|As Old As Time|
And one of my all time fave genres for reading is fairy tales from a different perspective- think Wicked (Gregory Maguire).
When As Old as Time popped up on my suggested buys on the Kindle Store, I snapped it up (Side note- there's a whole series of these books which I can't wait to whip through!)
So you probably already know the basic premise of the fairy tale version of Beauty and the Beast: stuck up prince, cursed by an Enchantress to be as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside, and all of his servants... cursed to become their most used household objects? (I feel like there were plot holes even from the beginning.) His only hope is to get someone to fall in love with him despite his appearance (Personally, my first stop would have been a school for the blind but... I guess you don't have to be clever to become a prince.) Then our headstrong protagonist accidentally stumbles into their world and sort of turns it upside down. But beauty is found within blah blah blah, happily ever after.
But there's a lot we're missing out on. Where are the prince's parents? (And also, what prince answers his own door?) What twisted him to become the person who scorned the Enchantress? Who WAS the Enchantress? Why would she jump to such a rash punishment- and for that matter, why would she include everyone else in the castle if it was only the prince who pissed her off?
That, my friends, is where this book comes in. All of those questions are answered, we're given a much broader view of the world the tale takes place in. Keep in mind that it is a YA book, so it's not the most advanced writing style, which sometimes annoys me, but it is a fun and entertaining read.