About The Book (From Publisher’s Website):
“The rescue wasn’t going at all how he planned. Prince Arpien intends to gain a throne and the sleeping beauty’s heart with a single kiss that wakes her from the evil fairy’s curse. But kissing the princess is only the beginning of a series of unforeseen obstacles: man–eating bugs, deadly spindles, talking lapdogs, and fiery pickles.”
This is an awesome “Sleeping Beauty” retelling! Allow me to share the first line from it:
“His princess was dusty.”
I seriously loved that line from the moment I read it, and it was just the first to amuse me. This book looks like a daunting read— it’s big, probably the largest retelling of this story I’ve ever read— but ALL 400+ pages were well-worth the story inside. It’s a funny tale in places, yes, so it gets big points from me for that. But it also has a good allegorical parts as well. This was such a beautiful part of the story, and one I think others who like this in their books will also appreciate.
I also really liked (most of) the characters, and was pleased that not only does this book have the point of views of the prince and sleeping beauty, but a new character who gives this story an edge of uniqueness. To be honest, she’s probably my favorite of the three, likely because she’s the most relate-able due to her familiarity with being practically invisible to others, and, of course, her love of fairy tales. Brierly (Sleeping Beauty), and Arpien (The prince) were also good, fairly well-developed characters. I liked how this story delved into the “other” gifts from the fairies that were bestowed on Brierly other than just her beauty. They made her quite the interesting princess. And Arpien… Such a charming prince, and one whose past makes feel sorry for. Neither of them were perfect, but overall they were pretty cool characters to spend time with, and whose interactions with each other were sometimes quite delightful. This helped make them a memorable couple that are superior to the original Disney film that was once my only view into this fairy tale.
I know I’ve mentioned this book is funny, but I’m going to praise the amusing-ness of this tale a bit more. While this tale is by far not exactly what I would call a comedy, it had just the right amount of humor to make it not too droll, and absolutely lovable.
As for any problems with the book, I think the one major issue I had was how Brierly was so insistent that she was not awake. I just did not understand her. Of course, I don’t think some of the other characters did either… This wasn’t a huge problem for me, though, so I’m not going to go on and on about it.
In the end, I have decided to give “Waking Beauty” a rating of five, because when I was done and my thoughts on it were put all together, I found it a pretty great read. What makes me sad is that I don’t seem to seem to see many others going for this book, and I wish they— and you— would try it because it really is a wonderful fairy tale retelling. “Sleeping Beauty” has never really been one of my favorite fairy tales, but this story gave it a whole new outlook for me and made me like the story even more. So go and get yourself a copy of this book and read it now. Right now. Now…
Book Review Ratings:
5. Great Book!
4. I liked it!
2. Did not like it.
1. Did not finish.