Woken by a kiss, Poly finds herself in an alien world where three hundred years have passed and everyone she has ever known is dead. Luck, the enchanter who woke her, seems to think she is the princess. Understandable, since he found her asleep on the princess’ bed, in the royal suite, and dressed in the princess’ clothes.
Who cursed Poly? Why is someone trying to kill her and Luck? Why can’t she stop falling asleep?
And why does her hair keep growing?
This Sleeping Beauty spin-off was nothing short of fantastic. Considering the high quality of the other books I have read by this author, I expected it to be fabulous. No surprises there. What did surprise me was the way the author began the retelling from the moment Poly awakens from the sleeping curse, rather than trying to do the usual build-up to Sleeping Beauty's spindle pricking debacle. So creative and clever to attack it at that angle. It left the author with so many possibilities. Another brilliant plot twist was discovering that Poly, the sleeping princess, is no princess at all, but a lady-in-waiting. Which begs the question: why in the world would anyone want to curse a lady-in-waiting rather than the princess herself? I know. I asked that same question. This is what the story is all about.
Luck, the man who forcibly semi-breaks the curse with his clinical kissing, is an enchanter who has been taxed with the job of delivering the sleeping princess to the Wizard Council. Poly and Luck's journey together is so entertaining. The quips and remarks are smart and to the point, and Luck's absent minded professor act covers up an extremely intelligent personality which the reader becomes even more endeared to as the story unfolds. Poly is not satisfied with sitting around and waiting for Luck to break the curse for her. She is quite proactive in regaining some control over her life after three hundred years of sleep. She was a character I could relate to and love. Poly and Luck's rather abrasive relationship and the way they play off of one another is so much fun to dive into.
I really thought the author did a great job of describing the magic and the rules governing the world she had created. Magic, in many novels I have read, isn't always quite so tangible as it is in this book. Poly's ability to see the strings or threads of magic and their coloring enable her to repair, tweak, and possibly thwart any spells she comes in contact with. Handy, that, especially when dealing with tricky wizards and an absent minded enchanter who she may or may not be falling in love with.
Those kissing scenes between Luck and Poly really sparkled. I enjoyed the development of their sweet romance. It wasn't rushed, and there weren't crucial moments missing from the relationship. The off handed way Luck dealt with everything was something I found to be hilarious, and Onepiece, the dog/little boy, was a lovable addition to the book.
It was, simply stated, a cleverly put together retelling of a classic. I will always read anything this author writes, and I highly recommend you do the same, starting with this romantic, magical adventure.
I gave it five cherry blossoms.
I write mostly YA Fantasy, but branch out occasionally into Sci-Fi and New Adult Fantasy. I’m working on a couple of YA Christian Novels as well, but since those are a lot harder to write, they most likely won’t see the light of day for some time.
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