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Asleep

(Fairytale Collection #2)

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**Note: This book contains some mature content**

A reimagining of the sleeping beauty tale.

When her beloved Prince Devaran is abducted from her parents’ castle during their engagement announcement ceremony, Princess Jessmyn vows that nothing will stop her from bringing his abductors to justice. Rescuing Dev won't be easy, and Jess will have to form an alliance with the othe
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Published June 13th 2013 by NPC Books (first published June 1st 2013)
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Elizabeth Darcy
Jun 13, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
First off, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to my advance readers. You guys are amazing. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read and review the book, and I was thrilled by your response.

I'm having so much fun with the Fairytale Collection that I'm planning a third book, a Cinderella reboot that will be released later this year. I'm toying with different thematic elements in fantasy, as you can probably tell with the no-magic setting in this book. The third book, though, will most likel
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Lori
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Elizabeth Darcy for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. For those who don't know, Ms. Darcy is an author who publishes her own books. As someone who has read other self-published titles and found them lacking (sometimes severely so), I can honestly say Ms. Darcy's work is a breath of fresh air. Her books are well-written, articulate, imaginative, and she tells a great story. I highly recommend this author and will definitely support her efforts ...more
Kari Kaz
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Asleep is a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty with a wonderful twist. The slumbering party in this case is not a helpless maiden, but a handsome prince with a charming chipped tooth and a rakish smile.

The story takes place in an imaginary land with Five Realms. Prince Dev is the heir to the Realm of Estoria and Princess Jessamyn is the heiress to the Realm of Lyrane. These neighbouring kingdoms have always been allies. The reigning monarchs are friends, and Dev and Jess spend much of their childho
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks to Netgalley and Patchwork Press for giving me this book to review.

During the most important engagement party of the five realms the soon to be groom prince Devaran is kidnapped from his finance castle. Drugged and locked in a tower, Dev relives his history with Jess and sees how their relationship has grown from childhood friends to her being the love of his life. At the same time princess Jessmyn and Dev’s
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Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
Review can also be found at my blog: Jackie's Book World :)

Beautifully written and engaging...

I was completely sucked into the story from the very beginning. Asleep is a retelling/influenced by the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. I found that this story was a lot more exciting than the original sleeping beauty. There are twists that no one would really expect it to have, but it works really well. I found myself liking the switching of point-of-views. It was refreshing to see how the two main charact
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Tawnya McBride
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I REALLY liked this book. When Elizabeth asked me to read this book and write an honest review of it, I jumped at the chance, having read and LOVED Eye of the Beholder. This book as Elizabeth put it, a reimaging of sleeping beauty.

I thought it was a wonderfully told story. Elizabeth does a wonderful job of retelling the fairytales that I find myself attached to the characters and what is going on with them, even when I already know how the story is going to end.It was unique in that the prince
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Leonor (Ner)
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"

When Nicole Ciacchella contacted me asking if I would like to receive an ARC of Asleep, I simply couldn’t say no. Having loved her previous book by her pen name Elizabeth DarcyThe Eye of the Beholder – I was intrigued and excited to read her reboot of Sleeping Beauty. Plus, the fact that I’ve never read any retelling/reboot of this particular fairytale, I was curious to see in which direction Elizabeth would take the story.

Asleep is simply an ador
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Jeanne
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I’ve never been so sad to not finish a book, but this was has dragged on for so long and I keep putting it down because the issues repeatedly pulled me out of the story. It wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t love the premise, and he lead characters, but even that can’t save this story for me. The really sad part is a good editor could have fixed most of the problems.

The dialogue was repetitive, and seemed to flop between a formal and casual modern language. Or as I call it the Keanu Reeves effect.
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HJ
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay, so here's the deal. I was thrilled when the author offered me an ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review. After all, I loved the first book in the series, The Eye of the Beholder by Elizabeth Darcy, so I was certain that I would love this one, too.

