Monday, 3 May 2021

Once Upon A Dream - Liz Braswell

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Book: Once Upon A Dream
Author: Liz Braswell
Series: A Twisted Tale
Genres: Retellings
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1st February 2018

My Rating: DNF @ p179/445
Date Finished: 3rd May 2021


Discover what would have happened if a kiss from the prince didn't wake Sleeping Beauty.

The handsome prince is poised to kiss the beautiful sleeping princess and live happily ever after, but as soon as his lips touch hers he too falls fast asleep. It is clear that this tale is far from over.

Now, Princess Aurora must escape from a dangerous and magical land created from her very own dreams.

With Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora needs to discover who her true friends are and, most importantly, who she really is.


So this is another one of those bargain buys from my favourite shop, The Works. I picked up three of these retellings of Disney films and decided to start with this one. In case you haven't figure out from the cover, this is Sleeping Beauty. 

This starts with the Prince heading inside the castle to kiss his Princess awake, only for it to not work and for him to fall asleep too. We're then following Princess Aurora as she lives her life in the castle with her aunt Maleficent and the few villages who were safely ensconced inside the castle as the world outside fell into disarray. Only Aurora starts to question things when she manages to create something just by thinking about it hard enough. 

I wasn't the biggest fan of the style of this. It's very formal writing - which could be down to being in Aurora's head and her being a Princess. It just wasn't working for me at all. I finally gave up on the story before half way. It was just a little annoyingly repetitive at times and Aurora didn't come across as being clever.

I do have two other books, as mentioned above, and I hope they are better written than this one or they will be joining this in the DNF pile.

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