Book Review: As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale

I’m a huge fan of the Beauty and the Beast story ever since I was a little girl, you can pop over and read my review of the Book of the Film if you wish, but over to this review. As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. This book is the third in the series of twisted tales from other Disney films. The others are A Whole New World and Once Upon a Dream.

The series are based on what would happen if key turning points did not work out as planned in the much-loved tales.

As Old As Time - A Twisted Tale

Book Description

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns–a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind–images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

As Old As Time - Before the Beginning

My Review

This is my first Twisted Tale I have read, although I do want to read the other two books now! The book starts off following the film right up to a crucial point, then it changes to what if. I suppose that this book delves deeper into the Beauty and the Beast film plot. It takes two steps further into the mystery around the curse. I don’t want to spoil it for you by revealing the details.

We see much more of the beast’s character , than we did in the film, Belle’s character did seem to change a bit for me which I wasn’t quite sure about. The book is fairly well written, and has a dark and slightly sinister side so one for older readers for sure, but then it is a twisted tale so not the light-hearted, flowers and sing-song you might have expected.

For me I can only give As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell 3 out of 5 stars due to the first part of the book being mostly retold from the film version and was nothing new.

Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Paper Rocket


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