BLOG TOUR: Review of Amanda Tero's Befriending the Beast!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hey everyone!  Today I have a review of a fantastic fairytale retelling by Amanda Tero -- Befriending the BeastThis is part of her great three-month blog tour in anticipation of her upcoming book, a Robin Hood retelling! But without further ado, here's my review.

This is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, which also happens to be one of my favorites (behind Rapunzel).  That being said, I'm always pretty picky about how my favorite fairytales are portrayed in retellings, but this book was impressive.  It's actually very original, considering that it's a retelling, and weaves Christian themes and attitudes into the plot as well.

Belle doesn't trade her life for her father's to appease an angry beast -- she also doesn't fall into romantic love with anyone.  This was, perhaps, the most attention-grabbing and clever aspects of this book.  Her father is the beast!  Her mission is to renew her relationship with her father, which was severely damaged after her mother's death.

This book closely follows Belle as she attempts to grow closer to an evasive and elusive father, her attempts aided by his servants.  I enjoyed this book because of its fresh perspective: healing familial ties instead of the normal romance route that this fairytale might take.  It talks about God's plan and how we need perseverance to see His plan through - because, guaranteed, the journey won't be easy.  This was unique because, rather than facing extreme circumstances, war, a journey, etc to portray perseverance, it simply focuses on family.  In a way, I think that familial issues require infinite amounts of patience and God-given strength, even more than those journeys and wars.  For this reason, I found myself absolutely glued to this book and loved every minute of it.  While the beginning few chapters felt a little slow, the pace seemed to adjust and I ended up reading the rest of it in one sitting.  I'd give it a 4.5/5 rating!

AND if you're interested in checking it out, she's running a sale for the Kindle copy: only 99 cents!  The sale ends tomorrow, so make sure to grab a copy while you can!

And don't forget to check out the rest of the series and put Protecting the Poor, the newest in the series, on your TBR list!

About the Tour 
In anticipation of the release of “Protecting the Poor” (book three in the Tales of Faith series), Amanda is guest posting or being featured on over a dozen blogs each month. Each post is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. ;) Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

 About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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