Book Title: Beauty’s Curse
Book Author: C.S. Johnson
Genre: YA Fantasy / Faerie Tale Retelling / Historical Fiction / Romance
Publishing Date: January 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Synopsis: For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.
Original Faerie Tale:
The earliest known version of the Sleeping Beauty story comes from 1330-1344, titled Perceforest. Then, Basile published a version in 1634, titled Sun, Moon, and Talia. This inspired Charles Perrault to write Little Briar Rose, which was orally collected by the Brothers Grimm and added to a collection in 1812.
Read the Basile’s, Perrault’s, and the Grimm’s versions here.
Grim (and triggering) Fact: It seems that the earliest tales of Sleeping Beauty involved the king raping her while she slept.
Original faerie tales were definitely not as pleasant as their Disney versions.
Beauty’s Curse was such a cute read. It felt like a mix between the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, and The Princess Bride. It had faeries, an evil curse, comedy, and a strong female main character. It was fun an frivolous.
What I loved about it was the friendship and banter between Rose and Theo. I loved that Rose was not a typical damsel in distress, she was a warrior fighting for what she wanted. I loved the three adorable faeries that were loyal to the crown, and to Rose, and I loved that the author added in Titania, which gave the story a little Midsummer’s Night Dream feel.
The whole book just screamed “faerie tale.” It had an enchanting feel to it, and offered vivid fantasy details. It also had a little bit of a Grimm’s brothers feel as well, with Theo’s family’s dark past, and hints to the reason why Rose was cursed to punish her father.
I do wish it hadn’t been so short. I wanted a little more to happen. Though it, and the rest of the series I assume, was based off the Sleeping Beauty faerie tale, it didn’t give me as much of the Sleeping Beauty feel that I wanted, and it didn’t really feel like the story moved as much as it should have.
I did enjoy it though, and it was very faerie tale-esque. It kept me entertained enough to want to read the next book to find out what happens. I enjoyed the variety of characters in the story, and the changes made to both Rose and “Maleficient,” known as Magdalina in this story. I also loved the ending and the promise of danger and adventure to come. 3.5 stars!
Thank you to R&R Book Tours and the author for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review and as part of the blog tour.
So, what I decided to do was find pictures I felt best represented the feel of the three main female characters, Titania, Rose, and Magdalina (respectively). The descriptions may not match accurately, but I found two pictures for each character to represent how I saw them in my mind, and to portray their beauty and faerie tale-ness. I also decided to add a picture of Titania because I have a feeling it will tie in more to the story later on.
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About the Author:
C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a
Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at https://www.csjohnson.me/.
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