[blogtober] LIKED IT BUT DIDN’T LIKE IT? ~ 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 Fantasy, Retelling


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’m a sucker for fairytale retellings so.. I couldn’t not grab this one a.. long time ago? I finally got round to reading it though!

The good

I don’t really have an awful lot to say about this book. It was an okay read, but nothing all too special about it. I loved Jennifer Donnelly’s take on Beauty and the Beast, I loved the idea of Nevermore. I definitely can’t fault any of those things.

Writing-wise I thought it done pretty well also. It read like a train – although the bigger font and spacing between lines definitely helped on that front. Everything  happened pretty smoothly and quickly too.

The bad

But, I did have some issues with it. I kind of missed seeing more from the Beast’s POV. I also thought some things were definitely fixed too easily or happened too quickly. Perhaps that’s just me being used to “larger events” or something? I don’t know.

I also feel like there’s a huge gap at the end of the book. And, honestly, at the start too. Belle’s already at the Beast’s castle when the story starts and I guess it feels wrong to me? Me and my stupid brain, I tell you. But that gap after finishing it? I was really missing the magical happy-ever-after or.. just more than what we got. I hate open endings. At least, this time I do?

Safe to say I’m not very impressed with this book. It was an okay-ish read, but I wanted a lot more out of it than it gave me. If you want a fairytale retold for.. some part.. and don’t mind open endings, this is one for you. If not..  Maybe stay clear of it?

How do you feel about open endings?
Do you feel like a fairytale retelling should include the start, middle and ending or is part of it alright as well?



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