As Old As Time – Liz Braswell

As Old As Time (Twisted Tales, #3)As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this may be the most enjoyable of the series that I’ve read so far, I still don’t actually like these books? I keep having high hopes for them and being disappointed. After reading the one inspired by Aladdin, my hopes were pretty dashed but I wanted to give another book a chance. I still don’t know how I feel about this series, but the narrator definitely makes me enjoy it significantly less than I think I would have had I just been reading it. None of them thus far have felt like the familiar characters that we know from the movies. Yes, they should be different because they go through different trials, but there should still be the foundation of the character we know. I rarely feel that from these books.

The author added an interesting dimension to this story, which gave some history of the land and explained why the curse was placed upon the castle. In this tale, it is Belle’s mother who cursed the Beast and the people of the castle. This adds a unique take on the story and I was interested to see where the author built the narrative to support it. It was interesting, but I never felt fully invested in the characters or story. I have the same qualms as I did about Aladdin, so I feel like I would just be repeating myself to write more than this. I still plan to give the next book in the series a chance in the hopes that they improve over time.

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7 responses to “As Old As Time – Liz Braswell”

  1. SHA @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

    I remember seeing this in stores, running to Mandy (well, like, rushing to *message* Mandy) and her being like, Dont get your hopes up this series has been getting some iffy reviews. I have read Liz Braswell writing before and her characters *do* struggle to stand out the page at times. Thanks for this review !

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Sadly it was my second attempt with her and Mandy has read the other book in the series (although the Ursula one just came out), and she wasn’t impressed either. Maybe we’re Disney retelling hipsters?

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      1. SHA @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

        Maayybee but I would think it’s more likely that the pair of you are just experts at this point and can discern a less than stellar retelling faster than the rest of us. Well drats. At least there are more retellings out there for me to dream of!

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  2. Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

    I have heard that this is the best one of the series from Liz, but still not quite pleasing. Ugh, they are the most amazing premises, and it just falls flat. I was hoping this one would be far better, but I’m still crushed it was only 3 stars. Ugh. 😦 Hopefully Reflection shall kill it?

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    1. kyera Avatar

      I really have high hopes for Reflection, but mostly because it’s another author.

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      1. Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

        Yes! I was really ready to write it off, but when I saw it was another author, then I was like YES, I SHALL GIVE IT A SHOT.

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