Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
What if Belle got lost in a book?
Ever wonder what happened to Belle during her time spent in Beast’s enchanted castle? You know, besides the snowball fight? What made her fall in love with Beast and break the spell?
Lost in a Book, a new novel set during the time period of the award-winning film, Beauty and the Beast, takes us deeper into the story that has won the hearts of millions (and inspired a restaurant at Walt Disney World).
The book intrigued me on a few levels. We meet Love and Death, two sisters playing chess and discussing the curse placed on Beast. We get insight into the curse and how it happened.
The story starts at the moment in the film when Beast gives the library in the castle to Belle. As Belle and the servants clean the library, Belle stumbles upon an enchanted book that offers her a glamorous life outside the castle, even though it’s in the pages of a book.
Donnelly weaves a deft tale that’s surprisingly deeper than just a look at a moment in the film. With Lost in a Book, Donnelly offers a look at love, death and friendship. And how we have to be careful not to get lost in a book. Or in a modern day parlance, not to get lost in a virtual world.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I found the book to be a sensational page-turner. Despite the fact that it is a fairly quick read, the book still held my attention and had me wondering how the story would resolve. I mean, you’ve seen the movie, right?
Who Should Read Lost in a Book?
Obviously, fans of Beauty and the Beast should read Donnelly’s book. I’ve enjoyed Donnelly’s Waterfire Saga (even though I’m not the target audience) and found that Lost In A Book shares Donnelly’s well-crafted story-telling and character development. The book is very enjoyable and will hopefully tie in well with the upcoming live-action film. Donnelly’s novel set in the world of Beauty and the Beast is a lot of fun. Teens and adults will enjoy this book!
Title: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Release Date: January, 31, 2017