4 Spellbinding Retellings of “Beauty and the Beast”

cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Seventeen years ago, Nyx’s father made a bargain with the demon lord who rules their land.  Now Nyx must become his wife, but she is not going willingly.  She has a plan that will end his reign once and for all.  But what happens when she falls in love with the person she wants to destroy?

A dark romance focused largely on Nyx’s feelings for the demon lord and his shadow.  Readers who enjoy steamy reads will likely find this to their taste, but fans of fantasy may also enjoy the unique worldbuilding.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and LonelyPrince Rhen is cursed to relive his eighteenth year over and over again until a girl falls in love with him.  Unfortunately, they never do–not when they see the beast he becomes.  Then Harper, a girl from D.C. enters his world and, suddenly, Rhen thinks he might have a chance.  But war approaches his borders and Harper fears for the family she left behind.  Can Rhen save both his kingdom and his heart?

A gripping retelling that goes beyond the romance to tell a story about political machinations and impending war.  Readers who enjoy high fantasy and war stories will delight in this expanded version of an old story. There’s even a sequel!

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Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Evie enjoys working on her healing remedies along with her best friend Wormy.  But then Wormy has to ruin everything by proposing.  Even worse, the fairy Lucinda does not agree with Evie that she is too young to think of marrying anyone.  As punishment for rejecting Wormy, Lucinda transforms Evie into an ogre.  Now, she only has a few weeks to accept a proposal–or she will be an ogre forever.  A prequel to Ella Enchanted that can be read as a standalone.

Readers expecting a second Ella Enchanted may find themselves disappointed by this prequel.  Readers who judge the book on its own, however, will likely be delighted at the opportunity to return to Ella’s world, learn more about ogres, and immerse themselves in the lives of characters who played pivotal roles in Ella Enchanted.  Evie is a spunky heroine whose kindness will cause readers to sympathize with her and cheer her on her journey.

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Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Scarred by a wolf when she is seven years old, Echo Alkaev leads a lonely existence, shunned by the villagers who think she is cursed. Years later, she meets the wolf again and he strikes a bargain: he will save her father’s life is she agrees to live with him for one year. In his house under the mountain, Echo finds an enchanted library and begins to fall in love with Hal, who seems trapped in the books. But an evil force is growing and the wolf, Echo, and Hal will all be lost at the end of the year, unless Echo can find a way to break the curse.

This enchanting fantasy blends elements from “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Tam Lin.”  Readers who love retellings with a classic feel will fall in love with Echo North, which captures the elusive spirit of Faerie.

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22 thoughts on “4 Spellbinding Retellings of “Beauty and the Beast”

  1. Jonny Pongratz says:

    Great post! Beauty and the Beast is my fave! You may also want to check out Of Beasts and Beauties. Great book with five great stories, all inspired by the theme of Beauty and the Beast.


  2. alilovesbooks says:

    Ooh I love retellings and there’s a few on this list I haven’t heard of. I will second your recommendation of A Curse so Dark and Lonely, I loved that book. I’d also recommend Hunted by Megan Spooner, it’s quite dark and weaves in some other folklore.


    • Krysta says:

      Yeah, I think it’s interesting that A Curse So Dark and Lonely is the start of a fantasy series and not just a once-and-done retelling.

      Thanks for the recommendation!


  3. Mei-Mei says:

    I love Beauty and the Beast retellings! Several of these are on my to read list. One of my favorites is Masque by WR Gingell, which has a murder mystery mixed in.


    • Krysta says:

      It is! But it’s a little different since it’s also the first book in a series! (Or a duology? It occurs to me I don’t know how many books are projected for this.)

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  4. anhdara13 says:

    I tried Cruel Beauty but couldn’t get into it, but I am very intrigued by Echo North! A Curse So Dark And Lonely is on my TBR already, and this list is giving me a couple more to add! Thanks.


  5. Winged Cynic says:

    I’m strangely not a fan of Beauty and the Beast (at least, not as much as the general public), but I’m actually excited to find out that Ogre Enchanted is a retelling! Ella Enchanted is one of the best retellings ever imo, so Ogre Enchanted is on my TBR. 😋


    • Krysta says:

      “Beauty and the Beast” does seem to have a lot of popularity, doesn’t it? It’s not my favorite fairy tale, but I do enjoy it!

      Ogre Enchanted, I think, doesn’t quite live up to Ella Enchanted. But it is pretty good and I liked returning to that world!

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  6. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    Wonderful list! I am a huge fan of retellings, and Beauty and the Beast will always have a special little place in my heart. Growing up, this was my absolute favorite fairy tale, so I devour just about every retellings I get my hands on. I’ve heard lovely things about A Curse so Dark and Lonely and Cruel Beauty! Hoping to get to those at some point this year! I haven’t looked much into Echo North, but it sounds quite enchanting. I might have to add it to my tbr! ❤


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