While Beauty Slept
Historical fiction at its best The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it... show more
Historical fiction at its best The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumberedand she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.
Publish date: February 20th 2014
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
ReviewWhile Beauty Slept is a great retelling. I haven't read many alternate stories of Sleeping Beauty, so this one piqued my interest.Elise is a character that takes loyalty very seriously. She even pushes away her own desires in order to serve the queen and princess. She doesn't have many frie...
I quite enjoyed the book, even if I didn't see elements of Sleeping Beauty within the book (after reading some reviews of the book through Goodreads, I do realize that I did miss them, even though some of them were quite clear as day and it probably doesn't help that I am not as familiar with the st...
Ahhhh, fairy tale twists. I’m an admitted fan. Why do we love these re-imaginings of standard childhood literary fare so much? Is it because it gives us permission to return to the comfort of the nursery while still maintaining the illusion of reading an “adult” book? Perhaps. But I prefer a simpler...
This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty (the Disney version). However, this is a bit different than the retellings we are used to getting. Usually there is a mix of what kind of magic or in a different magical place, however, this retelling is a "what if" kind. What if there was a real historical sto...
WOW! Let me tell you. Not at all what I had expected. When I read the summary of this book on Penguin's website, I loved the fact that the book was written through the lens of historical fiction and retelling it as if it could have really happened. Gone are the fairies, the dragon and evil magic a...