Friday, April 25, 2008

Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey

Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey

Review by Emily, Head Mama of DCR and Whimsy

Beauty Sleep is an original look at the well-loved tale of Sleeping Beauty. What makes it original is its voice. The story is told in first person. I pictured Aurore as a grandmother telling the story of how she fell in love. At times, the voice became a bit distracting to me. The narrator breaks in often and speaks directly to the reader. This made it difficult for me to lose myself in the story.

However, I am choosing to review Beauty Sleep here because I believe it is a personal preference that stopped me from loving this book. I enjoyed the originality brought to the tale by Cameron Dokey. The book is definitely a quick, easy read.

As you know, Aurore was cursed when she was born that at the age of 16, she would prick her finger and die. Luckily, Aurore's godmother was able to lesson the blow by promising Aurore that she wouldn't die, but would sleep 100 years.

As you can imagine, the curse made Aurore's mother a bit overprotective. Aurore was not allowed to be around anything sharp or even go outside. One day, however, to Aurore's surprise, her cousin, Prince Charming, convinced Aurore's mother that it would be beneficial to let her leave the palace. This is the start of a great, yet complicated love.

Aurore is a likeable character who wants to explore and fight her own battles. If you enjoy retold fairy tales told in first person, you may want to try out this quick read.


Leanna said...

I just read this book. I didn't like it as much as the others in the Once Upon a Time series.

Emily said...

Good to know, Leanna. Maybe I'll give the series another try then.

Ms. Yingling said...

My favorite twists on fairy tales come from Donna Jo Napoli. Her Zel and Spinners are great fun. I have a couple of the Dokey, but in paperback. I'll have to give them a look.

Leanna said...

I would recommend Before Midnight and Golden. Those were the ones I liked the best.

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