I have not been so riveted to a story in a long time! I had no idea to what to expect with a retelling of the age old “Beauty and the Beast” fairytale. A Dark Beauty by Clarissa Kae is not only an interesting spin on a beloved fairytale, but honestly felt like a completely new and exciting story at the same time. For this tradition loving girl I was wary of a retelling of one of my favorite stories. But somehow this is both fresh and traditionally comforting.
The Victorian setting really did create interesting details and a plot that was unexpected, while still staying true to some of my favorite components of the traditional story. I was completely invested in not only the characters but also to the ins and outs of the mystery and adventure. I identified with the complicated relationship between Georgiana and her father, was rooting for Lord Pichon, felt my blood boil when the villain seemed to be winning, and absolutely adored the interesting connections to Victorian history.
Read more about the book and the author below, and don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post! All opinions shared here are my own, thanks to celebrate lit bloggers for including me on the tour and for my digital copy of the story.
About the Book
Book: A Dark Beauty
Author: Clarissa Kae
Release date: March 9, 2021
A Victorian Twist on Beauty And The Beast
Bold and brilliant, Georgiana has a gift for fixing machines—from clocks to carriages—while her father has a penchant for finding trouble. In an accidental fire, Georgiana and her father scar the once handsome face of Lord Pichon, cousin to the queen.
Rumors of Georgiana’s gift raise her family’s status. Her incomparable beauty captures the eye of many gentlemen and the wrath of Lord Pichon. Abandoned by his peers and alone in his cold castle, Lord Pichon is determined to enact revenge.
When Georgiana’s father makes a terrible mistake, she sacrifices herself to pay his debt—as a lowly maid in Lord Pichon’s castle.
Her wit and warmth begin to thaw Lord Pichon’s estate, making him question his version of the past. Will her kindness break the beastly lord or will he hold her family hostage forever?
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About the Author
Clarissa Kae is a preeminent voice whose professional career began as a freelance editor in 2007. She’s the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director.
More from Clarissa
As a young girl most of the fairy tales talked about beauty as the only attribute but when Disney came out with Beauty and the Beast, my world was rocked. For the first time the heroine was a woman with a brain and a plan. I began researching the fairy tale and read every version. When my youngest daughter was born (with dark hair and big beautiful brown eyes) I named her Isla Belle. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling. And finally, that dream as come true.
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To celebrate her tour, Clarissa is giving away to two winners one $25 Amazon gift card each!!
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