Imagine (Short Twisted Tales Book 6)
The Prince tried to apologize but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. As punishment she transformed him into a hideous beast and places a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. If you do not learn to love another- and be loved in return- by the time the last petal of this rose falls, you, your castle, and all within, will be cursed and forgotten forever.
As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope- for who could ever leave to love a beast? I knew I would love this book as soon as I read this part. They kept a good chunk of the book the same as what we saw in the movie which I absolutely loved! The huge plot twist near the end that I wouldn't have ever expected!
I was so shocked!! The Beast couldn't bear seeing her so sad. I'll rebuild the bookstore. I'll make it bigger. I love how at the end the Beast didn't turn back into a human. I've always wished for a Beauty and the Beast book to have an ending like this. I'm sure he will be human again, just not in this book. This book stayed true to the movie but I also love how we got to find out about Belle's mother and about magically beings and how Maurice's friends tie into this.
It's amazing! I loved it! View 2 comments. Sep 18, Nasty Lady MJ rated it did not like it. To see full review click here. Need this. Because Beauty and the Beast and the twist looked actually interesting. And besides, surely after two books with poor reviews, surely Braswell was able to pick up some pointers on what was going wrong with the synergy pandering series. Obviously, I was wrong.
The To see full review click here. Yes, Maurice. Potts at the movie. Well, at least I think they get together. But when I think of romance with Maurice unless it involves Mrs. But the Enchantress????? Not so much here. The characters are extremely flat. The story has been retold many times in YA before. But to focus half of the book on Maurice?????? Really, Maurice. You know, I could just give that book away. Sep 09, Alaina rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , contemporary , young-adult , fiction , romance , september-challenge , favorites , retellings , fairy-tales.
SO much better than the first two. As Old As Time is hands down my favorite of this series so far. Not only does it have one of my favorite Disney characters, Belle, but it was actually entertaining and interesting to read. I was never bored and could't wait to see what little mysteries or twists I will get. Obviously this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, if you couldn't tell by the title or cover, but it was a bit different.
It seemed like it was a mix of the animated and the real-live ver SO much better than the first two. It seemed like it was a mix of the animated and the real-live version of the movie.. Beast is still the prince who turned down an old ugly lady at the door. He and everyone else at the castle was still cursed.. The King and Queen were pretty terrible people..
However, the little twist I enjoyed was that the enchantress was Belle's mother. I thought that little tidbit was quite wonderful because we never really know anything about her. If you saw the movie with Emma Watson, we do see a scene or two with her mother.. Then there's the way everyone in the castle acted, heck even the village people. Gaston is still his silly and self-centered self BUT he wasn't really the villain in this book. I mean, he was a villain.. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
I am so happy that I finally dove into it because I was so freaking hesitant guys! I didn't want to end up hating this book and now I can't wait to dive into Mulan's! Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie and I had to read this. No excuses. I saw so many mixed reviews okay, mostly negative , but I didn't let that cloud my judgment at all. This book fell so flat that I found it so hard to even finish it. This saddens me. I wanted to really love this!!
The kingdom is plagued by a fever and those with magical abilities are disappearing. The story is told in two different storylines at the beginng: Belle's present and Maurice's past. The firs Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie and I had to read this. I felt like I was just reading the movie's book. What really bothered me was that most of the dialogue was almost word for word.
It wouldn't have bothered me much if it weren't for the fact that some of the characters came off as goofy and unlikable. The author tried to make Belle sarcastic and it didn't work. She was whiny and every time she used sarcasm when talking with the Beast I rolled my eyes. It just made her a little brat! The Beast was still adorable and I felt sorry for him. Gaston was ridiculous, even more so than the movie.
But I still really liked the twist that Belle's mother was the one to curse the Beast. I thought it was a nice twist and was really interested in this storyline because it gave a bit more background as to why the castle was cursed and what was going on with the prince and his family.
This has to do with the ending of the book, view spoiler [but after they find Belle's mother she tells the Beast that she can change him back into his human form. When he asks her if she will be able to change his whole kingdom and servants back too she says she only has enough magic for them or him so he must choose. He obviously chooses them. Which is so weird because she changes everyone back one by one. So she has enough magic to change everyone one by one but then when only Beast is left she is suddenly out of magic? She couldn't do just one more???
