Author: Liz Braswell
Published: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Disney Press
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dreammarks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.
It should be simple--a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
So I have read another book by this author and it was the Twisted Tale #1 A Whole New World which I enjoyed though there were a few things I had questions or issues with. So when I was offered this book to read I jumped on it because I wanted to see where she would go with this twisted story of Sleeping Beauty. I have to say I actually enjoyed this story and found it to be very interesting. What if Aurora never woke up from the kiss that she received from the prince? What if we were inside her mind with her as she is asleep and we get to see what she is doing?
That is exactly how this book goes. It is up to Aurora to wake her own self up and those around her, learn more about herself than she has ever learned before and find out who is true to her.
Will she succeed or forever be asleep?
I really liked how it wasn't all easy for Aurora and how she had to start to trust within herself what to do.
The plot was very good and everything was very detailed to even the character that befriend Aurora who we learn who she really is towards the very end. There is plenty of action that starts taking place within about the middle of the book so that was nice.
I have to say I enjoyed how this author is giving us a grown up version so to speak of the fairy tales that we so often heard when we were little. I can't wait to read book three and see what else this author is going to come up.
After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She also has short stories in Geektastic and Who Done It and a new series of reimagined fairy tales coming out, starting with A Whole New World—a retelling of Aladdin.
She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.