Something About Books | As Old As Time

Originally, I wasn't going to do a completely separate post for this book. I had already mentioned I was reading it in my last post and figured that would be the end of it. But this book was a million times more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be.

Maybe it's because the after effects from this year's Beauty and the Beast remake still has me all giddy, maybe it's because this is my favorite Disney tale ever... whatever the case, I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I briefly mentioned in my last book post that this is part of a trilogy of twisted tales from Liz Braswell and Disney. So basically, a retelling. All of the books have a question of 'what if's', that dramatically change the stories. The question for this tale was 'What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?'. I mean, how crazy, right? We don't actually know anything about Belle's mother aside from the fact that she was there one moment and gone the next. In the 2017 movie, we find out that she died from the plague that ravaged Paris not very long after Belle was born.

In As Old As Time, Belle's mother, Rosalind, is a charmente. A witch, basically, but the term in French I believe means charming. So a charming being, or a being who can do charms. I'm not sure, but the term is used throughout the book to describe a large group of magical people. You get this entire backstory on the kingdom, Maurice, and Rosalind. I loved getting more information on these characters because we only know about the curse and then Belle's story.

We learn a little more about the people who were in the castle when the curse was placed; Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth, etc. There are some other characters as well that become connected in this giant mystery of what happened to Rosalind after she cursed the castle because she obviously didn't come back. I don't want to spoil it, so I'm not going to go into anymore detail.

I found the other two books in this series a little wanting, but this one had just the right amount of intrigue for me. There are, of course, the scenes we practically know by heart; the tale of the curse of the prince and his kingdom, the terms of the curse and such. As well as Belle be ambushed by Gaston of a surprise wedding, Maurice getting locked up in the tower and brought to an asylum by the townspeople once he returns. So there is a familiarity to the whole thing, but I don't feel that ruins the story.

Would you consider reading this?