The Princess Aurore has had an unusual childhood. Cursed at birth, Aurore is fated to prick her finger at the age of sixteen and sleep for one hundred years -- until a prince awakens her with a kiss. So, to protect her, Aurore's loving parents forbid any task requiring a needle.
Unable to sew or embroider like most little princesses, Aurore instead explores the castle grounds and beyond, where her warmth and generosity soon endear her to the townspeople. their devotion to the spirited princess grows as she does.
On her sixteenth birthday, Aurore learns that the impending curse will harm not only her, but the entire kingdom as well. Unwilling to cause suffering, she will embark on a quest to end the evil magic. The princess's bravery will be rewarded as she finds adventure, enchantment, a handsome prince, and ultimately her destiny
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So you know the basic idea: Princess Aurore had a christening party which was interrupted by a slighted uninvited guest who casts a curse over the poor child. When she turns 16 she will prick her finger and one drop of blood will fall and Aurore will die. Another guest (not fairies in this version at least)utters a counterspell. Aurore will not die, she will fall into a deep, deep sleep that will last 100 years until she is awakened by the kiss of a prince. This was similar enough to the original tale, that I felt comfortable sinking into "Beauty Sleep"... but it was the differences that kept me intrigued. In this version, Aurore's older cousin Oswald lives in the palace and expects to be the heir to the kingdom, (mostly due to the dire predictions made about Aurore's life expectancy). The first part of the book was very good. It detailed Aurore's life in the palace, and how Oswald gained her parent's permission to allow Aurore to roam the palace gardens. Aurore gained plenty...
Donkey's retelling are always. So wonderfully twisted yet still terribly enjoyable. This story immediately goes in a new direction and ends very familiarly. There are many memorable points throughout the story and a theme which burns true for any who may encounter it.
This book was pretty nice, I must say. The story's feel as a book that supported the independent girl wavered at the end, with the whole true love deal. But why minus two stars? I found some of the characters to be pointless, like renard, for example. but nevertheless, I'd go ahead and read it.
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