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.
One of my favorite books of all time was written by Jennifer Donnelly so I was really excited to read this book. Plus I feel like with the recent live action release of Beauty and the Beast I really wanted more to the story so I wanted to read this one.
I have to say that I really liked how this story added more to Belle’s thoughts of the castle and the people living in it. I feel like when we watch the movies we just don’t really know what Belle really thinks of her situation. In the movies her love of the Beast also seems rushed since she doesn’t really know him that well and in the movie we really don’t see why she goes from wanting to escape to wanting to stay. We also always lack an idea of what Beast is thinking.
I do have to say this novel helped understand Belle’s thoughts more on what she was feeling when she first enters the castle and her first few weeks there. I also really liked to see what Beast was doing and what he was trying to do to make Belle feel at home there.
As for the more fantasy side of this story with the book I did like it but I felt it didn’t really add much to anything. I felt it was interesting to see the two women wanting to see if love or death would rule out but I felt that death was really cheating most of the time and that this pulled Belle away from the castle so much. Plus the story felt a little underdeveloped in these parts. It felt like it could have taken a really dark edge but the author held back and kept us in a world that felt more like a middle grade book.
Overall, I felt this could have been a bit better. It was an easy read and I liked seeing Belle and the Beast in a different setting and how they were able to get along and what their thoughts were. I felt the world of the book Belle steps into was a little childish and didn’t really add that much to Belle’s story arc. I would have preferred if this was more of a new adult book and we got to see more of the romance. Then again I always want more of the romance. So if you are going into this one I have to say expect a story that is more for a younger girl to read about her favorite movie and not an adult story that advances the overall arc of the movie franchise.