As Old As Time
(Twisted Tales, #3)
by Liz Braswell
What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast? As Old as Time is the third book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. When Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle’s mind—memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.
I gave this book 3 stars. I had a lot of expectations for this book to be great due to some reviews I was given so I do wonder if that played a part in my review. The story was nice. I really enjoyed the take on Belle’s mother. The writing style was a bit poor though. The story a bit weak at times and even a bit boring. They also used the word provincial way too much. I get that the word is connected to Belle, but it was time to find a new word!
I really believe this story could have been great. I love that it kept the heart of Beauty and the Beast alive and it wasn’t so much a retelling as it was just more information. The root of the story was still true to Belle and the Beast, but it brought in more information that is lacking in the original. It explained why the mother is gone and why maybe Maurice is a bit scatterbrained. Sadly, it was poorly done and was lacking in the writing area.
Overall an entertaining read and not terrible, but not something I would read again and I will choose to stay clear of the other twisted tales that have been made to retell the other fairy tells for now.