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[PDF / Epub] ☉ Beauty Sleep By Cameron Dokey – Betadvice.es

ONCE UPON A TIME IS TIMELESS The Princess Aurore Has Had An Unusual Childhood Cursed At Birth, Aurore Is Fated To Prick Her Finger At The Age Of Sixteen And Sleep For One Hundred Years Until A Prince Awakens Her With A Kiss So, To Protect Her, Aurore S Loving Parents Forbid Any Task Requiring A Needle Unable To Sew Or Embroider Like Most Little Princesses, Aurore Instead Explores The Castle Grounds And Beyond, Where Her Warmth And Generosity Soon Endear Her To The Townspeople Their Devotion To The Spirited Princess Grows As She Does On Her Sixteenth Birthday, Aurore Learns That The Impending Curse Will Harm Not Only Her, But The Entire Kingdom As Well Unwilling To Cause Suffering, She Will Embark On A Quest To End The Evil Magic The Princess S Bravery Will Be Rewarded As She Finds Adventure, Enchantment, A Handsome Prince, And Ultimately Her Destiny


10 thoughts on “Beauty Sleep

  1. says:

    What Just Happened I m pretty sure I m going to be spoiling everything from here on out, so for anyone who doesn t want spoilers, just know that it was a good book till it hit the 90% mark and went off the rails.Alrighty I liked the way the story was told, and I mostly liked the voice of the heroine, Aurore I even liked why she was cursed to start with, the way the curse played out, and how she spent her 100 years asleep Plus, I absolutely loved the length of the book Not too long, not too short perfect Ok, so the ending is really where it went wrong for me Now, there s this thing authors sometimes do when retelling fairytales that I kind of despise And Dokey absolutely did it.They decide to inject creepy shit that used to happen regularly back in the day into their new version of the tale.BECAUSE REALISM The entire time Aurore and Oswald ironically known as Prince Charming are fighting back and forth, I had this vile tingling that kept crawling up and down my spine And as the story went on, and evil snarky Oswald was slowly replaced by a kind loyal Oswald, I became ever nervous But I thought surely Dokey won t go thereAnd then she left and went into the spooky woods to stop the curse from tearing her kingdom apart OhThankGodShe llBeGone100Years So, it wasn t Oswald her first fucking cousin, Oswald who ended up going into the woods to rescue her, and it wasn t Oswald who palled around with her for a week on a quest, and it wasn t Oswald who woke her with a kiss after she accidentally stabbed herself with a sewing needle.It was Oswald s great grandson, Charles.Huh Well, they re still technically related, but at least their kids won t have one eye and four teeth to share between them, right Ok, the best part is that cousin Oswald has done a great job as the steward of her kingdom, and all of her people have prospered under his guidance, while he and his children and grandchildren have kept the throne warm for her return Oh And because of his promise to wait for her he s even still alive Yay The old friends can reunite EXCEPT.When he gives her his blessing to marry his grandson, she confesses her love for him, kisses him, and the magic turns him young again.So They Can Marry.I get it Royal cousins even siblings used to marry all the time.I don t care.When I read a retelling, I want it to be retold without the skeevy bits.And when you add in that fact that he s already been married, had kids, and watched his grandchildren grow up over the hundred years she was gone The ending ruined what had been an otherwise charming book RUINED IT.


  2. says:

    Arrrrghhhhhh WHAT DID I JUST READ This installment In the Once Upon a Time series centers around Aurore, a girl destined to fall into a deep sleep at the age of 16 This story quickly dismisses any notion that this will be anything similar to the Disney version or the Grimm brothers s version for that matter There aren t evil witches or fairy godmothers or anything like that The sorceress that casts the spell on Aurore is called Jane CAN YOU BELIEVE IT PLAIN JANE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN CHARGE OF AURORE S WHOLE LIFE I shouldn t care about this, but I really do Aurore is a strong willed girl, always stands up for herself I admired that about her, but I didn t feel like it was antything different than all the other Once Upon a Time stories Now, this story is COMPLETELY predominant with plotholes I can t believe there are such high ratings, when upon finishing the story I didn t know what had occured view spoiler First of all, how the he ll does Aurore meet Ironheart BEFORE she falls into her deep sleep Second of all, HOW THE HELL are 100 years passed Is the forest suddenly psychic and knows that although Aurore still hasn t pricked herself with a needle she will eventually so why not stop time while she s in there already Another thing I don t get How is it acceptable that she marries her COUSIN And not only that, but she has children with him Not one, but three THREE Does no one in that land know about genetic disorders and all that And the author never once dismisses that they are related, so yes, she did in fact marry her FIRST COUSIN hide spoiler


