Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse – Review by Erin Davidson

Belleza and the BruteBelleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Belleza and the Brute: A Modern-Day Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Jane Matisse was a delightful retelling of an age old classic. I’m an absolute sap for all things beauty and the beast related, so this retelling was right up my alley. Matisse was able to give this old dusty fairy tale a fresh face and give it new life with a modern day flare. Both Elena and Tristan have skeletons in their closet that they’d love to keep tucked away. But when unlikely circumstances throw them together, neither can hide their attraction or their dirty little secrets. I really enjoyed this retelling of my favourite fairy tale and all the fun little quirks Matisse added to spice it up. I loved all the subtle nods to the movie and the original fairy tale, that made the story mesmerising to read. I loved all the characters and thought they were really well developed and three dimensional. I also loved how poetic and descriptive the writing was. Some parts were a little cliché, but it is a retelling and it’s impossible to not be. Loved the story and gave it 5/5

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