As Old As Time: Twisted Tales (Book 3)
by Liz Braswell
“Can the enchanted rose reveal hidden truths? Could it be that Belle’s mother was the one who cursed the Beast all those years ago?
Experience the third tale in a thrilling series that puts a twist in much-loved tales, exploring what would happen if key turning points did not work out as planned.
When Belle touches the enchanted rose hidden away in the Beast’s castle, memories flood her mind – memories of a mother she thought she would never see again.
And, stranger still, it seems her mother was actually the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants.
Shocked and confused, Belle and the BEast will have to unravel the dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.”
My friend bought me As Old As Time when we saw it in a shop, and she bought one for herself as well. I decided to wait and read the series in order though (A Whole New World and Once Upon A Dream), however, you do not need to read the others first as they are all stand alones.
Maurice is a young man, out with his friends and falling in love with a beautiful lady, who is also a charmante. Belle has her head stuck in a book most of the time, and then Gaston surprises her with a wedding to which she refuses. Philip arrives home without Maurice and in a panic, Belle takes him under duress back to where Maurice is. She discovers the Beast’s castle and puts herself in Maurice’s place.
Wow, that was incredible. I totally did not expect the ending! I loved the backstory bits of Maurice and Rosalind when they were young, although it did take a little getting used to the back and forth of past and present. It was definitely a rollercoaster of twists and emotions. I really enjoyed that the beginning of the present was a copy of the film until a certain point then it completely changed, but with little bits slipped in.
I think my favourite part has to be once Belle gets to the castle and meets all the servants. I love seeing more of the servants and what happens between them, Belle and Beast. It is such a interesting take on a classic and I adored it.
Belle has always been my favourite princess and she did not disappoint in this story. I also liked Mrs Potts, Lumiere, Chip, Cogsworth, Levi and Beast. I loved getting to know more about ‘before the curse’ and meeting more characters.
As Old As Time does not end on a cliffhanger, it is all tied up by the end.
While reading this book, I described it as Beauty and the Beast with backstory and twists. I would recommend to adults and teenagers. 5 out of 5.