Review and Giveaway: While Beauty Slept

Title: While Beauty Slept
Author: Elizabeth Blackwell
Publisher: Berkley
Published: November 4, 2014
Paperback, 464 pages
ISBN: 978-0-425-27384-5
Genre: Fiction, Retelling
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. Those of humble birth suffer their heartbreaks and celebrate their triumphs unnoticed by the bards, leaving no trace in the fables of their time...

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered - and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago.

As the memories start to unfold, Elise is plunged back into the magnificent world behind the palace walls she left behind more than a half century ago, a labyrinth where the secrets of her real father and the mysterious fate of her mother connect to an inconceivable evil. Elise has guarded these secrets for a lifetime. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.

My Thoughts:
Once upon a time, in a far away place, lived a young girl. Through heartbreaking circumstances, she comes to live at the beautiful palace. A place where dreams are made. This is no fairy tale, but there are monsters.

I think most people are familiar with the story of Sleeping Beauty. However most people are not familiar with this take on it. The story is told through Elise. She's a maid at the palace. And as you know, the maids know everything. Elise has to navigate her way through court politics and make a way for herself. And in so doing, she becomes part of one of the most famous tales of all time.

While Beauty Slept is one of the best books I've read this year. There's mystery, romance, and intrigue. I don't want to giveaway too much of the plot. Part of this book's charm is the revealing of the story. All you really need to know is that if you like re-tellings, you'll like this book. The story will suck you in and you'll stay up all night just to finish. 

My Rating:

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