Book Review: Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey

Beauty Sleep seems inevitable for the princess Aurore, cursed to sleep for 100 years and be awakened only by true love's first kiss.  Aurore, not content to be sheltered for life, convinces her parents to let her out of the palace.  She begins to make friends among the common people.  But when horrible things begin to happen in her kingdom, she must make a difficult choice between herself or her kingdom.

Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once Upon a Time)

Things I Liked:
This was a really fun and fairly unique retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  The story doesn't go quite how it has been told before, and that makes it more enjoyable, I thought - a few surprises mixed in with a familiar story.  I really liked Aurore and her spunky, no nonsense attitude.  She narrates her story directly and I loved her somewhat cheeky voice throughout.  There are glimpses of humor and wit throughout that make this overall an excellent read for those who can't get enough fairy tale retellings!

Things I Didn't Like:
I was disappointed that there didn't seem to be a lot of depth.  There were so many things that could have been developed more, especially the "villains."  I thought it was a really good story, but should have been more detailed and instead of simply hinting at other things that are dying to be told what, carrying that concept through.  I wanted more.

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley 

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
Thornspell by Helen Lowe 
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

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Overall rating: ****

You know, I never really get tired of a good fairy tale retelling, even though the basic story is so familiar.  Do you?

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