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As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale (Twisted Tale, A) Kindle Edition
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|The Queen's Council: Rebel Rose||City of Villains||The Beast Within||Meant to Be: If the Shoe Fits||Lost in a Book|
|Discover More Magical Adventures!||Happily ever after is only the beginning as Belle takes on the responsibility of becoming queen and learns to balance duty, love, and sacrifice, all while navigating dark political intrigue-and a touch of magic.||This gritty fairy tale-inspired crime series follows a troubled teenage detective as she discovers the reimagined origins of Maleficent, Ursula, Captain Hook, and other infamous Disney Villains.||A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. How did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse?||From #1 New York Times best-selling author Julie Murphy comes the first in a brand-new adult series inspired by the classic fairy tale stories we all know and love, perfect for adult readers who crave contemporary, escapist rom-coms.||Belle has become accustomed to her new home in the Beat’s castle. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour.|
About the Author
James Patrick Cronin began his audiobook career at twelve years of age opposite Christopher Lloyd in The Pagemaster. A classically trained stage actor and philosophy student, he has spent his years since college performing as an actor and a comedian on stages all over the world. He has performed everything from the classics to his own material in Ireland, Scotland, Serbia, and Jerusalem, as well as all across the United States. His final year as a graduate student in Louisville, he won just enough money at the Kentucky Derby to pay for his day at the Kentucky Derby.
--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B01L36XTLG
- Publisher : Disney Press (September 6, 2016)
- Publication date : September 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 5688 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 510 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,170 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My favorite part of "Beauty and the Beast" was, of course, the relationship between Belle and the Beast. Here, their relationship is downplayed in favor of the social/moral issues related to the persecution of "Les Charmantes" and a whole long backstory about Maurice and Belle's mother that I frankly didn't care that much about. If I wanted to read about the evils of discrimination and persecution of innocents, I would read a historical or contemporary novel, not a book based on a Disney fairy tale.
Some parts of the story didn’t even make sense. For example, the magical rose turned into dust when Belle touched it, messing up with the curse. Why??? There was nothing in the spell the enchantress put on the prince (in either this book or the original movie) that said that the magic rose couldn't be touched by anybody, much less that it would turn to dust or complete the curse. The only statement was that the spell had to be broken before the last petal fell, which a completely different thing. In fact, the rose was from the enchantress’ own garden, so chances are Belle had touched it before, same as the rest of the flowers in her house.
Another issue I had was Belle finding out about the Beast’s curse from the beginning, completely changing the moral of the original story, which was that she could love him without knowing he actually was a prince in disguise.
I also found a little strange that the villain of the story didn’t even think of using the “les charmantes” magic for himself, which seems out of character for somebody as evil as him. It would have given the villian an even stronger motivation for his "experiments". Speaking of the villain, I easily found out who he was almost from the beginning of the story, so the "great revelation" of his real identity fell completely flat.
2 good things about this book: It was only 99 cents, and it made me want to re-watch the original Beauty and the Beast a dozen times more to forget this version exists.
This story gets really dark and upsetting at the end. It's not quite Stephen King but you may want to be mindful. I suppose it's not much of a spoiler to say that the asylum only hinted at in the movie is more prominent and it is exactly what real asylums were like in the past. If descriptions of what was done to patients would disturb you or your child, then you may want to skip parts at the end.
Speaking of the ending, it was lovely. A different sort of happily ever after but one I wholeheartedly support. I kind of wish this was the story for the new live action remake.
Do the right thing and one click this book right now! You won't be sorry that you did unless you were hoping to sleep.
Beloved characters are seen in new situations to give them more depth. As the plot grows, each page you turn will be exiting and filled with wonderment.
Highway recommend this book and this author and her series!
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I do have to give it four stars though as the book seems to have ink/dirt stains throughout which is a bit disappointing.