“If you dream a thing more than once it’s sure to come true.” -Sleeping Beauty
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
I know! WHAT? THERE’S A VIDEO?
Why didn’t I share the other ones?
Well, there weren’t any.
What if Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on purpose?
Princess Aurelia’s kingdom is plagued by the Eternal Slumber, a disease progressively ensnaring the minds of her subjects. After Aurelia wishes for the means to revive her brother, her sinister fairy godmother presents an ominous solution: Aurelia must stab herself with a poisoned spindle.
Accepting this fate plunges Aurelia into a nightmare where victims of the Eternal Slumber are being held hostage by a dark djinni. However, Aurelia’s brother isn’t the only familiar face she finds herself reunited with; Everett, the love of her life who mysteriously disappeared years ago, is there as well. As the djinni’s power grows, Aurelia must decide who to save before the djinni escapes and enters the waking world.
Failing in her quest could trap her in the dream world forever. Will she forgo her chance at a happily ever after and protect her brother, or will she choose to rescue herself and the man she loves?
No matter who she chooses, someone will be doomed to remain in the nightmare that never ends.
Mary Mecham writes clean young adult fairy tale retellings packed full of adventure and romances.
Mary is a born and revised Texan with a love of theater and books overshadowed only by her passion for disability advocacy.
After she was cast in a theatrical production of Cinderella as the Ugly Stepsister, Mary decided to give a voice and background to her character and created her first novel Ugly: The Stepsister’s Story.
When she is not writing, Mary is an active disability advocate and speaker and holds multiple leadership positions in various disability rights related organizations, including running her own non-profit and coordinating Disability Book Week each year.
Her dream is for everyone with a disability to find themselves represented in literature.
Mary lives in Texas (and will never leave!) with her husband and three children
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This book sounds amazing. I do think the choice seems pretty obvious (save your brother, duh), but I’m so excited to see how this whole story play out.
My one complaint: it doesn’t seem like a Sleeping Beauty story. Based on the blurb, I’m going to say this is not a Sleeping Beauty story.
Yes, there is the spindle and evil fairy element, but I think that could easily be swapped out with a different way of getting into the new world and it would still work as an amazing, innovative, ya fantasy book.
That said, I really think I’m going to enjoy this.
Rating prediction: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
You’ve Reached the End!
What are you thoughts? Is this an actual Sleeping Beauty retelling or is it in disguise?
Thanks for reading! I’ll see you in the next one.