As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Book Review

As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Book Review

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.

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 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”.

You can buy As Old As Time now from; Waterstones, WHSmiths or Amazon

Have you read As Old As Time? What did you think of it compared to the original story?

As Old As Time A Twisted Tale Book Review

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  • 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

  • Jade Marie says:

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

  • 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 |

  • 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!! 😁

  • 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

  • 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!

  • Jade Marie says:

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

  • 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 ☺️

  • 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 |

  • Jade Marie says:

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

  • 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

  • Jade Marie says:

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

  • 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.

  • 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 😊

  • 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!

  • 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 😊

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

  • Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome 😊 hope you enjoy it!

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

  • 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 😊

  • 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 😀


  • 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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