Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This story is a take on the Sleeping Beauty tale. But this is no Disney tale. It’s much darker, more diverse, more complex. There are worlds in dream and worlds of reality. Fae who tithe sight or speech from babies in exchange for certain boons. But there is still a spindle and a prince and the need for True Love. This is a bit like a darker “Frozen” with two sets of sisters (one fae and one human) to follow as well as their romances. Isbe has been blind since a young age and Aurora is her beautiful mute princess sister; the TRUE princess. But when Aurora falls prey to a fae curse, it is Isbe who must head out into the dark world to find a solution. This has some great characters and while it is clearly a Book One in a series it’s a decently strong start and gives some good backbone to the world and the people in it so that readers will be excited for a Book Two.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The pacing is a bit slow in spots but the alternating between Aurora’s POV in the dreamworld and Isbe in the real world kept it from bogging down too much.
To whom would you recommend this book? Great for fans of Fairy Tale re-do books which are darker and more intricate than the originals.
Who should buy this book? High Schools, Public Libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA
Date of review: 5/29/17