I’m a self confessed bookworm; I always have been.
There’s a standing joke in my family that if I come out with some random fact of figure, they don’t even bother asking me how I know it; they just come out with the words “I read it in a book once”.
I wish I could say that I don’t say it that often, but I actually do!
Chris’s mum bought me some gorgeous presents for Christmas, one of which was a new book which you might recognise from my January favourites post. She didn’t know it at the time but she picked the perfect one for me; As Old As Time by Liz Braswell.
Honestly if there’s one book you read this year, you need to make it this one!
It’s basically a different take on the original Beauty and the Beast that most of us know and love. The story is fairly similar in a lot of ways, but with some huge differences which make it impossible to put down or predict. I’m going to try and keep this post as spoiler friendly as possible so obviously this is going to have to be a bit vague.
I’m not kidding when I say I became obsessed with it though; I read it in less than 8 hours- I just couldn’t put it down!
The last time I did that it was with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and we all know how much of a Harry Potter geek I am.
Belle was always my favourite Disney character growing up, she was the only one I could really relate to- smart, opinionated and loved to read. The book keep all of this but adds so much extra to it too. There is a huge section of back story before she’s even born that is new and the ending is completely different too; so just because you know the original, doesn’t mean you’ll know what’s going to happen in this book!
Its also a hell of a lot darker and creepier.
There’s no bright colours and singing teapots in this story- although I love that some of the chapter names are taken from the original songs! I’d probably advice against giving this to younger kids, there are sections in it (especially towards the end) that could easily give them nightmares. Hell, there were bits that even made me shiver!
There’s no happy ending in this book. Well, not the traditional one you’d expect anyway.
I won’t give away anymore than that, but you get to see all of the characters grow and mature so much more in this book than you ever did in the original film. But in all honesty, I much prefer the way this end to the whole “happily ever after” bullshit.
You can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything; actions have consequences that you have to live with for the rest of you life.
Or, as the book say, magic has a way of coming back on you.
Have you read As Old As Time? What books are you loving at the moment?
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.