One of my most treasured and favoured Disney films when I was younger, was (still is) Beauty and the Beast. It’s a story that I have always found myself drawn to and I have found myself reading many different versions of this tale.
Today I wanted to share with you my review of ‘As Old As Time’ – Twisted Tales by Liz Braswell.
My star rating for this book is an easy –
What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?
Just from reading that one lined sentence had me wanting to buy the book and take a peak at it’s contents. What if Belle’s mother had indeed truly cursed the Beast herself? That would make the Beast’s and Belle’s life already entwined by fate.
As Old As Time is the third instalment in the series of Disney-inspired retelling by an incredible author, Liz Braswell, that takes us further back to where it all began… with the parents.
What would you do if an old beggar woman showed up at your door step? Would you turn her away, or offer the shelter she so desperately seeks in reward for a singular rose?
Like most of us, the prince (also known as the beast) is moulded into a version, created from the more than questionable upbringing from his parents.
Like the prince, Belle, has fallen into a similar pattern. Taking from her parents their courage, kindness, and need to seek out more knowledge.
When secrets are discovered, and more truths come to the surface, Belle and the Beast must find away to save his loyal subjects before it’s all too late.
The other characters in the books are full of secrets and magic, of adventure and danger. With twists and turns lurking around almost every corner, will Belle and the Beast be able to save everyone in the castle before it’s too late? Or will the Beasts angry nature make Belle run for good?
I honestly loved reading through this book. As a fan of beauty and the beast, I have tried to find many different versions of it and have to say this has to be one of my favourite reads.
From the second I picked up the book I didn’t want to set it back down, I found myself instantly immersed in this retelling of Beauty and the beast.
Belle’s character much like the original has a strong love for books and a passion for knowledge and is as courageous as ever.
The Prince was as uncaring and unflattering in his behaviour as expected but as he noticed the curse taking effect so did his paranoia and hatred.
Reading as Belle and ‘The Beast’ meet each other, discover secrets beyond their comprehension and overcome personal struggles all while learning to trust one another was truly gripping and the author had found away to suck me into the mind of Belle as she went about her new life, taking everything all in strides.
The character’s in this story are much like the ones in the original…just with a little twist and more.
I have also read ‘The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino and I can’t wait to share my review of that with you guys!
If you are a fan of Disney, love Beauty and the beast and love a little re-telling…then this could just be the book you’ve been looking for!