Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

Summary:

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. 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 and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

Review:

4.5 Stars!

Oh goodness! This book was so good!

Everything from the plot, to seeing Belle, the Beast, and the gang back in action and more fleshed out than their animated movie counterparts.

This is pretty much a tie-in for the upcoming live action movie that can placed when the Beast show and give Belle the library. So it takes place a little after their initial meeting,her going to the west wing thus leaving and him saving her from the wolves. Just think of Belle’s Enchanted Christmas which was a tie in for the animated version but a whole lot better. Belle’s realtionship with everyone is way more fleshed out and her character as well. ( Her relationship with the Beast with her trying to figure him out and trying figure out does she want to be friends with him.. .. Oh my heart) You can feel her sadness and loneliness about her situation and understand why she got “lost in a book” where she can forget about her troubles and be happy. But sometimes escapism can be more trouble than dealing with real life and your problems which Belle figured out. The Original Characters to story was delight as well. It honestly gave me Caroline vibes on how Lady Death acted towards Belle. It was almost like how the Caroline fake mother acted towards her. ( So Terri Hatcher for Lady Death if they ever do a movie.)

There are two reasons why I gave it a 4.5 instead of a full five.

1. Without any spoilers the ending felt a little Deux Ex Machina to me and how everything got resolved. I honestly wanted a little bit more like maybe Belle and Beast actually talking about it.

2. The chapters are way too short. Now I have read some of Jennifer Donnelly before ( I need to go back to Resolution asap) and that always been my biggest gripe with her. Her writing is simple but amazing but her chapters are too damn short. I don’t like super like 20 plus chapters but 2 page chapters are extremely too short. She could have really combined like four -five chapters together and it could have been like 10-12 pages which is a nice chapter size. So instead of 65 chapters plus prologue and epilogue it could have been 13 chapters with prologue and epilogue.

Other than than this book was such a good read and really got me hype for the movie!

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