I didn't. *cringes*

Here's what I struggled with:

-Not sure why, but I anticipated that it would be 1st person POV - like the first book. It's not. 3rd person narrative, and not much emotional internalizing by the MCs. Very difficult to connect with them.
-Not much world-buildin
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Maria
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Short Summary: Asleep is a retelling of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. If you are looking for dragons, fairies, and evil witches, you are in the wrong place. First of all, “Sleeping Beauty” is a prince, and it’s not magic that is keeping him asleep but a sleeping potion. In fact, there is no magic involved in this story, but a medieval-style fantasy novel. Two realms are about to be joined through a marriage – something that is not usually done. Things do not go according to plan. You cannot ...more
Eustacia Tan
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most interesting fairy-tale retellings that I've read so far this year! It not only successfully retells the story of Sleeping Beauty, it also successfully casts a lady as the hero. No more Prince Charming (ok, there was a charming prince, but he was the one sleeping!)

You see, on the eve of Prince Dev and Princess Jess's wedding, strangers break into the castle and abduct Dev away. And being a warrior princess (her mom is a warrior queen, which is way cool), Jess isn't going t
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Linda
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully written fantasy romance with characters I totally fell in love with.

I was totally hooked from the 1st page. The hero, Prince Devaran (Dev) is abducted during his engagement announcement ceremony to Princess Jessmyn (Jess). We're given just a teasing hint of the relationship between the betrothed couple who are deeply in love.

Their love story unfolds over several flashbacks: the captured Dev despairs if he will ever be able to be freed from captivity as he fears for Jess' life knowin
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Adriana D
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. I fell in love with Jess & Dev's romance - the way Elizabeth told it was amazing. The flashbacks (memories) were so adorable - radiating with that loving feeling.

I couldn't stop reading. I had to know if the princess saves the prince - whoa....what a twist right! Woman empowerment!

An excellent read to anyone who likes fairytales or just needs a romance pick me up.
Ashley
I absolutely fell in love with the premise of this book when I first came across it. I have to be honest, the idea of a Sleeping Beauty story with the prince being the one who is cursed with sleep while the princess has to rescue him hadn't really occurred to me before... which is kinda embarrassing to admit.

At first I was a bit disappointed when it became apparent there wasn't going to be a curse or spinning wheel or evil fairy. I love my fairy tales dripping with fantasy and magic. But I ende
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Ashley Ferguson
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Fairy tale retellings are my favorite types of stories. I love when an old, classic story is rewritten in a fresh new way, with new characters and new situations. And this book does exactly that. Instead of the Princess being the "sleeping beauty", Prince Dev is captured and made to sleep against his will. Then, his bride-to-be and warrior princess Jess decides it's up to her to rescue him from the clutches of the evil woman who took him.

But honestly, that's about where the similarities to Sleep
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Carrie Gulledge
May 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
DNF'ed @ 53%.

So I'm reading through the some of the other reviews and it looks like a lot of people that didn't give this book a high rating loved the previous book, Eye of the Beholder, so were going in to this book expecting something amazing.

I guess I'm the odd man out, because I really didn't like the first book, but Darcy isn't a bad writer... so I was hoping the series would progress into something better as many series do, with book one being not so great and the subsequent books getting
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Jaime
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I wouldn’t consider this a fairy tale because there was no magic, and I wouldn’t consider this a re-imagining because it is a totally different story. I would say it was slightly influenced by Sleeping Beauty. This is a stand alone novel without a cliffhanger.

If you’re looking for the story where a jealous wielder of magic puts an entire kingdom to sleep for 100 years out of sheer jealousy, then a royal battles dragon’s and magic, finally breaking the spell with the story ending in happily ever
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Mariah H
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
it was well done, a beautiful story of love.
Jamie Campbell
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty, Asleep follows Princess Jessmyn and Prince Dev as one of them is kidnapped during their engagement celebrations.

