A Tale of Beauty and the Beast by Melanie Cellier – Review

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A Tale of Beauty and the Beast by Melanie Cellier – Review

A Tale of Beauty and Beast: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
by Melanie Cellier

Series: Beyond the Four Kingdoms #2
Published by Luminant Publications
Publication Date November 26, 2017
Genres: Action/Adventure, Clean Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Mystery
Setting: Fantasy Kingdom Main Character Ages: 18-25
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Adult
Pages: 295


Lily has managed to save the duchy of Marin, with the help of her twin, Sophie. But now Sophie faces an even greater threat. Can she save the cursed kingdom of Palinor from its beastly prince?

If you enjoy clean romance, adventure and intrigue, then try the books in the Beyond the Four Kingdoms series now! These interconnected fairy tale retellings each feature a different princess who has to fight for her happily ever after.

Beyond the Four Kingdoms> reading order:

A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses A Tale of Beauty and Beast: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast And coming in 2018 A Crown of Snow and Ice: A Retelling of The Snow Queen A Dream of Ebony and White: A Retelling of Snow White A Captive of Wing and Feather: A Retelling of The Swan Princess A Princess of Wind and Wave: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid

Also in this series: A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Beyond the Four Kingdoms Book 1), A Dream of Ebony and White: A Retelling of Snow White

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Is it because of the fairy tales?  The romance?  The mystery and intrigue?  It could be the beautiful prose.  Melanie Cellier’s books never fail to suck me in from the start and to whirl me away to another world, keeping me entranced throughout the entire story.

Despite the fact that if I know the fairy tale being told, I know certain events are going to take place, her books are not predictable at all.  I think part of the fun of her books is reading about something and thinking “oh!  That is the part in the story that…”  And I’m so glad that she doesn’t attempt to make her retellings sound like the Disney version.  🙂

This retelling of Beauty and the Beast was no exception.  It opened with this line:

I had been riding all day, and the sun was now starting to set in spectacular streaks of red and orange across the plains.

I was immediately drawn into the story as Sophie was sneaking away from Marin alone to fulfill the demands of the Beast she had been forced to betroth herself to in the Princess Tournament told about in A Dance of Silver and Shadow, the first book in this series.

I loved the way that the bond that Sophie and Lily have always shared came into play in a new and unique way in this story and allowed Sophie into a world that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.  Dominic was a “perfect” Beast, terrifying with his temper and self-centeredness, yet he had a twinge of humanity buried in his heart.

Here are some of the quotes from the story that I couldn’t resist highlighting.  There were even more swoony ones at the end, but I didn’t want to include them and give away any spoilers.

Books reminded me of the comfort of home, but roses filled me with an alluring sense of hope. For surely any wonder was possible in a world that could produce such beauty?


He froze, a look of shock crossing his face, and then he dropped his hand, allowing most of the snow to fall away. A single icy trickle down my back made me shiver, and he grabbed my other arm and pulled me closer to him, as if to warm me. “You’ve never used my name before.”


We started off again, and I watched the bobbing candles in fascination. “This really is one of the strangest things I’ve ever done.”

“Only one of?” Tara sounded amused. “If this castle isn’t the strangest thing you’ve ever encountered, your Arcadia must be a very odd place indeed!”

About Melanie Cellier

Melanie Cellier grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although she got older, she never stopped loving children’s and young adult novels.

She always wanted to write one herself, but it took three careers and three different continents before she actually managed it.

She now feels incredibly fortunate to spend her time writing from her home in Adelaide, Australia where she keeps an eye out for koalas in her backyard. Her staple diet hasn’t changed much, although she’s added choc mint Rooibos tea and Chicken Crimpies to the list.

Her young adult Four Kingdoms and Beyond the Four Kingdoms series are made up of linked stand-alone stories that retell classic fairy tales.

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