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  • 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
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For anyone who likes a good, old-fashioned vampire story, this is for you. A proper, Gothic romp. The author is not British, but from Croatia I believe. English is not her first language and that is obvious from the writing, but as the book is set in Eastern Europe, her use of the language adds an air of Transylvanian authenticity to it. This book very much reminded me of "Interview with the Vampire", so for anyone who loves works by Anne Rice, I would highly recommend this one... Definitely something to get your teeth into...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, Tragic, Beautiful Vampire Story 29 Dec. 2015
By Rhea M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I've read some other vampire lit in the past, and always felt the characters fell a bit flat. In this story, the characters are complicated, well-developed, and surprising. Faust makes them come alive, literally, and vampires of this story are vibrant and captivating. She really makes you empathize with the vampires, and I've never quite had that experience reading vampire lit before. The main character, Viktoria, is an intelligent, tortured soul. She's always sticking her foot in her mouth and is fearless, even when confronted by centuries old vampires. She is so tragically human - her decision making will keep you cringing and on the edge of your seat, she is truly unpredictable and it was refreshing to follow her adventures and watch her slip in to a dark world where she happened to fit right in; for the first time in her life she belonged somewhere.

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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Originality at its best! 11 July 2016
By Uma Mawaery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
3.5 stars!

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tale is taunt and compact with beautiful atmospheric touches 28 Jan. 2016
By Francesca E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With Beauty of the Beast, Viktoria Faust has taken on the vampire genre with her own unique twist. Instead of Victorian-era London or the wilds of 19th century Romania, Faust wrote her tale in war-torn Croatia of the 1990s. Faust makes her story personal, even naming her protagonist, “Viktoria”. Under her skilled hands, Beauty of the Beast is a woven into a dark tale of survival and self-awareness.

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars There is too much abusive contact in their relationship to call this a love story, but their feelings for each other is ... 4 Dec. 2015
By Kevin R. Given, author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is quite a different vampire story. The setting for the first part of novel is wartime Croatia, and as the story unfolds characters roam through Europe, reliving only bits and pieces of the puzzle of the storyline. The base line is the relationship between the two main characters which builds through the novel until the inevitable end. There is too much abusive contact in their relationship to call this a love story, but their feelings for each other is obvious. The growth of the characters and gradual disclosure of the “big picture” is what makes this book a page-turner, although the book is not fast paced. This is not an action vampire novel, it’s more of a psychological horror.

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 20 Sept. 2016
By Carmen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Beauty of the Beast was a bit slow in the beginning but once you get passed some of the grammatical errors the story comes alive. The author make you feel for the vampires. Viktoria is smart but is tortured or confused. She's been trying to fit in somewhere and has finally finds her place even though its the dark world but she feels a home. Its fun following her through her adventures even a bit scary and strange at times but a great story. I thought the Christopher and Yolanda part was heartbreaking but such a great act of love and unselfishness. You felt how even though they are who they are but you still feel some semblance of humanity in them. It was a great start.

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.**
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