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As Old as Time
As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale | Liz Braswell
What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast? As Old as Time is the third book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. When Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle's mind-memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.
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Elizabeth J. Braswell, often known as Liz Braswell, is an English-born American writer of young adult fiction. She is best known for her NYTimes bestselling books in Disney's Twisted Tale series, along withThe Nine Lives of Chloe King, a series that was adapted as a 2011 television show of the same name. She is also known to publish work under the names Tracy Lynn and Celia Thompson.
#WomensHistoryMonth #Fantasy #YoungAdult #Retellings #Romance

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lnmoniz01
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Took a minute to get through because the beginning is so similar to the original story and didn't fully grab my attention. But I loved getting a chance to see what Bells mother is like and love how the book ended. It wasn't a perfect ending, but was still a happy ending!

#disney #beautyandthebeast #anotherbookcomplete

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lnmoniz01
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Got some sun while reading out on the boat yesterday 🥰

#disney #disneystories #boattime #sunnyday #lovetoread #relax

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“I think,” Maurice said, putting his arms around the couple, “we should all have one last night together before you start out . . .just the four of us. There are a lot of stories to tell before we see you again.”
“And most of them,” Belle observed with a smile, “seem to almost have a happy ending.”
#AsOldAsTime #LizBraswell #TwistedTales #book #books #Fantasy #YoungAdult #Retellings #Romance #Fiction #FairyTales #BeautyAndTheBeast #Magic 🥀💚💚💚

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Overall I enjoyed the book. Felt so weird reading such a familiar tale with such different lenses. First half was the old story. Couldn‘t put it down. Felt darker: Belle doesn‘t stop the spell but speeds it up. A race against time to save the castle & servants. The dark of insane asylums housing majik peoples was a surprise. Really liked the buildup to why curse-closer to live action-without forgetting the first. Wish a happier ending: wanted more

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4🌟
I decided to go back through some of my books that I received in swaps. I'm so glad I finally read this Beauty and the Beast retelling! it's been 4 years since I received it. #betterlatethannever

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Hi everyone! Sorry I've been away for so long. For the sake of time, basically things have not been good at work. It was literally changing me, affecting my everything to the point where I finally broke down and quit a couple weeks ago. I've never quit a job in my life, but it was for the best.

Now I'm just getting back to being me... audiocrafting and focusing on my mental health until I start my new job in a couple of weeks.

aperfectmjk Thanks to everyone who reached out. ❤️ 12mo
Ruthiella So glad things are looking up! Glad to have you back. ❤️ 12mo
aperfectmjk @Ruthiella thank you. I'm slowly getting back to feeling like myself. It's so weird, it's like I was in a different timeline for months and now I'm back in my own reality. Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So happy to see you back! Love your artwork! 12mo
TrishB Glad you‘re feeling a bit more on top of things! That sounds awful. 12mo
LiseWorks Sometimes, it's hard to make decisions like this, but in the long run, it is so worth it to think of yourself first. I have had to make that very same decision in my life. Good luck with your new job. I love your art. 12mo
Meshell1313 Sounds like you did the right thing! 🩷🩷 12mo
Roary47 I‘m glad you left the toxic job to work on you! Mental health and happiness always comes first. I hope your new job brings you peace and happiness. 💛 12mo
Tamra I‘ve been there and the leap is a difficult decision but YAY!! so necessary for your well being. I applaud your courage and you will do the same in time. 12mo
Read4life I‘m glad to hear you‘re doing better. Love your paintings. Continue to take care of yourself 💙 12mo
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I loved the idea of this book! And the story was one I found myself truly enjoying. Though, following the back and forth of time was hard. And I wasn't exactly happy with the ending, but only bc I wanted to know more or go on the adventure with them. With how it was left for more story to come, I do hope the author plans to write more!

hannah-leeloo Welcome to litsy. I love your book choices already hehe. Happy reading 📖💙📚 1y
lnmoniz01 I am starting Part of Your World today but plan to read this one next! 1y
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One of the beat twisted tales I read

hannah-leeloo I'm going through many fairy tale retellings at the minute, I have read many beauty and the beast ones, will have to try this one. Disney and fairy tale fan, love your pops too 2y
Lunarstar27 Aww thank you did you try this book yet 1y
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BethM
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I know I‘m late to the party. This was crazy good! Completely enthralling!

