Top 5 recommendations for Beauty and the Beast YA re-tellings

Top 5 Beauty and the Beast YA retellings

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

As a kid, Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite Disney movie, and it still is. I mean, Belle reads (talk about relatable?) and the story is more unique and intriguing than the others. I especially love the message that it carries and how the entire movie also portrays courage as one of their themes.

  1. Beastly by Alex Flinn

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My rating: 5/5

Beastly by Alex Flinn

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

(Recommendation)

This version of beauty and the beast tells the story from the point of the Beast. In this beautifully retold story, beauty and the beast is set in the modern day world of New York.

The book was better than the movie (Yes, it was adapted into a movie), and for this particular book I actually watched the movie first. Usually when I watch movies I can’t seem to read the book, but I managed to get through this book and personally felt that it was better than the movie adaptation. The story was more well developed, the emotions behind the characters were great and the lastly, the character arc for Kyle was really strong.

This book is part of the series, The Kendra Chronicles, but this book can be read as a stand-alone book.

  1. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

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My rating: 5/5

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

(Recommendation)

This version of Beauty and the Beast is set in a YA dystopian world of Yuan, definitely for fans of dystopian and sci-fi. This version feels like a mash-up of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and the original Beauty and the Beast, which makes it uniquely one of it kind.

This book is a stand-alone and I wished that this book had been made into a movie.

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 

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My Rating: 5/5

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

(Recommendation)

This version of beauty and beast is more on the darker side, but is also one of my favorites. The vibe of the entire story is really similar to the Vocaloid song – Cendrillon. The unique thing about this version of beauty and the beast is that the author; Rosamund Hodge has successfully blended in a Greek mythology story between Cupid and Psyche. This book can be read as a stand-alone.

4. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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My rating: 3/5

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters 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.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of 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?

(Recommendation)

Out of these recommendations, this book has to be the one closest to the original. However, this story did lack good plot twists but it was really nice how this version tied the entire story to the Prince (Read to find out more :D)

The author actually included pages of the Beast’s journal, which was really a nice touch, but for me I had trouble reading the cursive font.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas

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My rating: -/5 (I didn’t finish the book, please don’t kill me)

A court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

(Recommendation)

This book’s hype has been crazy especially now that the series has ended. This version of beauty and the beast takes place within the faerie area of fantasy (I’m sorry, I’m not a big fan) and it definitely deserves a place on the list as even though I may dislike it, a million others have loved this series, so do take a read and you may find yourself in a new fandom 😉

 

 

Have you read any of these books? What do you think? Leave a comment below! 🙂

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