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?
This retelling was my first ever and I enjoyed it very much. I give it three stars for being such a creative story. Aurora was never really a fully developed character to me. She was a princess that had been raised by fairies and was to return to her castle on her 18th birthday to marry a prince she never met. Yeah I know she was good with animals but she was not as developed as the princesses that come later. The writer made that apparent herself by walking the readers through her finding herself. By the way, she is much more than a pretty girl with a beautiful voice.
It won me over when Aurora finds out she has powers and can somewhat control her dream.She also struggles to define her relationship with the prince she met right before her slumber. Although he feels the same feeling for her as he did before he joined her in her dream she doesn’t really feel the same feelings. The journey together throughout the book did strengthen their relationship but it wasn’t as “magical” as it is in the original story.
This was a good book overall. I wanted to try something new so I chose a retelling this week and I wasn’t disappointed. I recommend this book to anyone who either loves or hates the story of Sleeping Beauty.
3 out of 5 stars