The Beast by A.R. Davis

The Beast by A.R. Davis was a well-written and decidedly dark spin on Beauty and the Beast. The character development was great and included glimpses into the minds of compelling characters through their thoughts which, true to life, didn't always match their actions. 
The Beast of this novel wasn't the only tortured soul struggling to come to terms with their identity. My favorite character was Lord Aubrey who, to put it in psychological terms, was seriously messed up.
With action that was at times gory (though never too explicit) and an undeniably creepy chapter about the Beast's origin, I'd recommend this read to the older YA crowd. If you like your fairy tales on the macabre side, this retelling won't let you down.

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