Wednesday, April 06, 2016

REVIEW: Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell

This is book two in the A Twisted Tale series.

Book Blurb: What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks 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?

My Review: I really enjoyed this story. As with A Whole New World I enjoyed all the character development. The original Disney story had all the characters as one dimensional so seeing them with some personality was great. I liked the Aurora in this story a lot better than the movie as once she escapes from the castle she decides to escape the dream and that in turn will save her remaining kingdom.

Ms. Braswell's idea to not have Aurora be in love with Phillip as soon as she meets him in the dream world was brilliant. I have grown less fond of insta-love the more I age. It was fine when I was a kid but now that I'm older the less I believe in that. I didn't like that in the dream world her parents were supposed to be evil but that like everything else was a fabrication by Maleficent. And Phillip was so cute in this tale. I saw him as a adorable little puppy when he reunites with Aurora but he does turn into this badass determined to save his love.

I wish that people would give this series a chance and not judge it up against the movies that the books are based upon. The Disney movies are made to be kid-friendly and are loosely based off the actual tales. As with the last book I am looking forward to the next in the series. I hope it's Beauty and the Beast as it's my favorite fairytale.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

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