BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! ~ Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly


Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a BookTITLE: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book
AUTHOR: Jennifer Donnelly

RELEASED: January 31, 2017
PUBLISHER: Paper Rocket
FORMAT: Paperback

GENRE: YA Retelling, Fantasy


An original addition to the beloved Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, Lost in a Book follows the lonely, bookish Belle as she finds an enchanted book in the Beast’s library called Nevermore that carries her into a glittering new world. There, Belle is befriended by a mysterious countess who offers her the life she’s always dreamed of.

But Nevermore is not what it seems, and the more time Belle spends there, the harder it is to leave. Good stories take hold of us and never let us go, and once Belle becomes lost in this book, she may never find her way out again.

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I bought this book a long time ago, simply because I can’t resist any books book-related. What bookworm can though? I think it’s a general weakness among all of us, is it not? In any case, that doesn’t automatically mean the book is good. Was this one?

The good

I definitely wouldn’t say Lost in a Book is a bad one. The story starts after Belle has arrived at the Beast’s castle and takes off from there. I was intrigued by that start, curious about all the characters and.. even more intrigued by Love and Death since they are the cause of Beast’s predicament. Their appearances added more to the story than I expected.

Overall, I really did enjoy reading it, especially since it read fluently and that’s exactly what I needed at the time. [Let’s note I read this while Jamie was in the hospital, so any distractions were welcome.] A fast, light read that can – obviously – be enjoyed by adults, but I’m pretty sure even younger kids would enjoy it!

Isn’t that what a good story does? It pulls you in and never lets you go.

The bad

There are two things I wish were done differently. The first being I missed more of Beast’s POV. There was a bit thrown in there, but I wanted more opportunities to see inside his head, instead of only Belle’s. Maybe it’s because I was hoping for just that and that’s why I’m disappointed by it?
Second, I didn’t really like how the book ended. It felt too easy all of a sudden and the ending itself was pretty abrupt. I was missing the fairytale ending I thought I’d get. Again, expectations, expectations, haha!

Overall an okay and light read, but I simply expected more out of it. Definitely recommending to people looking for a light fairytale retelling! Even more so if you want  a quick read on top of it.

Have you read this?
Are there any other Beauty and the Beast-retellings I should check out?
What fairytale do you love seeing retold?



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