insert those words into a blurb and I’m automatically in for the story. It was the same with this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! There were some common tropes that were used, but it worked well in the story, and overall you get a very delicious, action-packed steampunk version of Beauty and the Beast. While Belle maintains her name, the author adds a little twist to the others’ names: Gastone is a substitute for Gaston, Mrs. Tops instead of Mrs. Pots, Lumiere is replaced by Laramie, and General Kogsworthe instead of Cogsworth. So we get to see all these familiar characters and within a similar plotline, but also with little additions that made this one worth the read.