Please be aware that this review contains some mild spoilers. Do not continue reading unless you are fine with being spoiled.
This was a total case of cover love for me, and with the Beauty and the Beast hype so strong, I just couldn’t resist when I saw this in-store.
Lost in a Book is a lovely story about what happens when Belle discovers a book that will literally transport her to another world. For the most part, it fits in well with the new movie’s plot.
Something I found strange was that the characters actually seemed stronger and more defined at the beginning of the novel than they did at the end. It was almost like the farther the characters wandered from the plot, the more they struggled to stay alive.
This issue might be because, while there were some incredibly defining moments within Lost in a Book, there wasn’t much room for character development. The entire story needed to exist without derailing the greater plot of the movie within which it existed.
Lost in a Book offered a beautiful and scary reveal for Belle’s predicament, but it was undercut by an action sequence that became disjointed because Belle was too busy being the perfect Disney princess.
This novel offers a fascinating plot that might have been able to shine more with different characters. With the limitations placed on it, it didn’t go far past a sweet, light read for me, possibly edging more towards the middle grade end of the spectrum.
I would still recommend it to any fans of Beauty and the Beast, because the author, Jennifer Donnelly, does a magnificent job at capturing the characters in some of her scenes.