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The Dragon Princess: Sleeping Beauty Reimagined

(The Forgotten Kingdom #1)

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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A curse upon her head I place,
that all will see her truest face.

Princess Elisa has more than guests to worry about on her birthday. She was cursed to transform into a dragon, the faeries who vowed to save her are being murdered, and her mother has arranged her marriage to a handsome stranger from the northern kingdoms.

When Prince Gerard leaves on a quest to find a cure for
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Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published August 31st 2019
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Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
Dormir stood to leave, but I grabbed his fingers.
“Don’t go,” I asked weakly. “Please?”
Dormir smiled sheepishly and rubbed the back of his neck. “You want me here?”
“You can close your eyes.” I smiled.
He chuckled and sat down before closing his eyes.
“Just don’t pass out,” I teased.


The way this author writes is inoxicating. I honestly felt like a child waiting to fall asleep while faires whispered a lullaby right into my ear. The world-building involved with this book is absolutely astounding. I'm
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sarah
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-fantasy
thanks for the recommendation Britt!
Kelly Stepp
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fresh fairy tale fantasy with bits of nostalgia that is sure to leave you yearning for more. I loved the updated, loose interpretation and how Slater played on the story of Sleeping Beauty. It has dragons, adventure, romance, and twists that kept me turning the pages. I laughed, felt my heart pounding, nearly cried, and gasped in shock which pulled me in, making me feel more like a participant than a reader. While the story establishes itself a little slow, it quickly picks up and I couldn’t p ...more
Brittney's Review
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely not your classic fairytale. There are just enough similarities to the classic to let you think you know where the storyline is going. This makes it all the more intense and exciting when the book takes its plot twists; and there are plenty of plot twists. The character development pulls you into the story and leaves you anxious for their welfare. Make sure that you have enough time to binge read because the cliffhangers definitely make this a hard read to put down. If you ...more
Cari Elliot
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
The general plot is interesting and definitely had potential, but the writing itself is not good. Feels like a first attempt, or maybe a mediocre fanfic.
Ashton Reed
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Disney/fairy-tale fans looking for a new, unique retelling with dragons!
This is a fun book, and I enjoyed my time with it!

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A curse upon her head I place,
that all will see her truest face.

Princess Elisa has more than guests to worry about on her birthday. She was cursed to transform into a dragon, the faeries who vowed to save her are being murdered, and her mother has arranged her marriage to a handsome stranger from the northern kingdoms.

When Prince Gerard leaves on a quest to find a cure for her, Elisa decides she’s done being like the girls in the
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Britt
...I... might have enjoyed that as much as, or perhaps even more, than Disney’s actual Sleeping Beauty movie.

If you excuse me, I think I need a moment.

Right, so, I quite enjoyed this book, in case you couldn’t tell from my very smitten opening statement. The only other Lichelle Slater book I’ve read is Step Right Up!, which is about a circus... in space. I loved that book so I decided to check out this one too, even though a fantasy fairy tale retelling is... probably the furthest you could eve
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Tiffany
I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review. This is simply my opinion on the book and is not influenced by any external factor.

This is such an original take on the Sleeping Beauty Fairytale. What if instead of pricking her finger on a spinning wheel and doomed to sleep for a century on her eighteenth birthday, she was cursed to turn into a dragon? Princess Elisa just turned seventeen and with one year before the curse takes effect, it’s on her mind more than ever. She also finds
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Heather
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Growing up, I always loved the clasosic fairy tales, and now I’m really enjoying these same stories told in a new light. This book is loosely based on the story of Sleeping Beauty, but I can’t help but get Frozen and Rapunzel (and by extension, Tangled) vibes.

Our princess, much like Princess Aurora, is cursed, but instead of pricking her finger on a spinning wheel, Princess Elisa is cursed to turn into a dragon by her 18th birthday. H
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Tatyana
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Deitra Cross
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The Dragon Princess

This was the first of three that I received as an ARC from the author in the Forgotten Kingdom series.

I think this is the first time ever I've found myself speechless over. I cant decide whether I enjoyed this book or not. There were parts that I absolutely adored but then there were others that I was just a little confused about.

The concept of reimagining fairytales has a special place to me, it's one of my favorite thing. However, I felt like a lot of the story was rushed
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Erin Gossman
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was more than a Sleeping Beauty retelling. It seemed more of a cross between Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel with a touch of Frozen. I don’t want to leave spoilers, so I’ll just say I didn’t expect all of the twists the author threw. And I was absolutely right about Gerard.
Definitely a recommended read from me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Alexis
Aug 31, 2019 added it
A reimagined sleeping beauty like no other. I have read many reimagined fairy tales and this is one of the best.Elisa is a very strong girl that goes through so much betrayal in her life but overcomes it. My favorite part of the book was Elisa’s bond with her sisters Marigold and Dahlia they were always there for each other.I love the three worlds and hope to read more of them.
Joanna Harris
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet story of discovering who you are and who you were meant to be: Coming of age and having to rethink your life as you knew it. The main character does a good job of redefining her life on her terms.
Good book for young audiences.
Rachel
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fine idea just poorly written

I love fairy tale retellings, and this one had an interesting concept, but it was not executed well. There were definitely some eye-roll moments....too many for me to give it more than 2 stars.
Jennifer Harris
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was beyond what I thought possible. Highly recommend. Definitely will be rereading it in the future.
Seraphia
The Dragon Princess by Lichelle Slater is the unexpected twist on Sleeping Beauty a classic fairytale. Instead of a curse that will cause her to fall asleep, Elisa is told that she is cursed to become a dragon on her 18th birthday and that the fae will be the ones who help her to find the cure. Elisa just turns 17 and she is afraid of the curse coming true and her hurting those that she loves. But what if the truth is something that is the complete opposite of what she has been told?
I am a huge
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Leia Rose
A fun story that follows a princess on her quest to save herself from her curse. I wouldn't have put this together as a Sleeping Beauty retelling since the references are VERY sparse and I think the label is a stretch. So you might be disappointed if you're going in expecting that.

