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6 YA books inspired by Beauty and the Beast

Hello readers,

Fairy tales have acted as inspirations for many writers, and Beauty and the Beast is no exception to this rule.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a selfish Prince that is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love. Bella is taken prisoner by him after trading places with her father, who stole a rose for her. Bella is beautiful, intelligent and it doesn’t take too long for the beast to fall in love with her.

It’s not a surprise that more contemporary writers take inspiration from this fairytale story and use it in their own work and today I decided to show you six young-adult novels that are inspired by it.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

The Beast Princess by Lichelle Slater

Anyone who isn’t royalty isn’t worth a penny. When I wake the dawn after the autumn ball to find everyone in the castle under a spell, and that my beauty is hidden behind the form of a wolf, I am forced to put my fate in a complete stranger. All I wanted was to be rid of the enchantment. Instead, I find myself traipsing about the kingdom alongside a boy I despise. With magic outlawed in Arington, I have no idea how to break the enchantment or save myself, and my only choice is to trust Gerard. Of course, in exchange for helping me, he wants the autumn stone. He is really the beast with nothing to lose, not me. But neither of us could have anticipated the dangers we would face, and when the choice comes for me to save him or save myself, the answer is clear.

Loved by the Beast by T.E. Elliott

Audric and Léa have both grown up under the shadow of how others perceive them. One is seen as a Beast, the other a Beauty. Both long for something more—to be seen, to be known, to be loved for more than what is on the outside. When Léa is faced with the prospect of an arranged marriage or see her father imprisoned, it is a sacrifice she is willing to make. However, when she finds that the rumored beast is nothing more than a gentle and kind man, she is faced with another decision. Can her heart respond to his love even when she has had no power of decision in her life’s story?

Lost in a Book Jennifer Donnelly

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again. The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle?

Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle

When her little sister is taken by the beast of the Forbidden Forest, Larkin does the unthinkable: she goes in after her. Deep within the sentient woods, Larkin uncovers a secret that puts her in dreadful danger. Worse, now that the beast has had his taste, he’ll never stop hunting her. But the forest has woken something inside Larkin; something that gives her the power to fight back. Using forbidden magic will get Larkin hanged. Not using it will leave her at the mercy of the beast’s enchantment. But there’s a third option; one that scares her more than anything.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation. Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse….

I’m really curious about these books, I only read the first but I want to read them all. Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite, I would love a recommendation.

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