Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast by Melissa Lemon (Review)

Trapped in a cursed sleep, the only experiences Princess Eglantine has are the ones in her dreams. There she meets Prince Henry of Fallund, a neighboring kingdom on the brink of war.

Meanwhile, Prince Henry's brother Duncan discovers a vicious beast imprisoned for murder. Captivated by her, he works to free her from both the prison bars she's locked behind and the ones surrounding her heart and mind. Sleeping Beauty and the Beast reinvents and seamlessly intertwines the classic fairy tales Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast.


The story is told from two perspectives, Eglantine's and Duncan's, except the prologue which is told from Magnolia's perspective. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I was hooked. The dual perspectives was an interesting way to join to classic fairy tales into something new and original. I loved the characters and the setting and didn't want the story to end.

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast is the first novel I've read by Melissa Lemon, but I plan to read her other fairytale retellings since I really enjoyed this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fairytale retelling.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Published: CreateSpace (June 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499788800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499788808
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Available to purchase: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon (Kindle)

Melissa has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil in her hand and she has a deformed, calloused finger to prove it. She began twisting fairy tales in the fifth grade when she wrote a story about George of the Jungle making his way to Neverland. Melissa enjoys writing, making music, reading, baking and running. She lives with her husband, three daughters and cat named Matilda.


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