Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review ~ Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

One. Year. 
That's how long it's been since I've posted a review on here... A blog initially made to review books on... Hopefully, with the new review system that I'm trying out, I'll be able to actually post reviews more often now!

About the Book: 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 glamourous 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.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐s 

# of Pages: 341

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy

Age Range: 12+ (some darker themes)

Favorite Quote 

"Life is fragile. Life ends. But love? Love lasts forever." 


  • My absolute favorite fairy tale has always been Beauty and the Beast, so I love reading retellings and adaptations of it! 
  • Amazing writing; super well-written and pretty (for lack of a better term). 
  • Major Coraline vibes; like, actually creeped me out a few times, but it was great. 😂
  • The relationships between the characters were really sweet!
  • Perfect for a readathon (as when I read it) or just a fast read! 


  • Didn't seem so much as a promotion of the movie or retelling... More like, a fanfiction? A very well-written fanfiction, but fanfiction nonetheless. 
  • Belle didn't seem quite like the Belle we see in the movies and most other adaptations. She was very blind to some of the things happening around her that I feel she would have noticed or at least been suspicious of. While I most likely would have acted the way she did in this book, I feel like this isn't true to her character, especially considering her headstrong, logical traits that appear towards the end of the book. 
  • This is more of a con of the publishing company, but the number of grammatical errors in this book... So many instances where a sentence would be missing an "a" or "the", along with a few other typos. I honestly would have expected a lot better from Disney's own publishing company. 
Overall Thoughts

I feel like I would have enjoyed this story a lot better if it had been an entirely new set of characters. I personally love what I've read so far of Jennifer Donnelly's Waterfire Saga and I feel like this plot line would have been great in an original novel by her, especially with the aspects of Love and Death. This book was definitely a good read for my readathon though; I sped through it and ended up finishing it in a day. Overall it wasn't what I expected, but it was still enjoyable! 

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