Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of

Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once upon a Time Series)

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ISBN-13: 9781416940142
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 10/24/2006
Series: Once upon a Time Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 590,843
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cameron Dokey is the author of nearly thirty young adult novels. Her other fairy tales include, The Storyteller’s Daughter, Sunlight and Shadow, and Golden. She has also written the #1 bestselling How Not to Spend Your Senior Year. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and four cats.

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"LITTLE PRINCESS, LOVELY AS THE DAWN, WELL-NAMED AURORE..."

With these seemingly innocent words, the fate of a newborn princess is sealed. For years the king and queen despaired of ever having a child. When Aurore arrives, though the entire kingdom celebrates, not all are overjoyed. They use her christening as an occasion for revenge, and her young life is overshadowed by a curse of death almost as soon as it has begun. Those who can, intervene, but evil has a way of holding fast. A sleep of a hundred years following the pricking of a finger is the best that can be done.

And so Aurore grows up. Forbidden princesslike tasks of embroidery and sewing, she explores the great outdoors, reveling in the flora and fauna that surround her castle home. Then one day she meets a handsome stranger in an enchanted wood and begins an adventure the likes of which she never dreamed of.

This is the story of the Sleeping Beauty, here quite awake and given new voice. Taunted by fate, Aurore soon learns that although she cannot sidestep her own destiny, love itself is actually the most powerful magic of all.

