Lost in a Book (Beauty and the Beast)

by Jennifer Donnelly

Published by Disney Press

A review by John Irvin


“And until then, she would take comfort in books. Just as she always had.” –Belle

            Belle, bookish and brilliant, is trapped. A prisoner in the Beast’s castle, she is forced to busy herself in all the chores required of her. But she also gets to explore the extensive library the Beast has given to her.

            Happening upon an enchanted book called Nevermore, she finds herself drawn into its pages—and I don’t mean like reading a good book kind of “drawn into” but actually drawn into. Inside is a fantastic, mesmerising, happy world governed by a queen.

            Meeting all the jovial characters, Belle finds that her dreams of living a happy-go-lucky, blissful, ball-filled life might actually be just in reach. But can the world inside Nevermore be real? Or is there something dark and malevolent beneath its surface?

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            Beauty and the Beast has got to be listed as my favourite Disney fairy tale. So naturally I would want any book related to the story. When I came across this, the cover “drew me in.” I was delighted to find, yes it was in the Beauty and the Beast world, but it was unique in its own way. There are some intense scenes that grip you in suspense.

            All throughout this fantasy Disney tale, you feel Belle’s excitement when she gets to explore the world—but you also have this gut-wrenching sense that there is absolutely something wrong. At least, that’s what I felt. I had to keep reading to find out what was up the Queen’s sleeve. Why did she take a liking to Belle so deeply?

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: LOST IN A BOOK.

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