- Paperback: 540 pages
- Publisher: True North Publishing (30 Jun. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 162865211X
- ISBN-13: 978-1628652116
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
Beauty of The Beast Paperback – 30 Jun 2015
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The story of Christopher and Yolanda absolutely broke my heart in two. I never read a sadder and more beautiful account of love in the world of vampires. It really humanized them and made me feel for them, through all of their evil-doings and selfishness.
Faust is a truly talented storyteller. You will immediately be captivated when you meet Christopher, the first, but not last, vampire the protagonist encounters. This book makes Twilight look like a joke. I really recommend this to those that love historical fiction, horror novels, and stories of unrequited love.
This book totally deserved a 5 star rating. So why did I give it only 3.5 stars? Before you judge if you're going to pick up this or not based on my review, let me tell you that my own reservations did not stop me from flipping its pages. Beauty of the Beast is actually a Croation book titled 'U an'eoskom liku zvijeri'. Yes, this is the first of its publication in English and probably the reason why I had issues with its grammar, spelling, tenses, and lack-of quotation marks. The non-existent quotation marks made the reading a tad difficult, as I had to re-read sentences in order to understand them.
Nevertheless, none of the above issues deterred me from completing the book. Why? Because honestly, the book is hauntingly beautiful. I couldn't figure out the storyline and till the very end, I wanted more. Yes. More of everything. It felt as though the author, Viktoria Faust, had written a memoir of her own secret life - a life that involved vampires and secrets from thousands of years ago. Viktoria captured my attention the moment she started Yolanda's story - it was simply selfish and tragic. To have known love and to have lost it, only to regain and lose it again... Yolanda was the reason I kept going back to my kindle. And then Christoper became the reason after Yolanda. As you can see, there was nothing about Viktoria (the main protagonist) that captured me... yet! To me, she was a storyteller.
Of course, there was Damian. Damian... whom I never trusted. While reading, I wondered what his story was. All the secrets he kept from Viktoria - I guess I became as frustrated as her, not knowing his secrets. But then, when he started off his story, I was hooked. I fell asleep reading his story. I woke up the next day, and decided to stay in bed just so that I could finish reading about the wicked yet beloved Damian.
I was blown away by some of the secrets revealed towards the ending of the book. The revelations weren't enough. I wanted to ask more questions. I wanted more answers. But the author ended the book in a way that I was left feeling complete and incomplete. I know it sounds confusing. If not for some of the translation errors in the book, Beauty of the Beast could definitely be one of the best Vampire books out there.
Sometimes, language is not a problem. As long as the story is wonderful and original, I can brush minor errors away. Now I wonder... will I get to read more about Viktoria and Damian? Or is this the end of their story? I don't think so. I hope not. And if I do come to know of a sequel, you can bet that I will get my hands on it.
The tale is taunt and compact with beautiful atmospheric touches, a different look at the vampire in contemporary times. The only issue is that Faust wrote the original manuscript in Croatian. The English translation contains a few grammatical errors that are off-putting at times, but ultimately shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying this unique horror story.
Underneath there is a base story of which this book is only the first part, and we see only a glimpses of it. Only at the end do we realize that none of what happened is just a whim of someone who is old enough, and insensitive enough to have lost all touch with humanity. What was revealed in this story left me wanting more. So I was happy to find out on the writer’s Amazon page that this is only the first part of a serial.
Towards the end of the story there were some secrets that made you want to say Whoa! Wait! What!
**ARC received for an honest review.**