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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  108 reviews
A YA retelling of classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty

Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal to marry a princess that is less than perfect.

The cardinal presents him with an opportunity: a quest to find the most beautiful princess in the land who has been in slumber for a century. But, unbeknown to t
Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 1st 2019
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Fairytale - Sleeping Beauty adjacent!

I give this 3.5 stars because it was a fun little story and held my interest throughout, but there wasn’t anything about it that really stood out as original as far as fairytales go, aside from the fact that Aurora and Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty are in it and It is not a retelling of that story, more like a branch off from that story.

This story is about Prince Thomas whose father died not too long ago and his Mother the queen is pushing him to marry
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fairytale re-telling’s or re-imaginings are totally my jam.  I’m always looking for another really good one. Slumber is Sleeping Beauty re-imagined if two princes were sent to wake Aurora at the same time and then needed to figure out who really is her true love.  The premise is super promising and a new take, so I was completely
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had never read a re-telling before reading slumber by Becky Bird and have to say I really enjoyed it and totally want to read more of them. I found slumber was an interesting twist on the classic tale of sleeping beauty and I really enjoyed how Becky Bird wrote the story and drew me into it.
I really enjoyed Lucy's character throughout the story, I though she was strong, independent and doesn't take kindly to being told what is expected of woman, I have to say I found her totally badass throug ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
*Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.*

Slumber by Becky Bird
4/5 Rating
Cover: Astoundingly eye catching!

If Disney ever decided to change up how Prince Phillip won the hand of Sleeping Beauty THIS would be it. I can literally see this being played out by Disney Pixar characters. Mind you, this isn't really about them.. this is about Prince Thomas and Lucy. The arrogant and conceited Prince and the tomboy orphan who are thrust together on
Marta Cox
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“True love could change a person for the better. The prince he had met a week ago was a selfish, unsure and conceited brat who was ready to quit at the first sign of defeat. “

Yes I think this quote sums up this story and Prince Thomas very well. The Prince we initially meet is spoilt, picky and pretty odious. Yes he's young but honestly he's written as someone you would like to throw something at and that's exactly what happens. Lucy is an orphan who really doesn't fit in as she's not modest or
Kari Valdez
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jen Solak
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Slumber is a Sleeping Beauty retelling that isn’t really about Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, at all! Oh, she is there and a kiss happens and she awakens, but this story is about what happens when we look beyond what we think we are supposed to want.

This book is short and a quick read and is the exact book you should pick up if you want a fun fairy tale with some girl power, magic, and true love. This book isn’t meant to be, in my opinion, a great life changing work of literature and that is more tha
Annemieke De
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slumber from author Becky Bird is one of many ‘twisted versions’ of a fairytale. In this case it’s the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. A story everybody knows about a princess being cursed as a baby, who punctures herfself on a spinning wheel, to sleep for the rest of her life. Her only chance is ‘true loves kiss’.

Bird managed to create a different view on this fairytale. Her accessible writing is very well detailed. It tells the story of prince Thomas, who after his father dies has to find ‘sleeping
Dee/ bookworm
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it

This book has a ton of potential, but it is not laid out well. I really liked the new take on the story, but I had a hard time with the characters. The story itself would go from one scene with a set of characters to a different scene with different characters and back with no changes in the page, other than it being a different paragraph, also viewpoints would change from one sentence to the next, so you thought you knew who was talking, and then it would change. Consistency or perhaps adding a
Brittany | BookRamblings
This book had so much potential! I love a good fairytale retelling and the idea for this story is so intriguing. I also understand that the book is intended as a light-hearted tale, but I just couldn't stop picking things out that I didn't like enough to relax and simply read. In fact, I nearly DNF'd this a few times. I think because I received a free review copy, I wanted to finish so my review was honest according to the full story.

It's from the Prince's point of view in Sleeping Beauty. Exce
This was cute and quick read, though predictable.

I received a copy of this book from hidden gems books in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of retelling and was super excited to get into this one !

Before you read : I just realized that the author is self-publishing her book. It might explain why I didn't like it as much as I could have. It only lacks an editor eye :)

We follow Prince Thomas, Lucy and Jack (both commoners) who end up on a quest to find Aurora, the most beautiful princess of the land, so she can be the prince's bride.

This absolutely sums up the books, as nothing else happens. I swear half the book is the
Garden Of REden
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Amy's Review

This was an interesting twist on a classic tale.  I really liked where the author took this story.  It was unlike any retelling I'd read before and that really made it stand out.  I think the author did well with this being her debut book.  The storyline could have been developed better, it was too rushed, and short for my liking.  I was really falling for these characters and I needed more of them.  I also wasn't a huge fan of how and when she would change character perspectives.  I
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
2.5/5 Rounded up to 3 Stars.

