Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer (Twisted Tales #2)

Sleeping BeautyBy Maureen McGowan

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal, Choose Your Adventure
Source: Netgalley

In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she’s a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you’ve ever read!Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is an entirely new type of fairy tale–one that will keep today’s kids guessing and offer them hours of magical fun.

Goodreads Summary

On the day of her birth, jealousy between her mother and the Queen of the Vampires ends with a curse being placed on Princess Lucette: if she ever pricks her finger, she will be doomed to spend each night awake while her entire kingdom sleeps and spend each day asleep while the kingdom is awake.  The only way to break the curse is to find true love.  With the help of faeries loyal to her father, the curse is blocked until she reaches the age of sixteen, but Lucette still grows up in a bubble, forced to wear thick leather gloves and never be allowed near any sharp objects.  She’s also never been told about the curse.

The one thing Lucette longs to be more than anything else is the one thing most forbidden to her: a vampire slayer.  When her mother realizes that Lucette may be left undefended at night if the curse comes to pass, she manages to enroll her in a school where she can pick up some fighting skills.  While there – and utterly frustrated because she’s only learning girly moves – she meets Tristan, a boy who agrees to teach her some things secretly.  When he doesn’t return her growing feelings – and leaves – she continues her training with the rest of the boys, eventually becoming one of their top fighters.

After she graduates from school and returns to the castle, the inevitable happens – and Lucette wakes up in the middle of the night to find herself in a castle full of sleeping people.

This is a Choose Your Adventure book, where at the end of every chapter or so, you’re given the option of picking which way you’d like that area of the story to go and then you skip ahead to that particular chapter.

The options here mostly involve Lucette choosing between her parents, who are at odds over how she should be allowed to protect herself, and two boys who are fighting for her affection as well as helping her defeat the vampires attacking the castle.

Tristan’s from a neighboring village and isn’t affected by the sleeping curse, and he’s come back to see the sleeping Princess everyone’s been talking about.  Alex is a vampire – one of the good ones – that Lucette met before she pricked her finger.

I ran through the book a few times, picking some different options each time.  Each option involved taking Lucette to a different physical place for the most part, but other than that, they were mostly just a change in perspective since she had to end up in the same place for the next chapter.  They seemed to matter most to the other characters in the scenes whose emotions we didn’t get to look at later.

The action in the book is from a series of attacks on the castle by vampires.  During the day, the castle is protected by all of the slayers, but at night it’s just Tristan, Alex and Lucette and they have to protect everyone who’s asleep too.  Things get a little repetitive and really the reason for the way the attacks started didn’t make any sense to me at all, but it was still fun to see Lucette in slayer action.

The majority of the ending was a total muddle to me, but I suspect the audience this was truly intended for would get it and enjoy it.

My Summary: I like the concept of the Choose Your Adventure books and I think the properly targeted age group would enjoy this story.  It’s got action, a heroine that’s strong and can keep up with the boys and with two great heroes to choose from, there’s a nice romantic subplot too.  The story stalls sometimes when Lucette spends too much time kicking vampire butt and not enough time getting to the bottom of the mystery, but overall, this was a fun way to spend a few hours.

My Rating: B-

Barbara

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Comments

  1. Sleeping Beauty was always my fav fairy tale… interesting twist on it!

  2. It was mine too – Cinderella was nice, but I always wanted to read about Aurora. This has a cute twist on her glass "coffin" in it too. Something a little more hardcore. 🙂

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