Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (May 11th, 2010)
Hardcover: 261 pages
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen’s true love to kiss her awake.
But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? 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 . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.
From the wonderful author of the The Frog Princess (which inspired the Disney adaption of The Princess and Frog), I give you E.D Baker’s The Wide-Awake Princess – a story of Sleeping Beauty’s little sister:
The wonderful thing about this book is it’s more than just the story of sleeping beauty, it’s the story of sleeping beauty’s not so magical sister and it’s a whole array of twisted fairy tales thrown into one book! From the forgetful witch living in the gingerbread house, to the depressed frog prince, to a Rapunzel with a collection of daily Princes, there’s never a dull moment. Annie is just your ordinary princess with no frills and magical “enhancements” but she’s very spunky and quite clever and I think that is what makes her so splendid and lovable.
Don’t let the cover fool you into thinking it’s just a children’s book, because once you get reading you realize how much more depth there is to the characters but is still a fabulous read for all ages. The Wide-Awake Princess is a charming and sweet book well worth your time especially for fairy tales fans.
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