The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince (Villains Series #2)

The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince (Villains Series #2)


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A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423159124
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Series: Serena Valentino's Villains Series , #2
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 20,312
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling Villains series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil.

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The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Every true Disney fan needs this in their book collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so disappointed this book wasn't sny better then what it was.  The Author's first book Fairest Of All The Story of the Evil Queen, was wonderful. However, this book bored me to tears.  She just drug the story and it didn't keep my interest. I am a huge Disnry Fan and even pre- ordered this book in anticipation that it was going to be as wonderful as her first Disney book. Boy, I was sadly mistaken.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing amazing book! She tied in other Disney tales which makes me think that maybe she will tie in all the stories to make one big series. Hopefully she does because I love how she explains the past of the villains trying to explain what they became. Truly magnificent. I look forward to an Ursula , Lady Tremaine, Jafar or any other story from this author because revamped Disney tales are amazing! 
Darkpromises More than 1 year ago
This book had a very interesting tale to tell from the witches perspectives, haven't watched beauty and the beast in years but I found this to be awesome all around. I never wanted to put it down because of how interesting the chapter had become, this is definitely something to keep on your bookshelf and read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth it, even if you are a hardcore fan.  While I'm all for novel to go alone with the timeless Disney's Beauty and the Beast, this book failed to deliver any entertainment or satisfaction.  There are many flaws, but the ones I couldn't stand the most about this story was the made up characters (the three pointless witches) taking credit for EVERY single plot point in the original movie.  For example, remember part in the movie where the Beast asks Belle if she is happy and she replies she misses her father?  Well according to this book these threeevil witches are the ones responsible for making Belle miss her father due to their witchy powers they constantly use to screw over the Beast because, ya know, they actually do need to interfere for that to happen!  Stupid stuff like that was happing constantly along with all these non-clever references and tie-ins with other Disney fairy tales and plot points.  Even if you adore Beauty and the Beast, I strongly recommend leaving this one behind.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story adds more depth to the Beast making him more relatable and easier to understand. This also clears up some of the questions on the actual sequence of events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much. I would definately recommend to others who are Disney Fans, such as I. I haven't read a book since high school and this was a great book to start with for myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read ,but definitely not what I was expecting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus book is very cool because I never knew that the beast was friends with Gaston . The beast was very mean and I did not know that ,the beast would do shut a thing to a lady
Rheanna Cantor More than 1 year ago
CRAZY DISNEY FAN OVER HERE! Some spoilers ahead just to be warned So as you can apparently see, I just love Disney since I grew up with it! I was very excited to read this when I had found it at my local Barnes and Noble store. I had went and bought it and I am very much grateful that I did. Not only is the dust cover really cute, but when you remove it, it shows the Prince. I give it a four out of five stars only because there were times when I couldn't understand what was happening. First, the narrator talks about how the Beast is in the rose gardens, then the next second they jump to when he is turned into the Beast! Then the very next second, they jump to when he was still dating Circe. Nonetheless I really enjoyed the story and how they were talking about The Evil Queen and Ursula and how the Odd Sisters were actually able to manipulate them. As for character development, I think that Serena did a wonderful job in showing how much the Prince was able to change and that we were able to be introduced to the Odd Sisters and Circe.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It's a story of the Prince before the curse. I loved that the Prince and Gaston were best friends! A few of Disney characters were mentioned in the book and I found that neat.
SoulMan04 More than 1 year ago
I think the book, The Beast Within, was a really good book. It tells you the whole backstory of the beast and how he came to be that way. You see, the beast wasn't always like that. Instead, he was a prince but he was a very mean and demanding prince and he wanted to look for love. First he took in a beautiful maiden named, Circe, who he thought was a princess but was actually a pig farmer's daughter. When the beast found out, he stormed away. For Circe she was really sad and her witch sisters came over and cast a enchantment on the prince and his castle. The curse would make the prince into a beast and transform the servants into household items if the beast didn't change his ways. The only part I didn't like was that they put in very little of Belle. My favorite part was when all of the servants started turning into household items, starting with Cogsworth. We all know he became the miniature grandfather clock:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Beauty &the Beast and this book is a must have for Disney addicts and people who love the Tale Old As Time like I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Beast has been my all time favorite since I was little. This book gave such great detail on what was happening from the Beast point of view, how much he really was struggling on the inside which makes the story a little darker. How there was more to the curse than the original story tells us. I could of kept reading if there was more.  Since they are now coming out with a live action movie, it will be interesting if part of the story will be told from the Beast point of view. I think that would be amazing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it, absolutely loved it. This is a book ive been waiting for, a pov from one of my favorite disney characters. Though the story differs a bit from the movie, I cant say I didnt enjoy it. The cool little explanations for things and the beefed up curse were great. Plus that gaston thing was quite a twist I think. All the stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are few books I've started that I couldn't finish reading but this one of them.  I tried ignoring the blatant inconsistencies with the Beauty and the Beast movie and within the book itself.  Then the author insults me with calling something Buttchinland;  I'm not sure if this is meant to be some sort of clever reference to Gaston from the movie but it falls short as nothing but shoddy effort and distasteful.  It feels like the author put no effort into creating a coherent story and instead is just throwing random references in from the movie and shoving this rubbish upon the reader.