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 princess in a castle, a prince poised to wake her. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
With a desperate fairy's last curse controlling her mind, Princess Aurora must escape from a different castle of thorns and navigate a dangerously magical landscape - created from her very own dreams. Aurora isn't alone - a charming prince is eager to join her quest, and old friends offer their help. But as Maleficent's agents follow 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?
©2016 Liz Braswell (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I love the idea of reimagining stories we know. I like this one because Aurora has to save herself, no one can do it for her. Maleficent is just as cruel and evil as she is in the Disney film, and the author really expanded on what makes her evil and why she is. This is not an exact retelling, and I loved that. Prince Phillip, King Hubert, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather help to keep the story going and interesting, and there are plenty of twists, turns, and close calls that make you feel like you're in the story right by Aurora's side, and in her head, literally. Amazing book. I cannot wait to listen to the others in the series!
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