by Becky Bird


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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.

A YA retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648577713
Publisher: Becky Bird
Publication date: 07/10/2019
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Slumber 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
booksRlife17 14 days ago
Slumber is a YA retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. Prince Thomas has recently found himself in need of a queen in order to take the throne. Although he has tons of potential princesses vying for his attention, he refuses to marry one that isn't absolutely perfect in beauty. When the cardinal tells him about a princess who is said to be the most beautiful in the land Prince Thomas finds himself intrigued. The only problem? The princess has been asleep for a century and loves true kiss is the only way to wake her. What Prince Thomas doesn't know is that the cardinal plans to kill him once he leaves and take the throne. Lucy, a spirited orphan runaway happens to save Prince Thomas's life and convinces the Prince to keep going. Once they find and wake the Princess Aurora they find Prince Philip there, wanting the Princess for himself. Lucy and Prince Thomas must work together to get Princess Aurora to pick him and return to the kingdom to rule happily ever after, but can they do this without falling for each other first? I was so excited for this re-telling. Two princes wanting Princess Aurora, only one being her true love, it was an amazing story idea. I loved Lucy! She was so spunky and very take charge that you couldn't help but fall in love with her. Her best friend Jack is a true side kick and their relationship was adorable and so fun to read. Prince Thomas was your typical spoiled prince who thinks the world revolves around him. He was hard to like at first, but I did find myself rooting for him in the end. The cardinal was kind of a blah character who seemed to only be in the story to create a good vs evil plot. Princess Aurora I wanted to strangle. She was so boring and dense that reading any sections with her in them was a struggle. She is very "damsel in distress" like and can't do a thing for herself except throw herself at any guy who gives her attention. Prince Philip was just as boring and seemed like he just wanted a beautiful wife, no matter how dumb she was. Although this was listed as YA, I felt like it was closer to Middle Grade. The relationships were very simple, the plot not as complex as most YA's are, and the characters were very one dimensional. The other thing that I did not like and found extremely confusing was all the jumping around in the book. Most books that jump from character to character perspectives do it chapter to chapter or put some kind of space or symbol to imply the POV has changed. This book went from once sentence as Prince Thomas to the next being Lucy with no space or mention of the character reversal. There were also times that you were reading about characters in the woods and then it would jump to characters in the castle in the same paragraph. I truly hope there will be a little more editing done. I received a review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
misty_book_nerd_life 6 months ago
First, let me say that I am a sucker for fairytale retellings and this one did not disappoint. I loved that the author took liberties with the original version and put her own unique twist on the story. Her writing was so great and very detailed. For a debut novel, I think this was very well done. The story is about Prince Thomas who after his father dies has to find Sleeping Beauty and marry her so he can follow in his father's footsteps. Unfortunately for Thomas the Cardinal has plans of his own and they don't include Thomas. In fact, he plans to get rid of Thomas and place himself on the throne. Along the way, Thomas stumbles upon an unlikely ally, an orphan girl named Lucy. She helps Thomas on his journey to find Aurora and even helps demonstrate what a "true loves kiss" should be like. When Thomas awakens Aurora the question now is whether or not the between Thomas and Aurora was what actually broke the kiss. If you're a fan of fairytale retellings then I would definitely recommend Slumber.
Anonymous 6 months ago
*Disclaimer-I received a FREE copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.* Where to start with this??? Pros: Epic adventure Romance Strong handsome princes Strong independent woman Funny (nutty) sidekick Cons: The pacing of this book is off. It flies by with very little regard for the reader being left in the dust. Grammatical/word usage needs help. I found quite a few instances of this and it's my pet peeve. NOBODY changes personality that fast. Nor does one have a nasty personality like the Prince does without a reason (which was never explained) Ok. So I mentioned pacing. The book literally flies into action, with some stagnation in the middle and then a not so epic ending. I think it's caught somewhere between a novella and a novel and I think it needs to pick a side. If the author had stuck with the "Sleeping Beauty" characters then she could have gotten away with the pacing of the book because it's a well known story. However, by choosing to bring brand new characters to center the story on it really needed a lot more back-story and build up. That said, I enjoyed how you portray the Princess as being an air-head but then giving her some personality later on. While giving the guts and glory to Lucy and then showing her femininity. Overall I really think with a little more work on this book it could be an excellent well-rounded retelling story.
