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Thanks to the author for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review
SLUMBER – Becky Bird
A retelling to squeeze in between all of the thrillers!
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.
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!
I’m a sucker for a retelling. I’ve always loved this genre and seeing how the authors will put their own unique spin on the story. SLUMBER is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I think this one is more of a “loosely based off” kind of story rather than a true retelling, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
With this being a shorter book, I’ll keep this short and sweet. While I enjoyed the premise and the direction the author was going with this, I felt there were a couple things that got a little muddled together for me. Going into this, don’t anticipate a true retelling of Sleeping Beauty, like I mentioned earlier, it’s more of a loosely based on Sleeping Beauty type of retelling. It’s prince against prince as they try to win Princess Aurora’s heart. Lucy was fantastic and a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love a strong-willed and stubborn little heroine? Overall, this one kept my attention throughout and I think that if you’re a reader that enjoys YA fantasy, then this will be perfect for you to pick up! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Bird in the future.