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    This was interesting At about 60%, I thought I knew where it was going Turns out, I did not Aurore was a fun character to read about The way she smashed the mold of fairytales was really funny to me, and overall, she was such a strong person that it was kind of inspirational I didn t really approve of how she treated her mother if I said some of those things to my mother oh boy , but considering she had such a huge curse hanging over her head and still was able to function, yeah, she was really cool.Ironheart is on my list of fictional boyfriends I love this dork.So yeah, it wasn t my favorite, but it definitely wasn t my least favorite I would still recommend it to people like me, who haven t read all that many Sleeping Beauty retellings, because this one was still quite an original take on the story Yeah.


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    What a surprise You know most of these books are fairly predictable, which I don t mind, but this one wasn t Don t get me wrong it s not like a thriller with major twists at every page, but I honestly didn t have everything figured out from the beginning A totally refreshing change.Aurore is of course the girl with that golden hair and startling eyes, but she is different apart from that Though her curse at first is a hindrance, in some weird way it turns into an advantage She explores as much as she can, and she has her cousin Oswald to thank for that She learns to start a fire, shear a goat and countless other things that seem unprincess like Once she is sixteen havoc starts to ensue upon the kingdom and she knows what she has to door at least she thinks she does.One of the things I enjoyed the most was the host of secondary characters In fairy tales they tend to play minor roles, but here they certainly stand out Go into this like you haven t heard the fairy tale before because in all reality I think it s better than the original Sleeping Beauty I mean how cool is it to be helpless and asleep for years on end I can answer that it s not cool Dokey defintely knows how to weave a story and make things come full circle What I like so much about this series that they are light reads, and you know they ll make you smile This one has to be the most romantic of the fairy tales oddly enough What I did think was kind of off was how much she told about the ending I ve read a lot of Dokey s other retellings and it s not usually her style I just wonder what made her do it here That aside this retelling is one of the most original of the series a total heart warmer for all those romantics out there.


