An Enchanting Story: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Disney Press
Date: 1/31/2017
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B

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 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.**

If you don’t know by now, I have a slight (ok, rather HUGE) obsession with The Beauty and the Beast. But this wasn’t always the case. Not until Emma Watson and Dan Stevens graced the screen with their portrayal of the timeless classic in Disney’s Live Action Release in March 2017.

This new obsession launched a frantic search of books related to Belle and the Beast. Thanks to my bookish friends having an equal obsession, I came across quite a few titles. Marissa found Lost in a Book at her local bookstore and I got on Amazon and ordered it that night I think. However, I had to force myself to wait to read it because of prior commitments.

Lost in a Book is an original story set during the time Belle is a prisoner of the Beast. He gives her the library (My hubby built me a reading nook. I’d say that’s pretty close to a library.) in the beginning of the book, and the rest of the story is all about the adventures (or misadventures) she has inside a magical book, Nevermore.

One of the themes of this story explains really well that getting lost in a book is good. An escape can be needed on occasion. However, don’t take for granted the reality you have been given. Even if life is hard, and your path is heading in a direction that you weren’t expecting, it is important to see the beauty in the life around you. Because even if it may be hard, it is REAL.

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