So I was honored in being chosen to read an ARC of Slumber by Becky Bird, which was provided by the publisher and Net Galley. Slumber is a Sleeping Beauty retelling with a twist. Your favorite characters can be found in the story, but there are new characters introduced that make the story so interesting.
The book description was taken from the Goodreads website:
“A YA retelling of classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty
Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal to marry a princess that is less than perfect.
The cardinal presents him with an opportunity: a quest to find the most beautiful princess in the land who has been in slumber for a century. But, unbeknown to the prince, the cardinal plans to kill him as soon as the prince embarks on his quest, and take the throne for himself.
Luckily, Prince Thomas’s path crosses with Lucy, a spirited orphan runaway, who saves his life and convinces the prince to continue the quest. When they eventually find Princess Aurora, they also find another contender – Prince Philip – vying for the princess’s heart.
Despite their mutual disdain for each other, Lucy agrees to assist the prince, and Thomas accepts her help to keep him alive long enough to beat out his competition and return to rule his kingdom alongside his perfect bride.
They just don’t count on falling for each other in the process.”
This is a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty and one I haven’t heard before. It is told from multiple characters point of view, which gives the reader a more in depth look into the characters and the story line. I will admit I wanted to reach through the book and slap Prince Thomas like thousands of times in the beginning of the story, but I promise he gets better. Lucy is a strong female character, who doesn’t care what people think of her, and doesn’t care about her looks. Of course Aurora and Prince Phillip are in the story as well, and let’s just say they are different from the one’s that we know from Disney, but you grow attached to them.
The author uses a unique spin on this retelling of a classic story, and it’s one that is guaranteed to keep you up reading late into the night. I will admit when I started the book, I thought it would be the same old song and dance, but I was pleasantly surprised at the turn of events, and can say that I love this version so much more! This take on Sleeping Beauty is like nothing that has been seen before, and is the version you never knew you wanted until you read it! The book is available on August 1, 2019!
Go on a new adventure to find Sleeping Beauty and break the curse!