For some reason, I didn’t get the memo that this is basically a retelling of a classic fairytale story – the Sleeping Beauty. I think I was just out oFor some reason, I didn’t get the memo that this is basically a retelling of a classic fairytale story – the Sleeping Beauty. I think I was just out of it or something because now that I reread the synopsis, it’s like a duh of course it’s about Sleeping Beauty… With that being said, I did enjoy this retelling mainly because it’s so unique from the others. There are so many modern retellings and whatnot but this is literally the first them where space travelling is part of the story. I think adding that sci-fi aspect made this book (and series) really different and interesting.
I especially like the Aurora in this book or should I say, Apolline, because she’s so much more of a badass than the original Disney character is. I mean, she can shoot, fight and hunt. The one thing that I didn’t really get was her ignorance of the fact that she was actually the princess of Tyrone. I mean, she lived with fairies all her life and they basically told her the “fairytale story” every day till it was ingrained in her. How many people live with fairies or even get the chance to meet with fairies on a regular basis? I feel like she was a bit slow in connecting the two dots together. Plus, how did she not know that the Allard she was meeting was Prince Allard? He was obviously wealthy and of good social status and was best friends with that guy (I forget his name…) and yet she didn’t put the two together. I suppose her only downside was that she was a bit slow at times.
Allard was an interesting character. However, there were times when I found him to be too perfect other than the fact that he felt that he was betraying his intended by falling in love with Apolline. It was sweet to see the effort he would make just to go see her despite knowing he was engaged and that she was also engaged.
I actually really liked the plot especially with the other fairytale story that were meshed in. It kind of reminded me of the TV show, Once Upon A Time, where somehow every single fairytale were linked to one another in one way or another rather than completely separate stories. I feel like that shows a lot of genuine thought in the story weaving and I find that incredibly difficult. I suppose this is why I’m a reader not a writer.
Overall, I was quite satisfied with this book and I’m excited to read the next book (whenever it comes out).
This was surprisingly a very, very good book for me. It was entertaining, light-hearted yet full of wisdom and tons of romance to boot. The wisdom parThis was surprisingly a very, very good book for me. It was entertaining, light-hearted yet full of wisdom and tons of romance to boot. The wisdom part is a little strange especially in the YA genre where most books are geared more towards lighter reads and just plain entertaining. However, I found this book to have a lot of tiny tidbits of wisdom scattered throughout the book which I enjoyed immensely. For example, the book referred to the fate, destiny and karma division which are three things that a lot of people believe. Is there a fate or a destiny that each person will ultimately face? Will people get what they deserve aka karma? I felt like this book gave a lot of insight – albeit, most of it is fiction but it doesn’t change the fact that fate, destiny and karma are intertwined and have been around for ages.
While I don’t believe much in soulmates, after reading about Jade and Luke and understanding them a little more, it becomes obvious that they really are perfect for each other and that they very well can be soulmates. I felt that the dynamic between the two was genuine and while I’m still skeptical on the concept of soulmates and the fact that they fell in love way too quickly (especially Jade’s part – I mean, she basically was in love with her soulmate before even knowing who he was…how is that even possible?), I still think the relationship seemed like it was true and heartfelt.
The secondary characters were also relatively well developed (though, to be honest, they could have used a little more developing but since this a series and only has about 250 pages, I can’t be too picky about it). I especially liked Luke’s partner, Aaron, mainly because I found his little digs at Luke to be hilarious. I also liked Jade’s best friend a lot and was shocked to find out what happened to her. Definitely did not see that one coming at all.
Honestly I really enjoyed the plot of the story – it was full of suspense and twists. I found the whole karma, fate and destiny division to be super unique and different from the typical YA books out there. So this was refreshing. I was a little surprised about the villain mainly because it was so unexpected and the little teaser at the really end of the book is a huge cliff-hanger so I’m quite excited for book two.
Overall, I really enjoyed this first book in a series. I’m really hoping that the series will continue to be good and that I won’t have to wait too long for it to be released.
After reading some of the negative reviews on Goodreads and seeing the low rating, I was a little skeptical about reading it. However, it wasn’t as baAfter reading some of the negative reviews on Goodreads and seeing the low rating, I was a little skeptical about reading it. However, it wasn’t as bad as I would have thought. I found the plot to be intriguing though a bit cliché with the celebrity gossip and whatnot but I did enjoy the actual survival part of the book. There were some facts there that were actually useful if I should ever find myself in a similar situation. Another thing I appreciated was the mini plot twist toward the end – I actually did not see that one coming so I was part pleasantly surprised and part going like “wtf, are these characters stupid or what?”
That being said, I have mixed feelings about Francesca. This is mostly due to the fact that I found her somewhat annoying especially with all those random texts to her best friend. It was like she was journaling her life rather than actually texting someone. If it was because of the survival thing that she started “texting/journaling” her story, then that’s fine but from the beginning, you can tell that that was just how she texted. It was really odd to say the least.
The other characters were so bizarre. They were all famous except for the gossip/tabloid gay guy and they all had their weird quirks and personalities. At first they seemed very shallow but after a day or two of trying to survive in the wild, they actually started to show the depth of their characters with actual strengths and vulnerabilities. It was refreshing to hear about the real side of these famous people rather than what is normally written on those gossip magazines. It’s hard to forget that celebrities and famous musicians are just real people at the end of the day.
The one thing that I felt was a little unrealistic was the fact that after they were saved (spoiler but is it really since it’s a no brainer that they would ultimately be saved), the little epilogue just seemed so fake. Somehow I doubt that will happen in real life but hey, who knows, maybe it will.
Overall, a decent book that was ended up higher than my expectations. Not sure if I will recommend it per say but it wasn’t bad at all.