While Beauty Slept
I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. Those of humble birth suffer their heartbreaks and celebrate their triumphs unnoticed by the bards, leaving no trace in the fables of their time....
And so begins Elise Dalriss's story
When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a tale about a beautiful princess awakened by a handsome...more
What I expected was more along the lines of
But what I got was
The story is told by a grandmother to her favorite grandchild. I thought I’d get some new insight into the story through this telling but instead it seemed like the story could have been of almost any servant ...more
It's told from the perspective of an old woman, but she remembers all the tiny details of the story as if it all is happening right now, in this moment. And she's giving gloomy hind-sight hints, which add a sense of futility to the story rather than suspense or foreboding. You're like, is ANYBODY going to be okay by ...more
This book just made me happy.
I adore her writing style, taking it back to not just content but a certain art work the way the words flow. I would have liked reading it out loud.
Elise was just so real to me. I LOVE my kickarse heroines but Elise had her own quiet kick.
She was strong and knew what she wanted, did what she needed to do and didn't cry about it all the time (and I will love her forever for that simple reason)! She went throu ...more
Where do I begin? I LOVED this book! It has easily become one of my favorites.
This is an imagined story of the true events surrounding the well know fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It was so much better than I even expected....the synopsis of this book does not do it justice!
Elise is born to a life on the farm, a life she detests. Her dream is to go work in the castle....a dream that becomes her reality when her family falls to the Pox. Here we ...more
Hm....I really dunno what to say about this book, since I pretty much skimmed though the entirety of it. Unfortunately, nothing in this acquired my interest and I regretting picking it up, hence the skimming.
I'll have to come back to this another day, so I can properly review it... That time I'll read it word-for-word.
I've been struggling with this review only because I don't know where to start with the squeeing and gushing. I actually read this book in December and my estimation of has grown since then. (Also, this is a good reminder to never put off reviews!)
Blackwell's setting is an ambigu-medieval world, vaguely ...more
Elise is telling the story to her granddaughter so there is hindsight. And Blackwell doesn't let us forget that. Every other sentence is "If I had known then…" and "the terror she would bring to the castle" and yet for me, that big moment where all the fears ...more
A poor little country waif rises to run the kingdom, to come and go as she pleases into the king's and queen's rooms, gives advice freely to the king for which he is always so grateful for, uncovers conspiracy, gains confidences and marries well, not just once, but twice, and so on and so on. It was so fluffy.
This was t ...more
Let me tell you. Not at all what I had expected. When I read the summary of this book on Penguin's website, I loved the fact that the book was written through the lens of historical fiction and retelling it as if it could have really happened. Gone are the fairies, the dragon and evil magic and replaced by something more realistic and dark.
The story is told from Elise's point of view. A young woman who grew up on a farm, survived the on ...more
Elise was born on an impoverished farm in a backwa ...more
Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney films so I was excited to read this re-telling. I liked the 'behind-the-scenes' look into what really happened to Beauty. Told by Elise, companion to the princess, whom I liked more at the beginning of the story than towards the end. Sometimes her story was too much at the forefront than the royals, which I guess I was expecting more from them. Also, too much foreshadowing! That quickly got annoying. I also thought there were times that noth ...more
Often times we find ourselves looking at re-tellings of classic fairy tales from the same perspective. They contain the same witchcraft and romance as traditional tales, or seem to follow the same vein as their Disney counterparts. But "While Beauty Slept" is a wonderful retelling of the "Sleeping Beauty" tale that brings everything into a more realistic light. And the best part about the whole thing is the perspective through ...more
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This is a wonderful retelling of an age old fairy tale that gives plausibility to the story. It seems that retooling fairy tales has become the new thing, yet most do not live up to the old standard. While Beauty Slept does more than justice to the tale of Sleeping Beauty, it brings more character and life to the story. Not only does this book explain the story, it also adds more twists and turns to it to bring even more ...more
That Rose ends up being a secondary character to Elise’s primary one is an unexpected twist given the title and the subject matter. It does not diminish one’s enjoyment of the story, nor does it thoroughly enhance it. Rose is a weak character, pampered, sheltered within an ...more
We see this story through the eyes of Elise a girl who was raised on a farm b ...more
Recently I’ve felt that I have had my fill of royal historical fiction, but this one appealed to me as a “truthful” retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Told from the viewpoint of Elise Dalriss, a poor farm girl who through hard work and her ability to read and write rises to the position of the private maid of the queen and the legendary princess. The book begins as Ms Dalriss is telling her great granddaughter her version of the story as she lived ...more
As told through Elise to her great granddaughter about her life spent in the royal castle as Queen Lenore's attendant and about her fierce friendship to Princess Rose she explains is not a tale for ...more
I put the book down several times and frankly skipped through the ho-hum pages. The well-known fairy tale transformed to realism telling more of historical devastation sweeping through the kingdom than any sort of magic.
It’s a slog to get through, and while it’s definitely more character based than plot based...I felt that it was just not enough. The middle was way too convoluted and drawn out for me to really be concerned with any of the characters. Maybe had it been shorter I would have liked it more, as over 450 pages for a sleeping beauty retelling was way too long in my personal opinion.
Take the time and you'll see what I mean!!
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