This week I read Once Upon a Dream, by Liz Braswell. This is another wonderful book for my collection of flipped or twisted tales. This takes my favorite princess movie, Sleeping Beauty, and asks the question “What if Sleeping Beauty never woke up?”
Aurora is living with Maleficent in the Thorn Castle. She loves her adopted aunt, but life in the castle is quite boring.
One day, Aurora sees some strange dust mites. They are colored and seem to speak to her. Aurora decides to try to sneak out of the Thorn Castle.
Upon her escape from the castle, Aurora meets up with a prince. They embark on a quest to beat Maleficent, awaken Aurora, and hope to escape the dream world they are all trapped in. There are demons, returning memories, magic, action, and outwitting.
I loved this book! It is a bit long (430+ pages). However, there was action all the way through. I loved how much the author stayed true to the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty (it was published by Disney presses), yet Aurora Rose discovers her true strength, intelligence, and grace to lead her kingdom. She has compassion and bravery. A true strong princess. Great example of a strong woman!!
Well, this book and the huge amount of school work took my time this week! Up next the he highly anticipated Danielle Paige book Stealing Snow that arrived on Thursday! I’m excited to get started with it. 😀