Books to Celebrate Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (live Action) Movie

Today is the day! Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Live Action) is finally releasing in the theaters today, and I am so excited to see it. Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite fairy tale ever since I was a little girl, and I absolutely LOVED the Disney animated movie.

To me, there is no more perfect Beauty then Belle. Not only is she lovely, imaginative, kind, and independent but she also adores to read. Let’s not forget to mention she’s feisty too, with a thing for “breaking the rules, going against what society expects of her and never wanting to settle or give up on what she believes in. Sounds like the perfect heroine right? Plus…she has the best dresses too! So in honor of my obsession with all things Beauty and the Beast, I decided to make a list of all the amazing books recently released that are related to this “tale as old as time”. If you are a fan of the book and movies, you will NEED to add every single one to your own castle’s library.

 

Books I Own, or Soon Will Be Adding To My Castle’s Collection…

 

 

The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve



This book looks absolutely stunning! It is super colorful, and even has a few interactive 3-D pages too.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb

I LOVE this book. It has been in my collection for just over a year, and I still am in awe every time I look through it. The artwork is gorgeous.

 

 

Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by Charles Soloman

I adore this book for many reasons. The first reason being that it is one of the first gifts my husband gave to me when we first started dating.  My other main reason is because this book is filled with information about the making of the animated movie. We learn all about how the animated movie came together (the new version also has information about the upcoming live action movie).

 

Beauty and the Beast by Jan Brett

Jan Brett is one of my favorite authors/illustrators; I remember this to be one of my first books I ever read by Jan Brett. The illustrations are lovely and so full of details.

 

Beauty and the Beast (Calla Editions) by Hon. Eleanor Vere Boyle

A beautifully designed edition, with one of the earliest adaptations I ever remember reading.

 

Beauty and the Beast ( The Barnes and Noble leather-bound edition)  

Recently added to my collection the book is filled with many fairy tales that includes the featured title. Though I now own it, I have not yet had the time to go through all the stories in this edition, but I am going to assume it is because they all feature “Beauties” and “ Beasts” .

 

Beauty and the Beast by Agnese Baruzzi

I just ordered this book from Target and I can’t wait to see what it will be like. So far, I’ve gathered that the illustrations are done in the style of “paper cutting” to make silhouettes…(More on this later).

 

 

RETELLINGS (I haven’t read these yet, but they all sound pretty awesome)

 

Beast by Brie Spangler

 

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

 

Beast Charming by Jenniffer Wardell

 

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in A Book

by Jennifer Donnelly (Thank you #otspsecretsister for

sending me this one as a gift!)

 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

 

Directly Related to the New Live Action Movie

 

Beauty and the Beast– A Novalization by Elizabeth Rudnick

 

Art of Coloring: Beauty and the Beast by Disney Book Group

 

Beauty and the Beast – Belle’s Library: A collection of quotes and musings by Brittany Rubiano

This adorable little book looks too cute to pass up. I don’t know much about it, except that it is a book filled with literary quotes and musings.

 

Beauty and the Beast : The Enchanment by Eric Geron

 

Are you excited for the upcoming  live action version of the animated movie?  Do you have a favorite character? Do you have a favorite book edition of the fairy tale? Are you an avid Beauty and the Beast fan/collector like myself? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

 

Picture Book Review: The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter (Illustrator)

Picture Book Review: The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter (Illustrator)The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter
Published by Flying Eye Books on February 14th 2017
Genres: Children's Picture Book
Pages: 32
Goodreads
five-stars

Ever wondered about the mysterious place we all visit when we fall asleep? Robert Louis Stevenson's classic children's poem about dreamland is given new life in this wonderfully illustrated book. Accompanied by Robert Hunter's bold and beautiful illustrations, this picture book will bring the beloved Scottish author's work to a whole new generation of young readers.
Robert Frank Hunter is a London-based illustrator. Working on a range of projects in both print and moving image, he is keen to keep applying his work to new disciplines.

When you open the gorgeous and colorfully illustrated The Land of Nod, you are instantly captivated. These beautiful images provide a dream-like landscape to accompany the words of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “The Land of Nod”. Every single page is full of details and whimsical drawings reminiscent of the “feeling” of a dream. Which is sure to draw readers deep into the story. Because of the lovely hues of blue and pink Mr. Hunter uses in his illustration, he is able to create a “twilight-type” mood and truly bring the poem to life.

