Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.
All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.
Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.
But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.
A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess! (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours.
This book was fantastic! It reminded me quite a bit of The Lunar Chronicles series, but in a completely unique way. Apolline is spunky, confident and certainly knows right from wrong. Allard is a little clueless, smart, but sheltered and the two of them hit it off immediately.
With the way the preview is phrased, it’s pretty clear who is who in the story, which I think could have been left as more of a mystery. That being said, however, even knowing who all the characters were didn’t detract from seeing how the story unraveled itself. I really enjoyed this one and will be interested in reading future books in the series!
Warning: Contains some violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of fantasy retelling and strong heroines.
Want to read the whole series? TBD