WildFlowerBookBlogs 8 months ago
Loved it. It's a charming, well written read and sure to win the hearts of readers of all kinds. 5/5 stars
Anonymous 8 months ago
Once in a while I browse through Netgalley to see what they have to offer. A lot of times I see books I already saw here on goodreads or on instagram, but sometimes a book catches my eye that I haven't seen anywhere. And when I saw this book, I just knew that I really wanted to read it. So, I requested it and crossed all my toes and fingers! When I started the book yesterday evening, I quickly noticed the very easy writing style. I had absolutely no trouble flying through the book and I read a lot more pages in an hour that I had thought possible. I had to get used to the constant switching of perspective, but the moment I was used to it, I also realised that it really adds something to the story. I wouldn't want it in every book, but it worked great in this one. It also helped to connect to the characters. This story is a fairytale retelling and it has a lot of true fairytale vibes. We're dealing with magic, true loves kisses, princes and peasants, a mean villain and there are some lessons to learn along the way. The characters aren't too complicated or layered, and yet, by giving them all a moment to show us their thoughts and trail of thinking, we see glimpses of their personalities, parts that set them apart and lessons they have to learn. And it were those glimpses that made me love them. And even though the plot is not the most original plot I have ever seen, it's amusing from start to finish. From the very first page I was sucked into the fairytale world and the story and until the last I kept smiling, enjoying the journey of the characters, even though that journey was somehow predictable. And along the way there are some really clever things incorporated in the story, small details that add just a little extra. Slumber is one of those perfect summer reads: Quick, light hearted and absolutely and totally feel good. If you're in the mood for a typical fairytale, this might be the perfect book to pick up!
Wendy_N 9 months ago
Fairytale - Sleeping Beauty adjacent. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I give this 3.5 stars because it was good and held my interest throughout, but there wasn’t anything about it that really stood out as original as far as fairytales go aside from the fact that Aurora and Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty are in it and It isn’t a retelling of that story. This story is about Prince Thomas whose father died not too long ago and his Mother the queen is pushing him to marry a girl of royal blood in order to become the king. However, Thomas is vain and spoiled and wants to find a princess that is perfect so that her beauty is a match to his handsomeness and he rejects every girl that is presented to him. The Cardinal, who turns out to be evil and magical, shows him a picture of sleeping beauty and tells him that she would be perfect. Her 100 year curse is nearly over, Thomas just needs to travel to her kingdom and give her true loves kiss and travel home. Though the Cardinal spelled the guards to kill the prince on the journey. A runaway orphan girl Lucy, and her friend Jack come upon the prince while he is being attacked and Lucy saves the Prince and they decide to go on the quest together. When they get there they meet another prince and they all travel together. The characters are pretty great and the story is fun. It is entertaining, I liked it quite a bit.
Anonymous 9 months ago
A cute little retelling of sleeping beauty that has a shallow prince AND a tomboy orphan girl. I felt a connection to Lucy, and I was egging her on, especially when she was blunt. Jack was a cute side character, and I would've liked to see more of him in the book! I felt like the ending was cut a little too short for my liking, and it was predictable, however, for a short read, I found this likeable. Rating: 3.75/5
Marta Cox 9 months ago
True love could change a person for the better. The prince he had met a week ago was a selfish, unsure and conceited brat who was ready to quit at the first sign of defeat. “ Yes I think this quote sums up this story and Prince Thomas very well. The Prince we initially meet is spoilt, picky and pretty odious. Yes he's young but honestly he's written as someone you would like to throw something at and that's exactly what happens. Lucy is an orphan who really doesn't fit in as she's not modest or demure but quite the tomboy in many ways. She didn't mean to throw an apple at the Prince well at least not the first time but honestly who could blame her ? The pair are at complete loggerheads from the start but Lucy is about to spend a lot of time with his royal jerkiness and it's a journey that doesn't quite follow the usual fairy tale or does it ? A quick retelling of Sleeping Beauty that turns the original story on its head. It's easy to like Lucy with her quirky friend Jack. It's less easy to like Thomas and also ironically Aurora. There's danger, magic and lots of humour. Perhaps at times if I'm brutal the dialogue was too contemporary for a fantasy book but I forgive that as this story did make me smile. A difficult one to rate though so for this reader a three and a half