by Becky Bird
Published: July 10, 2019
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, YA Fantasy
A YA retelling of classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty
Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal to marry a princess that is less than perfect.
The cardinal presents him with an opportunity: a quest to find the most beautiful princess in the land who has been in slumber for a century. But, unbeknown to the prince, the cardinal plans to kill him as soon as the prince embarks on his quest, and take the throne for himself.
Luckily, Prince Thomas’s path crosses with Lucy, a spirited orphan runaway, who saves his life and convinces the prince to continue the quest. When they eventually find Princess Aurora, they also find another contender – Prince Philip – vying for the princess’s heart.
Despite their mutual disdain for each other, Lucy agrees to assist the prince, and Thomas accepts her help to keep him alive long enough to beat out his competition and return to rule his kingdom alongside his perfect bride.
They just don’t count on falling for each other in the process.
Fairy Tales and retellings are totally my jam and Sleeping Beauty is my all-time favorite. Not because of Aurora and Prince Phillip but because of Maleficent! But I digress. When I saw that SLUMBER was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, I could not get my hands on it fast enough! I didn't care about the description. I just wanted to read it.
Come to find out, it's really not about Aurora and Phillip. I mean, they're there and the kiss takes place and all but the story is about something completely different - what happens when we look past what we think we are SUPPOSED to want to what we REALLY want. What a perfect concept to focus on in today's world!
It's a short quick read that turns the original story of SLEEPING BEAUTY upside down. It has super likable characters like Lucy and her pal Jack and some that are less so like Thomas and Aurora. The book is full of magic, girl-power (yay!), humor and true love - perfect for a likable Fairy tale retelling change of pace!
I received this complimentary book upon request and am leaving my review voluntarily. All opinions are my own.
Becky grew up in a small country town Australia.
Her favourite memories of her childhood involved weekly trips to the book store after Saturday sports.
Becky loves fast-paced stories, cats (most animals really) and strawberries :)
When she's not writing YA fiction, you'll find Becky bushwalking, at the movies, and chilling with family and friends.