I’ve gotten some great reviews for The Beast and I would love to share them with you all!
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite
The Beast by A.R. Davis is almost reminiscent of a fairy tale in its danger, its mystery, and its brave and noble heroes. Something, whether man or beast, is preying on the people of Leola. The woods pose a danger to even the strongest of men, causing the villagers to starve and even the most steadfast among them to turn to their vices to survive. Valerie is one of the citizens fighting to live. In order to keep her family afloat, she must break the law to provide for them in the only way that remains to her.
There’s a very tense and almost creepy tone and feel to the book, as the citizens of Leola live in perpetual terror of the woods that border their town. The citizens’ fear was palpable in every decision hampered, every temper that flared because of the pressure placed on them by the insidious danger of the woods. This was a great touch and added a huge amount of tension and flair to the story.
I liked Aubrey the best, as I really related to his desires to make a name for himself and to be remembered for more than just being the king when he died. While this ambition leads Aubrey to be a bit brash and make certain mistakes, it also really resonated with me…perhaps because I’m going through my own quarter-life crisis and trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life. The story bounces around for a while before coalescing into one solid tale that was both intriguing and insightful. I really enjoyed reading it and will be keeping an eye out for A.R. Davis in the future. https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-beast (4/5)
Format: Kindle Edition
I would consider this book a blend of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with a darker twist reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm. Well written, and with an ending that does the book justice, you go on a ride following very different characters.
At the very beginning, we are treated to a fairy tale about a Beast in the forest. Cursed by the spirit of the forest for his evil deeds, he is set a task where he has to perform 1,000 good deeds to atone for all the evil he has done in his life so far. What threw me was I kept expecting this story to come alive within the book somehow. It completely colored what I was expecting and as I read through the book, I kept waiting. This is one of the times I’d say the prologue did a disservice to the storyline as a whole.
Introduced to the main characters, one can’t help but draw parallels with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Belle takes on the form of Valerie. Instead of a “crackpot inventor,” we have a broken down guardsman who couldn’t handle the death of his wife and turned to drink instead. Valerie works in a bookstore and borrows books to read. There are other connections to the movie, but I’ll let you discover them on your own.
Young Aubrey steps into the role of Gaston. Not quite the same, but I couldn’t help but draw that parallel. I’m not going to say too much about him as his storyline is definitely different. He is a fascinating character.
The beast himself takes on a name and becomes known to Valerie after tragic circumstances change her life forever.
The book itself starts off slow. It then slams on the gas and takes off. If anything, I’d say this book has some pacing issues. Periodically, there would be a lot of major action happening but then be offset by ‘nothing much,’ only to have it ramp up and take off again. There were also minor typos and a few sentences which were missing words. It’s definitely a common occurrence when someone is editing but has read it so many times they don’t even notice the word is missing. Only readers new to the context will pick it up. One other problem I had was I couldn’t ever quite picture what the characters looked like. It’s like every one of them was an out-of-focus photograph in my mind. However, each had a distinctive personality that stood out.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read. The ending fit perfect and I was pleased with how A.R. Davis handled it. However, due to some of the themes introduced in this book and the violence, I would highly recommend a parent vet it before handing it over to a young adult reader. You should determine if this is something you want your child to read on your own, but it definitely has potential for a young adult book. (3/5) adropofinkreviews.com
I really enjoyed reading “Beast” by A.R. Davis. I thought it was excellently written (a few minor editing things but nothing too major) and kept my attention from the dramatic opening to the bittersweet end. I read it relatively quickly and loved the characters and the fresh twist that the author spun on this familiar storyline. Make no mistake, it is creative and brings a new perspective to the fairy tale that gives it its own voice and identity. You won’t feel like you’re reading something you’ve read before. I’d recommend it for older teens and adults, and hope this author writes more like this in the future ‘cause I’d love to read it! Recommend for fans of YA/NA and fantasy. (5 stars) Karen Matthews Indie Book Reviewers
“The Beast” is the first book I’ve read from this author A.R. Davis but I hope it’s not the last. It was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The various plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, and I liked how she put a lot of new twists on the old tale (this is clearly inspired by “Beauty and the Beast”, but it definitely has its own identity.) The characters were all interesting and fleshed out, and we see the story unfold through various POV’s which helps to give a bigger picture. For the most part the pacing was ok… a bit slow at parts, but I enjoyed the dialogue and the descriptions. Very easy to read and get lost in. Some shocking and sad twists (no spoilers) but an ultimately satisfying ending. (4 stars) Jenna Brewster Indie Book Reviewers
“The Beast” by A.R Davis is an enchanting, moving novel, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of fantasy, folktale, mythology, action/romance. A.R. Davis infuses a unique blend of the traditional tale but completely turns it on its head and I have to say that the re-imagining really works! I honestly wasn’t sure if it would, because so many times books that are ‘retold’ like this just seem like… well… the same story. While there are subtle parallels here, the author isn’t afraid to venture into new and totally unexpected territory and take chances in a way that keeps us from thinking that we know what will happen. Because trust me—you don’t! Recommend for fans of YA fantasy/Sci-fi who want something fresh and unexpected. (4-5 stars) Laura Clarke Indie Book Reviewers
Wow, “The Beast” by author A.R. Davis is by far one the more intriguing and enjoyable novels I’ve read in a long time! I was really intrigued by the premise of a modern re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast” (one of my all-time faves) and I was not disappointed in the execution. I was curious how the author would pull it off as this is a tale that has been done many times before… it’s pretty tough to bring something new to the table to engage the readers. But I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and was impressed not only with the execution, but the writing itself, and Ms. Davis’s word choices. Vivid, atmospheric, and strangely believable (for such a far-out story). Near flawless editing (always a bonus) and I thought the ending and epilogue were perfect. Hope this author continues writing! (This appears to be a standalone novel and not a part of any series). Recommend. (5 stars) Claire Middleton Indie Book Reviewers
This was an excellent novel that captured my imagination from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well thought out. The descriptions were vivid and atmospheric, and the dialogue authentic. I think at times the pacing seemed a bit uneven, with long chunks of narrative that for me slowed the pace a bit and I would have preferred more plot-advancement via dialogue and character interaction than with the pure narrative. Just makes me feel more detached than I prefer. But the writing is very good and this story took the inspiration of a legendary story and became something totally new, creative, and memorable. Well worth the read! (4 stars) Gillian Hancock Indie Book Reviewers
I will admit that it took me some time to really get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going. But the more I read the more I got into it, and thoroughly enjoyed this world and reality A.R. Davis brought to life. The interweaving plotlines were complex, but not convoluted… and certainly not predictable! I’ve read my fair share of fairytale re-tellings and re-imaginings but this one felt wholly original on so many levels. I appreciated the intricate world building and plot development, but there were a few times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to speed up the pacing. But I read the whole thing in the course of a few nights and had tears in my eyes at that ending. Overall a very positive experience and I’d recommend to others. (4-5 stars) Sam Ryan Indie Book Reviewers
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