 

It is clear from the illustrations and the words of the poem that the little boy is feeling isolated from the outside world. However, in his dreams, he can go on all kinds of adventures and see all sorts of different things. This would be an excellent choice for a bedtime story, or for inspiring young poets. As well as a book to read to little ones when they are sick and have to stay in bed. I highly recommend The Land of Nod to dreamers of all ages.

 

 

The strangest things are there for me,
Both things to eat and things to see,
And many frightening sights abroad
Till morning in the land of Nod.”

 

*Thank you to Flying Eye Books for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.  

five-stars

YA Book Review: You Don’t Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando

YA Book Review: You Don’t Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen OrlandoYou Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando
Published by Swoon Reads on January 10th 2017
Goodreads
four-stars

Fighter. Faker. Student. Spy.
Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. Now Reagan must decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice?

You Don’t Know My Name is an intense and thrilling story that brings us right to the action from the start. The story begins as Reagan’s family home is being invaded by an assassin. That’s definitely one way to catch the attention of your reader!

 

I love Reagan as a character. She is fierce, brave, smart and strong. Reagan’s parents belong to a secret spy agency called The Black Angels, and Reagan is expected to become one too. Even though she is training to become a Black Angel, the reader can still relate to her. She’s vulnerable and questioning what she really wants to do with her life. The constant stress of having a new identity, and constantly moving is starting to become too much for Reagan.

 

When Regan’s parents are kidnapped, Reagan has to decide how much she is willing to risk and sacrifice in order to save them. There are some crushing moments in this story, and I wanted to reach into the book and comfort Reagan. The relationship between Reagan and her parents is a big focus of this story. They expect her to follow in their footsteps and become a Black Angel. However, Reagan is torn between doing her duty or following her heart

 

Though I normally shy away from anything with anything that seems like it could be INSTA-LOVE, I really enjoyed Reagan and Luke’s budding romance. It is actually quite swoon-worthy. I like that Luke can stand on his own as a character, even without the romance. Luke is sweet, adorable and completely accepting of Reagan “just as she is”. Luke’s support for Reagan is one of my favorite things about them as a couple/team. Also, I didn’t feel like their relationship was rushed or that it was INSTA-LOVE, which made me happy.

 

You Don’t Know My Name has some fantastic pulse-pounding action scenes, it keeps you entertained and turning the pages. The author does a great job keeping you hooked and guessing what will happen next. There are so many twists and turns that I truly couldn’t guess what would happen next.I love the suspenseful mood the author creates and the detail she put into the world of the Black Angels. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves spy stories, suspense, and books that completely absorb the reader into the intrigue of the story.

 

**Thank you to Swoon Reads for providing me with an advance copy of You Don’t Know My Name in return for an honest review. **

four-stars

Blog Book Tour and Giveaway: The Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner

Published by Steel Page Press LLC Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade

Welcome to The Blue Moon Narthex Book Tour! Today is my stop on the tour hosted by Irish Banana Tours and I will be sharing my review of The Blue Moon Narthex. This is a great new series for middle-grade readers and is sure to capture their attention.  Remember to enter the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post! You don’t want to miss it!

 

The Blue Moon Narthex

Author: N.J. Donner

Publisher: Steel Page Press 

Pub. Date: Feb 7th, 2017

My Rating: 3 Stars

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ABOUT THE BLUE MOON NARTHEX:

The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen-year-old… Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.

 

A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.

 

With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

N.J. Donner is the author of the new Karmanic Sovereign Legion books. N.J. loves to explore. The world fascinates him and he wants to figure out why and how things work, including Karma.

College adventures took N.J. far from his small Nebraska hometown to the southern hemisphere and the inner city. This was the beginning of his wanderlust and today he loves to travel with his wife, Amanda, and their three children.

