Book Review: While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

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ISBN: 9780399166235
Pages: 432
Release Date: February 20, 2014
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books / Putnam
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: NetGalley& Publisher


A beautiful princess lies in a sleep so deep it is close to death. Was Sleeping Beauty revived by a prince’s kiss? What really happened in that tower so long ago?

While Beauty Slept re-imagines the legend through the lens of historical fiction, telling the story as if it really happened. A Gothic tale of suspense and ambition, love and loss, it interweaves the story of a royal family and the servants who see behind the glamorous facade, following the journey of a young woman as she lives out a destiny that leads her to the brink of death.

My Review:

Out of all the Disney princess movies, Sleeping Beauty, was one of my least favorites.  So, I really had no idea what to expect from this book, but I am glad did read it!

I love the way Elizabeth Blackwell takes a treasured children’s story, and expands on it in such a creative and genius way!  Even if you have not read Sleeping Beauty or seen the movie, like me, you will understand this story and appreciate the direction that Elizabeth takes this book.

With Elise’s point of view, readers gain an insider’s view to the Queen, Maleficent, and even Princess Aurora.  The story truly reads as if it is based on an actual historical event, or at least a real place, which is what makes this book so special.  Regardless of a “fantasy” place, readers will genuinely love the relationship Elise develops with different palace workers, the Queen, and her own love story, that is weaved in.  Overall, a beautiful story and one that will delight readers!

*This book was provided by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


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4 thoughts on “Book Review: While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

    Donette Patch-Bradley said:
    March 12, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Sounds like a really good book to curl up & read at night.


    postingfornow said:
    March 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks for your review. This sounds like an enjoyable story.


    DoingDewey said:
    May 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I loved this book too! I also thought the author was very creative with the story and I actually really liked that she made it darker and more substantial than the traditional version.


      Books in the Burbs responded:
      May 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Definitely agree with you!! Elizabeth Blackwell made the fairytale story so much better and gave me a better appreciation for the tale of “Sleeping Beauty” for sure! Thanks for stopping by!!


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