As Old As Time – Liz Braswell

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“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast…”

In this clever reimagining of the beloved story it is revealed that Belle’s own mother is the enchantress which cursed the Beast. How does this affect the story we know and love? What changes? Explore the classic story in a new way, in As Old As Time.

I thought this book was quite well done! It had enough of the classic to feel familiar but there was enough originality to keep it fresh. It didn’t feel rushed or overly extended; a perfect mix. I loved also the complexity of the characters. I feel like in the typical stories you see Gaston bad, Belle good, Beast changed, it’s very simplistic. One of the main components of this retelling is that it’s not so straight forward, there is complexity and surprise in every character.

I’m a huge fairy tale fan, I devour new ones, old ones, you name it I’ve read it. I’m glad I can add this to the well done retakes list.

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