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Queen of Extinction: A Dark Sleeping Beauty Fairytale Retelling (Queen of Extinction Trilogy Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 23, 2017
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The book is supposedly about Aurora, the sleeping princess we all know about. But, there are a few things about this book that really left me feeling lukewarm.
To begin, I don't get the correlation between this story and that of Aurora. I get it that it's a remake and it's not going to play out the same way, but I just don't see any possible resemblance. Unless, the dormant power within Aurora, which is the main topic of the story, is what they are referring to. Still, I didn't really feel compelled to learn more about this dormant power.
The truth is I don't really feel connected to the character. Aurora comes across as a rather stubborn and big mouthed girl. She is loyal to her brother and friends but her interactions with most of them seem to more one-sided. She is hot-tempered and doesn't seem to be affectionate or warm at all, which doesn't endear her to me. Usually, when a character has a few rough edges, it's a facade to hide their sensitive nature, which I suspect is the same with Aurora....except, we don't really see any of that. All I see is a young, sickly, snotty teenager. No matter how hard I tried to, I just couldn't like her.
Which brings me to some of the other characters: Niing is her mentor and perhaps the only character that I felt remotely close to. Still, there isn't enough interaction with him or background to really pull me in.
Jorah. Oh, this character had sooo much potential. He makes a great, irresistible love interest, and I really like him. I only wish he and Aurora had a more concrete attraction. It's hard to see how they end up getting close to one another because most of the story is centered around Aurora being under Raith's spell and the whole magical infirm dilemma. I feel there isn't enough tension between her and Jorah and that they go from being lukewarm toward one another to suddenly plunging into a deep attraction. There is no crescendo and it doesn't seem realistic.
This story had a lot of potential, but it was hard to get through. It was painful trying to finish the story because I felt it wasn't really going anywhere and it didn't give me enough mystery to keep wanting to turn the pages.
I'm hesitant in picking up the next book of the series. All in all, I'd give it 3 stars.
as certain seek to destroy the royal family. When the current king dies, it is up to his sister
Aurora to save the kingdom even if people seek to kill her. I like the take on this, but it is
slow in going. There is also sort of a love triangle with one of the suitors as he uses his
powers to try to turn Aurora into loving him. Check out the sequel - Queen of Destruction.
That being said, I would have someone go through and re-edit this book because I found some hilariously awkward spelling errors.
Also, I don't get how this is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty?
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