Twisting the tradition of having a helpless damsel in distress, the prince is the one kidnapped. Taken by a member of the opposing realm, she keeps him heavily sedated as they travel back to their tower stronghold.

Determined to rescue her beloved, Princess Jessmyn must rally th
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Vanessa
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
So... I am very thrilled to read this one!! Elizabeth Darcy sent me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Keeping that in mind, I am about to embark in this journey and hoping for the best! Once I'm done with the book (so far what I've read has been very promising) I shall dutifully update my review.
Thanks for the book Elizabeth!!!

Okay... it took me a long time to get through this book (real life tends to get in the way of reading). But once again, Nicole, thank you for the oportuni
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Shilo Quetchenbach
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook from Member Giveaways on LibraryThing

I liked the role reversals in this book - all the warriors seem to be women, and the prince is kidnapped and kept in a tower by the evil/mad (female) villain plotting to take over the world. The characters were fun and the story well paced.

The only thing that I was not sure about is that most of the story is actually told in flashbacks. The prince spends most of his time kidnapped drugged and sedated, so in be
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Jeanne Johnston
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Sleeping Beauty, but sideways. Not badly written, but I never lost that awkward feeling that it tried so hard to update the fairy tale so much that it ignored logic and expectation. I realize it's possible to reimagine a Medieval society with modern feminist attitudes, but it never stopped feeling weird and forced for women to dominate military positions and their men to be largely ornamental. I dunno... The equality was just too forced a thing that I couldn't suspend my disbelief, I guess. I've ...more
Pat
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed Elizabeth Darcy's first book, "Eye of the Beholder", so I was excited to find this one. I was really disappointed, however. Based on the first book, I was hoping for something fantasy/magical, but didn't get that at all. Story was so-so; I just couldn't connect with the main characters, and the fact that the author had to throw in a totally unnecessary sex scene ruined the book for me. I hate having to skip/self-edit, and don't expect to have to do that in this genre. Disappoint ...more
Hailey Peterson
While I enjoyed Ms. Darcy's retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I did not like Asleep as much. I gave up after about 10 chapters because the plot was moving at such a slow pace. While it's a great idea to have the princess rescue the prince, there's only so many chapters of "Why was he kidnapped? How did it happen? Why did it happen? and Will we ever find him?" that you can go through before it becomes tedious.
Regina Tam
this was a cute read. Its not the best fairy tale retelling ever but the heroine is strong and the prince is supportive. I guess I wanted them to have more interactions happening during the story in the present rather than having to read about flashbacks. i did like the flashbacks because they really showed how they fell in love. Maybe i might have liked it best if it was presented in a chronological order rather than being revisited in dreams.
Danielle
The twist of the tale, the characters, and the plot in general are very good. But for some reason I had a hard time keeping myself interested throughout the book. There was a lot of redundancy of the character's feelings of love and despair, and the moving parts were very spread out. Otherwise concept was great and style of writing wonderful, just as in the author's Beauty and the Beast tale.
Janis
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reversed roles? Loved it! Only one thing keeps it from 5 stars--could have done without the one sex scene. It was not necessary to the story or for emphasis of their love for each other. The story is full of more than enough evidence of the strength of their relationship.
Celeste
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
When all is done, I enjoyed the story but it was just to long. Filled with a lot of information and way more detail then was necessary. It was a sweet young adult love story with only 1 minor love scene.
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rated it it was ok
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Elizabeth Darcy is a pen name for Nicole Ciacchella. As Elizabeth Darcy, Nicole can indulge her girlhood love for fairytales by re-interpreting them.

Nicole has had a lifelong passion for the written word. As a child, one of her most treasured Christmas gifts was an electric typewriter, which enabled her to crank out her stories even more quickly than she could with a pen. Naturally, the personal c
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Other books in the series

Fairytale Collection (3 books)
  • The Eye of the Beholder (Fairytale Collection #1)
  • From the Ashes (Fairytale Collection #3)