Then when everyone is changed back, they are exactly how they were when the curse began. Chip is 5. Potts "younger than expected" even though she was married to Maurice's friend and Maurice is old and all gray. So when Belle's mother says that Belle will eventually marry the Beast because they love each other, are you trying to tell me that Belle is going to marry an 11 year old? Because that's how old Beast was when he was cursed so I am just glad I am finally done. View all 5 comments. Mar 22, Lorena rated it it was ok Shelves: did-not-finish , meh , retelling , , fairy-tale.
Have you ever wondered what would happen to Disney's Beauty and the Beast if someone took all the magic out of it? Instead As Old as Time is full of inconsistencies, over-done, flat, one-dimensional characters, and falls way short of the Disney film. I DNF-ed the book, I hated Belle so much, felt sorry for the Beast, was generally confused by the inconsistencies of the story, and was annoyed by the boring characters. I just picked it up in preparation for the live-action Disney film and was utterly disappointed. There was a backstory about why the Enchantress cursed the Beast because the people of the kingdom turned against magic-users and fairy tale creatures and basically the prince - a child at the time … did nothing?
Realistically how can a ten-year-old child learn to be unselfish and kind with no positive role models and no one to love him? That is not what happens to a child who is isolated, unloved, and turned into a hideous monster! And anyway what about other spoiled, rude, and selfish children - does the Enchantress go around arbitrarily handing our punishment?
If you think about it, a ten-year-old boy who has no parents and obviously learned from fairy tales to distrust haggard looking, old women should definitely not let the obviously-evil witch into his home! If anything, fairy-tales taught us not to trust old women and apples and stepmothers!
Did the enchantress really expect the prince to learn to be kind, and caring, and loving by isolating him from the rest of the world , locking him into an enchanted castle that no one remembers, and by turning an unloved little boy into a hideous monster? How the fuck is a child supposed to learn about kindness and generosity from a witch who cursed him and robbed him of his childhood for no good reason! He was fucking right to turn that bitch away! And the enchanted castle just raises soo many questions : - Where do the original furniture go?
Or do the servants get sucked into the existing furniture? And if so what happens to that furniture once the curse is lifted? Or was he conceived during the enchantment? In that case how the fuck does a teapot conceive — and with what??? If so what is the mustard made of? I absolutely detested Belle in this book, and as someone who loved Belle in the Disney film, this made my disappointment so much greater. The prince is cursed for being selfish, spoiled, and unkind, but really Belle isn't any better. Belle is like the original hipster.
Aug 11, Jerry rated it it was ok. We also had the Christmas one, which wasn't bad; I saw the third one on Disney Channel once, and didn't care for it. So, you could say that me and the "tale as old as time" have an interesting history Sort of an alternate unive The original animated Beauty and the Beast is my mom's favorite Disney film, and we watched our VHS copy countless times during my childhood; it was also tied with Big Fat Liar as the first movie we owned on DVD.
Sort of an alternate universe take on the original flick's story, this one illustrates an interesting scenario; since the film has become old hat to me, it was great to see a different take on it. Unfortunately, the author decided to add some un-Disney-like content into the mix. Between profanity ranging from two d-words to one p-word to misuses of God's name in both English and French, to unnecessary disparaging remarks about the Lord, not to mention the occult references, this is not what I've come to expect from the House of Mouse, especially from their versions of fairy tales.
So, discerning readers, be warned: This is not the beloved "G" film with which you're familiar. Jan 29, Fifi rated it really liked it Shelves: disney , favorites-of , reviewed , fairytales. I was very surprised at how incredible this book was. The first book in this series about Aladdin was a huge disappointment, but the second one about Aurora was actually very good though it seems most everyone else doesn't agree with me on that.
Despite the huge improvement from book one to book two, I didn't go into this book with super high expectations. That is why I was completely floored over how fantastic this book was. When I closed this book I was in a daze and I had to sit there for a I was very surprised at how incredible this book was. When I closed this book I was in a daze and I had to sit there for a while and process what I had just read.
I still just can't take my mind off what I just read. That is the sign of a good book; a good book invokes an emotional response and leaves you feeling dazed. And isn't that the goal of every author; to make their reader feel something? This book digs so much deeper than the Beauty and the Beast film we all know and love. This book takes the story one step further. Instead of Belle breaking the curse by seeing past his imperfections and professing her love for the Beast, Belle and the Beast must work together to break the curse and uncover something that goes further than a cursed enchanted castle.