N.J. became the first person to graduate with a minor in international affairs from Nebraska Wesleyan University and spent the years right out of college building a successful steel company.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

 

MY REVIEW:

The Blue Moon Narthex is a middle-grade fantasy is made for readers who enjoyed the Percy Jackson and Harry Potter series. It is filled with adventure, friends, mystery and even a bit of magic. Were there moments and certain things about the three main characters that reminded me a little (maybe a bit too much) about the Harry Potter series- yes. However, since this is the first book in the series I still believe there is time for it to become more defined, and hold its own with future books. Now that we got that over with, let’s move on to how fun this book is to read. My advice is that if you are a grown adult (like myself…most days) please keep in mind this book is meant for Middle-Grade readers.

 

Thirteen-year-old Cole and his two best friends Britten and Sasha are suddenly thrown into a secret world they didn’t know even existed. The world of the Karmanic Sovereign Legion is dedicated to fighting evil. This is the world Cole’s father was involved with before he died. Cole inherits the Blue Moon Narthex stone which leads him and his friends to the Coreseum. The Coreseum is a school where the kids are divided into groups depending on their talent and given a role to master as part of their education.

 

Hopefully, as the series develops the main characters will come into their own voices. Though they are likable, they do read a bit “younger” than 13. I also feel that their personalities need to be a bit more defined and individualized. Then again, when was the last time you met a 13yr old that was completely self-confident and sure of themselves? There were also times that their immaturity turned me off a bit, I do love the friendship between these characters and how they are always there for each other.

 

Though the characters need a bit of work, the world building is fantastic in The Blue Moon Narthex. While reading the book I felt like I could “see” the Coreseum, the Narthexes and the “sliding”. The author did a wonderful job describing and explaining these places and things in detail. Though I would have liked to see the “real” world and WWI appear or factor in a bit more into the story. The war is only mentioned a few times but not enough for such a huge world event. But then again, maybe the author was avoiding it on purpose. After all, we dive into fantasy to get away from “reality”, and placing the war more prominently would have taken away from the fantasy.

 

Being given a thorough background on the mythology of the world, and details on how Karmanic Matter is discovered and used kept me intrigued and fascinated. It also made the world of the Karmanic Sovereign Legion come to life for me. The concept of “sliding” into different dimensions is what I really loved about this book. It’s one of my favorite things to read about in science fiction/fantasies because I would love to be able to do it myself.

 

Overall, I believe that the Blue Moon Narthex will captivate younger middle-grade readers and transport them to an exciting new world, filled with mystery, friendship and even a bit of magic.

 

*I received this book in a promotional package from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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FOLLOW THE TOUR

Week 1:

2/6: Swoony Boys Podcast – Review

2/7: Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Q&A

2/8: Kara the Redhead – Spotlight

2/9: Young Adult Rocks – Review

2/10: books are love – Top 10

Week 2:

2/13: Such A Novel Idea – Q&A

2/14: Book Stacks Amber – Excerpt

2/15: Books Buying Beauty – Review

2/16: Red House Books – Guest Post

2/17: Basic Book Blog – Review

Week 3:

2/20: The Irish Banana Review – Review

2/21: Lisa’s Loves – World Building

2/22: Pondering the Prose – Review

2/23: Who RU Blog – Novel Secrets

2/24: The Plot Bunny – Review

 

Happy 1st Birthday Plot Bunny! Blogiversary Giveaway!

The Plot Bunny is turning 1 this month, and I can’t believe how fast this part year has gone. I have read so many glorious books this year. I even expanded my reading from mainly just fantasy to also contemporary books. This is probably one of the best decisions I made this past year. It brought so many wonderful new stories into my life, and books I now LOVE with all my being. Seriously, how did it take me this long to start reading Contemporary YA?

Throughout this year I have met some amazing people and have had the honor and pleasure of spending time with some lovely bookish people. Asides from the books, what I treasure most from this year of solo blogging on my own will be the new friendships I have made, both in real life and online be it here on the Plot Bunny, on my Twitter or over on Instagram. I can’t tell you all enough how lucky I am to have you all in my life.

In celebration of this very special occasion, I am doing my first ever giveaway (because who doesn’t love presents?). I will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, and a little special surprise. All you have to do to enter is follow me (@MarciliaLoubach) on Twitter and Retweet about the giveaway. The giveaway will run until Feb 28th at midnight and is for US only.

Again, thank you for following The Plot Bunny, for reading, commenting, chatting and make my world a better place by being a part of it. I hope you will all continue to share my love of books and bookish things.  HUGS!!!! ~Marci