Beauty Sleep


With these seemingly innocent words, the fate of a newborn princess is sealed. For years the king and queen despaired of ever having a child. When Aurore arrives, though the entire kingdom celebrates, not all are overjoyed. They use her christening as an occasion for revenge, and her young life is overshadowed by a curse of death almost as soon as it has begun. Those who can, intervene, but evil has a way of holding fast. A sleep of a hundred years following the pricking of a finger is the best that can be done.

And so Aurore grows up. Forbidden princesslike tasks of embroidery and sewing, she explores the great outdoors, reveling in the flora and fauna that surround her castle home. Then one day she meets a handsome stranger in an enchanted wood and begins an adventure the likes of which she never dreamed of.

This is the story of the Sleeping Beauty, here quite awake and given new voice. Taunted by fate, Aurore soon learns that although she cannot sidestep her own destiny, love itself is actually the most powerful magic of all.

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By Valerie (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · September 22, 2009
I was completely at a loss on how I was going to rate this book. It’s not that I didn't like the story or the writing. It just wasn't what I expected, mostly just the ending though. I'm sure others would think that the ending was obvious but I was actually surprised.

The princess Aurora is the ty... ...more
By Sonja (Washington, DC) · ★★★★☆ · November 21, 2008
This is not the first "once upon a time" book that I read and therefore I picked it up with some preconceived notions... The first one I read was Midnight Pearls which I didn't like all that much and after reading Beauty Sleep i've decided that that was because it was written in third person. Thi... ...more
By Marianne (Puerto Rico) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 28, 2012
Arrrrghhhhhh! WHAT DID I JUST READ?!

This installment In the Once Upon a Time series centers around Aurore, a girl destined to fall into a deep sleep at the age of 16.

This story quickly dismisses any notion that this will be anything similar to the Disney version; or the Grimm brothers's version... ...more
By Jen · ★★★★★ · January 10, 2015
This review is also posted on my blog.

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By Marian (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · May 14, 2011
What could have been an interesting twist on such a familiar fairy tale is just not fleshed out enough to satisfy me. Themes of a deep magical world, opposites at war with one another and Prince Charming starting out not-so-charming hold a lot of promise. None is fully realized though. I'm not ev... ...more
By Ela (Prague, Czech Republic) · ★★☆☆☆ · November 26, 2014

It had a few nice moments...but no, I didn't like it that much. It was pretty predictible from the very beginning (it was quite clear that Aurore will be with Oswald from the ball scene...). And I don't like when the author tries to make a fool of me. I had a feelin... ...more
By Daniel (Hebron, OH) · ★★★★☆ · June 23, 2011
This was a fun an interesting retelling of the tale Sleeping Beauty. I purchased this and a few others because I am doing my own retelling that of through maleficent the so called evil fairy. This was an easy and fast paced book to read. A lot of interesting story lines and plots. The reason that... ...more
By Ria · ★★★★☆ · April 02, 2013
I really should have hid the whole thing due to spoilers, but I'm choosing not to. I will still use the (view spoiler) thing though. That last spoiler was the word spoiler :D.


To begin with, THIS IS NOT DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Sor... ...more
By Rosalba · ★★☆☆☆ · May 01, 2012
I'd give this book 2 and a half stars if I could,it was little more than OK but I can't say I liked it a lot. It was a good retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, and I liked Aurore, Ironheart, Oswald, and Aurore's father (probably the best king ever, he almost brought tears to my eyes). But the whole... ...more
By Anastasia (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 17, 2009
I must first admit, I love retold fairy tales. But I will also have to admit, if you are going to rewrite a classic it better be amazing.

It's been a few years since I've read it but from I can remember: This story is a somewhat modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty as the title will reference. The... ...more