Book Review: Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters

Book Review: Sleeping Beauty’s DaughtersSleeping Beauty's Daughters by Diane Zahler
Series: Fairy Tale Princesses
Published by HarperCollins on August 27th 2013
Pages: 256
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The classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty is transformed into a dazzling new story of two sisters fighting a powerful curse by Diane Zahler, the acclaimed author of The Thirteenth Princess. Briskly paced and full of lush descriptions, readers who enjoy the work of Shannon Hale and Gail Carson Levine will be swept away by this spellbinding novel.

The daughters of Sleeping Beauty, Princesses Aurora and Luna, have grown up in a cliff-top palace by the sea, where they are carefully protected by their parents. No one visits, the girls cannot stray beyond the castle walls, and all sharp objects are forbidden here.

But accidents will happen—particularly when an old curse still has power. Soon, in spite of all precautions, Aurora is struggling not to slip into an enchanted sleep.

Frantic, the princesses accept the help of a young fisherman named Symon and embark on a daring ocean voyage to find their aunt—a fairy who may be able to break the spell. From fearsome beasts to raging storms, many dangers befall them, yet they must not give up . . . for if Aurora sleeps, she will not wake for one hundred years.

Aurora and Luna are two princess who are Sleeping Beauty's Daughters and have been sheltered their whole life. What they don't know is that there is a reason behind them being carefully taken care of and hidden away. Aurora has been cursed with the same curse as her own mother and so when she pricks her finger on a pen one day, it takes hold. Luna won't just let her fall asleep and activate the curse, instead the sisters set off on a quest to find the fairy that changed their mother's curse.

Aurora must stay awake, with the help of her sister and a helpful fisherman named Symon, who takes them across the sea to find their fairy godmother. Encountering many different monsters, it truly is a wonder Aurora can almost fall asleep at all, but with the help of a tea that keeps her awake she manages just that.

I started reading Sleeping Beauty's Daughters with a bit of skepticism. Aurora definitely acts like a priveledged princess, caring about beauty over adventure and content with her life mostly. Luna appealed to me more as a character as she was more about exploring and didn't care for talk of marriage and beauty. Throughout the book, both girls grew on me as well as endearing Symon, who I could tell would be a bit of a romantic interest for Aurora. I loved the sense of adventure and I enjoyed Sleeping Beauty's Daughters as I read more of the girls' adventures. 

Final Verdict: Sleeping Beauty's Daughters was a surprisingly good read with lots of adventure, but also about learning who you are as a person.


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