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Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Bloomsbury USA Publication date: January 3, Publisher's recommended age s: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle. Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More. Great Girl Role Models. For kids who love strong female characters. You got to love Annie. It was horrible to see who everyone treats her, even her parents! This brave girl knows what she has to do and she tries to find Gwendolyn's true love together with Liam. On her way, we get to meet several interesting princes.
I really liked the distinct voices from the princes. Most of them are after Gwendolyn for her famous great looks. That makes the growing romance between Annie and Liam even better. He accepts her for who she is and they are great together. Liam is a sweetheart. The slight touch of mystery — who sent Gwendolyn the small spinning wheel? It gave the story enough depth and I was surprised by something that is revealed in the end. This is definitely the book you want to read if you are in for something fluffy and funny.
Mar 30, Fade rated it it was ok. There were some really clever set pieces in the story--the candy cottage was especially well done--but by and large it was just the protagonist walking through a series of fairy tales that worked exactly as they always have. The only characters with more than a single personality trait were love interests, and even they only had two dimensions, tops.
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There was an awful lot of ugly old women invariably witches and an awful lot of snippy unpleasant beautiful women invaria A mild disappointment. The whole setting was some sort of weird combination of almost-humorous fairytale and horrible people. By the end of the book I didn't want the castle reawakened, I wanted the peasants to show up with guillotines. Not that any of the peasants were bright enough to rule either, but it'd at least be a change of pace. While I don't demand unpredictable plots--though it would've been nice to have at least a single plot twist that I couldn't call six chapters early--I would've liked at least some sort of twist to the fairy tales, or some character nuance beyond "People who like the protagonist are good and nice and awesome, people who dislike the protagonist are bad and stupid and horrible.
Apr 14, Jessica rated it really liked it. I've always been a fan of fairy-tales so when I saw this book, I knew that I had to read it. I wasn't certain what to expect. After all, you often can't tell what direction a fairytale book will take. Some are filled with such dark plot lines with witches and goblins and heroine's that are corrupt and not worth rooting for.
Then on the other hand, sometimes you get such romantically centered ones that make you sick or ones that are just plain childish in nature and writing structure that you can I've always been a fan of fairy-tales so when I saw this book, I knew that I had to read it. Then on the other hand, sometimes you get such romantically centered ones that make you sick or ones that are just plain childish in nature and writing structure that you can't stand them.
I would call it an extremely mild fantasy. There was a witch and a few other fanciful characters but they weren't any more terrible or scary than an evil witch from a Disney movie. The creatures were just scary enough to be the bad guy without being so gross and scary that you would have nightmares about them. In this first book, you are told the tale of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of her younger sister, Annie. I really enjoyed Annie's character. She was spunky and determined and confident in who she was.
She also had a pretty remarkable ability that made her unique and though at first she resented this gift, in the end she came to accept it and embrace that side of her as being something worthwhile. Liam, a humble soldier, was one of my favorite characters. He acted as brave as a knight and as gentlemanly as a nobleman. I especially loved how he treated Annie as an equal unlike her family and subjects. The characters in this book felt very genuine and real to me and by the end, I couldn't wait to read book two and see what adventures awaited them next. The only thing that I didn't like was the character of Digby — a prince Annie's sister was expected to marry.
There was a point in the story where Annie and Liam sought Digby out, only to discover he was a liar and a fake. He pretends to be a man of good character, but you find out later that he frequents a tavern, inevitably getting drunk and carousing with tavern girls. Digby, however, wasn't an annoying enough character to put me off reading. He was hardly in the book so it was easy to forget about him and move on. This story is packed with adventure. It was a fresh retelling of an old fairytale.
I never much cared for the story of sleeping beauty but now, after reading this book, I find I like it a lot. This is going on my shelf and I plan to read it over and over again whenever I need a light, fun read. It is definitely beneath my reading level, but who cares. It was such a cute fairytale retelling. I'm glad that I own it and can add it to my collection.
This is basically a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but this Sleeping Beauty is a spoiled brat. She gets what she wants when she wants it. Her younger sister is the exact opposite. She cares for people and thinks of others before herself. So when her older sister is under a sleeping curse, the little sister goes on a quest to help. It's fantastic so far and I love the writing style because it fits the time period for the book. It could almost smell the mildew and the bread in the story.
The charact This is basically a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but this Sleeping Beauty is a spoiled brat. The characters aren't too bland and I guess that's why I like this book. Jun 19, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a really cute little story - nothing groundbreaking but a fun summer read about Sleeping Beauty's younger sister and how she goes off to help save her sister and the rest of her kingdom after the sleeping curse takes hold. I could totally see this being a Disney cartoon one day. Mar 27, Selena Yukino The Lioness: I absoutley adore this book.
Jul 02, Moonie rated it it was amazing. The book has all the qualities that a good book should have: This book is just plain old amazing. I enjoyed this book immensely. I'm no stranger to fairytale retellings. I've read tons of them. All of them are magical in my eyes. I love all of them! What makes this one special is that it the heroine herself isn't magical. I just love the author for making one not-so-special girl save the day!
This book makes delves kind of deeper into many of our well-known fairytales. Then it makes light of it by using its princes. I even admit I enjoyed this book immensely. I even admit to laughing out loud because of something one prince did. For a few hours, all of their adventures seemed real to me.. In my head at least. I can't say I didn't see the ending coming, but I sure was satisfied. I'll definitely read more from E. This was so much fun! Jun 13, Natasha rated it liked it. I read this with my six-year-old. She really liked it though I think some of it was over her head, and because the chapters are quite long, we took awhile getting through it.
