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72 pages, Hardcover
First published October 22, 2013
“You don’t need princes to save you. I don’t have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men."Yes, there's a sleeping beauty but she's nothing is like the original story. Yes, there's a Snow White, but gone is the calm Disney gal.
Learning how to be strong, to feel her own emotions and not another's, had been hard; but once you learned the trick of it, you did not forget.However.... the whole story had a very lackluster feel to it.
But the path to her death, heartbeat by heartbeat, would be inevitable.or this:
It would be the end of her life, she decided, if life was a time of choices.which (of course) made everything ridiculously and overwhelmingly dramatic... which is one sure way to take me out of the story.
She called for her fiancé and told him not to take on so, and that they would still be married, even if he was but a prince and she a queen, and she chucked him beneath his pretty chin and kissed him until he smiled.It feels as if he’s trying to display how much he supports female empowerment, which is a great thing except when it gets in the way of the actual story. And I can't say I'm all that sympathetic to the queen's feeling that, because she's getting married and ruling a kingdom for the rest of her life, she has "no choices" and "the path to her death, heartbeat by heartbeat, would be inevitable." Seriously?