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First off, I love how well you get to know the characters. In the film, you never really get to know Beast all that well, other than the fact that he's a vain, misguided soul who needs to learn some serious etiquette. Because books can dig deeper on characterization than film, you really get to know this book's version of Beast far better than the film version. He is much easier to understand and is easier to be sympathetic towards. You even get to find out a little more of his backstory. Belle is characterized slightly differently than the Belle I know from the movie, but not enough for me to get annoyed over it.
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She overall stays true to the Belle that I know and love. I was surprised at how dark this book is. If Disney hypothetically wanted to release this as a movie, it would never be able to pass as a kids movie. Braswell is not afraid to make certain parts of this book bleak and relentlessly dark. As a result of the questionable moral compass of certain characters, this book was surprisingly sad at parts. This book invoked many emotional responses; at the forefront was pity. Some of the things the characters go through are truly terrifying. And as awful as the antagonist is and no, he isn't who you think he is , and despite his twisted logic and behavior, you are able to understand this person's reasoning and motives for doing what he did because the characters are fleshed out so well.
Beauty and the Beast is known for the moral lesson it teaches: don't judge people based on outer appearance, but on what is inside. This book builds on the theme of inner beauty but due to a different plot, there is a slight change. I would say the overall takeaway from this book would be: don't judge people just because they are different from you; you never know what someone is going through.
Just like the movie, this book teaches an important moral lesson we should all remember. If you are debating whether or not to read this book because you did not enjoy the first two, I hope this review convinces you to give it a chance! Low key still confused as to why people didn't like the second one about Aurora because I actually really liked that one. I wish this weren't the last book in this series because it has overall been a really good series. If she wrote a Snow White one next that would literally make my life. I'm officially a fan of this series and I am hoping Disney will change their minds about letting Liz write more of these books!
Apr 09, Emily Kothmann rated it it was ok. Curse you, Liz Braswell. You took one of the most beloved movies of all time, ripped the heart out of it, and stomped it down into a pile of steaming goat feces. This review will be full of spoilers, but I don't give an enchanted clock about that because you don't need to waste your time reading it anyway. I would give this atrocity one star out of spite, but I reserve those for books that I find offensive or so dull I absolutely can't read one more page.
Here's what's good. It's a fast-paced re Curse you, Liz Braswell. It's a fast-paced read. That's all. Deep breaths First of all, the characters are heinous. Our handsome prince-turned-beast is frequently described as "meek" and mumbles constantly. His fur reeks, and while he may be able to take on a pack of wolves, a couple lunatic asylum employees are too difficult for him.
Yeah, definitely someone I'd fall head-over-heels for. And then there's Belle. Sweet, unassuming, literate Belle who longs for adventure in the great wide somewhere. In this book she comes across as pretentious, mocking, and downright arrogant. She has a smirk she reserves for the uneducated comments of the villagers. Nowhere do we get a sense of that self-sacrificing nature; instead we have a Belle who perhaps deserves her own curse. And speaking of curses Here's the problem: Mrs. Enchantress lady decides to curse an 11 year old boy whose parents had just died to find out if he'd be as terrible a ruler as his parents.
Cuz that makes sense? Also let's curse all the servants in the castle for reasons! Belle actually destroys the rose, completing the curse and ruining his life. What in the enchanted castle????? Remember watching this movie as a child, and crying as Beast's eyes rolled back in death, and Belle sobbed over his body? And then, miracle of miracles, sparkling rain drops tinkled around him, his body magically floats, spears of light shine from his fingers and toes, and before you know it badda bing we have glorious prince Adam and all is well!!
You can forget that in this book. No manly prince. Just the Beast, with only the hope of finding enough magical beings in the world to reverse the curse. I can't. I just can't. Deep breaths. Who even thought that was a good ending? And then our side characters. Apparently Ms. Braswell thought Maurice was interesting enough to base half the book on him.
And everyone's favorite villain Gaston is basically a non-entity. He's a melting milksop that you actually end up feeling sorry for. The teapots, candelabras, and clocks are boring, pointless, and completely lacking in any charm. What else is lacking? Oh, you know, any romance whatsoever!!!! Who reads a Beauty and the Beast retelling thinking "Man, I really hate romance. I hope there's no romance in this book. Braswell thought she should rewrite this tale without any spark, chemistry, words of love, or emotion at all.
