Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne. Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago. Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?
However this book surpassed what I could have hoped even if I had remembered the first book better. This book was amazing. As a fairy tale retelling it was wonderful. Just the right mix of dark, grim-esque vibe and sticking just closing enough to the original tale, but still making it a different sort of story. I really liked the feel of this book. It's a book with dangerous risks and wonderful characters. You fall in love with the characters slowly, but by the end of the book you couldn't imagine not loving them (or so it was in my case). I loved the relationship between Aurora and Niklaas. It was beautiful and definitely one of the best romances I've read in a while. It completely took me off guard with how real and substantial it was. I loved their banter and, towards the end when the pace of things starts to pick up, when things start to go a little wrong and they begin to grow distant as secrets come out...well it made me very mad because all that I wanted for them was to be happy. You feel a lot with these characters, let's put it that way. There was some very lovely secondary characters too.
The adventure in this book is great. The pace is pretty fast and although the beginning is a tiny bit confusing (it will begin to get pieced together through the first several chapters) I loved the writing style and the world building. It was fresh and just everything was fun. The ogre aspect of the story was a bit odd, but I loved what happened with them at the end. It was beautiful and that another thing that I love. I mean yeah, this is a retelling (and a great one at that) and a romance and an exciting book, but it also has a great moral. I was just thrilled with this book to be honest.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.