Honestly, if there’s one book you need to add to your To Be Read list this year, it’s As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
Chris’s mum bought it for me for Christmas, and it was easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.
I actually ended up finishing it in less than 8 hours, as I couldn’t put it down!
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.
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 keeps all of this but adds so much depth and detail to her character too.
There is a large section of new back story that explains how her parents met and what happened to make the enchantress hate the royal family so much that she would curse an 11-year-old child.
All of that happens before Belle is even born, and then the ending is completely different too; it’s a lot darker and actually slightly creepy.
There are no bright colours and singing teapots in this version of the story, although I love that some of the chapter names are taken from the original songs.
Let’s just say this isn’t a book I would recommend little kids reading!
Okay, so minor spoiler up ahead…
There’s no traditional happily-ever-after ending to this book.
And while that might be a disappointment to some people, I actually really like that fact. You can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything, actions have consequences that you have to live with for the rest of your life.
Or, as the book says, “magic has a way of coming back on you”.
Have you read As Old As Time? What did you think of it compared to the original story?