Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey – “ONCE UPON A TIME” IS TIMELESS The Princess Aurore has had an unusual childhood. Cursed at birth, Aurore is fated to . Oct 24, The Paperback of the Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of. by Cameron Dokey . Gr 6- Dokey has taken the familiar “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale. May 20, In this variation on the Sleeping Beauty story, the characters prove sympathetic and the setting romantic, but the lack of tension makes for a.

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Beauty Sleep Book Summary and Study Guide

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey. Cursed at birth, Aurore is fated to prick her finger at the age of sixteen and sleep for one hundred years — until a prince awakens her with a kiss.

So, to protect her, Aurore’s loving parents forbid any task requiring a needle. Unable to sew or embroider like most little princesses, Aurore instead explores the castle grounds and beyond, where her warmth and generosity soon endear her to the townspeople. On her sixteenth birthday, Aurore learns that the impending curse will harm not only her, but the entire kingdom as well.

Unwilling to cause suffering, she will embark on a quest to end the evil magic. The princess’s bravery will be rewarded as she finds adventure, enchantment, a handsome prince, and ultimately her sleeep Paperbackpages. Published October 24th by Simon Pulse first published December 1st Once Upon a Time. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Beauty Sleepplease sign up. Is there a chance to translate this book into Spanish, so in Argentina we can read it too?

See 1 question about Beauty Sleep…. Lists with This Book. May 09, Anne rated it it was ok Shelves: I liked the way the story was told, and I mostly liked the voice of the heroine, Aurore. I even liked why she was cursed to start with, the way the curse played out, and how she spent her years asleep. Plus, I absolutely loved the length of the book.

Not too long, dokdy What. Not too long, not too short – perfect! Ok, so the ending is really where it went wrong for me.

Now, there’s this thing authors sometimes do when retelling fairytales that I kind of despise. And Dokey absolutely did it. They decide to inject creepy shit that used to happen regularly back in the day into their new version of the tale. The entire time Aurore caameron Oswald ironically known as Prince Charming are fighting back and forth, I had this vile tingling that kept crawling up and down my spine.


But I thought surely Dokey won’t go there And then she left and went into the spooky woods to stop the curse from tearing her kingdom apart. So, camdron wasn’t Oswald camrron first fucking cousin, Oswald! It was Oswald’s great-grandson, Charles. Well, they’re still technically related, but at least their kids won’t have one eye and four teeth to share between them, right?

Beauty Sleep

Ok, the best part is that cousin Oswald has done a great bsauty as the steward of her kingdom, and all of her people have prospered under his guidance, while he and his children and grandchildren have kept the throne dokeh for her return. And because of his promise to wait for her he’s even still alive! The old friends can reunite! When he gives her his blessing to marry his grandson, she confesses her love for him, kisses him, and the magic turns him young again.

Royal cousins even siblings used to marry all the time. When I read a retellingI want it to be retold without the skeevy bits. And when you add in that fact that he’s already been married, had kids, and watched his grandchildren grow up over the hundred years she was gone? The ending ruined what had been an otherwise charming book.

View all 50 comments. Dec 28, Marianne Boricuan Bookworms rated it it was ok. This installment In the Once Upon a Time series centers around Aurore, a girl destined to fall into a deep sleep at the age of This story quickly dismisses any notion that this will be anything similar to the Disney version; or the Grimm brothers’s version for that matter.

There aren’t evil witches or fairy godmothers or anything like that. The “sorceress” that casts the spell on Aurore is called Jane. I shouldn’t care about this, but I really do. Aurore is a strong willed girl, always stands up for herself. I admired that about her, but I didn’t feel like it was antything different than all the other Once Upon a Time stories. I can’t believe there are such high ratings, when upon finishing the story I didn’t know what had occured.

Is the forest suddenly psychic and knows that although Aurore still hasn’t pricked herself with a needle she will eventually so why not stop time while she’s in there already?!

Another thing I don’t get: And not only that, but she has children with him. Not one, but three. Does no one in that land know about genetic disorders and all that?!

Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty by Cameron Dokey

So many details left unsaid made me feel lost at the end of the story. It was nice, but beaugy are definitely far better retellings from this series, like Golden or Before Midnight.

Did I even read the same book as everyone else? One bright drop of blood. Sixteen years, I give you, ma petite Aurore, lovely as the dawn. Reading them now as an adult in my early 20s, my perspective has completely dokeey.

As a whole, bexuty the books have the same overarching problems; the book stays nowhere near true to either the original tale or as I suspect the Disney princess films that they market themselves after, and the true love aspect is botched horrifically. And with this book in particular, the relationship is not only extremely fast moving but down right disturbing.


We all know how the story of Sleeping Beauty goes; a princess is born in a sleeep kingdom, but the proud parents forget to invite the evil witch to the christening.

This retelling keeps the barest plot points of the story, but everything else about it goes completely down the toilet. Before we get into the mess that was the plot, one thing you should know about this brauty is that the narration style is very casual.

Gone is the fairy godmother she leaves right at the beginning of the novel never to be heard from again. Yeah, she appears a grand total of one time to curse Aurore and then she disappears too. Instead of them, we get cousin Oswald, aka Prince Dokkey meant as a dig because of his less than charming personality. Now the time has come for her to tell us who she I as well.

More on that later. Aurore has a pretty happy childhood for the first sixteen years, being allowed to do as she pleases for the most part.

But after her big Sweet Sixteen, everything starts to go wrong ironically, this is also when the book starts to go horribly wrong. Art meets life, I guess. It also happens to be the pesky year that Aurore is supposed to prick a certain finger and be awakened by a certain true love. So she ventures off into the Forbidden Forest to find answers.

While there, she meets a man named Ironheart, who is the son of a king.

I swear, there are so many plot holes this book would sink a ship. On their journeys in the forest, Ironheart trips over himself and busts his cheek open See? Aurore offers to sew up his cheek and what do you know… She pricks her finger. So off to dreamland she goes. Probably overflowing with joy, Ironheart kisses her and she wakes up. Happily ever dlkey, right? Her parents are long dead and an elderly king has ruled in their stead.

This king is the father of Ironheart and his brother, Valiant. He ebauty happens to be… Oswald. Yup, you read that right. Oswald is ruling and Ironheart just locked lips with Aurore. And since Oswald and Aurore are cousins, that means that Ironheart kissed his second cousin. Well, then who is? Do you wanna know? Do you really wanna know? You read that right.