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But Kisses Never Hurt Me: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty

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What if Briar Rose and Aurora were two different people, one the princess, the other her decoy...
And what if the prince loved no one but himself...

In this retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, a kingdom is on the verge of a coup, and it will take a journalist and the son of a con-man to save them from the evil treachery of the princess' aunt...and to save the princess
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ebook, 146 pages
Published May 23rd 2014 by Andrea Lundgren
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Andrea Lundgren
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I did write the book, so I'm probably biased. The only thing I think I'd change is to make the story longer, turning the entire thing into a full-length novel. There was a good deal that had to be summarized in the "retelling," when Eustace is telling his life story to Briswold, and I think it would be fun to actually get to experience those events: Eustace's first meeting with Briar Rose, their growing relationships, and more interactions with the fairies.
Karen Rettig
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This caught my eye because I love fairy tales, and it is delightfully irreverent. The author merges modern and fairy tale elements; for example, the narrator is a journalist who must meet deadlines but writes his copy with a quill pen. The characters are just eccentric enough to be fun, although if the author lengthens the story into a novel, as she proposes doing, I hope she will deepen and develop those characters; eccentricity will only carry them so far. I was a little surprised that the jou ...more
Christina Wehner
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Journalism meets Fairy Tales meets Political Intrigue meets Romance, all contained in But Kisses Never Hurt Me. What really was fun was the perspective taken on this story. It is told from the view of Briswold, who is a journalist. The man telling him the story, and then recruiting him in his schemes, is Eustace, a con artist now involved in court politics. And at the center of all the scheming is Aurora, more active than in the traditional tale.

The original story is all there - spindle, fairies
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Trix Wilkins
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this! The feel was very much Princess Bride meets the Eyre Affair - like an onion, to quote Shrek (since we're talking fairy tale twists ;)), layers of meaning. Would love to see this as a lengthier novel going even deeper into the world that is introduced with such humour and style, and exploring the histories of the characters - if this is already in the works please do keep writing there's a tremendous amount of potential in this story!

Started off a bit slowly, wit
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Allison Reid
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A light, entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed! Andrea Lundgren's irreverent twist on this well-known fairy tale is heart-warming and full of humor. So glad I added this one to my reading list! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Cela Day
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a light-hearted and well-written retelling of a favorite fairy tale - short and sweet romance with a dash of adventure. What makes it really fun is that it's told through the eyes of a hard-bitten newspaper journalist who is hot on the trail of the royal family's secrets. The humor reminded me of J.K. Rowling's hilarious depictions of the day-to-day inner workings of the bureaucratic Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter. I love it when an author takes some aspect of "normal" every day life ...more
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