In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.
But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.
Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.
This was beautifully written and well constructed. I adored the idea of retelling Beauty and the Beast and I enjoyed seeing the similarities the author put into the story. My heart absolutely ached for Lucius, he was such a good boy and I loved the chapters in his point of view. I did find Aurora a bit annoying, but I find that I dislike most female characters in books. ;) The story was lovely and I liked how short the chapters are. It made it easier to stop (not that I wanted to)!