I initially got it on my kindle, so I didn't realize the size of the book or what age it was targeted to. It has some romance, which was a little awkward to read about to a six-year-old, even if it was completely okay. It's a funny, sometimes clever story that interweaves a lot of familiar fairy tales with a brand new chara I read this with my six-year-old. It's a funny, sometimes clever story that interweaves a lot of familiar fairy tales with a brand new character and has a more humorous take on magic and its effects than most serious fairy tales.
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In a tale full of magic, it's great that Annie can't be touched by it. I recommend to slightly older readers, older elementary and middle school. Feb 14, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: Sweet middle grade fairytale retelling. Lots of interesting twists. Dec 16, Serena Ingalls rated it it was amazing. Reread of my favorite childhood comfort book. Feb 06, Sierra Abrams rated it really liked it Shelves: Annie has never been beautiful. Not compared to most people - and especially not compared to her sister Gwendolyn, who is the most beautiful princess in the whole world.
Annie is normal — ordinary, as some people might call it. When her sister Gwendolyn was a baby, she was cast under a spell by a fairy who said when Gwendolyn was 16 she would prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. Another fairy changed it the spell so that she would only fall asleep for years until her true love came Annie has never been beautiful. Another fairy changed it the spell so that she would only fall asleep for years until her true love came to the castle and kissed her.
So Annie grows up, simpler than your average town folk, always having to stay away from her family, or else her magic-repellent-body would cause their magic to fade temporarily. Baker has a way of wording things — to the point. Not boring, just…really toned. And honestly, as I went along, I was shocked pleasantly so by the amount of information carried in this story, this tiny story. Annie was well-developed; I felt like I was her friend from the start.
So she embarks, and her adventure is greater than she or I could ever have imagined. She meets princes, affronts witches, enters contests…and falls in love. Could anyone ever ask for a better adventure? I liked Liam, but I felt that his charater was awkward for the first half of the book. But then it got better and he grew on me…of course…like every handsome love interest should. Something happened that felt too short…I felt that the story was resolved well, just not that scene.
It was like, boom! In fact, I totally recommend this book! She was just adorable! Voracia comes in second. She made me laugh and cower at the same time…weird combination, I know, but she did. She was frightening, and yet so hilarious in her own way. The culture of the story.
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It was well-thought out and very original. All the fairytales fit perfectly together and added up to equal an incredibly original world, despite the fact that practically the whole world already knows these stories. One word to sum this book up: I wanted to write something like sweet, or cute, or silly, or adorable, or adventurous… Yes, it is all these things, but the best one word that I can think of is cunning.
I was totally surprised by how clever the writing and story were. Definitely a great read and recommended to everyone who loves a great story!
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Ages 8 and up could read this book and really grasp it, I think. I can kind of relate to this well thought out book. I think a lot of people, including myself can relate to this amazing book, when Annie goes out looking for a price to kiss her sister, she has the feeling of longing and searching which i can definitely relate to. Even if the situation is slightly more complex that daily life you can still relate to what she is feeling. Nov 30, Brandy Painter rated it it was ok Shelves: Review originally posted here.
Honestly, I really didn't enjoy this book all that much. That is probably because I prefer character driven stories and this is all about the plot and how many different fairy tales could possibly be squeezed into one story. I checked it out because I liked the premise and thought it was an inventive take on the story.
Overall it is cute but sometimes a little too cute. Gag on the saccharine kind of cute. This is due to the interactions of Annie and Liam. Their roma Review originally posted here. Their romance is very tame and amounts by the end to no more a kiss on the cheek so anyone looking for a book to put in the hands of a young princess enthusiast, this should fit the bill.
Although my daughter who is six didn't like it as much as I thought she would given how she loves princesses, combined fairy tales, romance and magic. She saw me reading this and begged me to let her read it when I was done. I opted instead to read it to her because there is one part where it is uncovered that Rapunzel has been spending her time in the tower with more than one prince, one of whom already has a wife. I wanted to discuss this with her when it came up.
I am glad I made that choice as she was a bit disturbed by this development. She was also bored in the middle and asked at one point halfway through if we could skip to the end. Strangely enough it was in the exact same spot I chose to skip to the end when I was reading it on my own. I did skim the in between parts. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Baker was born in Buffalo, New York and spent most of the next eighteen years in the Town of Tonawanda with her older brother and her parents. When her son was four, the family moved to the state of Maryland.
With two young children at home, E. In this new series from E. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie-blessed or cursed? She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake. But who is her true love? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride?
The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This review first appeared on Whymsy Likes Books. I found this story idea so fascinating and to me my delight its execution was nicely handled. The interweaving of fairy tales was well planned and the comfortable writing style a great asset to keeping it somewhat romantic, but not offputtingly so. Baker sets the stage perfectly for the body of the story with a great prologue, and allows this fun story to mature at a comfortable rate. Baker does a great job both in world creation and character construction.
Annie is a delightfully real girl, with no artifice added either through the use of magic like others of her noble class in the book or by the author trying to create a character full of perfection. The different places and kingdoms have enough of their own culture to contrast with what Annie is used to create the feeling that we are all experience new things together.
My only real complaint is that the nobility titles were not used correctly, which is rather minor and probably would only bother me, but unlikely to cause the intended audience any problems.