Book Review: As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

Title: As Old As Time
By: Liz Braswell
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 484
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?

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.


I have read a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings and this one was definitely the most unique one I have seen.

True to the story we all know, Bell finds herself in the clutches of the Beast. The story begins to take a turn when secrets buried in Bella's past start to come forth. Her mother wasn't who she thought she was, and magic is in the air, a magic that is woven through the lives of both Bell and the Beast.

I found myself invested in the strange turns the story made, the ending was a little much for me, but still, I couldn't put the book down.

I'm looking forward to the next fairytale in the series.

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