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Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer (Twisted Tales #2)

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In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she's a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break t ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Silver Dolphin Books
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Sleeping Beauty: VAMPIRE SLAYER?!?!

Yeah, that is a fairly decent representation of what I thought when I first saw the title for this book.

After I got over my shock, I was like "AWESOME!"

Then my eyes glazed over as I went "click happy" on Netgalley, requesting everything in sight, all because of this book. That's what the term "Vampire Slayer" does to me. It turns me into a consumer zombie.

Although, I'm not quite as legendary with my zombie wardrobe selection.

I feel like an addict who wakes up s
Maureen McGowan
Jan 02, 2011 Maureen McGowan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: ya, books-i-wrote, tween
I'm rating it based on how fun it was to write. :)
Kristi-The Book Faery
Jan 01, 2011 Kristi-The Book Faery rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tweens, YA, Faery tale lovers
Shelves: written-reviews
Sleeping beauty has always been one of my favorite fairy tales but make no mistake, although there are similarities in the story, Ms. McGowan has made this tale her very own.
The reader, throughout the book, is given options. What would our protagonist, Lucette do or rather what would YOU do if you were Lucette. At a crucial moment, you're given two options and depending on what option you choose you go to a certain page. This happens at 3 dramatic turning points and makes the story fun and a ve
I must be a stupid masochist. A glutton for punishment. For why else would I pick up a book with a title like “Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer” and expect more out of it then I got? True, it may sound like another book along the lines of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” or “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” but I assure you, this book is no creative creation from Quirk. While the title may sound intriguing, the writing itself is a letdown.
It starts out in the land of Xandra where Kin
Apr 16, 2011 Stella rated it liked it
I discovered Maureen McGowan's Twisted Tales series a couple of weeks ago when I read Cinderella: Ninja Warrior, which I loved as you can see in my review.

Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is the second book in the series and as you can guess from the title this princess is a tough kickass vampire slayer!

As the queen, Lucette's mother has not invited the Vampire Queen to the presentation of her baby and has insulted her, as revenge the Vampire Queen curses the baby that following her 16th birthda
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Jun 19, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Many may think that this is just another clichéd vampire mashup, but this one is unlike any other, because while it is the tale of Sleeping Beauty retold with vampires, it is also a ‘choose your own path’ book. Some may remember these from when you were a kid, they were the books that let you choose what happened in the story. Throughout the book there are choices the main character has to make and it’s up to you to decide where the story goes, it’ll say something like, “Option A: if you want th ...more
May 11, 2011 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: vamps, ya, adventure
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Vampires
RECEIVED: Copy from Baker & Taylor Publishing Group

I have to say after reading Cinderella Ninja Warrior I was pretty excited to see how Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer was going to be. Sleeping Beauty the Disney movie has my all time favorite Villain Maleficent; I was interested to see how McGowan was going to portray this baddie.

The story keeps the same feel as the original, except instead the villain is a vampire
Apr 02, 2011 Cleffairy rated it it was amazing
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Review date: 7th February 2011

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I could still remember that sometimes, I hate fairy tales as a child. They lacked action, and the princesses in the stories are always ‘damsel in distress’ sort of girl. And they’re always waiting for their prince or knight in shining armour to rescue them from the tower or something. I did not exactly fancy those sweet and docile fairy tales. It annoys me that the princesses or the heroines alwa
-k The Lady Critic
Feb 17, 2011 -k The Lady Critic rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, for-review
So if you were to ever mix Buffy with a fairy tale princess, I’m pretty sure that this is what you would get. In fact, the more that I think about it, the more I can relate this to Buffy in weird ways. For example, the vampire-human-human love triangle, the trained slayer turned boyfriend (a la Riley), and the good vampire helping to defeat the evil one. Thankfully, I love Buffy and this was more than original enough that it’s only upon reflection that I notice the similarities.

I liked Lucette
Feb 01, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
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Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan is a wonderful story for those of us who love the old fairy tales and just wished the originals had more ACTION!

