Friday, April 8, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Once Upon a Dream Review

Author: Liz Braswell
Goodreads Rating: 3.15
Pages: 448
Format: ARC from Publisher for Honest Review

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple--a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

I think that Once Upon a Dream managed to tackle one of the issues that A Whole New World faced which was that the first 70 or so pages were just straight reiteration of the movie. In this book, we're right away introduced into Phillips POV as he races through the castle to bestow upon Sleeping Beauty the kiss that will end the curse.

Of course, if that had worked, we wouldn't have this book. Instead, we're plunged into Aurora's head as she slumbers and we see that Maleficent hasn't just cursed her to sleep forever, but has also ripped away any comfort that she may have found in the dream world and has replaced it with a twisted reality where Maleficent is a benevolent fairy who only wants to help.

From there we explore Aurora's feelings as she learns the truth. Philip is charming as to be expected and overall, the cast of supporting characters help make the book.

I can't wait to read the next twisted tale.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository

After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She also has short stories in Geektastic and Who Done It and a new series of reimagined fairy tales coming out, starting with A Whole New World—a retelling of Aladdin.

She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at


LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:

Week 2:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...