Author: Cameron Dokey
Genre: Fantasy YA
First Published: 2002
Page Count: 186
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Sleeping Beauty’s classic tale retold in magical new way.
*Different Version of Sleeping Beauty *Her Prince
*Lesser Version Compared to the Original *First Person Narration *Predictable Story
“Begin at the beginning, the place where all good stories start.” Princess Aurore will never lead a normal life. She was cursed at birth to sleep for a hundred years after she will inevitably prick her finger after her sixteenth birthday. However, when the curse begins to affect those she cares about, Aurore must venture into an enchanted forest to find a way to overcome her destiny.
You can probably guess that someone who is getting married in Disneyland and loves all things princess would love a good fairytale retelling. You would be right, I do indeed love a good fairytale…and retellings. There are a lot of great things about this story; it is totally different from the original except for the basics like falling asleep for a long time after a prick of the finger and true love’s kiss being the key to her awakening. I especially liked the husband the author chose for princess Aurore. I won’t spoil it since it’s a big part of the story, but it doesn’t stick to the predictable mold of how these stories usually play out. I hate when people get all uppity about the ending of Disney fairy tales having to be modern with the princess rescuing herself. Luckily I think Dokey’s ending is different enough that it gives the princess the power to choose her fate, but it still satisfies the inner romantic in me that likes a good old fashion princess rescue mission by the dashing prince.
Sadly, this is no Maleficent. Heck, it isn’t even the real Sleeping Beauty. The story just doesn’t hold up against other more creative retellings like the Angelina Jolie film, and it definitely does not hold a candle to the original. You can figure out where the story is going in no time flat, but at least it’s interesting enough that you want to keep reading even though you know what’s going to happen. I also couldn’t stand the first person narration. It doesn’t usually bother me, but this type of narration made the story feel childish instead of timeless like fairy tales should.
This book is really short, and the story was unique enough that I’d try one of the many other fairytale retellings the author has written. If you need a quick, very basic fix for a desire to read something fairytale related this should scratch that itch. However, I’m afraid with so many good fairytale reboots on the horizon (thank you Disney! I can’t wait!) this story will quickly fade from my memory.