Book Review: Lost in a Book

Book Review: Lost in a BookBeauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Published by Disney Press on January 31, 2017
Pages: 341

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 has 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.


I love the story of Beauty and the Beast and although I love retellings, it’s nice to get something rather different, something embedded into the story we know well but that takes off into a totally different way than I thought it would. I love Donnelly’s work on many other books and was excited to pick this novel up. The premise is that Belle finds a magical book in the library that literally transports her into the story. There’s something wrong in the book – it’s too perfect and lures her to try and stay longer each time, trying to ultimately get her to stay forever.

I loved the set up at the beginning between the characters Love and Death. I really loved how well the story worked within the original tale. It was beautifully done and definitely transported me deeper into the world I so love of Beauty and the Beast.


A wonderful story within a story, one that fans of this timeless tale should read.

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