PUBLISHER: Disney Press
DATE PUBLISHED: 05th April 2016
What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.
It should be simple—a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?
A twisted fairytale with darker elements. This twisted fairytale focuses on female empowerment and the princess saving herself. This book still has many of the fairytale elements familiar from the Disney movie, but with a twist that makes the story darker and brings many of the questions I had about the movie and the fairytale to light.
The concepts of love at first sight and the possibly useless qualities of Auroras gifts are remedied in this book. Aurora herself reflects on the idea that the prince knows he is in love with her after one brief interaction and how this seems quite impossible. Aurora must become a strong and confident heroine who is not vain or ditsy.
The dream-like quality of this book was interesting. I felt like there were times that this book could have been shortened. Overall, I loved the messages of female empowerment and a princess who is more than just a pretty face.
Keep Calm and Read On,