True to the original Sleeping Beauty this tale still has a princess... Lucette, cursed by the evil vampire queen, Natasha. However, this time, if she pricks her finger she will sleep during the day while the rest of the kingdom of Xandra is awake and at night they shall sleep while she is awake. Th
Apr 16, 2012 Liralen rated it liked it
I read Cinderella: Ninja Warrior not too long ago -- I appreciate a good fairytale, especially one with a twist. Ninja Cinderella? Great. Sign me up. Vampire-slaying Sleeping Beauty? Even better. These are heroines who can fend for themselves, give as good as they get, and don't need a boy to save them.

That said...two books was enough for me. The premise is still fantastic, and the choose-your-own-adventure twist was, if not what I expected, at least interesting. But that format also constrains
Apr 23, 2011 Brandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, nook
I love this version of Sleeping Beauty!

Lucette is cursed as a baby by Natasha, the Vampire Queen of Sanguinia: Once she pricks her finger, she will be cursed to sleep during the day and to wake during the night. All of the other citizens of her country Xandra will sleep during the night and wake during the day. She will forever be alone. When she triggers the curse, she is the only person that can protect her family while they sleep their cursed sleep. But Lucette finds that she is not complete
Apr 04, 2011 Norma rated it really liked it
If you are looking for another copy of that old Sleeping Beauty story that you grew up with, then this isn’t it. This book is so much more. I guess you could call it Sleeping Beauty with a twist.

First off, this book is written as a choose your own adventure story. I used to love reading them back in the day. So of course, when I heard that this was one of those, I just had to read it.

Secondly, who doesn’t love a good vampire story. Imagine that Sleeping Beauty doesn’t sleep constantly until the
Karyn The Pirate
Jul 19, 2011 Karyn The Pirate rated it really liked it
Princess Lucette's world is one of darkness and loneliness. Cursed at birth, Lucette is awake only during the night while the rest of the kingdom are asleep. To make matters worse, the one who cursed Lucette is the Vampire Queen of the neighboring kingdom. Now it is up to Lucette alone to defend her subjects during the night against vampire attacks. Will Lucette be able to keep her kingdom safe? Will she spend the rest of her life alone in the dark? You get to choose the path Lucette takes in th ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 17, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
I have to admit that when I started this book, I was a little reluctant to read it. But as soon as I was done with the first chapter I was hooked. This fairy tale had a great twist on it. I loved how the story was changed yet similar.

This twisted fairy tale was definitely twisted. It still had the whole prick your finger and you fall asleep and you have to find your true love in order to break it. Only this time, when she pricks her finger, she stays asleep all day, and the entire kingdom sleeps
Bridget-nicole Maxi
Jan 19, 2011 Bridget-nicole Maxi rated it really liked it
Lucette is just a baby, just a baby that happens to be cursed and threaten the kingdom's safety. The evil vampire queen has cursed her that when she turns sixteen and pricks her finger, the kingdom of Xandra will fall asleep every night apart from Lucette and Lucette will be alone in the darkness, plus she will sleep until sundown. Unless she finds true love to break the curse. You even get to choose the way the story goes.

I give this book 4/5 stars!
This was a really cool and inovative book wher
Feb 09, 2011 Angelica rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

