All her life she’d loved books. She loved the look of them, the smell of them, the sweet weight of them in her arms. Most of all, she loved the feeling she got every time she picked one up – the feeling of holding an entire world in her hands.
This was my first experience reading something written by the lovely Jennifer Donnelly, and I was SO impressed. She captures and embodies the text’s iconic characters beautifully - perfectly, even. This is the sort of story that I’ve been waiting quite literally my entire life for - a little glimpse into what happened before the curse was broken, and more insight into the development of Belle and the Beast/Prince Adam’s relationship.
The book portrays their love, and their love of everyone else so wonderfully. I simply can’t rave enough about all of the little scenes between Belle/the Beast and Chip; they were so precious! That’s a dynamic that I’ve always loved, and I’m so glad that Donnelly expanded upon it even further than the films do. It almost makes you wonder, why didn’t Chip break the curse? He and the Beast share the sweetest familial love that I’ve ever seen.
Bravo! I sincerely hope, deep in my heart, that Miss Donnelly may grace us with more “Beauty and the Beast” inspired stories - perhaps, even, a sequel to the 2017 film? The way she writes the characters is so phenomenal. I would LOVE to see what she could do with the after-curse dynamic.
For anyone who is a fan of the new film, or even the 1991 original, I highly recommend giving this book a shot. It’s a must-read, relatable tale for bookworms everywhere.
I originally picked up this series because just look at how gorgeous those covers are! And they’re about mermaids. I honestly don’t think I’ve read enough mermaids book. I don’t know why though because they’re amazing. Underwater worlds, gorgeous tails, magical powers, sea creatures and a well thought out storyline.
The storyline in these books is so in depth. Jennifer Donnelly has planned her books out so well, leaving you with cliffhangers just at the right time. She keeps you captivated when your attention is needed most. I did find that this book did have some slow parts. There were chapters that felt like they were only there to fill a blank space. I did however find that when there was action, it was written so well that I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
The books are so descriptive and it gives you a clear image of the world under the sea. The characters, where there are plenty of, stand out against each other and although its confusing at first to remember who is who, the do form into individual people throughout the books.