Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This new series focused on Disney princesses after the fairy tale ends, kicks off with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Travelling with her husband, Lio, to Paris, Belle becomes caught up in the French Revolution. A mysterious woman and a familiar magic mirror show Belle what will become of their own kingdom if she does not learn to follow her instincts and gather the courage to reign as a queen. Returning home, Belle is left behind as Lio travels to visit the nobles of his kingdom at the behest of his cousin Bastien. Belle does not trust Bastien and is proven right when an assassination plot is exposed. Familiar characters from the movie appear including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip and LeFou. Set in a perilous time of revolution, Belle will need to act quickly to save Lio and the kingdom. Can this peasant girl finally accept the challenge of being a queen?
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of fairytales and Disney movies will find lots to love about this new series. Hand it to readers who enjoy fairytale retellings such as Stepsister by Jennifer Donnolly, series with strong female characters including the Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, and authors including Julie Kagawa, Marissa Meyer, and Julie C. Dao.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and middle and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 2/26/20