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    The prick of a finger One sharp wound One bright drop of blood That s all it will take to cut your life down Sixteen years, I give you, ma petite Aurore, lovely as the dawn What the fresh hell was this Looking back on this series, it s hard for me to see what I found so appealing about this series when I was in middle school These books were always in the paperback loan section at my library, and since I hadn t graduated to the general YA section if there even was one the YA boom didn t come until I started high school , I gravitated towards the books in this series Reading them now as an adult in my early 20s, my perspective has completely changed I haven t even mildly liked a single book in this series, which is saying something As a whole, all the books have the same overarching problems the book stays nowhere near true to either the original tale or as I suspect the Disney princess films that they market themselves after, and the true love aspect is botched horrifically You know there s a problem when the relationships in the Disney movies are slow burn romances compared to the relationships in this series.And with this book in particular, the relationship is not only extremely fast moving but down right disturbing I d take Prince Phillips creepy stalking in the woods over this so called romance any day.We all know how the story of Sleeping Beauty goes a princess is born in a magical kingdom, but the proud parents forget to invite the evil witch to the christening In her pissed off state of being, the evil witch casts a spell over the girl proclaiming that on her sixteenth birthday, she ll prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep However, the spell is modified so that the spell can be broken with true love s kiss This retelling keeps the barest plot points of the story, but everything else about it goes completely down the toilet.Before we get into the mess that was the plot, one thing you should know about this book is that the narration style is very casual It s first person told by Aurore, but her style of telling the tale is very blas It s as if she s talking you in a Starbucks coffee shop over Unicorn Frappuccino s rather than telling you a tale She also breaks the fourth wall a la Ferris Bueller, so if you aren t a fan of that, you won t like this book I also got the impression that if she were a real live person, she wouldn t ever shut up because she kept going on and on and on AND ON about the most mundane things without any of her dialogue moving the plot along Extremely frustrating Now onto the disaster that was the plot spoilers ahead, but since they re so ridiculous I might as well just give them to you now Like I said before, Dokey s retelling has the bare minimum of the original so that you know the plot is Sleeping Beauty But everything else has been turned upside it s head Gone is the fairy godmother she leaves right at the beginning of the novel never to be heard from again The evil queen Yeah, she appears a grand total of one time to curse Aurore and then she disappears too SO MANY DISAPPEARING PEOPLE We re never given an explanation as to why they disappear they just do Instead of them, we get cousin Oswald, aka Prince Charming meant as a dig because of his less than charming personality Even though Aurore is the daughter of the king, she isn t a girl, so she can t inherit Oswald is the one who is going to take her father s throne until her father changes his mind and names Aurore as his successor For many years now we have let the spells spoken over Aurore in her cradle tell us who she is Now the time has come for her to tell us who she I as well Now mind you, the relationship between Oswald and Aurore is hard to define in the beginning They re cousins, but you re never quite sure if they like or loathe each other But no matter what you think, it probably won t be even close to what the actual answer is More on that later.Aurore has a pretty happy childhood for the first sixteen years, being allowed to do as she pleases for the most part But after her big Sweet Sixteen, everything starts to go wrong ironically, this is also when the book starts to go horribly wrong Art meets life, I guess It also happens to be the pesky year that Aurore is supposed to prick a certain finger and be awakened by a certain true love.So she ventures off into the Forbidden Forest to find answers While there, she meets a man named Ironheart, who is the son of a king Despite his name, he s actually quite clumsy and aloof He s in the forest to find the princess Sleeping Beauty and wake her up with true love s kiss And of course Aurore doesn t tell him that she s the Sleeping Beauty he s looking for They putter around the forest doing God knows what, because the author forgets to explain to us what the hell Aurore is supposed to be doing in the woods IN THE FIRST PLACE I swear, there are so many plot holes this book would sink a ship.On their journeys in the forest, Ironheart trips over himself and busts his cheek open See Told ya Aurore offers to sew up his cheek and what do you know She pricks her finger And she never even told the poor dude that she s the Sleeping Beauty.So off to dreamland she goes Probably overflowing with joy, Ironheart kisses her and she wakes up YAY Happily ever after, right Wrong You have no idea how wrong you re about to be view spoiler The curse is broken soon after the kiss and Ironheart and Aurore return to her castle, which also happens to be the same castle she grew up in Her parents are long dead and an elderly king has ruled in their stead This king is the father of Ironheart and his brother, Valiant He also happens to be Oswald.Yup, you read that right Oswald is ruling and Ironheart just locked lips with Aurore And since Oswald and Aurore are cousins, that means that Ironheart kissed his second cousin INCEST But wait it get worse HOW COULD IT POSSIBLY GET ANY WORSE Despite the fact that Ironheart s kiss woke Aurore up, he isn t her true love Wahh Well, then who is Do you wanna know Do you really wanna know Do you really, REALLY wanna know ..It s Oswald.You read that right Despite the fact that Oswald is about 100 years old, he s her true love Just like the other books in this series so far, we re given no indication that a romance is even blooming between these two Their relationship status is so muddled and uncertain that you don t know what the fresh hell is going on Not to mention the eight year age difference when they were children and the I don t even want to talk about it age difference young Bleh But apparently the feeling s mutual Oswald, will you tell me something All your life What All your life Isn t that what you wanted to know How long I ve loved you Did I miss something in the beginning of the novel where an eight year old Oswald declared his love for Aurore Or am I just incredibly stupid and didn t notice the signs at all.So right in front of poor Ironheart, Aurore kisses 100 year old Oswald And magically, he turns into a handsome young man again They get married and proceed to have a family of their own.Let s think about this logically for a second So Ironheart has to watch his supposed true love get married to his father, who is pretty much the same age as him after the kiss, and see him start a family with these children being sixteen, seventeen years younger than he is WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK WAS THE AUTHOR THINKING That s so creepy it isn t even funny I spent the final chapters cringing uncomfortably just at the thought of that hide spoiler


