Title: The Beauty of Being a Beast
Author: Jennifer Estep
“There was a beauty, a freedom, in being a beast.”
Lady Griselle Mottern is cursed into a wolflike beast because of the misdeeds of her ancestors. With only a few days left to break the curse, Griselle finds fighting to save the village from raiders.
I really loved this short story. This was a great gender-bent retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I loved that it was a female beast for a change. Griselle was a great heroine, especially since this was so short. We get a lot of personality in a very short amount of time. Griselle has basically found that she loves being a beast. She has accepted it and likes sometimes scaring people with her wolflike shape.
I also liked that she didn’t want to be forced into a relationship yet. She wants to find love in her own time, not by a deadline. I also like that she knows she could probably find love with her best friend but she doesn’t want to do that to him. I just really loved Griselle and that she wanted to continue being a beast.
Overall, while very short, this was a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend it.