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Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once upon a Time Series) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! Yet another great literary work from cameron dokey, this book made me look forward to whatever else she writes in the Once Upon A Time series. I hope they never run out of ideas!!
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written re-telling of "Sleeping Beauty" with some very interesting twists and surprises that keep the reader wondering as well as some excellent characters that are not always as they seem at first. This book will grab your attention and keep you reading till you reach the end.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
The book is your standard Sleeping Beauty tale. A princess is held under a curse where if pricked with a needle she'd be asleep for a hundred years until a kiss wakes her up from her slumber. The similarities end there. Aurore (the Princess) isn't your typical royalty. She's out on the fields working alongside the peasants on the farms and restoring houses. Basically she's your "hands on" Princess. I think it's more realistic than your classic fairy tale. The King and Queen are more present in this story. Oswald who is nicknamed "Prince Charming" is also more involved in this tale. It does make it slightly more interesting as you don't see many of these characters in the original fairy tale so it adds another dimension to it. I wasn't really too interested in any of these characters despite their new presence into the story. Aurore is somewhat of a spoiled brat, a moody one too. As we are all familiar with the story there really is no need for character development, and there isn't any. These characters are two dimensional and flat. Sad to say, despite this being my favorite fairy tale, I wasn't really into this book. I couldn't really get into the plot which was a little dull and not that exciting to begin with. There were a few parts in the book that caught my attention but then it instantly goes back to being flat in a second. The plot was rather dry and although there is an "evil witch", the final battle...well let's just say you'll be disappointed as I was. I'd say the only good thing I actually liked out of this is the increased presence of other secondary characters. Otherwise I wish I could have liked it more but I just couldn't get into the story. It didn't get my attention and the characters aren't really that great. The ending was very different and it provides a different twist but it wasn't enough to really get me to really like the book. Thankfully the book is less than 200 pages so it wasn't a painful read, although I'm sure it could have been better. I probably will pick up her next few novels just because I want to see the different twists she puts on the fairy tales. Although if they aren't better than this one, then perhaps I wouldn't go further. However I'm stubborn and I do believe in second chances, unless it's something I really can't stand. Overall, tolerable, and interesting few twists on the fairy tale. However it falls short on plot and characters. It could have been so much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with Lisa. The point of these stories is to give insight and personality to the heroine that lacks depth in the original stories. This book does just that for 'sleeping beauty'. It was fairly common in that time for her to end up with prince charming, and i dont think the book should be ostracized just because of that. the story had some twists, yes, but its fairly easy to follow. I really enjoyed reading it. Might be one of my favorites for this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was very interesting, and I was so happy that she married her cousin. He was better than the other prince. It was a very good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read pretty much every book in the Once Upon a Times Series, and I have to say, this one is my favorite. In classic Dokey, Aurore's past was built up, so that I felt I KNEW her when the main plot line began. The twisting of the tale of Sleeping Beauty was elegantly and marvelously done and the romance was soooo perfect. I would recommend this to any fairy tale lover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most disappointing out of the Once Upon a Time series. I tried to like it, but could not due to the ending of the story. I felt misled and unfulfilled at the end, making me wonder why I read the book in the first place. I did not understand what the point was and I was truly bored reading it. I do not recommend this book, but do recommend Water Song, Snow, Midnight Pearls and The Crimson Thread.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the whole this book was not too terribly hideous but the best love interest Dokey could come up with was the cousin? And the preamble was entire poo. Why exactly couldn't Aurore end up with someone outside of the family? I mean, Oswald could have been a close family friend, not close family. Oh well, at least Dokey made $5.99 off of me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes I totally agree with Charlotte who wrote the previous review. I think that it was a little weird that Aruroe married her cousin! I thought it wasn't all that bad of a book though. Like I thought it was pretty exciting but the ending kind of wasn't all that great!
CornerDemon on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I read this book in a day, and I have to say that it just didn't stick with me. I really enjoy the "Once Upon a Time" series (of which Dokey writes most), but this one was just so awkward, clunky, and unengaging that I would recommend it only to those in love with Sleeping Beauty tales or those determined to read the entire series. I was really disappointed, because all of the other Dokey books are fantastic.
snapplechick on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty. Aurora is faced with a curse of sleep for 100 years when she unavodiably pricks her finger at 16. When she finally turns 16, strange things happen to the kingdom, blood rains from the sky, and the crops go bad. Aurora knos she must leave, so she runs away into the Forbidden Forest. There she meets a new pricne, more concerned with observations than slaying dragons. But they set off together on a quest to find a princess whose been asleep for 100 years. This book will make you laugh as well as keep you reading. It is a really great telling of the classic.
Nikkles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I've come to appreciate Cameron Dokey's writings. She manages to keep these retellings fairy tales, while giving them a bit of a spin and an edge. This book is no exception to her incredible work with these well known tales. A true fairy tale the story is short and sweet and ties up nicely at the end. Not very Grimm but still great. I highly suggest this book from any one who loves fairy tales.
cmbohn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Yay! Loved this one! This series is a little uneven, but worth the gamble, because the ones I love are really, really good. Such a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I loved the magical system in this book and Aurore is a great character. So is Oswald. Loved the way his story turned out. Yay some more!
the1butterfly on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Cameron Dokey creates a princess who is quirky and fascinating. The happily ever after isn't just for the princess, but for a kingdom put to rights. It's about how the best way to be a princess is to not be a traditional princess, and how love both transforms and sees true forms.
vanedow on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The final word: My favorite Sleeping Beauty retelling ever. (4/5) Description: When Aurore was born, she was placed under two conflicting spells. One aimed to kill her, and one aimed to save her. When the clash between these spells threatens the kingdom and the people she loves, Aurore must make a difficult choice: should she stay or go? My thoughts: After finishing this book, I immediately added the rest of Dokey's Once Upon a Time series to my TBR list. She managed to take the most powerless fairy-tale "heroine" of all time and turn her into a character I could respect. Aurore is a heroine I loved reading about. She's smart, adventurous, and kind. I also loved the romance in this story. It was low-key, and totally appropriate for young teens on up, but very sweet and touching. The whole "sleeping for a hundred years, being kissed by random princes" thing has always creeped me out, but this story manages it handily, with a totally different interpretation. Zero creepage. This story may be a little young for some readers, but I found it a fun, fast read that I will definitely revisit. If you like fairy-tale retellings, this is a good one to add to your list.
