As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Book Review


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.

As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Book Review

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!

Okay so slight spoiler up ahead…

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?

22 responses to “As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Book Review”

  1. Gee says:

    This book looks like something I’d love! I’ve been looking for a new book to read actually so I think I will have to give this a go! X

  2. Jade Marie says:

    I’d definitely recommend it, I want the other two in the series now! 🙊 x

  3. Belle is one of my favourite Disney Characters too but I have never heard of this book. It sounds right up my street and will be sure to add it to my ‘TBR’ list! Fab post thanks for sharing 😃

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  4. Jade Marie says:

    I hadn’t until Chris’s mum bought it for me but you honestly do need to add it to your list- it’s amazing!! 😁

  5. Zara says:

    This sounds like exactly the kind of book I would love, I will definitely need to add it to my reading list! I love the original so this would be so interesting to read xo

  6. EmmaMc says:

    I’d never heard of this but I like a bit of dark and creepy (in a book). Will have to put it on my ‘to read’ list!

  7. Jade Marie says:

    Hope you love it as much as I do!!xx

  8. Jade Marie says:

    I could give you a whole list of dark/creepy books, I like them too! Hope you like it as much as I did ☺️

  9. Bexa says:

    This sounds like such a fab book Jade! I love how it’s a twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast but much darker and creepier. I’m intrigued now! I’m adding this to my wish list – thanks for the great review 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  10. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome Bexa, I hope you love it as much as I do! 😘 xx

  11. I love the sound of this! You had me at “creepier”. I love a good retelling so I’ll pop this on my wish list (: xxx

  12. Jade Marie says:

    I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do then because it’s definitely that haha! 🙂 xxx

  13. Madi Dearson says:

    Now I’m going to have to get it on my kindle, although I am a little nervous abut the ending you eluded to – I like my happy endings I must confess, but since I like a good retelling of an old tale ( I actually not a fan of the Disney version, the singing teapots never made sense to me) I will try it.

  14. Jade Marie says:

    I never liked all the singing in Disney films either lol sure I love the songs but I never made sense! And it’s not a bad ending don’t worry, it’s just not happy in the conventional “everything fixed itself and goes back to normal”. I thought this ending was much better than the original but let me know what you think when you’ve read it 😊

  15. Maria says:

    Great post!I skipped the spoilers though because I don’t want to lose the magic if I eventually pick the book up. I am a massive Harry Potter fan as well! Your blog design is so cute by the way!

  16. Jade Marie says:

    That’s why I put the warning there, so people could skip it if they wanted to 😊 awesome! Always enjoy meeting another potterhead! 😁 and thank you so much hun 😊

  17. Think I’ll have to put this on my list to read as it sounds great. Thank you for sharing ☺

  18. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome 😊 hope you enjoy it!

  19. I’ve never heard about this book but totally seems like something I would love! Definitely adding it to my reading list!

  20. Jade Marie says:

    I hadn’t either until I was bought it, there’s two more as well! Hope you like it as much as I did 😊

  21. perrinevautour says:

    Ok, you’ve convinced me lol I need to buy this book and the other from de series as they seem like the kind of books I’ll love 🙂 will try and get hold of a copy next time I’m in England 😀


  22. The Twisted Tales series has the most prettiest covers! I miss the old covers and I never understand why they feel the need to change the covers mid series lol! This is on my TBR along with the rest of the series, I really should pick them up soon! Maybe I’ll start off my new year with a fairy tale retelling challenge!

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