I could go on and on and on about how disappointing this book is inane Doctor Who references, sexism, fourth-grade reading level language , but I better stop. Save your money on this one and just go watch the movie. View all 3 comments. I just finished this book.. I wish if it was not a retelling of my favourite Disney movie because I really didn't like the new direction it was headed.. I mean.. I absolutely hated the ending..
I almost reduced the stars for the ending alone but I remembered that the story was decent.. It's amazing that this one was written by the same author as the first two, because the book as a whole was so much better. I still didn't love it but I was interested, which is more than I can say about the first two. This is the story of Beauty and the Beast, the twist being that Belle's mom was the one who cursed the beast. What I liked about this was how we got to see Belle's parents meet and their lives before Belle came to be. Braswell created this entire world we never knew existed and it It's amazing that this one was written by the same author as the first two, because the book as a whole was so much better.
Braswell created this entire world we never knew existed and it actually fit in really well with the version of events we all know. Then there was Belle and the Beast. Honestly, I wasn't a super fan of Belle for most of this. Her inner dialogue annoyed me because while I can tell the author was trying to have her come off as well read, she came off as snooty. And the references really stood out in a bad way and took me out of the story.
There's a way to have the main character appear smart without them spouting random facts in their head every sentence. As for the beast, he was pretty much the same as we all know. Angry but sweet. Chip stole the show as usual. And his story with Mrs Potts broke my heart. But the story struggled in the finale. It was almost like Braswell didn't know how to wrap it up so she didn't wrap anything up. I missed the fairy tale aspect of this - the wonder and the magic.
The next installment is written by a different author so I'm intrigued to see what changes that brings. Feb 04, Sarah marked it as lost-interest. Update April God that cover looks amazing. What can I say? I'm a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings. The book had a strong start with the two different perspectives of belle and maurice, i particularly liked the backstory of maurice and rosalind.
In belle's perspective it was going pretty much how the disney movie goes. In my opinion the book was a bit too long for my liking, i struggled to feel engaged a little bit. I liked how the middle of the book it felt sort of like a murder mystery with belle and beast try The book had a strong start with the two different perspectives of belle and maurice, i particularly liked the backstory of maurice and rosalind.
I liked how the middle of the book it felt sort of like a murder mystery with belle and beast trying to figure out where her mother is. I also liked that it didnt focus too much on the love story of belle and beast as well.
The servants were as animated as ever. I wasnt really sure how to imagine the characters tbh, should i imagine them as animated? Gaston In this book was a little bit too mellow, i felt he needed to be a bit more aggressive, but his stupidity remains the same. The dialogue with belle sort of annoyed me because the sentences felt so long winded and sounded like she wouldnt say that at all. Still i loved her character, feisty, brave, smart. Some twists and turns i liked was frederic turning out to be the asylum doctor man that asylum was creepy. I liked that belles mother was the enchantress, alaric was mrs husband, monsieur levi being belle's godfather as well as being les chamentes was interesting.
The time period that the book is set in, the persecution of anything magical was historicall accurate but instead of there being witch trials or stake burnings the folks with magic were taken to the asylum to 'purifed'. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, just needs to be a tad bit shorter and focus on specifics more i think. For a first reading of a twisted tale it was good. I think disney should continue to make twisted versions of the classic tales like they did with maleficent. Feb 06, Candace Worrell rated it did not like it Shelves: didn-t-finish.
This book is boring. Apr 03, Maggie rated it it was ok. Meh it wasn't what I hoped for and I do mot plan on reading anymore twisted tales. Not for me. Mar 29, Zachary Flye rated it really liked it. Review: Protagonists: Going into this book I only expected to follow Belle's POV, or maybe the Beast's as well, but what I wasn't prepared for was also following the point of view of two unexpected characters.
In the first part of this book, to break up the novelization elements before the big shift in the narrative, we follow the life of a young Maurice as he moves to an enchanting kingdom and courts a powerful enchantress. For the most part, Belle and the Beast are the same characters that we s Review: Protagonists: Going into this book I only expected to follow Belle's POV, or maybe the Beast's as well, but what I wasn't prepared for was also following the point of view of two unexpected characters. For the most part, Belle and the Beast are the same characters that we see in the film, but after the great shift that this book their focus is a bit different than it is in the movie.
