Once Upon A Dream: Twisted Tales (Book 2)
by Liz Braswell
“With a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle and a prince poised to wake her, a fairytale ending seems certain. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden’s, it’s clear that this fairy tale is far from over…
Experience the second title in a thrilling series that puts a twist in much-loved tales, exploring what would happen if key turning points did not work out as planned.
After binding her soul to the curse, Maleficent now lives on through Princess Aurora’s dreams, controlling the princess and everyone asleep with her. For Aurora to break the curse, she must find a way to control her dreams and defeat the evil fairy within them. For only then can the sleeping beauty finally wake up and find her happy ever after.”
I bought Once Upon A Dream along with A Whole New World after hearing about As Old As Time. You do not need to have read any of the other books as they are stand alones, each one telling the story of a different fairy tale.
Prince Philip has defeated the dragon and finds Aurora, only to fall asleep as he is about to kiss her. Aurora is living in Thorn Castle, where Maleficent is queen, her parents are evil and imprisoned. All she does is plan parties each month and listen to tutors, until one party where she finds some odd occurrences.
That was such an unexpected twist on Sleeping Beauty! I did find it a little slow going, but that may be due to following straight on from A Whole New World. I did go through emotions, especially when Aurora’s mind is used against her, of the two truths she knows and which one will win.
Aurora has always been one of my favourite princesses, however, I found her a little too fluffy (but that does tie in with the story). I liked Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, also Philip and Lianna although I did get annoyed at both of them at some point during the story.
My favourite part has to be near the end, although I did enjoy once Philip and Aurora got together. There were plenty of twists and turns and it was a fun to see such a twist on a classic. I also enjoyed the nods to the original (film) with the flashbacks and recalling of memories.
Once Upon A Dream does not end on a cliffhanger, it is all tied up by the end.
While reading this book, I described it as Sleeping Beauty being turned on its head. I would recommend to adults and teenagers. 4 out of 5.