I thought this retelling was interesting mostly because it focused so much on the beast's story. I liked his personality and the setting (which is really why I picked it up). I also liked some of the elements of this story that others don't have: beast can't talk like a human (they communicate with writing) and the focus of the story is really not on that most well-known part of the tale. There were a few things I didn't like about it: his lion mating habits (which seemed extraneous) and the cover, which is a bit too sappy for me. But, otherwise a rich and beautiful story. A definite choice for the beauty and the beast fans.
The lion-mating mentioned above.
Beast hunts and eats other animals.
Overall rating: ***