One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.
Thoughts When I Finished:
This wasn’t exactly a retelling, it was more of a continuation. Do you really think Sleeping Beauty would be all good to go when she woke up from her sleep? Because I didn’t. This is a more realistic version of what could have happened if the fairy tale had ended differently. I say realistic but there are still kingdoms, magic, and dragons. It wouldn’t be a very good retelling without that now would it though.
What I Loved:
I loved Aurora herself! I loved that she questioned everything and longed for her family. She was a little freaked out that she had been put asleep for 100 years and who can blame her really? She was always questioning the king and queen and if they really wanted to save the kingdom like she did. She wanted to make her own path and not follow what other people say. I think she’s going to be a very interesting character in the series.
I also really loved how you were never really sure who to trust. Aurora didn’t know either but us as readers didn’t even get any clues. It’s a very mysterious sort of story in that way. I’m excited to see some of these characters in more detail though! Same with the kingdoms! We know of one other kingdom for sure and I’m excited to see how it differs from Aurora’s.
What I Didn’t Like:
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. It didn’t get 5 stars from me because I wasn’t as sucked into it as I wanted to be. I would have preferred a little more action. I was also a little disappointed that there was no romance. Romance is what keeps me going through a book! I need at least a little bit! I’m hoping we see signs of romance in the next book. What kind of fairy tale doesn’t end up with a happily ever after?
Who I’d recommend To:
I’d recommend this to all the fairy tale lovers out there! This would be the real ending of Sleeping Beauty if she could think for herself. I think people will enjoy the princess taking charge to save her kingdom for once instead of relying on the handsome prince to save her. You’ll be excited to know that it’s also a series, so it’s not just a plain retelling. The author is taking elements from Sleeping Beauty and then expanding on it which turns out to be very interesting.
This is the perfect book for people who are always wondering what happened after the fairy tale ends. This is a great continuation on Sleeping Beauty that will keep you on your toes. Don’t expect talking animals and handsome princes though because it’s not that kind of book. It’s a realistic book set in a fantasy world. It’s easy to put down but also easy to pick right back up. You don’t feel pressured to finish it all in on sitting but it pushes you along at a nice pace.