Chrissyreadit My librarian just recommended this to me! 2y
BethM @Chrissyreadit you will love it. I thought it was sooo good! 2y
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This was a really good read. It was definitely an interesting take on this classic tale. It was very enjoyable seeing this new take on the classic story. It was interesting seeing the story from a new perspective. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone look for something interesting to read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#AsOldAsTime #LizBraswell #TwistedTales #book #books #bookhoarder #bookhoarders #bookhaul #Fantasy #YoungAdult #Retellings #Romance ❣️❣️❣️

Gissy Love the picture! 😍 2y
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lumbricuslibri
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My second Disney twisted tale and I loved it! (The first one, not so much - I love Mulan but not Reflection.)

This one, though, oh it's twisted. It was really slow at first but past 70 or so %, it was unputdownable.

The ending wasn't like the movie's but I still liked it. Oh, and the chapter titles! 😘

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"I have nothing against books. I ???? books. Books are the remedy to superstition and . . . magic."

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Chapter titles are 😘🤌

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How does the story of Disney‘s Beauty & the Beast change, if Belle‘s mother is the Enchantress who curses the castle?

A really interesting twist, but not followed through. It felt like there were 2 different stories; Disney‘s and then a darker story with ethnic cleansing and medical experimentation. The tones didn‘t line up, so everything ended up feeling very shallow. & answering questions about the movie just opened new plot holes. 🌕🌕🌗🌑🌑

Clare-Dragonfly Wow, that‘s an intriguing concept—really unfortunate that it falls flat! 2y
Zoe-h I‘ve read a few books in this series and I quickly learned the Liz Braswell isn‘t the best author who writes for them. If you want a really good one, I recommend 2y
BookmarkTavern @Clare-Dragonfly It‘s always more disappointing when I can so clearly see the bones of a good story! @Zoe-h Thanks for the rec! I‘ll definitely look it up! (edited) 2y
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Ha, good one!

And can I just say, for a 500-page paperback, this book is heavy. Even heavier than some of my hardcovers. I think it's the quality of the paper, it's that good.

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Goodness, all this shouting. Haha.

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lumbricuslibri

"This isn't the dark ages!"
"Every age has its darkness."

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artictiger
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Strong story . And wonderful retelling of a classic

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artictiger
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What an amazing retelling of a classic

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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

This book attempts to twists the movie to fit the tag line "what if Belle's mother cursed the Beast." Yes, I get that this is supposed to be a "twisted tale," but it utterly fails. It fails to have a decent plot. It fails to delve into the characters. It fails to build a magical world. Instead the plot is lame, the characters are flat cartoons (ironic since the story is based on a cartoon movie), & the world-building is non-existent.

wanderinglynn This was my October #doublespin book. 3y
TheAromaofBooks Oooo disappointing! I've been meaning to try a couple of these books but haven't gotten to them yet. 3y
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#Maycharacters #Macho
@Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

He's the definition of toxic masculinity, pushy, rude, but undeniably macho! "?No one persecutes harmless crackpots, like Gaston.?"

Eggs He‘s the epitome of macho 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick He's such a douchebag...I love it! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Tera66 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Lol!😂🤣😂 He is! 3y
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JenMcG87
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Loved the darkness of the book - a perfect twisted tale of beauty and the beast

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Roary47
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4✨ I really enjoy fairytale retellings and Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale. It follows the Disney version of the story and will flash to the present to the past frequently at the beginning. When it stops doing that you have a few mysteries needing solved. There is a bit of morbid content, but it doesn‘t last long. It fills in scenes that you didn‘t know you needed. The morbid content would be my only complaint. This finishes Feb.