I love fairytale retellings, there are some great ones out there and so I went in with the mindset that I was going to love this. And don't get me wrong, I did love some parts of it but overall it just wasn't for me. It was a cute premise but poorly executed in a lot of ways. It felt cartoonish and over the top when it came to the characters of the personality and I think this would fair much better as a TV series or movie rather than a novel. I will say that it did m
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book we meet Lucy who is a very strong female character with her own a opinion and does not take kindly to being told what is expected of a women with her status as a commoner and she is also a bad ass. Lucy is an orphan and was taken in by nuns and It is coming up to her 18th birthday and she decides she wants more for her life than to find someone to marry. So she decides she is going to run away from the orphanage but her best Jack decides he is not going to let her go ...more
Evelyn Mulwray
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A gorgeous, lyrical debut from a talented new voice. "Slumber" pokes fun at the old tropes of fairy tales, in particular Sleeping Beauty, without ruining the magic of getting lost in the story. The book is laugh-out-loud funny at many parts. Some of my favorite lines:

* "All this talk of marriage was threatening to give him a nosebleed, and red was a color he failed to wear well."

* "The cardinal was a strange looking man - short, puny, and cross-eyed. Thomas often thought that when God was dishin
Loved it. It's a charming, well written read and sure to win the hearts of readers of all kinds. 5/5 stars ...more
Emma Cox
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a massive Disney fan you know I expected a lot from this book! If you are going to write a Sleeping Beauty retelling then I will obviously expect it to be Sleeping Beauty standards. That being said Sleeping Beauty is one of my least favourite Disney Princess movie.
I didn't read the full blurb because I already knew I wanted to read the book.

This story was a quick read and so much fun! I enjoyed following the story of Lucy and Thomas in his quest to find the beautiful princess Aurora. I loved
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, retellings

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title Slumber

Author Becky Bird


YA retelling of classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty. On his quest to find Sleeping Beauty, a shallow prince must rely on a tomboy orphan for his survival after the cardinal spells his guards to kill him.Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal t
Jacqueline Terrill
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer Book Hub-This story was fantasy, and I totally enjoyed every chapter.  

Bringing you a Queen, Prince, Princess, and an antagonist, Lionel into the story.  The antagonist is a recluse in his childhood that had powers far beyond a witches dream. They were left to him when his secret admirer passed away. Twists and turns weaved throughout this story that keeps you guessing what will happen next?  Becky Bird is a whiz at storytelling and this is a great read for all ages.
Svetlana LyraReadings
Not blown away.

I usually love fairy tale retellings and that is why I have chosen to read this book, but somehow I wasn’t blown away by it. I liked the premise of a strong woman character and the possibilities of the dynamics between a brave and adventurous orphaned girl and a spoilt, deeply insecure and narcissistic prince. However, the plot somehow lacked and turned in a direction that I didn’t really appreciate. I also wish that the characters were developed better and given some true dimensi
Thanks to the author for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review

I’m a sucker for a retelling. I’ve always loved this genre and seeing how the authors will put their own unique spin on the story. SLUMBER is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I think this one is more of a “loosely based off” kind of story rather than a true retelling, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

With this being a shorter book, I’ll keep this short and sweet. While I enjoyed the premise and the direction the autho
Jessica (Read book. Repeat)
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book from the author via Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating of 3.75

King Harold has died; and Prince Thomas cannot take the throne as the new King of Orwall without a suitor, however, he refuses to choose a girl who is anything less than physically perfect. After all, what's the point in being an incredibly good looking King if your wife doesn't look good in a
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Slumber is a YA retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. Prince Thomas has recently found himself in need of a queen in order to take the throne. Although he has tons of potential princesses vying for his attention, he refuses to marry one that isn't absolutely perfect in beauty. When the cardinal tells him about a princess who is said to be the most beautiful in the land Prince Thomas finds himself intrigued. The only problem? The princess has been asleep for a century and loves true kiss is ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair, honest review *

This book had a lot of potential, but it fell flat in a lot of areas. I’ll start with the positive aspects of it: it was very cute with a unique and interesting plot. I truly enjoyed the read and it did it’s job of entertainment. I just don’t think it was as thought out as I would’ve liked.

First and foremost, it was presented as YA - but struck me as targeting a much younger demographic than that. Even at 23, I still
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
By Becky Bird

2.5/5 🦄

This goofy retelling of Sleeping Beauty is absolutely ridiculous—sometimes in good ways, but mostly in less than ideal ones. Prince Thomas, a spoiled brat of a future ruler, is looking for the perfect bride—in the sense that he is looking for the most beautiful woman. After finding fault with many princesses, his advisor the Cardinal shows him a picture of Aurora and sends him off with a magic map to find her. But it’s all a plot by the Cardinal who is actually a sorc
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
If you’re looking for a fairy tale retelling that makes you ask, “what did I just read?”, then this book is for you. It’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty… with elements of Snow White. Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. Elements of Snow White. Prince Thomas = Snow White. Cardinal Lionel = Evil Queen. Prince Thomas’s Guards = Huntsman. Yep.

So let’s start off with what I thought of the characters, shall we? First up we have Lucy. A tomboy in a century where that’s just not appropriate, of course.
Lottie (The Disney Bookworm)
Thank you to NetGalley and Becky Bird for providing an e-copy of Slumber in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone knows that the market for fairy tale retellings is hot right now and, as such, is becoming saturated. However, Becky Bird comes at the story of Sleeping Beauty from a completely different angle: what if "true love's kiss" which breaks the spell isn't that between the Prince and Princess?

Slumber was a slow burner for me personally. Initially I agreed with previous reviews that the
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