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Poison Kiss

(A Twist of Adventure #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Everyone knows that Sleeping Beauty's curse is triggered when she pricks her finger on a spindle and that she is awakened by true love's kiss ... but what happens when the wicked fairy decides to switch things up?

Edmund didn't mean to put Auralea to sleep, but now it's up to him and the famous Puss in Boots to figure out how, exactly, a spinning wheel is supposed to wake h
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Published August 7th 2017 by GiraffeCrafts
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Kate Willis
I enjoy clever fairytale retellings, but this one was even more fun since it was a mashup. New tales kept being brought in and woven together beautifully. ;) I wasn't sure at first where the story was going, but I ended up loving the message (and the banter)! I can't tell what it is without giving too much away, but it was really important and more meaningful than I would expect from a fairytale. ;) Just a note, it is a bit magical but really no more than would be expected of a fairytale.

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Deborah O'Carroll
(Review originally posted as part of the blog tour, here:

This was adorable!! I loved it! ^_^

Somewhere between a short story and novella-length (novelette is the proper term, I believe), this brief tale was entirely delightful.

Poison Kiss is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, with other bits of fairytales woven in here and there, and it did a fabulous job of combining them. I absolutely loved the twists and tongue-in-cheek telling of this s
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, retelling, cute
Seeing as this was a short story or novelette, I will not be doing a normal review. Also, I'm kind of pressed for time at the moment.

This is a cute story of love, sacrifice, and loyalty. Many fairy tales that you know and maybe love are woven in such an intricate was for such a short story. I'm honestly very impressed with the author's work.

Each character was unique. I imagined Puss and Boots like this:

I know, he wasn't described to look like this, but I can't help it.

And Katrina, I thought of
This is officially my new favorite Sleeping Beauty retelling. It's absolutely and utterly delightful from start to finish. I love the setting, a world where fairy tale narratives create the cycle of history. I love how Kendra wove together four different fairy tales (some well known, some not) into one lovely story. I love the twists she put those fairy tales and the references to the originals that you normally don't see. (Edmund's cousin is an interesting character, ok?) I loved the element of ...more
S.G. Willoughby
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was sweet, delightful, beautiful, and pure. I've read a good handful of fairy tale retellings, but this is one of my favorites so far. :)
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This was such a fun retelling of The Sleeping Beauty. It was a fairly short book, but I still really enjoyed it. I absolutely loved the twist to the story. It wasn’t told like the original Sleeping Beauty and I really liked that. She put her own twist in it and made it super fun. I think that the name of her book goes perfectly with the story. It was the ( Poison ) kiss that put the princess to sleep, and the spinning wheel that woke her up. Love the creativity there!

I really liked Kendra’s writ
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What if true love's kiss was cursed instead of the spinning wheel? What if the spinning wheel helped save Sleeping Beauty instead of the kiss? What if Puss in Boots was involved? Poison Kiss turns just about everything you know about Sleeping Beauty on its head. Typical of Kendra's retellings, she doesn't stick to just one fairy tale, and it's fun to try to identify all the fairy tales she throws in. It's funny too, taking cliches and twisting them in standard Kendra style. Nothing works quite t ...more
C.B. Cook
This was such a good book! I absolutely loved the twists on the classic Sleeping Beauty story--especially the reverse of the kiss/spinning wheel roles! That's the whole reason I picked this book up, and it did not disappoint! I also liked that it wasn't simply pricking her finger with the spinning wheel that made her wake up. That would be the easy way out, and I love that Kendra didn't do that. Along with that, I love that her "Prince" knew her beforehand, and I loved his character (no spoilers ...more
Erika Mathews
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unique and interesting twist of adventure. :)
Hanne T
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
-this was such a cute story!
-it was!!! a mix of stories!!!
-it was very short and I think I read it in ~25 minutes?
-it was funny and quirky (the ogre cousin, whatever his name was, was great)
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A cute and fast-paced story, that is good for a quick read. The jumble of other fairytale references were a little confusing and distracting, but I enjoyed Boots and this very interesting idea of turning fairytales on their heads: like a kiss causing a curse of sleep, and a spinning wheel being part of the cure. But how, you ask? Read the story and find out!
Coral J. Childs
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

This is a great way to put a twist on a classic fairytale. I like how the author switched the roles of the spindle and true love's kiss. I really enjoyed reading this story.
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You must pick up a fairytale with open eyes. The well-worn road to fairyland is practically paved with princesses, curses, and talking cats. Yet for those not too “grown-up” to venture into the land of fairies, ogres, and millers’ sons, POISON KISS offers a quick, entertaining read that delivers exactly to genre.

Everyone’s heard of the “Sleeping Beauty” story, so when the king hears that his daughter is to fill the role in the next cycle of the tale, he deliberately snubs the evil fairy and prep
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Kendra E. Ardnek has been writing her own stories since she was a toddler. She fell in love with books, drama, and fairy tales at a very young age - and has been filling notebooks with her stories for years. Joining NaNoWriMo gave her an opportunity to be a published author at 16.

She writes her blog, homeschools, cooks, knits, and crafts when she isn't writing stories and acting them out with her

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“In my experience, involvement in fairy tales is unavoidable no matter who you are, no matter how many fairy tales you’ve lived through already.” 2 likes
“I stuck her in a tower and hoped for the best.”

“What is it with putting princesses in towers?” asked Puss.

“It’s … fashionable?” suggested the Enchanter.

Puss gave a haughty sniff. “It’s terribly ineffective.”
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