Beauty's Curse (Once Upon a Princess, #1)

Beauty's Curse (Once Upon a Princess, #1)

by C. S. Johnson
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Beauty's Curse (Once Upon a Princess, #1) by C. S. Johnson

For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152809497
Publisher: C. S. Johnson
Publication date: 01/23/2016
Series: Once Upon a Princess , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 32,785
File size: 408 KB

About the Author

C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me.

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Beauty's Curse 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have always loved fairytale and especially Sleeping Beauty. After all we shared a name, mine the English version of her French name. I did regret that the Disney versions had the princess just accepting rather than taking charge of their fate. C.S. Johnson has written Aurora/Rose as she should be. Taking charge of her fate and fighting back. Excellent,
LisaLickel0 11 months ago
A caveat: this is not a stand-alone book, but the first of four. It’s a questing story, and this book sets up the search. If you don’t like investing in characters only to fall off a cliff when you turn the last page, the good news is that all the books in the series are available at reasonable prices, at the time of this writing. Johnson’s twist on the tale of the Grimm’s fairy tale of the Sleeping Beauty, or Briar Rose, is both familiar and new. It’s a hodgepodge of some Disney copycats and a smattering of other tales set in Germanic and Greek-named places. A teenaged lost little cursed princess flees home under the watchful eye of her mother’s guard and her faithful friend knight, Theo, among others. She picks up other lost souls along the way, becomes a self-assured warrior, but reaches the end of her rope when her seventeenth birthday signaling her last year of wakeful life, approaches. Journeying home to meet her father’s challenge of produce an heir before she succumbs to the curse, or formally give up her birthright, spunky Rose chooses her own way—fight the curse, and keep her life her own. The end of book one finds the reader waving farewell to the company of faithful friends off the find a secret weapon. I enjoyed this story. The characters were finely developed, though I struggled a little with keeping like names apart, such as Theo and Thad, the brothers, and their role. I cheered for all of them, but had to remind myself this is still a new adult story with teenagers who have plenty of growing up to do. Johnson’s blurry line between nice guys and bad guys makes an interesting twist in the old tale. Those who like fun riffs on a familiar romantic tale will enjoy these stories. Mature writing. I read a review copy for Voracious Readers Only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, but ends with a cliffhanger. Why not publish the entire story in one book? Even YA readers are able to read books a few hundred pages long. Should have been a stand alone novella, not ending in the middle of the story with nothing resolved.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Confession: I don't think the cover (despite how beautiful it is) gives Rose full justice. She is so unlike what I expected and absolutely loved her stubbornness, which is sort of a weird thing to say. She was very much an awesome heroine to cheer for! I also really enjoyed the supporting characters and the relationship they had with Rose. I'm only leery of one because it's still to be determined if he can be trusted. However, Theo was great! I admired him and his conviction to have faith, despite his own personal struggles. Though it seemed a little slow in the beginning, the way the action and suspense builds as the story progresses really had me on edge. I wanted to read the afternoon away to find out what would happen next, despite needing to cook dinner. Ha! A good read and would recommend it to readers who enjoy fantasy, a dash of historical-feel, and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the plot was areally good idea, and I liked that the heroine had a strong personality, but I got bored and confused, and didn't bother finishing this book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite Beauty's Curse: A Historical Fantasy Fairy Tale Retelling of Sleeping Beauty (Once Upon a Princess Book 1) by C.S. Johnson is a stunning fantasy story about a young princess named Aurora, but she calls herself Rose. She is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her eighteenth birthday. Rose has spent the latest four years of her life trying to stop that from happening by hunting down fairies and trying to get answers to her questions. However, she gets a message from the King, saying that she must either marry or abdicate the throne. She and her friends go home, but the journey is not easy. They have to fight fairies, but finally they manage to get home. She eventually learns about dragon's blood, which could kill any immortal, and could possibly stop her curse. What will Princess Rose do? I really, really enjoyed reading Beauty's Curse by C.S. Johnson. The book is very well written and descriptive. Even though the story is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, the author still makes it her own, and this is one of the best versions I've ever read. The story is thrilling, and is sure to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, wanting to know more. I was hooked by the first page, and I never wanted to put the book down. The characters are very likeable, as they are loyal and brave. This book is exciting from cover to cover, and I can't wait to read the next one. This is a real page turner, and is filled with suspense and action. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
captainatom More than 1 year ago
Alternate views of fairy tales seems to be the new thing in books and movies these days. Beauty’s Curse by C.S. Johnson is one of the latest in this genre. With Princess Aurora of Rhone, whom her friends call Rose, we find out what would happen if Sleeping Beauty would take it on herself to find a way to beat the curse that was to come upon her when she reached the age of 18. Some of her friends are bent on revenge. Others want to find a way to end the curse. All of them are there to help Rose. The book is well written and if you love stories about Princesses and fairies full of magic and adventure, you will love Beauty’s Curse, the first in the Once Upon a Princess Saga.