Beasts and Beauty

Beasts and Beauty : Dangerous Tales

3.89 (3,743 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

You think you know these stories, don't you?

You are wrong.

You don't know them at all.

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a surprising awakening . . .

A beauty fights like a beast . . .

A boy refuses to become prey . . .

A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.

New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 157 x 236 x 23mm | 717g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 006265263X
  • 9780062652638
  • 257,762

Review quote

"Haunting, funny, suspenseful, sweet. Fresh and modern with plenty of plot twists. . . All readers will have something with which to identify. Iredale's illustrations are gorgeous, bloody, and magical." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"A brilliant, bloodthirsty fairy-tale collection. Twelve well-known tales are retold through a racially, ethnically, and sexually diverse lens for a modern audience." -- School Library Journal

A volume that transports readers to a place where the lines between beastly natures and beautiful appearances can be difficult to discern. Expertly crafted . . . Chainani's writing is raw in what it lays bare on the page, perfectly appropriate to revisiting these beloved, ubiquitous stories that may have left readers with naïve expectations or dissatisfied conclusions. For any lover of fairy tales who seeks alternative endings. -- Kirkus Reviews

"Chainani takes 12 time-honored tales and overhauls their traditional tellings, adding an astonishing amount of depth and beauty in the process. Lush, transporting, and occasionally eerie, easily conjuring fantastical worlds. . . An intriguing and inclusive update for modern audiences." -- Booklist

"Terrifying, chilling, unexpected, and glorious. A must-read for any fairy tale devotee who wants to view classic stories through a new lens." -- Medium

Beasts and Beauty puts a fresh spin on everyone's favorite fairytales. -- Culturess

"Vigorous, chilling. Chainani is a terrific storyteller. -- Wall Street Journal?
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Rating details

3,743 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 30% (1,121)
4 39% (1,477)
3 22% (839)
2 6% (240)
1 2% (66)
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