the_hag on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I want to admit right off that I have become rather fond of this series (Once Upon a Time) and Beauty Sleep has just become my second favorite in the series (Before Midnight being my favorite). All the stories in this series are short (this one coming in just over 200 pages) and Beauty Sleep is sweet with a romantic bent (i.e. happily ever after) yet it offers a number of fun, new twists on the classic fairytale we grew up with. The Aurore of this version is not a helpless, spoiled princess; she is an independent, vibrant young person with a passion for life, a genuine curiosity about the world around her and a penchant for getting herself in trouble. Because Dokey's version focuses on Aurore...her personality and her life (how she has to live as a result of the curse) rather than on that of those around her and while the curse hangs thick around her, very little of the story line is given over to the "evil fairy" and almost nothing is given over to her "nap." I also enjoyed the development of the "Charming" character...it was a nice twist on the original storybook character with echoes of traits seen in some recent movies (think Shrek), but which still manages to be original and it was interesting to see his character develop. I have to admit some disappointment with the ease with which I was able to figure out the "twist" at the end, but overall the story was very enjoyable and quite original (based on my reading up to this point). I give it 4 stars and two thumbs up! I'll definitely be picking up a copy of this for my permanent collection! Also, I want to point out that while the stories in this series are short and simple...they can be quite entertaining and enjoyable for adult readers as well...especially if you LOVE fairytale adaptations (as I do).
thioviolight on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty for young adults. I might have enjoyed this as a teen, but I found it rather dull in a lot of parts. It's not so bad, but the narrative was too teen-y for me, so I didn't enjoy it much. In fairness, it did have an interesting twist at the end, though I'm not sure how I feel about it. I won't be reading any of the other books in this series.
caitlinef on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This intriguing spin on Sleeping Beauty is a tale of a young girl, Aurore, who at birth is cursed with a 100 year sleep if pricked on the finger. Her parents forbid her from sewing and needlework, however Aurore, sick of living her life in caution, goes on a quest to La Foret. She meets a man whose journey is to kiss a beautiful princess sleeping in the woods. Aurore, aware that this is the cure for her curse, is alarmed, and believes it must be another princess. Their journey through the woods is captivating and enchanting, gripping the reader with suspense and a surprising twist. This is a quick read, and is a fresh version of an old fairy tale.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The book is your standard Sleeping Beauty tale. A princess is held under a curse where if pricked with a needle she'd be asleep for a hundred years until a kiss wakes her up from her slumber. The similarities end there. Aurore (the Princess) isn't your typical royalty. She's out on the fields working alongside the peasants on the farms and restoring houses. Basically she's your "hands on" Princess. I think it's more realistic than your classic fairy tale. The King and Queen are more present in this story. Oswald who is nicknamed "Prince Charming" is also more involved in this tale. It does make it slightly more interesting as you don't see many of these characters in the original fairy tale so it adds another dimension to it. I wasn't really too interested in any of these characters despite their new presence into the story. Aurore is somewhat of a spoiled brat, a moody one too. As we are all familiar with the story there really is no need for character development, and there isn't any. These characters are two dimensional and flat. Sad to say, despite this being my favorite fairy tale, I wasn't really into this book. I couldn't really get into the plot which was a little dull and not that exciting to begin with. There were a few parts in the book that caught my attention but then it instantly goes back to being flat in a second. The plot was rather dry and although there is an "evil witch", the final battle...well let's just say you'll be disappointed as I was. I'd say the only good thing I actually liked out of this is the increased presence of other secondary characters. Otherwise I wish I could have liked it more but I just couldn't get into the story. It didn't get my attention and the characters aren't really that great. The ending was very different and it provides a different twist but it wasn't enough to really get me to really like the book. Thankfully the book is less than 200 pages so it wasn't a painful read, although I'm sure it could have been better.I probably will pick up her next few novels just because I want to see the different twists she puts on the fairy tales. Although if they aren't better than this one, then perhaps I wouldn't go further. However I'm stubborn and I do believe in second chances, unless it's something I really can't stand.Overall, tolerable, and interesting few twists on the fairy tale. However it falls short on plot and characters. It could have been so much better.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love reading re-telling of fairy tales. This book was just that, a sweet and unique re-telling of Sleeping Beauty.The beginning of the story follows somewhat with the classic fairy tale but about halfway through the book some interesting twists take place that really make this book a good read. If you like fairy tales you will like this book. It is a read that makes you feel good.My biggest complaint would be that so much time was spent setting up the story. I really wish Aurore could've spent more time in the enchanted forest. This is a small quip and overall I enjoyed this book. It is a short quick read, that is beautifully written and never left me bored
slightlyfan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It had potential but I thought it was boring. So boring that I don't remember much about it. I must have stopped reading it half way through.
nmhale on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Prompted by a book challenge, I've been reading more of the fairy tale retellings that have been patiently sitting on my shelves, waiting their time. Beauty Sleep is a part of the "Once Upon a Time" series. I'm an avid fan of this particular sub genre of fantasy and bought several books from this series when I first saw them, lured by the synopses and pretty covers. Thus far, the series has delivered interesting variants of old classics, and as with any series, some books are better than others.This story is one of the highlights of the series. Dokey writes her own version of sleeping beauty, where the Princess Aurore is smart and independent, and doesn't succumb to her fate like a slaughtered lamb. The setting is original, and clearly explains how such a "curse" on her would be possible in that world, and what the consequences of avoiding her fate might be. I liked how the people actually needed or wanted her to fall into an enchanted sleep, as her avoidance of that fate has brought supernatural disasters upon the kingdom. I also liked the fact that her parents defended her and protected her to the best of their abilities. Yet Aurore cares too much for her people, and decides to leave her kingdom to spare them a curse that was meant just for her. Again, instead of simply fulfilling the curse and pricking her finger, she decides to take fate in her own hands and see what will become of her in the enchanted woods that border her home.In the end, she does fulfill the curse put upon her, but in her own choosing and shaped by her own wishes. Rather than sleep for centuries, her sleep just encompasses centuries within moments, and the enchanted forest is what makes the time in the outside world progress so rapidly without her. Aurore is not meek and doesn't slumber away while a prince does all the action; instead, she is an adventurer, finding her way in the forest, seeking out her own prince and not having one foisted upon her. I love the way Dokey takes a passive princess from the original fairy tale and transforms her into a strong and intelligent woman who shapes her own life, not to mention choosing her own love rather than being guided by a kiss from a stranger. If you're looking for something different than the usual sleeping beauty fare, this is a good book to read.
terriko on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Simple but cute, this is a clever retelling of the tale of sleeping beauty. Sleeping beauty in this tale is a lot more feisty and a better role model than the traditional one, making the whole tale a lot more fun.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the plot spoliers, i know know who she marries. I dont own the book.