Published by Simon Pulse on October 24th, 2006
Number of Pages: 186
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
"Little Princess, lovely as the dawn, well-named Aurore..."
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 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.
“Do you have any idea how challenging it is to live your life deprived of sharp objects?”
I knew what the ending would be before I had gotten even half way into the book. And guessed at more of it by the time I reached page 105. Even knowing what would happen, I still nearly cried towards the end of the book.
The entire book is told from Aurore’s point of view. Which gives some interesting insights at times.
I loved the twist on the ‘evil fairy’, and how she became that way. I also really enjoyed reading about Oswald, though I don’t think he got as much attention as he deserved as a character. Since the story is told from Aurore’s point of view, that makes sense. But still left me wondering, and wanting to know a bit more.
French words are scattered throughout the book, most of which are explained in context. It never really says, but I’m guessing this version must take place somewhere in France, or that Aurore’s parents were french. Since all the french words appear when she is talking to her parents or when they are talking to each other.
I did like how Aurore’s parents were dealt with, though it was part of the sadness. Most of the book was obvious from the beginning, but it was still a decent read.