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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,426 ratings  ·  335 reviews
A deluxe novelization of the Walt Disney Studios film Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. This visually dazzling live action film explores the origins of one of the most iconic Disney villains: Maleficent, the infamous fairy who curses Princess Aurora in Disney's animated classic Sleeping Beauty. This 'origin' story is told from Maleficent's perspective, intersecting with ...more
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Disney Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Melissa Also it gives more background on Stefan, and why he became so paranoid. It's easier to understand the movie character's motivations after reading this…moreAlso it gives more background on Stefan, and why he became so paranoid. It's easier to understand the movie character's motivations after reading this book.(less)

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Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow 💜✨'
Darth J
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This movie novelization tells the other side of the Sleeping Beauty tale.

You see, Maleficent wasn't just some fairy who got mad that she wasn't invited to a party and decided to put a curse on a baby. She wasn't as petty as she was originally made out to be.

In this book, you'll find she really did have reasons for doing what she did. It's a tale of deep betrayal and vengeance, and you won't believe who the true villain is.
Eric King
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok - so the book wasn't the most epic, award winning thing in the world but it really set up the premise for the movie greatly!

I only gave it 4 stars because it was very rushed - like most movie to book adaptations since it's derived mostly from the movie script.

This is a whole different perspective of the story like you've never heard before.

I cannot WAIT to see this movie.
Liz Pollinger
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story, adapted from the movie of the same name. It is a different take on the story of Sleeping Beauty. I enjoyed it so much, I went to the library to get the movie.
Maleficent is a faerie who, after her parents are killed, is raised by the Fair Folk. She finds goodness in everything until one day she meets a human and falls in love with him. All is well until he betrays her and she begins her life of darkness and revenge.
E. Mellyberry
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: got-a-copy
This rating is given by my 7 yo daughter, who, despite struggling over some big words, manages to finish the whole book by herself.

There was Maleficent's past, which was intriguing.
The plot twist was predicatble because, hey, it is a fairy tale after all :) No complaint here.
There was this feeling of "being betrayed" throughout the book, both from Maleficent' POV and Aurora's. The latter one made my daughter cry.

Overall, it's a nice little journey I have with my kid and it's priceless.
That's b
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Las novelizaciones no suelen ser el tipo de libro que más me atrae, pero amé tanto la película Maleficent que no pude resistirme. Obviamente no es lo mismo, y la adaptación está pensada para que sea apto también para el público infantil, así que no está hecha con gran profundidad.
De todos modos, si les gustó la película es muy probable que disfruten también del libro.

No voy a entrar en detalles sobre el argumento porque si ya vieron Maleficent lo conocen, y sino, les sacaría la sorpresa. Ésta es
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maleficent is a re-telling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. In this version we see the story from the evil villain Maleficent's POV. Although all the characters that appear in this re-telling are the same as in Sleeping Beauty, the content is greatly different. In this version based on the 2014 Disney movie Maleficent, we find out more about Maleficent's background and see her throughout her childhood. This book is pretty much the same as the film and although it makes a nice read, it doesn't ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is movie tie-in for the Maleficent movie, which I loved. The book didn't add anything to the film, though, other than a prologue about Maleficent's parents. After that it was minute for minute with the movie, and the language was overly simplified, like the author assumed that very, very young readers would be the only ones interested in this book. So that was a bit disappointing; I'd kind of hoped that it would stand out on its own as a novel.

But I will give it extra bonus points for pres
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Megan by: I just found the book and got it, and started reading it.
Shelves: etc
I'm a HUGE fan of Maleficent, so when I heard they were coming out with a movie about her, I about blew up. I was so excited! I was even more excited when they announced that Angelina Jolie was going to play her, an excellent actress playing one of my most favorite Disney villains, it was almost too much for me. I was at a Target store when I found the book, I got it for a good price and to me, it was a very good book. It explained a lot of her character of what we already knew, and what we didn ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
maleficent.. while reading the beginning of the book the first chapter or so felt slow to me, and didnt quite grab my attention. perhaps because there was so much going on around me while I was trying to read it, but then I sat down again and gave it another shot and from what ive always known from sleeping beauty, maleficent was cruel and just pure evil. im glad this book was published to show us another side to maleficent that we never knew. how love and betrayal can damage us whom were once h ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Terrible. I quit reading after a couple chapters. It looks like most people rated the story/movie and not the book. There is probably nothing wrong with the story but the writing is horrible. The "author" is "telling" the reader a movie. I had to look pretty far into the book to find the authors name, and the only mention is "adapted by". This is what happens when a film company "writes" a book. Strip away the imagery and music, don't add any depth to the characters and this is what you get. Sav ...more
Sandy Southern
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this one BECAUSE I want to see the movie and it always seems better to me if I read the book first.

I really enjoyed this story a lot. It as compelling and written for easy reading. I believe anyone from 10 up would like it.

The only thing I really didn't like was that it didn't go along with Sleeping Beauty at all. Sleeping Beauty was my first movie in a theater and one that I sincerely loved. I can't seem to mesh the two in my mind.