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KatieDid927
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Finally read my first Twisted Tale! It was exactly what I hoped for in a Disney fairytale retelling. It also helped iron out some wrinkles in the original story, like the timeline of when the Beast was cursed and at what age. Given that he only had until his 21st birthday, it always confused me. The book had an answer for that!

#FairyTaleReadingChallenge @Charityann

Charityann Glad you enjoyed it! Love the Chip mug. 😊 3y
ShelleyBooksie Great review. Love chip! 3y
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#happilyeverafterswap! Look at these beauties and an Amazon gift card! Thanks Alyssa! The new covers on ACOTAR are so striking. I‘ll be jumping on Amazon Australia to see what strikes my fancy (I‘ll investigate your suggestion of Heart Blood but probably won‘t buy it with this voucher as my kindle is American - also - I found a Juliet Marillier book on my shelf - Shadowfell - have you read it? Should I add it to my BookSpin for March?)

thegirlwiththelibrarybag PS - thanks for organising @Chrissyreadit - and for letting Australians join in the fun! ✨ 3y
Chrissyreadit Yay!!!! Great books! And I‘m so glad you joined! 3y
Lyssa131330 I haven‘t read Shadowfell but it would give you a vibe to see if you like her books 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lyssa131330, I think I bought it around the time Borders closed... so it‘s been on the shelf for awhile 😬😅 3y
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I thoroughly enjoined this retelling of The Beauty and the Beast.
It had some darker aspects than what was expected. Being published as a “Disney approved” book, I was under the impression that it would be light and fun. But this one really dove into some deeper and more meaningful aspects of my beloved tail.
👇🏻Continues👇🏻

Enchanted_Bibliophile The mystery of what exactly happened all those years ago when a prince was cursed and an enchantress went missing; really enthralled me. And the conclusion was totally not what I assumed it would be; I‘m kind of hoping there would be a follow-up to see how everything turns out in the end 3y
Enchanted_Bibliophile This is one of my #FairytaleReadingChallenge picks for February @Charityann 3y
Charityann Yeah, I wasn‘t satisfied with the ending of this one either. 3y
JazzFeathers Sounds intriguing. 3y
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"You can't have adventures without risk."

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"As soon as she opened a book, this little town disappeared into a vast map of countries both real and imagined."

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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#fairytalereadingchallenge @Charityann

I started this one at the end of January and finished it today. The twisted tales are hit or miss for me, but this retelling of Beauty and the Beast I loved. 🌹

The story tells more about Belle's parents with an interesting twist that links Belle to the Beast. It also gives more background on the village and the Beast's family.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3y
AshleyHoss820 I got my daughter this series for Christmas! She is SO excited! 😄 3y
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For the month of love... I've chosen these two books as retellings or based on Beauty and the Beast

#FairytaleReadingChallenge @Charityann

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Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father‘s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle‘s mother returns a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

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The back says Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father‘s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle‘s mother returns- a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern. But when Belle touches the beasts enchanted rose.

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Don't you just hate it when you get the book in paperback and then they bring out a gorgeous hardcover version and you want too 🥺😖 in my hufflepuff house colours too lol. Happy reading all 📖❤📚 #disney #beautyandtjebeast #hardcover #hufflepuff #beautiful #rose

cozypunk WOOT HUFFLEPUFF!! 4y
hannah-leeloo Yep love my Hufflepuff house 💛🖤 @dandy.punk 4y
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Naz786
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⭐⭐⭐.75/5

It was alright, not exactly what I imagined.

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I love retellings and I do enjoy the Twisted Tales series! 🌹🌹🌹
#rose #boundtogetherjune

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️🌹🖤 4y
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Panpan

I liked the concept for this book but it was long and didn't really stray from the original order of events until the last 100 pages

#disney #beautyandthebeast #lizbraswell #dislike

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jenreads7

This is a DNF for me, at least right now. I keep putting it off, so I think it‘s not the right book for me. Or it‘s the right book but the wrong time.