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About the Author

Elizabeth Rudnick has written over thirty books, including the original novel Tweet Heart as well as tie-ins such as Frankenweenie Junior Novel, Oz: The Great and Powerful and the best-selling junior novel based on Pirates of the Caribbean 2. In her previous role as a Disney Editor she worked on the New York Times best-selling memoir, Miles to Go, helped launch the popular Blue Bloods series, and edited dozens of books based on films such as Enchanted, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and Tron. She is now a freelance editor and writer living on Cape Cod with her husband and two lovable mutts, Jack and Ginger.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423185439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423185437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LovesBooksandCats on May 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story of Maleficent is the story of Sleeping Beauty wonderfully told from Maleficent's perspective. The story is told in third person through Maleficent with a splatting of Stephan's view point (you were learn about him from either of the two books based on the live action film or from the film itself.) The story tell the origins of Maleficent, how she grew up, why she placed a curse on Aurora and how her interactions with Aurora changed her destiny. Be warned, this is a darker version of the story based on the film and not really intended for young children. If you want to read the story of Maleficent to younger family members, check out, The Curse of Maleficent.
Maleficent is a fast paced read based more closely on the live action film Maleficent and being more heavily focus on Maleficent. It goes into more depth on the character of Maleficent and goes into more detail on her interactions with those around her (particularly with her raven) more so than The Curse of Maleficent.
All in all it is a great read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MaliceInWonderland on May 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is a part of the series that includes "Fairest of Them All". While I enjoyed Fairest more than this story, I thoroughly enjoyed both.

The book starts with Maleficent's birth and works through most of her life. The curse at Aurora's baptism only happens halfway through the book, which I found really worked for the story. The author/ screenwriters of the film take several of the expected points and really twist them so as to still surprise the reader. She does a good job with humanizing the villian, although I wish they had left her a tiny bit more evil. I do like that other events contribute to Maleficent's change, not just one specific one that is commonly used.

Overall, a fun and fast read before the movie comes out, which interesting twists to keep you interested.
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Format: Hardcover
A little back-story:
I've been obsessed with this movie ever since I heard it was coming out. Been buying everything Maleficent related I can find, so when I found out the movie had (two) books coming out, I had to get them! At first I was hesitant to read it, I didn't want the movie spoiled for me (although I kidna did) but in the end I figured..."oh well, once the movie comes out I won't want to read it anyway!" So I read the book(s)! I'm so glad I did...now I can't wait even more for the movie to come out!

It's not quite how I thought they would take the direction of the story, however I found myself smiling and holding the book once I was done reading. It's very rare that a story ends how I want it to, but this was just perfect!

My only complaint with the book is as someone else stated, there isn't much detail, it's pretty much the screen play thrown into a book. You just have to imagine some of the details of the characters yourself, which is fine...in a month we'll all be seeing it come to life in theaters anyway!

I'm just worried...even though I LOVED how they did the story here, some of the die-hard fans of the classic may be disappointed in how they portrayed this "Mistress of all evil"
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By Kathleen M. Lucey on April 25, 2015
Format: Hardcover
MALEFICENT by Elizabeth Rudnick

Maleficent is the retelling of the fairytale, "Sleeping Beauty." The author focuses the attention on the evil queen Maleficent. Was she truly evil or just a women scorned? As the story progresses you see Maleficent going through a series of emotional change for the better. In the beginning she befriends a human name Stefan. They shared a true loves kiss. Then Stefan broke her heart in the act of betrayal of their friendship. He uses Maleficent by taking her wings to advance he position within the castle. Maleficent becomes immense with rage and hurt. Her revenge on him is to curse his first born daughter, Aurora. Through the years without even knowing it Maleficent grows fond of the girl. In the end it was Maleficent who had saved the very girl that she had cursed, with True Loves Kiss. The kiss of a love that was so unconditional the love that was between a Mother and a Daughter. Love conquers all in the end. Bitterness can eat up inside and make anyone cold, but when a ray of light comes your way snatch it up for love will warm and melt away the hurt.

This was a great adaptation of Sleeping Beauty and the Movie was awesome as well!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi G on May 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was published by Disney to preceed the May 30th release of Disney's film of the same title. Maleficent is the evil fairy who enchants the princess Aurora, making her into Sleeping Beauty. The story of how and why she comes to that decision is detailed. Although readers of Sleeping Beauty may think of Maleficent as a human, this book brings back the notion that she is, in fact, a fairy. A quick, easy read for the intended audience who will enjoy a different look at a story they may remember from childhood. This book follows Disney's book, Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen (adapted by Serena Valentino, c2009), the story of the evil ruler from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The mostly-black cover and 5 1/2 x 7-inch size will make the book unique in look; the arresting cover illustration means the book won't stay long on the shelf. This light read will be a hit with preteen girls.
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