There was no doubt that this novel was very unique in it’s own ways. I could have never imagined a Disney princess and vampires to go together. Now that I think about it, why didn’t I? I mean I have always adored Disney princess since I was a child and I’ve always been fascinated by vampires. I loved how the Disney princess I adored when I was little transformed from a vulnerable fragile princess to a kick ass princess.
Maureen McGowan wrote a wonderful novel that was full of action, adventure,
Freda Mans-Labianca
Apr 14, 2012 Freda Mans-Labianca rated it it was amazing
It was everything I was hoping for and more... the fact that it has 8 different ways to it, remarkable! Quite clever too, if you think about it.
I loved Sleeping Beauty in this story so much more than the original fairytale, and let me tell you it had a large bit to live up to being my favorite fairytale. She was so independent and strong, and the fact she could defend herself was a bonus!
I realized after I decided to read it, that it's a second in the series. Yes I have the other book
Lady Belinda
Apr 24, 2012 Lady Belinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, fairy-tale, vampire
Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer....what an interesting concept. This book was excellent. A good mix of the original fairy tale and a sprinkling of exciting vampire slaying. I really enjoyed that the book was broken out into sections so that you could make the choice of what would happen next. I haven't read many books where you could decide the direction that the story takes, but I always enjoy them when I do. Lucette is a very strong female lead with two very deserving suitors...Excellent story ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Ariadne rated it it was amazing
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Another fantastic and romantic story, Maureen McGowan has delivered. In Sleeping Beauty, Lucette is cursed to sleep at day, while awake at a vampire. Except she doesn't drink blood of course. The citizens of her country suffer the opposite fate, deep asleep at night, whilst awake at morning. It's up to Lucette to prevent more blood-sucking vampires from preying on innocent, sleeping people. Can she break the curse by finding true-love? Or will her fear of another rejection overcome ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Vicci rated it it was amazing
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"Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer" book 2 in the Twisted Tales series by Maureen McGowan is a delightful dark rendition of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.
Dec 08, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it

McGowan takes both the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and vampire legend and twists both until they are something entirely new and thoroughly mixed together. I loved seeing Sleeping Beauty able to take action – although still under a type of sleeping curse – and for once I liked seeing a softer side of vampires.
Brooke Church
Dec 13, 2014 Brooke Church rated it it was amazing
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Love how the reader chooses what happens! And very much love the twist near the end, not saying what it is and you'll never see it coming!! I will read it again and soon, I also have Cinderella Ninja Warrior, although I haven't read it yet I'm sure it will be just as amazing!
Molly O'keefe
Jan 18, 2011 Molly O'keefe rated it it was amazing
It's not just that the choose your own adventure aspect is fun, or that the cover looks like an amazing paranormal/historical Nancy Drew Mystery - it's that she saves herself. You've got a romance, action/adventure, family drama - and she saves herself!!!
Aug 08, 2012 Logan rated it it was amazing
I LUV THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Do you remember immersing yourself in Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child and spending hours poring over each possible route? I’m such a perfectionist that I’d read these books again and again until I’d read every option and chosen the “perfect” way for the adventure to pan out. I haven’t read a CYOA in years, but Maureen McGowan’s new YA series, Twisted Tales, brought back a rush of nostalgia. Plus, factor in well-known fairytales (because I am an absolute sucker for this genre), some ro ...more
Mar 14, 2017 LeAnn rated it it was ok
Ugh, I really didn't care for this book. I wanted to read this book based on the beautiful cover, the idea of Sleeping Beauty reimagined as a vampire slayer, and the fact that it was a choose your own adventure story. I thought I'd be getting a kick ass, feminist heroine and a fairy tale storyline that didn't rely on outdated cliches. Instead the characters lacked motivations behind their actions and therefore their choices and sudden change in opinion made no sense, the storyline was still all ...more
Vampires and the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty all in one book. In this book, join Lucette as she secretly trains as a Vampire Slayer and her parents try to protect her from sharp objects (going as far as making her wear gloves when she sleeps). As she learns of her curse, if she pricks her finger, she will sleep during the day and is awake at night while everyone else is the opposite (if she leaves the country, then everyone will stay like that), and her father finds out that she was training ...more
Lucette, the Sleeping Beauty of this retold fairytale, was cursed shortly after her birth, by the evil Vampire Queen Natasha. One day, Lucette will prick her finger, and her blood will set a curse upon the entire Kingdom. She will never awake until night falls, wheras the rest of her Kingdom will only awake while she is asleep. A terrible curse that would force her to spend her entire life alone. The King and Queen do everything in their power to prevent this awful event from happening, each of ...more
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Maureen has always been making up stories, but side-tracked by a persistent practical side, it took her a few years to channel her energy into writing novels. After escaping a previous career in finance and accounting, she hasn't looked back.

Aside from her love of books, she's passionate about films, fine handcrafted objects and shoes.

She lives and writes in Toronto, Canada.
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