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As Old As Time

(Twisted Tales #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,280 ratings  ·  1,179 reviews
What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?

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.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Paper Rocket (first published September 6th 2016)
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Angela Walker I haven't read any of the other Twisted Tales- this is definitely a stand alone story with an ending that could continue if the author chose.
LJF There are two more coming out this year, one of which is a twisted little mermaid. In March, a twisted tale about Mulan, "Reflection" by Elizabeth Kim…moreThere are two more coming out this year, one of which is a twisted little mermaid. In March, a twisted tale about Mulan, "Reflection" by Elizabeth Kim (What if Mulan had to go to the Underworld?) will be coming out, and in September, "Part of Your World" by Liz Braswell (What if Ariel never defeated Ursula?) will be released. Super excited!(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I just read the most wonderful story =) ♥

At first I was a little confused and then my light bulb went off!

This starts a story of Rosalind and Maurice. Rosalind had magical powers as did many in the village. But the evil King and Queen didn't like this and starting taking all of the magical people away. They were attacked on the streets, etc. Most of these les charmantes were very nice people - ish. Most of the ones that were left, moved to right outside the village to a new village of their own
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was an absolute dumpster fire of a book. But I still enjoyed it because I have no taste.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fairy-tales
I still remember the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast. I was 6, a weird little girl who had no friends and loved getting lost in the adventures found in my favorite books. Until that point, I had seen milquetoast, passive, stupid little princesses go completely mushy for nondescript, interchangeable princes. They had no autonomy, no agency in their own stories. Then this peculiar little peasant with unmanageable brown hair comes wandering into her provincial town with a book covering her fa ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

This is the third instalment in the series of Disney-inspired retellings by Liz Braswell. As Old as Time tells the story of Beauty and the Beast, beginning with their parents.

I really liked the back-and-forth narrative, that told both a past tale alongside Belle's present one. Learning more about the lovable Maurice and getting an introduction to Belle's mother was highly intriguing. Both narratives also aligned in an exciting twist of events that had me compelled to ke
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings, fantasy, ya
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Cora Tea Party Princess

Let's hope it's better than A Whole New World and Once Upon a Dream, because I DNF'd them both.

Also, why the sudden change in cover styles? It doesn't even match!

I am a sucker of Beauty and the Beast ANYTHING.
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
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Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I was less than impressed with Braswell’s A Whole New World and was content on just forgoing her obvious pandering to Disney synergy series when I saw As Old as Time‘s premises and then I was like.

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
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
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
Have you ever wondered what would happen to Disney's Beauty and the Beast if someone took all the magic out of it?

... well this book is what happens.

“I’M NOT HUNGRY!” she screamed back, rage billowing out of her more forcefully than she had imagined possible. Thinking of the triplets and their behavior hadn’t improved her mood.


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 ...more
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I just finished this book .. it was an ok story .. 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 .. but still I did kind of enjoyed the story .. that was until I reached the end .. I mean .. WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT ??!!!
I absolutely hated the ending .. I almost reduced the stars for the ending alone but I remembered that the story was decent .. if you don't mind ending that suck so bad you would enjoy this book ..
Emily Kothmann
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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
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. 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...which made me all the more interested in reading this book.

Sort of an alternate unive
Feb 04, 2016 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition

Update April 2016: God that cover looks amazing.

What can I say? I'm a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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. its only when you get halfway through do the twists and turns start to take place.
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
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh it wasn't what I hoped for and I do mot plan on reading anymore twisted tales. Not for me.
Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)

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
When I first read the tagline of this book, "What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?" I thought it was not a very clever twist. After all, the enchantress only shows up in the beginning of the Disney movie and neither she nor Belle's mother are ever mentioned again, so making them the same person changes literally nothing about the movie this "Twisted Tale" is based on.

The book begins with chapters that alternate between scenes from the past and selected scenes from the Disney movie you probab
Candace Worrell
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This book is boring. Seriously, who reads or watches Beauty and the Beast and wonders, "Man, I wish I knew more about Maurice." If you want a Beauty and the Beast retelling, go with Beauty by Robin McKinley.
This was sooooo much darker than the Disney version.
It has a whole other side story that is both extremely beautiful and horribly sad.
I think this was my favourite in the series so far!
April Sarah
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings, owned
Maybe 2.5, I'm struggling with a few bits.
❤ Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
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“Magic comes back to you, just as the actions of people do.”

Well, this book definitely didn't end the way I was expecting, and I'm not sure if I liked it better than the original Disney version or not.

Besides the ending though, I liked the twist question of having Bell's mother being the Enchantress. It makes the story have much more meaning to it, and such a twist than just having a random Enchantress curse the Prince because he's a j
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fans de la peli de Disney, huid de este libro. No sé cómo han podido darle el visto bueno.
Va algún que otro spoiler:
Sí, salen la señora Potts, Lumiere, Dindon, y son tan cuquis como los recordamos. Y la historia es tal cual la peli, incluso hay diálogos calcados. Pero en el momento en que Bella sube al ala oeste, la trama se despega de lo que conocemos. A partir de ahí se me hizo algo aburrida y la parte final incluso desagradable. Decir que Gaston no es el malo, solo es un cabeza hueca ególatr
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
As Old As Time is the third Twisted Tale story, this time giving us a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I positively adore Beauty and the Beast retellings, so I was excited for this one.

With the first book in this series, the Aladdin retelling, I was super excited for the series. With the second book in the series, the Sleeping Beauty retelling, I was extremely disappointed. With this third book in the series, the Beauty and the Beast retelling, I was somewhere in the middle. I wasn’t crazy about
Hayley Noble
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I really wanted to read this book and was delighted to receive it for mothers' day (thanks kiddies!) I didn't think I would like it as much as I have, in fact it even blew me away in places. I love a retelling of a classic fairy tale and this one goes quite out there. It retells classic scenes and, even though this may not appeal or delight major beauty and the beast fans, for me it really worked.

As you can tell from the by line, this book heavily centres around Belle's mother she is a
Laura Guilbault
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8+
This was long.
It was good, but it was long.
In the beginning (Part 1) the point of view shifts from Belle's story, to her parent's story. I kind of liked this because it showed, slowly, what happened before Belle was born, and how life was. There's a very interesting twist with Belle's mother being an enchantress, part of a group called les charmants. Les charmants are people who are not quite plain human; they have magic. There're pixies, gnomes, giants, girls with hooves and long ears, etc. So
Love of cotton
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings, wishlist
Me ha encantado este libro. La Bella y la Bestia es una de mis historias Disney favoritas. Este retelling ha sido muy fiel (todo lo fiel que puede ser un retelling) ya que mantiene los personajes, nombres... Pero me ha encantado los cambios y la trama. Si os gusta la historia original, os recomiendo muchísimo esta novela. No os defraudará.
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Other books in the series

Twisted Tales (6 books)
  • A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1)
  • Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2)
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