Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review for Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell - 5 out of 5 stars!


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's, 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?


Once Upon a Dream started slow for me, but by the end I really enjoyed it! The world that Liz Braswell creates is definitely fantastical and enchanting, so it is perfect for a spin on Sleeping Beauty. The story isn't a retelling, but more of a continuance of the original Sleeping Beauty story, but instead of Prince Phillip's kiss awaking Aurora, he falls under the spell as well, so Aurora has to go on a sort of quest to save herself and the kingdom within her own dreamland. Aurora starts out as a naïve princess who doesn't look to deeply into things, but as the story progresses it is nice to see her grow into her own, and she also doesn't remember much from her awake life, so she doesn't know who to trust and what is actually the correct reality. Aurora has to go through some trials in order to save everyone, and grow into a person fit to be royalty.

I enjoyed when Aurora questioned things that were in the original story, things like how quickly Prince Phillip and her fell in love, and how she really wasn't the happy, joyful angel in the woods; she's a real person with real issues, and she's not perfect. I thought Prince Phillip was great! He's everything you would expect out of a fairy tale prince. He's brave, dashing, and adorable, and definitely adds some lightness to the story. He's really sweet and understanding with Aurora, which is needed because Aurora can be a bit difficult, but through it all he remains true to her.

If you enjoy the original Sleeping Beauty, I'd say definitely give this one a read! There's cool creatures, awesome battles, fun faeries, and of course kick-butt characters! And I loved how this book just added so much to the original story, and it was great to read more with these characters. It brings some rather base characters to life and gives them personality. The only thing I would have liked more was for the ending to be a bit longer. Fun, interesting read!


  1. I'm glad that this one picked up for you, despite the slow start. It sounds interesting. Great review!