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    I don t think I can even start to describe this bookit svery unique I read the book all in one read and had nightmares that night It was crazy Not because this book was scary, but the plot and the suspense makes you think so hard about it, you could not take your mind off it It s really incredible I was quite disappointed though that what I thought the disney version was suppose to be correct..wasn t in factin this book There were no fairies, witches, flying broomsticks..it was very awkward finding that out And the part where Aurore sleeps for a hundred years Went into the forest She only went in for a day when she saw Prince Ironheart..then, how could 100 years past so quickly in only to her a few matter of days And for goodness sakes Prince Charming aka Ironwill aka Aurore s cousin is THAT old It doesn t even explain how he can live so old AndIT S HER COUSIN THEY ARE RELATIVES Don t get me wrong, there are lots of people out there smooching their sisters and brothers and stuff like that, but in a disney princess kind of way IRONWILL doesn t even save her, he makes his grandson do it I thought the kiss could only be waken by true love s kiss Ironheart isn t her true love..Ironwill is WHAT S UP WITH THAT Goodness, I could write a whole response to literature about this, but I reccomend you read it, it ll leave you with mountains and loads of brain thinking and questions.


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    I was completely at a loss on how I was going to rate this book It s not that I didn t like the story or the writing It just wasn t what I expected, mostly just the ending though I m sure others would think that the ending was obvious but I was actually surprised.The princess Aurora is the type of princess everyone loves She does everything from archery to sheering sheep to embroidery She may not be good at everything but she tries it all She is terrible with the royalty stuff such as dancing and she can t seem to be very graceful Aurora isn t a spoiled brat of a princess She cares for her people and is practical minded As in most Dokey books that I ve read the real adventure doesn t happen until about half way I think Dokey does this to give you a sense of the character, setup for the adventure, and establish the protagonist s relationship with her family freinds I like the relationship she has with her parents The relationship with her cousin has it s ups and downs but it ends well There is a happy ending I like a happy ending so that wasn t the problem Aurora was happy but there were things that didn t quite sit right with me because I m not sure that I would ve been able to be happy with how things went down I thought about it and decided that if Aurora could accept it then I might as well too.


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    Review to come.


  9. says:

    This is not the first once upon a time book that I read and therefore I picked it up with some preconceived notions The first one I read was Midnight Pearls which I didn t like all that much and after reading Beauty Sleep i ve decided that that was because it was written in third person This style just made MP seem stilted and fake where as Beauty Sleep BS just seemed wrong felt very warm and inviting This book is written in the style of a journal with Aurore recounting the events of her life She is not the perfect little princess, she likes play in the dirt, hates to embroider and paint, and is constantly butting heads with her mother Her voice is very warm but not overdone, which is an issue I have with a lot of teen fiction it just feels like too much at some points But here the character is authentic and funny as a young woman struggling with the hand she was dealt.The only part that kinda bothered me about this story was the fact that she ends up marrying her first cousin Their relationship is very believable and incredibly sweet but the references to him as her cousin persist and it just irked me This might just be a personal problem however.Otherwise, this book is incredibly well done and the author has done a wonderful job of flushing out this beautiful story I look forward to reading of these books


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    I must first admit, I love retold fairy tales But I will also have to admit, if you are going to rewrite a classic it better be amazing It s been a few years since I ve read it but from I can remember This story is a somewhat modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty as the title will reference There s still thorns to travel through, a prince, an old king, and a villain What threw me off was the ending I DISLIKED it very much It left me with a gross feeling I suppose in the olden times that was considered okay, but if the book is going to appeal to a modern audience it must also appeal to our distaste of incest It s a short read if you would like to read it, took me about a few Saturday afternoon hours in high school However, now I m left with a random book on my shelf in my room and no one to give it to that I believe would like it Willing to sell or swap, send me a message.