Quest for a Beast: A Beauty and the Beast Story
written by Sarah Holman
41 pages // published in 2015 // middle-grade fiction // fairy tale
"We are going to capture one of the most wanted thieves in the state; they call him The Beast...."
A fantastic modern re-envisioning of The Beauty and the Beast.
Reasons I liked it:
• The story is taken completely out of a fairytale context and given a modern-day setting. I like it that way! I'd rather read a fairytale retelling that has a few small resemblances to the original, while not allowing you to figure out what will happen in advance.
• I also like it because the spiritual/Christian angle is IMPACTING. I think redemption and other good character qualities truly shine in Sarah's story.
• The characters are real and relatable in this one. For a short book, it's important that the reader connects well with the characters and Sarah pulled this off well. She allows you insight into each character's strengths, weaknesses, and how they can change -- being human.
"Had she become so obsessed with her books that she hadn't been there for her brother? Had her treasure become the fairy stories instead of God and the people he had placed in her life?"
Quest for the Beast is a good, solid story. Recommended especially for kids and young teens.
Quest for a Beast is available on Amazon in e-book format.
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