Book Review: Once Upon a Dream

Once Upon a Dream
Once Upon a Dream
Liz Braswell
Hardcover April 2016
Available Here

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dreammarks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

The Good:

-I enjoyed Aurora a lot towards the end of the story but it was a case of too little too late
-I liked the parallels of the real world to the dream world at times it was confusing but overall I thought it was utilized well
-My favorite quote: “You don’t get it. They gave me beauty and song, and then I was left in the woods to grow up for sixteen years before being handed over to you. I don’t know anything about ruling. I don’t even really know what taxes are. I was in the woods in the real world. In the dreamworld, I hid like a mouse and then organized balls and parties.” (if only the rest of this book had been as a badass as this quote)

The Bad: 

-Philip was just god awful I was hoping to see more of a unique spin on him since Aurora developed into this strong and sarcastic leading lady I had hoped for a dashing prince who could match her
-It was too long way way too long. There were so many times where I seriously contemplated not finishing it.
-The writing was pretty childish. The dialogue was very basic and just randomly placed through out and the conversations weren’t interesting or even long enough to be considered conversations.
-Aurora spent a huge huge amount talking about how she liked to sleep and how to do anything was far too much energy. I mean I get it she’s Sleeping Beauty but you really don’t have to beat us over the head with it.
-It was too little too late. This book had so much potential and the last third or so was rather powerful but I don’t think most people will get that far.

The Rating:
2 Stars

I really enjoyed Aurora’s progression from damsel in distress to kick ass queen but the journey to get there was just not engaging enough. The writing was a little disjointed and not dialogue driven enough for me personally. Overall, I felt this book had so much potential if it just moved a little faster.

Has anyone else had a disappointing read lately? At least I can be happy to post a much more positive review for my next read. 



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