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Book: As Old as Time: a Twisted Tale
Author: Liz Braswell
Page Number: 484 Pages
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling Fantasy
Age: For readers 12 and up
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Synopsis: What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast? When Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle of a mother she thought she would never see again. Now it is up to her and the Beast to work together and save all those who were cursed by the Enchantress’s spell.
I’m a sucker for all things Beauty and the Beast! I absolutely LOVE the story and romance between Belle and the Beast. I’ve watched the live action movie and the animated movie both at least a hundred times. So it came as a shock when I realized that I didn’t like this book as much as I would have liked to. It showed so much potential but the magic and beauty from the original story was just….missing….
The book just felt flat, especially near the end.
What I Liked:
Mystery of the Plot: I love how this book kept me on my toes even when it’s a story that I’m very familiar with. After the first 200 pages, this story goes on it’s own, unique and different from the original fairytale. Yet it still gave us some iconic moments between Beauty and the Beast sprinkled throughout the rest of the book.
Belle’s Book Addiction: This was SO relatable! The lines where Belle raves on and on about books...I felt that. Belle has always been my second favorite Disney princess (after Mulan) because I can relate to Belle’s book passion with every fiber in my body. I totally understood when she was talking about how she wanted the adventure and magic from books in her own life.
“Reading books let me realize there was a world beyond the river, beyond the people who made fun of me and my father. (...) I had books. Reading them is like travelling to other places. Being with other people. Living other lives. It made life far less….sad and lonely for me.”
Backstory: Ok wow! The backstory on Maurice and Rosalind was great! At first I was wondering how all this back story connected with the book. Then I realized that it was tied very well with the rest of the story. On page 152 (spoiler: when she came to see if the prince was going to be just like his parents), it all made sense and you could visibly see my revelation as I went “OHH”.
The Pacing: It was well paced and a fast read!
Why This Book Wasn’t a Favorite:
This book was enjoyable because of the plot and pacing. However the ending and the non existent romance sort of diluted the reading experience for me. It’s a cute and fast read, but don’t expect too much out of it!