Befriending The Beast by Amanda Tero {Review}

Title: Befriending The Beast

Series (if applicable): Tales of Faith {Book One}

Era (if applicable): Medieval

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Fiction, Beauty And The Beast re-telling

Content: 0/5

Nothing at all. There is mention about sin, but why would I call that content; wait why did I even write that down…

Age-range: 12+

Overall rating: 4/5

Source: Amazon Kindle

Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn.

Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?


This book was simple, heartwarming and so beautiful. Befriending the Beast is a re-telling of Beauty And The Beast, but for those of you who don’t enjoy re-tellings, I promise you, this is very unique and not at all like the fairytale. It has a very powerful message about faith (hence the series title), and trusting God in every situation.

Characters 5/5

I felt so much with the characters. I felt Belle’s thoughts, her feelings, it was all put together very nicely. I really loved the part where Percy is giving advice to Belle; that was lovely. I didn’t like Anis at all. Her name reminded me of a Filipino word, ‘inis’, which means annoying. XD Whenever she would stop Belle and reprimand her about not entering a room like a Princess should, I would always think, “Hey Anis, you’re stalling the story! I don’t like you!” I’m not saying that Anis shouldn’t have been in this novella, I’m saying that Amanda so very well developed her characters, that I felt that. And I loved Keirstrider! Keir is a horse, by the way.

But I thought that Belle’s Father was a little incomplete. The first thing I thought when Belle had the accident and her immediately changed a little, I felt it was too sudden. But as I read on, that worked perfectly. I also felt that her Father was a little immature. It’s just me though. And I would have liked to see more scenes with him.

Plot 5/5

The plot was amazing. Amanda thought, ‘What if the Beast was Belle’s Father?’. That worked so well. The story kept a lot of things about Beauty And The Beast, but it was so unique. I personally like to read books with a lot of action, this book didn’t have much of that, but everything else fixed that.

The plot had a lot of turns that surprised me and made the book a lot more interesting. The end was nicely resolved.

Writing 4/5

I felt like I was in the book when I read it. I felt all the emotions the characters felt. But I don’t seem to recall having any notes on what Belle looked like. That’s totally fine and it doesn’t really change anything, but I would’ve liked to see more of how the main character looked. I thought it was a bit boring at times, but that’s just the way I read books. 😉 It was a bit dragging at the beginning, though.

About the medieval time era, the language the characters spoke in was perfect, even the way the author wrote depicted the medieval time. The author certainly did her research.

Other notes (overall)

I would definitely recommend this to anyone, but probably would best suit ages 12 and up. I loved the christian values and the powerful message in the book. I was a bit confused though; what was Belle’s sin? Leaving her Father? Was Belle’s Father angry that she left him? I think Belle left him because her Father was altogether ignoring her after his wife passed. I love the cover, I love the book, Amanda is very talented.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book, and I will most likely post a review to it here.

On the side note, I am accepting suggestions for books now. Please head over here to learn more. 🙂

About The Author

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

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6 thoughts on “Befriending The Beast by Amanda Tero {Review}

  1. I’m currently reading it, but I haven’t gotten that far… I’ve been putting off reading multiple books. I should really get around to it. But that’s true. I’m only on page 20 (maybe a little more than that) and I can’t figure out what Belle did wrong… :/

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  2. I suggested a book, and ooh, this sounds really interesting, but honestly, I think that there’s WAAAAY too many prodigies about Beauty and The Beast, so I’ll pass.

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