Friday, July 25, 2014

While Beauty Slept Book Review

Good Reads Synopsis:
The Truth is No Fairy Tale.
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 tale about a beautiful princess awakened by a handsome prince, 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 the truth of what happened so many years ago.
As the memories start to unfold, Elise is plunged back in to the magnificent world behind the opulent palace walls. Fleeing a hardscrabble existence and personal tragedy, she builds a new life for herself as a servant to the royal family and quickly rises within the castle hierarchy. As Elise proves herself a loyal confidante, she is drawn into the lives of an extraordinary cast of women: a beautiful queen who wakes each morning with tears on her pillow, an elderly spinster who in heartache shuts herself away, a princess who yearns to be free, and the ambitious and frightening sister who cannot accept the fact that she will never rule. Elise has guarded their secrets - and her own - for a lifetime.While Beauty Sleeps is her story.
In this rich and compelling novel of love and terror, friendship and fate, we are introduced to a heroine of extraordinary determination - the true heart of a legend - who reveals what it really takes to reach happily ever after.
My Feelings on While Beauty Slept:
I really liked this book pretty much all throughout, I just felt a little let down for it to end the way it did.  Perhaps it is all the hype for Sleeping Beauty since Maleficent just came out. 
Maybe I liked it so much and just wanted more at the end.  I enjoy all fairy tales and find their message and writing very peaceful and enjoyable, this was no exception.  I found Elise, the main character, very full as the story revolved around her.  I love that Elise did make so many revolutions throughout the book.  Since she started out out the farm, and then raised in ranks very quickly to find herself in the good graces with the Queen and the Royalty of the house.  I found this a very believable outtake on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.  However I gave it 4 stars, because I was still reaching for more towards the end of the book.  
Find me on Goodreads:  Rachele Hirsch-Brooks

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