BUT it's a good story. Elisa has a lot of spunk and personality. I liked that she had a good relationship with her sisters. The decision to take matters into her own hands and go on a quest reminded me of a childhood s
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Nicki Heiman
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
First half is better then the rest

Starting out on this book I really liked it. It was well written, the editing was good, it was a new fun take and was overall very engaging.
The second half was a slog. It feels like the writers changed, the writing become really immature, the editing was not great, a lot of weird or conflicting plot points, plot holes and things that were really contradictory and just didn’t make sense. The descriptions, which were beautiful in the first half, become overly dr
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Cynthia S
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Marie McGrath
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Sleeping Beauty fairy tale retelling was unlike any I have ever read.

Princess Elisa is expected to become a dragon by eighteen based on her curse. On her seventeenth birthday she meets a suitor who is to be her betrothed. He decides to help Elisa figure out her curse by finding the faeries.

Tired of reading the passive princesses who wait on a man to save them, Elisa gets the courage to set out on her own...

I loved this book! It was exciting and kept me turning the pages. I loved exploring
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Bess
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, borrowed
Don't read the epilogue if you decide that the series is not for you. No cliff-hanger until the epilogue.
This was my first read by Lichelle Slater. And it wasn't bad!
It was a very new take on Sleeping Beauty and I think I liked it. I've never seen or read the original, however, I have indulged in some retellings.
Elisa has been cursed to become a dragon, or so her "parents" have told her all her life. There is a little bit of a love triangle. I didn't like Gerard at all and Dormir was super sweet
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Jess Durrant
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
So much potential

The plot of this remaining was filed to the brim with potential. It could have been the next big thing to hit the fantasy world, but the writing fell flat, though not for a lack of literary talent. It reads like a rushed book report finished the night before it was due. Had the author taken the time to fully flesh out the story, give more details and expend some effort to actually developing the world and characters, this book could have been something incredible. Everything hap
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Chasity(Bookworm)
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book. It was wonderfully crafted and I loved that it was magical. I will admit that it did not live up to my expectations. It felt a bit strained and jumped from one part to the next. If you are looking for an adventure with some identity discovery, this book is for you. It does include some slight romance, but that is not the focal point. Please don't let this review stop you from reading this book. Everyone has different opinions, and this book was a good one.

If anyone wants
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Michaella Dieter
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great fantasy read

This is my first book by Lichelle Slater, and I will definitely be back for more! The Dragon Princess is a clean, YA fantasy novel.

Beautifully written with lush imagery, Lichelle has brought the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale to life. I loved seeing all the little hints of the Sleeping Beauty story woven into this fantasy story. One part fairy tale, one part dragon shifter fantasy, add in some fae, prophecies and curses, some adventures and a showdown battle...all that and more ca
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Emily
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free ARC of this book from the author. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. It's an interesting take on the Sleeping Beauty tale. Funny enough, the villain ended up being my favorite character. His setup for the second book seems really interesting.

As for the main story, I wasn't a huge fan of the protagonist. I understand why she is the way she is, but it still doesn't make me like her.

Again, interesting story and I look forward
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Diane
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting fairy tale retelling, even though there wasn't much of a sleeping beauty. (Dormir?) This book held my attention from the start and I read it in a day. I enjoyed the story and characters. The ending was a bit rushed and the end responsibilities of the main character, Elisa, seemed a bit much for a 17 year old, especially odd the way experienced adults were willing to follow her, but, hey, it's fantasy. If you like fairly clean fairy tale retellings, with likeable characters, and good ...more
Harley Williams
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon Princess by Lichelle Slater is an imaginative retelling of a beloved fairytale. Instead of taking events in the original and giving them a s slight twist, Slater takes element of the original and weaves them into one of the best retelling I have ever read in my life. There were plot twists I never saw coming. Her writing flows so well. The biggest problem is I could not stop reading. I can NOT wait to read more of her work
Sunshine
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn’t love dragons?

Add the fact that it is the Princess that is truly a dragon and you have a marvelous tale. Though it is based off the sleeping beauty story, the Princess saves herself rather than the prince coming to her rescue.

Instead of falling into a deep sleep on her birthday, Elisa is destined to become a dragon. A curse she thought and as the her anger got the better of her, her transformation started taking place. But is it a curse or prophecy, is it bad or good.

Jodi
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-book-stop
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I read that this is a fairy tale reimagined I was a little bit skeptical, but thought I'd try it out. I'm really glad I did, as I enjoyed the story. Of course it was a bit predictible because it was following a formula but the characters are likable and the story is unique enough to hold my interest. I am looking forward to reading more of the series.
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