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While Beauty Slept | [Elizabeth Blackwell]

While Beauty Slept

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.And so begins Elise Dalriss's story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel's tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered-and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale...
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Publisher's Summary

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. And so begins Elise Dalriss's story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel's tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered - and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale...

©2014 Elizabeth Blackwell (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Blackwell, previously a reporter and romance writer, makes her historical fiction debut with a gripping tale full of romance, secrets, and promises made and broken. This beautiful, original reinterpretation of a classic story is engrossing and often surprising." (Library Journal Starred Review)

"Narrator Wanda McCaddon clearly understands the emotional arc of Blackwell's story and gives a moving performance." (AudioFile)

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    Yoshi Yoshitani 06-19-14
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    "A Great Fairytale Revamp! Very Very Dark"

    I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say this: surprisingly depressing.

    The best parts of this story are the characters. Every character is motivated by complex and completely relatable experiences. No decision ever seemed innately flawed, it's really easy to understand, but the series of choices leads to some dark situations.

    I will warn you, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is not light hearted at all. But if you can get through it, it is very very good. It left me with all sorts of feelings for days

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 03-12-14
    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it right up to the end"

    This re-envisioned telling of Sleeping Beauty satisfied both my need for depth in details and well done characters. Only the end, while the logical conclusion given the characters, felt like a let down. Perhaps it is just a matter of too much happy ending and not enough fulfillment of duty for my Puritanical soul.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 06-03-14
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    "A Different Sleeping Beauty"
    Would you consider the audio edition of While Beauty Slept to be better than the print version?

    Wanda McCaddon's narration was wonderful and brought the story to life


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked this updated, revisionist interpretation of a fairy tale. The story retained the feel of a fairy tale but also had scenes of devastation and poverty that gave it realism


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, there were several emotional moments. ( I don't want to give any spoilers)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Fun listen"
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    Yes, this is a darker version of the fairy tale, but it wasn't too dark or dirty like other re-tellings. I ended the book wishing there was more, but knowing there couldn't be...

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    Interesting take on Sleeping Beauty. This story unfolded bit by bit, which kept me very engaged. Narrarator was wonderful.


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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-12-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Bad Writing"

    I plodded through 5 hours of the first-person 'narrative,' thinking that any minute the story would 'start,' but simply couldn't take it anymore. Zero character development. Zero originality (I like these sorts of fantasies so the plot seemed to have promise when I read the publisher's summary, but the characters behave along extremely stereotypical lines). The combination made for a very boring listen. I am planning to get my credit back.

    Skip this one and read "Enchantment" by Orson Scott Card.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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