About Once Upon A Princess Saga: “I have better things to do.”
“Like what?” Rose asked. “Waste your life on a fool’s journey, under a silly girl’s orders?”
“I have never considered saving your life to be the same as wasting mine, Rosary.” He came and stood in front of her, the ease of his presence replaced by an unusual heat rather than familiar warmth. Rose had never before been bothered by the six inches he stood taller than her, but all of a sudden the shadow of his strength imposed itself on her.
The cursed beauty of the moonlight revealed the clarity and sharpness of his eyes as she gazed up at him. “What if you did waste your life though? What if?”
“If I have wasted my life, I have wasted it on you. Willingly."
For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.
Enjoy this novella series retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, with new characters, new plot twists, and plenty of action and adventure. Perfect for teen and young adult historical fantasy readers.
My review: I really enjoy well done fairy tale re-tellings and this one is one of those! I loved the way that Sleeping Beauty in this one becomes a real girl, Rose. She's a bit of a rebel and she wants to have things work out for her in a way that is good for her and not just for her kingdom, which is what her father wants. I really liked that she was willing to fight for what she wanted, she really is such a strong female character.
I also liked her friends that she surrounded herself with. They are strong, courageous and willing to follow her anywhere she needs to go. Such loyal and amazing friends.
Her friend, Theo, has an interesting story himself. We see just a taste of that story in Beauty's Curse, but hopefully as I read more, I'll be able to learn just what's the deal with Theo and his family.
I liked the way this book takes you from Rose's adventure to her kingdom. The plot had enough going on to keep my mind engaged. And it's clean, so you don't need to worry about your teenagers reading it, I'm sure they'd love it as well!
I was sent an e-copy of Once Upon a Time Princess Saga in exchange for an honest review.
Special note: Book 1 of Once Upon a Time Princess Saga, Beauty's Curse is currently free on all platforms!
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About the author: C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me.
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