Honestly, there isn't all that much character development for these two, at least nothing all that different from what we see in the movie, but there are moments where there's a bit of a shift in the development and while it's not anything too dramatic, it's nice to see a different shift in a character development, even if the results are the same. As for Maurice and the enchantress, Rosalind, their characterizations are really well done. Maurice is this kind man with so much unconditional love, that just wants to help anyone in need, and Rosalind is this powerful enchantress with very strong beliefs in what's right and wrong and when that's mixed with her hot temper, well you can see how she got around to cursing an eleven-year-old boy.
All the characters we read from are really well characterized and it's easy to slip in and out of their heads. Romance: There was far less romance in this story than I anticipated. If we're going to talk about Maurice and Rosalind, that romance went by pretty quickly, although it's meant to since there's a large gap to cover in just half of the first part. Even though that romance went by very quickly and pretty much hit all the major milestones of a YA romance in just one chapter, their chemistry is palpable and since they're not the main characters, it's excusable that their romance is sped up so much.
As for Belle and the Beast, their romance is pretty subtle. I mean, the romance in the movie is pretty subtle too, although the ballroom scene is probably one of the most romantic scenes from any Disney movie and it's missing in this book. Honestly, though the romance is done well, I just wish that it would have been a bit more obvious and that it would have hit the protagonists earlier even if they didn't admit their feelings to each other until close to the end.
World Building: When this book was first announced I had mixed feelings, on the one hand, I had just finished Once Upon a Dream, which is by far the most bizarre and confusing of these titles so far, and I didn't know what to expect with this one, on the other hand, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale and Disney movie, so I was pretty excited.
The twist isn't exactly something that happens during the course of the story we all know, as it was with A Whole New World, instead the enchantress that we hear about at the beginning is given a much larger role and made Belle's mother. However, from Belle's point of view the story is the same until one moment when everything changes, and in a way, there is the shift in the narrative like there was in the first installment in this series. Most of the world building not already seen in the movie comes from Maurice and Rosalind's backstory.
The world is opened up and we learn a lot more about the Beast's kingdom and what would compel an enchantress to test a prince. Overall, the added backstory, that eventually plays a major role in the present, adds a lot of great complexity to the story and makes for an interesting read. Predictability: For the most part this story was pretty predictable, at least once the first part of the story was over. In fact, there was a very noticeable lull for me, and I think that has to do with the fact that most of the mystery that Belle and the Beast are trying to solve in the second part is explained or at the very least heavily implied by the back story chapters from the first part.
There are a few surprises here and there and once the third part begins the tension starts to build back up again, but there were times when a twist would finally be implemented or revealed and I wouldn't have much of a reaction because it was either already confirmed by the backstory or heavily implied that it took me a while before I realized that I was even supposed to have a reaction. Ending: Every time I go into one of these Twisted Tales, I always expect it to end the same way or similarly to the movie it's based off instead though the endings tend to be more complex and not end as perfectly tied up with all the heroes rewarded and the villains foiled.
The final climax of this story sure was interesting and had one of the most interesting twists I believe I've ever seen. The actual ending of this story wasn't what I expected. Things in these Twisted Tales have real consequences and I love that the author doesn't pander to deliver a perfect happily ever after where everything is back to normal and all our heroes have an idealistic perfect ending. The funny thing is that I know this is a stand alone, and it definitely works as such, but there's a bit of a door left open at the end and I kind of wish there were more, but at the same time I can kind of draw my own conclusions on what happens.
I wrote a detective novel for my creative project there, called The Blue Hour , the time between dark and dusk. Gabriel Garcia Marquez had a famous statement: People lead three lives. They lead a public life, a private life, and a secret life. Sun : With a lot of the endings in the stories in Twisted Tales , I imagine if they were shows or movies, the screen would dramatically go to black and that would be that. Was that your intended effect?
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Most of them could be expanded. Sun : Why do you describe your stories on the cover of the book as Hitchcockian? RR : I think the best movie out there is Vertigo. I just love the notion that people lead secret lives and private lives, and Hitchcock really delved into that.
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