That being said, it shouldn't take away from Maleficent,
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is so epic! I've watched the movie first and then I discovered this novelization, and then of course I read it. There's a story behind all of us. Maybe there are things that we do not know and people who don't seem to look bad as they appear to be.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
My cousin sister gave this book to me, and it was a lot more indulging than what I had in mind. It was also quite different from the movie, and had more information/details about Maleficent. I think that I enjoyed the book way more than the movie as well.
Rettiysa Tarigan
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fantastic read. I was entranced from the very first page, something that not a lot of books have the power to do. Maleficent is just like the movie, the scenery in it is beautiful and the faeries in it are adorable. Maleficent's parents only wanted peace with the human kingdom, but the king and his soldiers were greedy and wanted all the treasure and resources that the moors possessed. The moors were home to all the fairfolk and faeries and magical creatures where Maleficent was ...more
Miss Clark
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: film-and-tv
1.5 stars

Another film tie-in, but even less interesting than the MG version.

This has more from Maleficent growing up, talks about her mum and dad, being raised by the other fairies and playing tricks, and much more about her and Stefan's relationship.

But after Stefan betrays her, it essentially just follows the film and again adds no depth or insight into Maleficent's character or any other character. No POV from Diaval :( Nothing about Aurora's mum, other than at least we learn in this one that
Brad Sells
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
But if I know you, I know what you'll do - you'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream.

THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME, YOU GUYS. While the writing wasn't the best and everything was rushed (then again, it's a screenplay-to-book adaptation, so what can you expect?), it was still good nonetheless. Can't wait for the movie!
Britt Kramer
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After seeing the movie and now reading the book the story of Maleficent is still as amazing as when I first saw the movie. This book was super amazing and I loved it, and it even pulled at my heartstrings just like the movie. I recommend everyone read this book.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-review
Well paint me surprised. It wasn't bad at all. While the writing wasn't award winning, it was much better then some.
Christopher W.
Very good book there is 24 chapters and at least 300 something pages. In the beginning it talks about her family more than the movie does which I admire. Most people may wonder "When did the movie come out?" or "Was the movie made before the book?". The answer is that the movie was made in 2014 and so was the book. The movie came out before the book. I would definitely read the first part of the book and then see the movie. All in all it was a good book.
Sarah M
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to this on audio in the car with my daughter and loved it. She was riveted the entire story as well. I love these stories that take the villain and tell their side of the story. Not a literary masterpiece by any means, but very entertaining and markedly lighter and less scary than the film adaptation.
Ashley  Marie
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maleficent is one of my favorite Disney Villains and reading this book even after seeing the movie made me feel bad for her and love her more 💜
Lisa James
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Retelling of the recent live action movie. Predictable & cute :)
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Si je n'attendais pas forcément énormément de cette lecture, j'étais tout de même curieuse de découvrir l'histoire de Maléfique. En effet, si on est tous familiers avec le conte de La Belle au Bois Dormant, on sait peu de choses sur celle qui est considérée comme la "méchante" de cette histoire. Néanmoins avec la sortie imminente du film éponyme, dont l'aspect esthétique à lui seul ne peut que donner envie de le voir, cette novélisation tombait à point... et n'a pas d
Gypsy White
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I may be biased when it comes to reviewing this book because of how much I love the movie and Angelina Jolie.
First off, the book is beautiful. Let's just get that out of the way. It's all blacked out with fancy black details on every page. The sides of the pages are all black. The dust cover is all black except for Maleficent. And the hardcover is matte black with shiny black thorn designs on the edges. Even my fingers turned slightly black from all the ink on the pages. This book is as black
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, awesome-cover
This book is based off the new movie that is coming out and I for one am so excited for that movie, Maleficent is one of the best villains ever and personally i love movies or books or anything really that's from the villains perspective, when you get to see that maybe they didn't want to be the villain and maybe circumstances made them who they are. I loved this book and it just made me so much more excited for the movie. It's awesome and like all the trailers say a totally different story and ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
*2.5 stars*
This was a major disappointment for me. The way the book was described, I thought it was going to be more of a background story and we would get to see more of Maleficent's growing up years and all of that. There was only one part that didn't happen in the movie, the part that told how Maleficent's parents had died, and I could have figured that out myself.
Also, the author seemed to kind of ship Maleficent and Diaval, but never really went anywhere with it. So that was kind of confus
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have never been a fan of Disney movies, feeling they give off this unrealistic view to young girls that life is just peachy "fully of silly songs of love and glasss slippers. However I have always loved Disneys villians, but Maleficent, oh for she is and always has been the best villian and this book is the cherry on top. I LOVE this book, I LOVE this story. Going all the way back to find out realistically why Maleficent became hard. Showing how she was trying to deny her heart all along. For ...more
Ali B
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed learning about Maleficent's childhood and the things that happened to her to make her an evil villain. I didn't like that the book and movie didn't have the same major events. The book and movie aligned up until about half way then the book took a different direction. I guess I can't help but run the movie scenes in my head from watching it a hundred times as a kid. All in all, it's a good read to learn about the inner workings of Malificent but don't expect it to be like the mo ...more
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“I will not ask you for forgiveness. What I have done is unforgivable. I was so lost in hatred and revenge. I never dreamed that I could love you so much. You stole what was left of my heart. And now I’ve lost you forever.” 42 likes
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