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I'm rarely at a loss for words while writing a review, but this book has left me completely speechless. Nothing I write will do this novel the justice it deserves, but I'll do my best to share my thoughts and opinions. Where to start? The entire book is magical. I was hooked from the very first line and I didn't quit reading until I had literally read the entire thing - which happened to be all at one time. The cast of characters that we meet in the story is unusual - a haphazard mix of the poor and the incredibly wealthy, a blend of men and women who search for happiness but remain lost, while others find exactly what they were looking for - even if it means not having the life they thought they wanted. Each character in the story - mostly the secondary ones - have distinct personalities and quirks that make them unique. The author wrote about each one in such a personal way that I felt as if I saw them - knew them - even if it wasn't more than an acquaintance. I don't even know how to describe Elise along with the other major characters in the book. Elise is determined to make something out of her life by working as a servant in the castle. She makes her way there and eventually starts moving up the hierarchy.Read more ›
Let me give you an example of how engrossing this book was. The hardcover edition has 432 pages. Last night, I curled up in bed having read 70ish of those pages throughout the day. I thought... how in the world will I put this book down? And that was the last thought outside of the story I can remember having. I closed the book at 1am with a tear and a sigh and I woke up this morning completely engrossed in the story, still. The book may have finished last night at 1am, but my imagination is still blooming. That, my friends, is what I love about a good book.
Now, WHILE BEAUTY SLEPT is not perfect - don't get me wrong. There were some issues I struggled with, such as the cheesy way the narrator continued over, and over, and over again to foreshadow some great tragedy ahead. I also struggled a bit with the ending as everything seemed to tie up very neatly for a story that had been so convoluted. Also, by the end of the book, I wasn't sure who exactly the story was being narrated to and why and I had to revisit the beginning to get a sense of that (although I'm still not really sure).Read more ›
Since entering adulthood, it has been my strong conviction that much of what ails American culture in particular but perhaps on a more global scale are Disney movies. The idea that good always conquers over evil, and that the princess always gets her handsome perfect prince in the end is ludicrous. But we grow up with those notions. Cautionary folk tales have been morphed into unrealistic brainwashing fairy tales.
Thank God for authors like Elizabeth Blackwell who have the good grace and wonderful creative ability to weave a more complex tale more reflective of real life.
Now that is not to say that I don’t enjoy some escapist reading on occasion—I do. But Blackwell’s revisioning of this classic fairy tale story is refreshing and refreshingly honest. From page one through to the very last page, Blackwell kept me eager to read the next line. Most apparently Blackwell borrows from Sleeping Beauty but there are also elements of Cinderella. Blackwell skillfully tells her story through the eyes of Elise a servant of the royal household, instead of through the princess. This device allows Blackwell to add dimension and depth to the story, allowing the reader to see the royals as people instead of heroes or idols and allows regular people to have heroic moments.
There is pain and suffering in this tale—Blackwell sugarcoats nothing. But there is also a tremendous amount of hope and redemption here that reflects a life worth living even without the guarantee of a happy ending.
While Beauty Slept is a superb modern interpretations of the classics and a welcome addition to my library. For the Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland lovers, this should be an absolute hit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed it even more the second time. Elise is a fantastic protagonist.Published 10 days ago by birdflower
I am IN LOVE with this book and have been recommending it to all my book worm friends!! This is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Blackwell and it surely will not be my last. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought the book because it was listed as one of the plays that will be presented on stage at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle as part of the 2015-2016 series. I loved the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Catherine Jett
i loved reading this book on my kindle i didn't notice any mis spelled words or messed up text and the story was beautiful. it made my heart warm and it also brought me to tears. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lisa A. Williams
Weepy narration with ham-fisted foreshadowing on every single page. If that weren't enough, every cliche in the book exists in this unoriginal story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sophia Martin
A more 'real' telling than any I've read. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it's a great read.Published 7 months ago by PiX
Amazing! Love the new twist in the classic story. It kept me hooked from beginning to end.Published 7 months ago by Kim Tierney
At first you are not sure where this story is going. Is it the story of sleeping beauty or of the servant girl who rises to dizzying heights. It is both. Read morePublished 8 months ago by P.R . Ashley
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