Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost, Volume 1 by Kaori Yuki

Posted September 15, 2021 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 16 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost, Volume 1 by Kaori YukiSeries: Beauty and the Beast of the Lost Paradise #1
Published by Kodansha Comics on August 17, 2021
Demographic: Shōjo
Genres: Psychological, Romance, Supernatural
Source: NetGalley
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Young and rambunctious Belle insists on going out to play in the forbidden woods, but her adventurous streak abruptly ends when her mother is spirited away by a beast known to kidnap beautiful women. Twisted by the loss of his wife, Belle’s father keeps his daughter and her unusual violet hair locked away in an effort to “protect” her from prying eyes.
Years later, news of the beast’s reappearance coaxes Belle back to the woods where it all began—but her desperate search for the truth may be more perilous than she could have ever imagined . . .

Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost. That says it all, really. It’s impossible to not get enamoured with such a title! Then, even the catchy artwork on the cover plays its part well, don’t you agree?

Kaori Yuki uses her gothic style to turn one of the most beloved fairytales of all times into one of the darkest and twisted tales a reader would never expect . . . The creepiness of the story—which is not a ‘usual’ re-telling—keeps you intrigued and disturbed at the same time, and that works brilliantly! While the psychological abuse Belle had to endure for years puts readers between an angry and an emotional state, their mind constantly marvels at the legendary beast killing beautiful women—is that THE beast’s doing, though?—and the one who started the curse. Plot, atmosphere, characters, everything has a mysterious halo that can really keep you at the edge of your seat. Beware, once you reach the last page, you will be left craving for more!

A remarkable start of what looks and sounds like a unique, sinister manga. Totally enchanting! Ready for a journey like no other? Then venture yourself into the woods story at your own risk . . .


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16 responses to “Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost, Volume 1 by Kaori Yuki

    • Same, I fall in love with this kind of titles all the time! Good thing there are those, like this one, that work great and surprise you as well ❤️

  1. I like that this is not a “usual” retelling- now I’m more curious! and it sounds dark… I love that about it. Hoping this gets better and better as it goes… 🙂

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