Anyone who has known me for a hot minute, knows I’m kind of obsessed with fairytales. Give me the original Grimm, give me twisted, gender-bent fairytales. Give me angsty YA retellings. I love them all. When I saw that Soman Chainani was releasing a collection of Grimm retellings, Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales, I knew I wanted to read it.
It has not disappointed. From fantastic opening lines, each tale takes turns that will surprise you. From a gender-bent retelling of Sleeping Beauty to a Snow White dealing with racism, these stories will not look like the ones that you probably grew up with.
And that’s what makes them pretty spectacular.
- Julia Iredale’s art is just amazing. The art. The art is fantastic, and haunting, and eerie. It’s beautiful and atmospheric and adds so much to these stories. I can’t gush about it enough.
- I fell in love with Chainani’s writing in the School for Good and Evil, and it’s just as good in these tales. I dare you to read on of these stories and not be sucked in.
- Soman’s take on Sleeping Beauty has to be my favorite version of the story ever. I was blown away by the originality, the threads of horror. It’s incredible.
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Book Title: Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales
Author: Soman Chainani
Release Date: September 21, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Short Stories
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You think you know these stories, don’t you?
You are wrong.
You don’t know them at all.
Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that capture hearts long kept tame and set them free, truths that explore life . . . and death.
A prince has a surprising awakening . . .
A beauty fights like a beast . . .
A boy refuses to become prey . . .
A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.
New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.
Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 26 languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios.
The sequels, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES and THE LAST EVER AFTER, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List as well. Together, the books of the series have been on the print and extended NYT lists for a total of 33 weeks.
As a writer and film director, Soman’s films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives.
When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Now he loses all the time.
Julia Iredale is an artist who works as a freelance illustrator for clients around the world. Her work is informed by her love of mythology, dark fantasy, and human psychology, weaving these together to create beautiful, mysterious characters and worlds. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.