#DoubleReview | Disney Beauty and the Beast Series

Duology Review - Disney Beauty and the Beast

**Thank you Tokyopop and Diamond Book Distributors for providing me a free ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Since this was a short series, I decided to do a #DoubleReview. I should tell you that this was my first ever Manga.. like ever. Obviously I didn’t knew beforehand about manga so I had some trouble reading it at first. But after some research, I was on track, and oh boy it was exactly as the movie (minus songs and detailed graphics). Yes, this is an adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast movie which was released recently starring Emma Watson.

 

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Belle’s Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast, #1) by Mallory Reaves
Publication Date: March 28th 2017
ISBN13: 9781427856838
Publisher: TokyoPop
Pages: 160
Genres: Manga, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Part of Series? Yes (Disney Beauty and the Beast)
Format: eArc
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Blurb: In Disney’s live-action film Beauty and the Beast, Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince inside. This manga explores Belle’s innermost thoughts as she learns that true beauty comes from within.

 

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The Beast’s Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast #2) by Mallory Reaves
Publication Date: March 28th 2017
ISBN13: 9781427856852
Publisher: TokyoPop
Pages: 160
Genres: Manga, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Classic
Part of Series? Yes (Disney Beauty and the Beast)
Format: eArc
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Blurb: A tale as old as time … told in timeless manga style Disney’s much-anticipated live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” hits theaters in March 2017, and it stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. This original two-part manga series is based upon the upcoming movie… but you’ve never seen this classic love story told quite this way before.
The “Beauty” manga delves into Belle’s deepest thoughts as she’s taken prisoner by the Beast in his majestic castle. Where the “Beast” manga explores Beast’s deepest thoughts as he captures Belle in his castle and finds himself falling in love with her feisty attitude and adventurous spirit.

 

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My Review

The story is the classic beauty and the beast so nothing new at that front. This series is divided into two parts and each part has different PoV. First part is the story from Belle’s PoV while other is from Beast’s PoV. It was refreshing to read the story through the individual PoVs.

Belle’s book: The illustrations in the book were beautiful. They were so close to the movie. I liked the illustrated Belle and the library was beautiful. There were some illustrations that were not much clear. Some scenes just jumped to other, which is difficult to understand if you haven’t already watched the movie. But most of the art is good. This was a quick read and I finished it in just an hour.

“Happily ever after” is a story, itself.
It’s a choice, everyday, to be the best person you can be.
To turn your anger into passion…. To bring change, not destruction.
To find beauty in love and understanding…
…And to find “Home”… wherever you go.”

Beast’s book: I gave the second part an extra half point, you know why, because it was refreshing to read this story from Beast’s POV. Everybody knows Belle’s POV but it was different to see this new angle.I think Beast is drawn more beautifully than Belle. Also, the artwork was very detailed like the Rose room, beasts’s library and his court. It felt really great to read about different emotions of Beast. We have always seen him angry, but we didn’t knew what was in his back of mind. But here, all his emotions were portrayed greatly.

“In learning to become human again, I realized…
There is never just one lesson to be learned, there are many.
Growing is a process, it never stops.
Beauty isn’t about what you have… Its about what you can share.
I may not be there yet, But I can see the path.
And for once I realize.. I’m not walking it alone.”

 

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend it to all the Beauty and the Beast lovers out there. I would strongly recommend to read this only if you have watched the Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast movie (released in 2017), otherwise you might miss the charm of it.

 

Overall Rating

4 Stars rating @FlippingThruthePages

 

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About the Author

Mallory ReavesMallory Reaves (born 1986 to parents Michael Reaves and Brynne Chandler), is a writer from Southern California. She is best known for her adaptations of the popular manga series After School Nightmare (Nominated for a 2007 Will Eisner Award), Black Sun, Silver Moon, Her Majesty’s Dog and 07-Ghost. In addition to her work adapting manga, she assisted in editing or producing many other titles.

Most recently, she became a published novelist, co-authoring The Silver Dream with Michael Reaves and Neil Gaiman. The book was released in April, 2013, and was a sequel to the New York Times bestseller InterWorld. Gaiman has announced via YouTube that the three authors have already begun collaborating on a third volume in the series.

 

 

Let's Chat

 

Have you watched the Beauty and the Beast movie? Did you liked it? Any Manga suggestions from you?

Thanks for reading and stay connected! ♥

 

 

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  1. Maggie

    Oh, this sounds awesome! I’m gearing up to read my first ever manga book and I’m thrilled to know there are some Beauty and the Beast retellings! I especially love the idea of the one from the Beast’s POV! 😀

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      Sim

      Yes the Beast’s PoV was interesting. But its not a retelling. It is exactly as the new Beauty and the Beast movie.

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